Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Athanasius: A Man Who Stood For The Truth by Simonetta Carr

(I'm giving away a free copy of this book! Be sure to check out how to enter).

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

I feel so privileged to be given the opportunity by the publisher to review this book. I have reviewed other books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was no different.

Athanasius grew up during a time of great Christian persecution. God used the atrocities he may have witnessed during his lifetime to shape and mold Athanasius into a man of conviction. He is most remembered and celebrated for defending the truth that Jesus is the eternal God, one with and co-equal to the Father. He was a part of the council that adopted the first Nicene Creed which upheld the truths of Scripture even though many were abandoning those teachings. He defended these truths of Scripture with his life. Twice he was exiled for his beliefs and he underwent great physical persecution as well. Athanasius died not knowing if the church would believe the things he so passionately defended. Today, we can be thankful for his legacy of standing for the truth and learn much from his writings on the personhood and Godhood of Jesus Christ.

Positives: This book is a beautiful volume written to clearly explain the necessity of standing for truth, no matter the consequences. I love the way the author has provided an excellent history lesson, given maps and a timeline of his life and still focuses on the spiritual lessons we can learn from this early church father.  The artwork and artifacts displayed throughout the book enhance your understanding and are beautiful. I am so thankful that the author sees the importance of children learning church history and about early church leaders. When asked why should children read Christian biographies the publisher wrote:
"...Church history helps us learn from the examples of many people raised up  by God, even from a young age like Athanasius, how we ought to live for Christ...Through church history we see the hand of God at work, the character of God displayed, and the glorious triumph of the truth of God. The faith of the faithful in the past encourages our faith for the future as we see that the God of yesterday is also the God of today and tomorrow, faithful to His promises, trustworthy to the end, full of grace and mercy for every circumstance we may face."
This entire series would be a great addition to your home or church library. They are heirloom quality books that generations will learn from and enjoy.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Read and discuss Hebrews 11 with your child. We often use the phrase "faith of our fathers", but does this phrase have meaning for you or your child? Look at the legacy of faith traced in this chapter from Abel all the way through the Old Testament to the early church martyrs. This is the faith that enabled Athanasius to boldly defend the deity and humanity of Christ, no matter the cost. This is the faith that will enable us and our children to do the same. Teach them this faith and pray fervently  for the Holy Spirit to quicken their hearts to embrace this faith.

Age Level: 7-12 year olds

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Book Giveaway
The publisher has made it possible for me to give away a free copy of this book! So here is your chance, follow the steps below and you will be entered for a chance to win this book. You have until 12:00pm on Monday, September 19th to enter.
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 I received a free copy of this book from Reformation Heritage Books for this review.

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