October 31st is an important day for lots of people, where candy and all things scary are the focus. But this date should be remembered by Christians for a much more significant event – Reformation Day. On the 31st October, 1517, Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to the door, provoked a debate that culminated in what we now call the Reformation.
The Trailblazers series, aimed at teens and tweens, features a number of Christian figures who were to play a significant role in this historic period in history. These inspiring biographies are perfect introductions to young and old alike to these vital characters.
“An excellent series, great reading for kids and adults alike.”
Tim Challies, Blogger at www.challies.com
Where to Buy:
Books in the ever growing Trailblazers series are 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:
Today marks the 60 year anniversary of Brother Andrew’s first trip behind the Iron Curtain to visit persecuted believers.
If you’d like to introduce your children and grandchildren to the exciting life and work of Brother Andrew, you should pick up a copy of Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines from our Trailblazers series.
About the Book:
In the years before Andrew van der Bijl took the name Brother Andrew, he was no stranger to adventure and intrigue – in fact, he craved it. As a young lad, he was forever getting into mischief, and even risked his life during the Nazi occupation of Holland by setting off fireworks in the faces of German soldiers! Years later, God used this same thirst for danger and excitement as Andrew smuggled Bibles into Communist countries to help the persecuted, underground church and bring light to darkened hearts. Enemy lines and hostile borders mean nothing to God or to Andrew, who still works to assist the persecuted church across the world through the organization he founded, Open Doors.
Read a sample chapter: PDF
Where to Buy:
Brother Andrew Behind Enemy Lines by Nancy Drummond 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:
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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:
If you saw a girl in tears on her wedding day and then heard that the same girl was the reluctant second in line to the throne you might think she wasn’t strong enough to rule… but you’d be wrong. Mary was a young girl born to privilege, from the Royal line, heir to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland – and destined to reign herself and change her country. She was brought up to believe in the God of the Bible rather than the fabricated teachings of priests. It was this personal faith that would be her strength as she left her homeland to marry and eventually to rule. After a storm of tears and a rough sea crossing Mary’s marriage to her first cousin became a love match. Both husband and wife trusted God and as the wind of history blew, their circumstances and their future was changed dramatically. William and Mary of Orange influenced the religious and political environment of Great Britain and subsequently other democracies in ways that can still be felt today. Their Glorious Revolution resulted in one of the most important constitutional documents in English history – the Bill of Rights – where the powers of the sovereign were limited and the rights of Parliament and the rules for freedom of speech were set out; Liberties that have existed for centuries but still need to be defended.
About the Author:
Linda Finlayson is a Canadian living in the Philadelphia area of the USA. She has enjoyed working with children in schools, churches and children’s clubs. Bringing together her love of books, children and history has given her the opportunity to write the adventure stories of real people. Linda is married and has one son.
A full list of Linda’s books published by Christian Focus 4 Kids is available here: LINK
Where to Buy:
Mary of Orange: At The Mercy of Kings is available at your local 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:
Christian Focus author John Keddie will be interviewed live Friday June 29, 2012 at 3:20 PM ET on Lifeline with Kurt Goff to discuss his book Eric Liddell: Finish the Race. You can tune in to the live broadcast at www.wdcxfm.com.
The archive of this interview is now available: John Keddie Interview – Lifeline with Kurt Goff.
About the Book:
As a young child Eric Liddell lived in the exotic climate of China. His parents worked there as missionaries, teaching the good news of Jesus. Eric’s life from then on brought him to boarding school in England, university in Edinburgh and the fame of Olympic Stardom in Paris. But with that fame came trouble as he struggled to stand up for his Christian faith. Eric’s strong belief in keeping the Lord’s Day as a day of worship was challenged when his 100 metres race was scheduled for the Sunday. Eric’s strength of conviction and his subsequent win in the 400 metres have made him a hero and a role model for many young men and women. But his life was so much more than winning tapes and starters’ orders – his whole life was a race for God. This race took him back to the country of his birth – China. This country became the country of his death in a Prisoner of War camp. The man who became known affectionately as the ‘Flying Scotsman’ in the end lived and died in China – thousands of miles from his native land and his athletic conquests.
About the Author:
John Keddie is a Christian minister and writer. His previous works include a highly-regarded centenary history of Scottish Athletics. His connection to Eric Liddell comes through an advisory position that he held for the movie Chariots of Fire. He has also written a biography of Eric Liddell, Running the Race, published by EP. Rev. John W. Keddie is the Minister of the Bracadale congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
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