"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Sharing Monday: Extreme Devotion

Apologies, it's a day late!  We've been struggling with a lot of illness in this house. :(

We read a fair amount of missionary stories in our home, from Missionary Stories with the Millers to the Christian Heros: Then and Now Series.  The kids really like them and I think it's important for them to learn from believers who took the gospel message to others despite grave danger.  This particular book is by The Voice of the Martyrs: Extreme Devotion.  It's a devotional, there are 365 stories of men and women who were called to walk out their faith in significant ways.  They are all true stories from ancient to modern day times.  The devotional begins with an account of the man or women who, at times, would pay the ultimate price to reach others with the Word of God.  It concludes with some scripture and a challenge to live out our own faith, even in the most difficult times.  We read one during our devotional time in the morning.  It has given way to lots of discussion about how to live out our faith and the fact that we live in a free country where we need not fear persecution in the ways these men and women did.   A warning though:  This book is a hard read and I do sensor it at times due to content.  Bear in mind also that my children are accustomed to reading missions stories from an early age.  We read through books like:  I Heard Good News Today (Stories for Children) and Hero Tales among others.  You would need to assess whether or not your children can handle the stories.  I have one child in particular that is very interested in missions work so she loves to read these books and eats them all up.  I have very much enjoyed reading them along side my children as well.  I feel like it rounds us out to know about the saints and reminds me very much of Hebrews 12. :)


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