Friday, May 27, 2011

Augustine of Hippo by Simonetta Carr

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Another excellent book in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers Series, this book traces the life of Augustine of Hippo, considered by many to be one of the greatest Christian thinkers to ever live.

Positives: I really enjoyed learning of Augustine's early years and his conversion at the age of 33. Although I was familiar with the name, I did not know much of his life story. I also enjoyed reading about is tireless efforts to refute false teachers in his day.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Augustine always had an acute awareness and sorrow over his sin. He was ashamed of how he had sinned against God, but also learned to be thankful for God's forgiveness and mercy. Teach your children that when they sin it offends a holy God (Ps. 41:4, Ps. 51). Demonstrate to them the joy of forgiveness (I Jn. 1:9, Ps. 51:10-11).

Age Level: 7-12 years old

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