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Revelation & Reformation

Revelation & Reformation

 Without a basic understanding of the Protestant Reformation, parts of the book of Revelation are very hard to understand. With a basic knowledge of reformation history, they become much easier to grasp.

How do you teach a kid about reformation history? We have found reading “living” books, that is, story books about that time period very helpful. At times I read aloud to our kids and other times they read themselves.  As your kids get older you can tackle more heavy reading. Books we enjoy offer a simple but thorough look at individuals during the protestant reformation and highlight how they stood firm on the word of God in the midst of great tribulation. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

Recommended Reformation Books for kids

Living books with exciting stories about men and women of strong faith during the Protestant Reformation.

Beggars Bible: An Illustrated Historical Fiction of John Wycliffe by Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press. The author tells of John Wycliffe, the famous Oxford teacher, preacher who translated the Bible and made his translation available to the poor of the land.



Bible Smuggler by Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press.  The 16th century story of William Tyndale, who wants to translate the Bible into English.





Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon / Herald Press. John Gutenberg is working on printing the first Bible with type. Twelve-year-old Hands Dunne is planning on being a scribe and copying the Bible by hand. But circumstances change and he finds himself working in Gutenberg’s shop as an apprentice printer.




When Lightning Struck by Danika Cooley. The story of Martin Luther.






Picture Books for all ages

These are high quality picture books for all ages with beautiful illustrations and a wealth of information. Gain a new appreciation for the great reformers of our faith through these delightful books.

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier / Concordia Publishing House. Luther searched the Scriptures and became convinced that the Roman Catholic Church had lost sight of its central themes. Rome eventually declared him an outlaw. Luther’s writings continue to influence the church today as Christians rely on the truth of God’s Word. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

John Calvin by Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage. This book shows how Calvin listened to God’s call throughout his life even as he struggled to survive the attacks of the Roman Catholic Church.



Lady Jane Grey by Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage. Lady Jane Grey is remembered for her intelligence and steadfast defense of the gospel thought she only lived until her execution at age 17.



John Knox by Simonetta Carr / Reformation Heritage Books. Discover the life and faith of Scottish Protestant John Knox.




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