Book Review: The Church History ABCs

9 Apr

The Church History ABCs cover

This is a great book to use to teach children some interesting facts about important Church history figures (like Augustine, Calvin, Edwards, and Luther) as well as some lesser-known people (such as Anne Bradstreet, John Donne, and Antonio Vivaldi). Each page features a colorful illustration of the featured figure, along with a cleverly worded text about the person. For example, almost all the words used to describe Anne Bradstreet begin with b’s. Calvin’s page is the same, with lots of c’s. At the back of the book are several pages of additional interesting facts and information on each person, as well. For such a brief book, the authors did a great job giving lots of insight into each Church history hero. We found it to be very interesting for children and adults alike.

We have had great success using it as bedtime reading with our two boys, 4 and 1 years old. The oldest one recognizes when he hears names of Augustine, Luther, Calvin and others in seminary-life conversations, and he pipes up with a fact or two that he remembers about these great men. Good stuff!! I relied pretty heavily on this book, and a few other sources, to develop our “Reformation Party” around Luther last fall.



One Response to “Book Review: The Church History ABCs”

  1. drew April 10, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    I wish I could be so deliberate and intentional in theological pursuits with my children.
    One very positive thing is that our church is teaching the Westminster children’s version to all the young people.
    My son knows them up to question 40 so far…

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