The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years. As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther's story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation - some well known and others not so - most of whom are Reformation heroes. To provide a more full picture of the many sided Reformation, chapters are also included on the Anabaptist and Counter Reformation movements. The book concludes with a brief summary of the influence of the Reformation in different areas of life.
About the Author
Diana Kleyn is a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the mother of three children, and has a heart for helping children understand and embrace the truths of God's Word. She writes monthly for the children's section in The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine, and is co-author with Joel R. Beeke of the series Building on the Rock.
My children (ages 7 and 12) and I are absolutely enjoying and learning from this excellent book. It is comprised of 34 chapters. For the most part, one whole chapter is dedicated to the life of each forerunner or reformer mentioned by the previous reviewer. Chapters 18 and 32 discuss the Heidelberg Catechism and the Anabaptists respectively. It has 6 appendixes which include among other things a map of Europe in 1550, a glossary, and study questions for each chapter. There are great black and white illustrations throughout the book. The recommended age for this book would be upper elementary to adults. Many lower elementary children could also benefit if the book is read to them. This book is a gem! L.Q.