Monday, October 4, 2010

The Church History ABC's by Stephen J. Nichols & Ned Bustard

Summary:  "The Church History ABCs is a fun way for kids to learn about great figures in Christian history.  Twenty-six heroes of the faith march through the alphabet, boldly telling their stories in language children can understand.  This wide range of characters- men and women from across the centuries, from all over the globe- reflects the breadth of church history and reminds children that these great figures of the past were living, breathing people who lived and died for the glory of God."

My Thoughts: I must admit that when this book arrived, my first reaction was to roll my eyes.  Why in the world would anyone need an ABC book on church history?  Putting my cynicism to the side, I began flipping through the book and found myself impressed by the colorful, well laid out illustrations and text.  I had to appreciate the humor in some of the writing.  For example, "I is for ice cream, iguana, and Ignatius" begins with "A long, long time ago, in a place far, far away. . .I always wanted to say that." And when I discovered there are extra activities available for homeschoolers to expand on this book, I was forced to admit that A. It's rather cute and B. It could be useful to homeschool parents who are looking for a fun way to teach church history to their younger children.  Anyone up for "Pin the Beard on the Theologian"?

The Church History ABCs is available from Crossway for $15.99, or check your favorite online or local bookstore.  As always, be sure to check out the Crossway blog for articles and upcoming releases.

3 comments:

Michelle Smith said...

We like it too, Lori. Somehow I'm not surprised that the humor in this church history primer was a big hit in your household! :)

Jill said...

Hello! I am stopping by (a wee bit late) on the TOS Blogwalk to check out and follow your blog. I loved this review! I probably would have skipped right by it in a bookstore, but I think this book sounds great! I am sorely lacking in my knowledge of church history, so I would probably learn at least as much as my kiddos.
Great blog!

Kara said...

We loved this one. I really appreciate resources to teach my kids church history. Even though I grew up in the church, I never learned anything about our heritage. I think the book is really well done! Here are my thoughts:
http://homewithpurpose.blogspot.com/2010/07/family-discipleship-part-4-church.html

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