Review: Everyone a Child Should Know

When this book first arrived I found a quiet spot in a café in Katoomba and read it cover to cover. I like everything about this book! Clare Heath-Whyte introduces younger readers to over 50 Christians from church history. In just a short page for each person, Clare paints delightful snapshots of their lives. Jenny Brake’s illustrations are perfect; from Corrie ten Boom hiding in a cupboard to Brother Andrew driving his little Volkswagon full of bibles – though one young reader in our house thought he might be delivering pizzas!

Each biography begins with short ice-breaker questions to help kids relate to the story and inspire some dinner-table discussion. Children learn that being a friend of Jesus can be both ordinary and extraordinary. You might be a musician, a painter, a writer, a poet, a preacher, a missionary, an evangelist or even a Bible smuggler. You may travel across the world like Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward, or you might serve God in your home-town like William and Catherine Booth. As Marty Machowski writes: Everyone a Child Should Know introduces our youngest children to the men and women of history whose lives exemplified 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

A carefully chosen Bible verse accompanies each story. There’s even a ribbon marker, so you don’t lose your spot. I’ve started reading this book after dinner with my kids. We try to read just one page each night, but they always want one more. My hope is that through these stories from church history my kids will see that God is still with us, and no matter how their own lives unfold, they too can call Jesus their friend.
You may travel across the world like Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward, or you might serve God in your home-town like William and Catherine Booth. As Marty Machowski writes: Everyone a Child Should Know introduces our youngest children to the men and women of history whose lives exemplified 1 Corinthians 10:31, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
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