Wednesday, March 12, 2014

John Knox by Simonetta Carr

Recommendation: ***** ( 5-stars)

Ms. Carr once again educates and enlightens young readers with the latest installment in her series of Christian Biographies for Young Readers.  The life story of John Knox is told through a thoughtful weaving of historical events and interesting facts however the thread of the story maintains Knox's convictions regarding the authority of Scripture and the work of the church.  As a major figure in the Protestant Reformation his voice is still heard today, particularly as one of the authors of one of the first Confessions of Faith written. The convictions set forth in this document ring true for the church today.

Positives:  As with the previous books in this series, this is a beautifully written and illustrated book. What a treasure to add to any family library! Though the historical account is detailed with lots of names and locations, the author is able to present it in an understandable and clear format.  Most impressive is that though telling the story of John Knox's life, she is able to clearly communicate to young children the importance of the authority of the Bible and the role of the church in the life of believers.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Stories like these can help us and our children develop strong conviction. As we learn of what Reformers like John Knox lived through - the trials and persecution they endured for the sake of the gospel it should make us thankful and deepen our own faith.  Hebrews 11-12 teach us that the faith of those who have gone before us should drive us to holiness as we seek Jesus. The portion of the Scots Confession of Faith included at the end of the book provides an excellent resource.  Challenge your family to come up with the Scripture verses that back up those statements.

Age Level: 7-12 years of age

I received  free copy of this book from Reformation Heritage Books for this review.