- Lara GainesParticipant
I’m planning for the Middle Ages through Renaissance period of history and know that we can’t read all the books out there and want to make the best use of the time. I want my kids to really know the godly people through the ages. Our goal is to “…tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of The Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (Ps 78:4). I know that SCM has a great list of books and I’ve been researching through that list. But I don’t know which ones will be closest to helping us aim for that goal. Can anyone give me a list of books that have the living book approach that are Christ centered and Christ exalting?KarenParticipant
One book that I found that’s NOT listed in the All Through the Ages book (that I’d suggest you get) is The Accidental Voyage by Douglas Bond. IT’s about a brother and a sister who travel with Mr. Pipes (a Christian old man who has apparently been ministering to the siblings) to Rome and such places. They talk about how the Christians were persecuted back then. Along hte way, Mr. Pipes quotes (and sings, but since it’s not an audio book, you can’t hear it!) old hymns of the church.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and I want to get more in the series. Apparently, all ages history are represented in the series, and some countries (like America).LinabeanParticipant
We are currently reading through one of that series. Mr. Pipes and the Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation. It’s good. The kids are really enjoying it but I would say that I think the author is perhaps a little biased and sometimes it comes across in the book as though the reformers (protestants) were “good guys” while portraying the catholics as “bad guys” instead of covering both sides totally objectively. This is just the impression I have received from it so far. We are only barely in the middle. So, if you are sensitive to this, it may need to be pre-read by you. I am not catholic but I have been informally discussing this with my kids as we go. We are enjoying it and learning much from it, though. The kids want us to get the others in the series as well.
Just thought it may be worth mentioning
Oh, to the OP what ages are your kids?laraandbryanParticipant
Thank you Karen and Miranda, I do have the Accidental Voyage book on my list for this year, and I will look out for the bias. My kids are 4, 7 and 9.
Karen, I just looked up the All Through the Ages book on Amazon and the only one is used for $70+. Do you know where I can find one?
You can purchase All Through the Ages direct from Nothing New Press http://www.nothingnewpress.com/books/all-through-the-ages-2/
Rainbow Resources also has it availableLinabeanParticipant
The Louise A. Vernon books are all pretty good for learning church history in this time period. I was going to say Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church but that would probably not be right for your kids’ ages. But my dd who is just turning 8 today has been able to narrate from most of the books by Vernon if she pays close attention and we have a reading time of no longer than 15 mins. So those may be good for you.
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