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Crossway Books & Bibles The Church History ABCs

A brilliant way to integrate church history into your children's understanding from their youth! In the familiar A is for apple format, here each initial provides the opportunity to dive into a short biographical paragraph on 26 famous men and women in church history; A for Saint Augustine, B for Anne Bradstreet, C for John Calvin. Photos of historic portraits, artifacts, and first-letter-related items provide additional visual interest. This wide range of characters reflects the breadth of church history and reminds children that these great figures were once living, breathing people who lived and died for the glory of God. 34 pages, hardcover.
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Review 1 for The Church History ABCs
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Date:September 29, 2012
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We love this book. My kids are learning about church history and don't even know it! It is full of interesting details on each persons life that make for great discussion. Get this book for sure!
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Teach you little ones their ABCs & Church History!

Date:December 1, 2011
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Shaun Tabatt
Location:Cottage Grove, MN
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Just as it is important for us to teach our children about the Bible when they are young, it is also important to introduce them to the people that played a key role in church history. One particular book that that I have found quite helpful in this regard is The Church History ABCs: Augustine and twenty-five other heroes of the faith. Using the twenty-six letters of the alphabet as a starting point, this book introduces children to the following heroes of the faith:
A - Saint Augustine
B - Anne Bradstreet
C - John Calvin
D - John Donne
E - Jonathan Edwards
F - John Foxe
G - Jane Grey
H - Hippolytus
I - Ignatius
J - Absalom Jones
K - John Knox
L - Martin Luther
M - Monica
N - John Newton
O - John Owen
P - Patrick
Q - Queen Jeanne
R - Nicholas Ridley
S - Charles Spurgeon
T - Tertullian
U - Zacharias Ursinus
V - Antonio Vivaldi
W - The Wesleys
X - Francis Xavier
Y - Florence Young
Z - Ulrich Zwingli
Each page introduces readers to a new letter and a new hero of the faith, with approximately 1-2 paragraphs talking about their life and what it is that made them an important part of church history. The last four pages of the book have additional biographical information about each of the men and women from church history introduced earlier in the book. My wife and I found this book to be ideal for reading to our children at dinner time, but I suspect it would also work well for reading at bed time. If you read one page per day, you can get through all twenty-six heroes of the faith in just under a month. I highly recommend this resource for helping your children age four and older learn their ABCs and some church history all at the same time.
Author Information:
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He has written several books, including Pages from Church History (P&R Publishing, 2006). He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Illustrator Information:
Ned Bustard, a graphic artist, has written and illustrated many children's books, including Ella Sings Jazz, The Story of Sir Galahad, and The Sailing Saint.
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This book was provided by Crossway for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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Great Intro to Church History for Children

Date:July 18, 2011
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This picture book gives a short biographical look at 26 people in church history. This would be great for giving your kids an overview of such a broad subject. It helps answer the question: "Where do I even start?" Each letter of the alphabet briefly introduces one person. You can easily read a page each day to even very young children. I have a two year old and a five year old and they both ask me to read it to them. The pictures are well-done and even most parents will learn a few things as they read. Also, in the back of the book is a little more detailed summary of each person.
(Crossway provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair critique).
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Date:July 28, 2010
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t's difficult to find good material on church history aimed at children, but this is a unique, lively option. The book presents 26 heroes of the faith, one for each letter of the alphabet. This presents a limitation, since sometimes there are multiple possibilities for one letter. Still, it manages to cover a nice variety of figures from throughout church history. One brightly colored page is devoted to each person, & is written from their viewpoint. The illustrations are unique & entertaining. They're a combination of drawings & photos. Each one has a likeness of the person featured on that page along with several related objects. Be sure to pay attention to all the details, some are quite amusing! The info provided for each person is quite basic, but at the end of the book is a section with further details for older children or adults, along with explanations of some of the details in the illustrations. Another limitation of the ABC format is that it's not possible to put it in chronological order. Really though, for younger children what we're after is exposure. Understanding the flow of events can come later. Still, the authors have provided a timeline in the back of the book that puts everyone in chronological order, along with dates. The age range listed is 3 to 6, but I think this book is appealing to a wider age range than that. The bright colors & ABC format appeal to younger kids, the witty writing & additional information in the back are interesting to older kids, & the unique, detailed illustrations appeal to all ages. My kids, 1, 4, 9, and 12, all enjoyed this book. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed The Church History ABCs. It's unique, entertaining, & informative, & makes information on a nice variety of historical Christian figures accessible to younger children. I recommend it to families to use with all ages! (Thanks so much to Crossway for providing a review copy of The Church History ABCs for our family to review.)
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Date:July 20, 2010
Recently I received a copy of the book "the Church History ABC's" by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard from Crossway. This is a book for children (book says ages 3 - 6) that gives a brief introduction to 27 figures from church history (2 for W). I really enjoyed this book. It offers a wide range of people that emphasize different nuances of what the church believes. I think this book would be very helpful for a Sunday School class, a parent teaching their child, or any other arena where children are being taught about the church. I highly recommend this book.I this is a review copy from Crossway.
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Date:July 9, 2010
The book begins with a short introduction and then a brief page on each of twenty-five people who lived as early as 110 A.D. and died as late as 1940. Each letter identifies a person important to church history such as Spurgeon, Martin Luther, or Anne Bradstreet. At the end of the book, there is a long paragraph about each person that gives more description about who each person was and why they are significant--how they glorified God in their lives. There is also a timeline list of the 25 people. I wish there was also a visual timeline with a few historical events identified to help place these people in history. On the website, there are several coloring pages and activity pages to go with the book. I like the illustrations and the writing. One question I asked myself was how could I help my kids relate to this book? How could this book be useful to me and my kids? I homeschool and my girls will be in 2nd grade and kindergarten. One downside to the history book I'm using this book is that it doesn't address history from a Christian perspective or include much of the history of the Christian church. My plan is to read each of the ABCs in chronological order as we get to that period in history in the book. It will help bring in the history of the church for my kids as we learn about the past. Honestly, I don't know of any other books on church history, so this is a unique book for children in grades K-5. I would love more--more content, more description. I'd love more of a timeline about history and the part that these people played in it. In short, I'd love a great history book of church history for children. But, this is a good place to start. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway Books for review.
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