Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church
History Lives, Vol. 3
by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
Christian Focus Publications, 255 pages
Publisher Description: Let history come to life—just the way it should. Read the stories of the reformers in the 16th and 17th centuries who changed the face of the Christian church forever. Meet the German monk, the French scholar, and the Scottish tutor who protested corruption in the church. Get to know the queens and explorers who risked everything for the freedom to worship according to their consciences.
It was a time of war and upheaval, but also a time of promise and hope. From Erasmus and Luther to Katherine Parr and William Bradford, God used different personalities in different places to bring sweeping changes to church government and the way we worship. Learn from their mistakes and be encouraged by their amazing strengths and gifts.
Extra features throughout this book look deeper into issues such as the Scientific Revolution, wars of religion, the Puritans, and the settling of the Americas.
This is the third book in a series intended to cover the history of the Christian church through its people and key events. They are written with 9-14 year olds in mind but the modern, relaxed and enthusiastic style is infectious.
Contents: This volume spans the years from 1500 to 1700. Chapters highlight the lives of Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, Menno Simons, John Calvin, Katherine Parr, Thomas Cranmer, John Knox, Jeanne d’Albret, William Bradford, Samuel Rutherford, John Bunyan, and John Eliot. Additional background features include: Reformation Church Timeline; What was the Reformation Church?; The Catholic Reformation; Big Changes in the Reformation World; War and Religion; The Settling of the Americas; Confessions and Catechisms of the Reformation; Other Reformation Christians; and Enlightenment and Awakening.
On the cover: English Reformer Queen Katherine Parr and her husband King Henry VIII discuss theology as they stroll through the Whitehall Palace gardens.
Oops: Mistakes are inevitable! Please note the following corrections to the first edition:
Page 248 declares that Richard Baxter died in 1707, but the correct year is 1691.
Also, canon(s) should be spelled cannon(s) throughout the volume.