Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lady Jane Grey by Simonetta Carr

Recommendation: ***** (5-star)

Simonetta Carr's newest addition to her Christian Biographies for Young Readers, lives up to the high standard the author has set for herself in the previous books in this series. This biography covers the life of Lady Jane Grey. I was only vaguely familiar with her story prior to this and found this book educational and encouraging. Lady Jane Grey was known for her courage in defending the gospel. Though she lived 17 short years, her life has left a mark on the history of her country, England and more importantly on the church. Young women in particular should know her story and be encouraged by her faithfulness to the point of death.

Positives: I have always enjoyed the artwork in this series and Matt Abraxas does not disappoint! The beautiful illustrations enhance the storyline. The pictures help provide an accurate historical view as well. Simonetta has such a wonderful way of teaching as she writes. Your children will learn not only about Lady Jane, but also what it means to "count the cost" of the Christian faith. History and life lessons are wovenly together seamlessly and beautifully.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: In Luke 14:25-33 Jesus tells us to carefully consider the cost of discipleship. Talk to your kids about what this means. Is becoming a Christian something we take lightly? Is it just repeating a prayer? Is it a decision we make in a moment? No, Christ calls us to consider what it means to be one of his followers. He tells us that it WILL be costly, and it may cost us our life.  Yet if we are not called to be a martyr - are we still willing to pay the price of living everyday to the glory of God and not self. Are we willing to abandon self completely? Don't be afraid to share these difficult Scriptures, an understanding of truth makes a confession of faith that much sweeter! Even at a young age Lady Jane understood what was required of her as a Christian and our kids can too.

Age Level: 7-12 years of age

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