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About the Author

Dave and Neta Jackson are an award winning husband and wife writing team, the authors or coauthors of more than a hundred books. They are most well known for the Trailblazers, a forty book series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes for young readers (with sales topping 1.7 million) and Neta's popular Yada Yada Prayer Group novels for women. The Jacksons make their home in the Chicago metropolitan area, where they are active in cross cultural ministry and enjoy their grand children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205569
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While these stories are meant for children ages six to twelve, I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Patti Chadwick
This is a very well written book that it is segmented in such away to make it quite easy for teaching small children as well as adults.
Islands Nature
The questions at the end make for a wonderful and heartfelt discussion time with the kiddos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on November 27, 2008
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In "Heroes in Black History," co-authors Dave and Neta Jackson take from their forty-book Trailblazers series fourteen hall of faith African American heroes. Appropriate for children of all races from ages six-to-twelve, "Heroes" provides historical fiction in summary form. Each of the fourteen stories also includes a discussion guide with application for today. While written for young children, parents will find the book helpful for imparting life lessons from the legacy of African American Christianity. For a similar book written for adults, consider: Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering," "Soul Physicians," and "Spiritual Friends."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bogart on October 25, 2008
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In Heroes in Black History, the Jacksons have drawn from their existing work in the Hero Tales series and combined it with fresh, new material to present a titillating introduction to the lives and achievements of prominent black Christians stretching back over the past two hundred years and into the present. Fourteen heroes of the faith are introduced to young readers through a stunningly expressive portrait drawn rendered in charcoal by Toni Auble and a biographical segment that outlines the course of each life.

This is followed by three stories, each illustrating the strengths of his or her Christian character. The stories are written in a narrative form that is true to life, though it reads like the best historical fiction. Written for children in the 7 - 12 year-old age range, adults will also find the readings informative and thought-provoking.

Each story is followed by contemplative questions for use in group discussions such as Sunday school or family devotions. We read this title together at bedtimes and many of the discussion prompts were beyond my five-year-old at that time of night. Some of the questions are based upon the text of the story, others are deeply questioning and open ended, asking as to how these character traits can be applied in ones own life.

A concluding statement about the character quality woven throughout the story is made at the end of each, as well as a Bible verse that further drives home the story's main thrust. Each section of text, whether introductory biography or character building story is short, from 2 - 4 pages in length; perfect for children's brief attention spans and short periods, or where the readings will only make up part of a larger program such as an integrated unit study or Sunday school class.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Leigh Hargrove on October 14, 2008
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Dave and Neta Jackson have produced a modern day classic here. School age youth of all colors can benefit from this resource.

Use it in a Sunday school class (for youth or adults) to as a character study. The highlights traits like boldness, love, and reconciliation using the lives of well-known positive figures in black history and in today's news. Each short chapter includes a short Bible study and talking points.

Why wait for February to develop racial sensitivity and character inspiration?

Listen. Learn. Love.

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Linda Leigh Hargrove is the author of two works of fiction: The Making of Isaac Hunt (2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (2008). Her writings blend suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Contessa Austin on April 9, 2013
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I heard about this book on the radio and rushed ti order it. It's a great read for younger people, but I wouldn't get it for another adult
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Well...for all families truly. I am a homeschool mom and this book is incredible! I love how the stories are real, inspiring, AND HIStory. The questions at the end make for a wonderful and heartfelt discussion time with the kiddos. What a way to instill Godly character and share with our little ones some of the amazing people that God has used so that you and I might enjoy the freedom to love one another the way He intended. A must have for all families! This book is recommended for ages 6-12, but anyone who reads it will be blessed. Thank you Dave and Neta Jackson.
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Altough I've already read this book, my book club, The Fortson Grove Book Club, is currently reading this book and discussing each character. The questions at the end of each chapter is thought provoking, even for our young readers. This is a great book for Black History Month and all schools should be encouraged to include it in their curriculum for the month of February.
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