John Knox: The Sharpened Sword is the latest addition to CF4K’s Trailblazers series. This book presents a great opportunity to introduce your children and grandchildren to the exciting life and world of John Knox. Here’s a sample from the first chapter:
“Nobody saw fit to write down the date of his birth. Perhaps John’s birthday became a day that the Knox family chose to forget. There may have been too many heartbreaking memories attached to a time that changed their lives so drastically.
However, the baby whose birthday was forgotten grew up to become one of the most important people of his era. Hundreds of years after his death the ordinary people of Scotland would look back on John Knox as a man to whom they personally owed a great debt … and not only the people of Scotland. His influence spread across the whole of the Western World.
John Knox came into a world where education was a privilege for the rich and well off; where the Roman Catholic Church owned half of Scotland’s wealth and where democracy was pretty much unheard of. In fact, the Roman Catholic Church at that time was eighteen times more wealthy than the Scottish monarchy. However, it is because of Knox’s influence that Scotland brought free education to all its children. Two hundred years after Knox’s death, the American declaration of independence was signed – a document greatly influenced by Knox’s heart and pen. One passionate Scottish preacher has so influenced the world we inhabit today, that we can thank him and his God for many of our liberties in education, government and religion.
This man who is portrayed today, 500 years after his birth, as dour, bitter and hypocritical couldn’t be further from that deceptive description. He was strong, fearless, passionate and full of surprises. Let’s find out about the first surprise – John Knox the bodyguard.”
About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!
A full list of Catherine’s books is available here: LINK.
Where to Buy:
John Knox: The Sharpened Sword is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below: