Thursday, April 14, 2011

John Owen by Simonetta Carr

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

I had heard of this series of biographies but had not yet read them so I was so delighted to find them at my local public library! John Owen taught against the heresy of the Church of England during some very difficult years in England’s history. He strongly believed in the Bible as the Word of God and fought tirelessly for the freedom to worship as the Bible calls us to.
Positives:  A wonderful story of faith and perseverance. In spite of tremendous difficulty and the church being outlawed, he stayed in England and continued to spread the gospel and encourage believers.  A modern version of Owen’s lesser catechism is printed at the end of the book. This is a wonderful tool as you teach your children the Scriptures and theology.
Negatives: None
Talking Points: As the “Prince of the Puritans” Owen strongly believed in the authority of Scripture to govern all of life. Study these Scriptures which tell us about God’s Word (Ps. 19, Ps. 119, II Tim. 3:16-17).
Age Level: 7-12 year olds

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