(In both New Testament and Old Testament editions
Christian children's book reviews by Jane Finch.
Ages 8 - teens
Easily overlooked bible heroes
Now I have to start this review by admitting I wasn’t sure I was going to take to these two books. I thought I knew all about the brave people in the Bible and I didn’t think I needed to read about them again in a book all about Bible heroes.
So I surprised myself when I started reading, because I simply did not want to stop. I love the approach to these stories. They are not just repeating the Bible and examining who the brave person was and what he/she did, but they are written in a way that takes the reader into the hero’s world.
Take the story of Moses, for example. Most people know he was found in the bulrushes and was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, but how much do we know about his older sister, Miriam?
The first story in the Old Testament Hidden Heroes is entitled ‘Keeping a Careful Watch’ and tells the story of Miriam. We read how she is so sad that Moses has to leave the family and where instead of leaving Moses in the bulrushes she hides nearby. The story tells of her fear and heartache which then turns to relief and delight as Moses is taken in by royalty and she even manages to arrange for her mother to be Moses’ nurse.
A happy ending and a different take on a well known story.
Each book contains twelve stories of a similar vein and include the stories of Caleb, Rahabm Boaz, Hannah, and Jonathan, and Ananias, Dorcas, and Lydia. I won’t tell you all of them as you can find out for yourself as you read these two interesting and inspiring books.
The stories are relatively short at approximately five pages each and each one finishes with a few questions to ponder and a Bible reference.
These books would be good for teens who are keen to learn more about the characters in the Bible, and who might be surprised by some of the lesser known people who were used by God and made a significant difference.
The author, Rebecca Parkinson, lives in Lancashire, England and is a teacher and leader of the youth work in her church.
ISBN 978-1846252112 – 12 Hidden Heroes: Bible People who did Brave Things for God (NT)
ISBN 978-1846252105 – 12 Hidden Heroes: Bible People who did Brave Things for God (OT)
Published by Day One Publications. Day One provided review copies to Jane.
Jane also reviews the author's 12 More Hidden Heroes (O.T. version.)
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