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Simonetta Carr's book on John Owen is a delightful introduction to his life for the very young. In the tradition of her earlier books on Calvin and Augustine, she retells Owen's story with flair and passion, and accompanies it with great illustrations which help to make his life and times vivid and exciting. Heartily commended! --Carl Trueman

Simonetta Carr's wonderful biography of John Owen is the third book in what I hope will be a growing collection of biographies of Christian heroes. In clear, unembellished language Carr chronicles the life of the Prince of Puritans through a tumultuous period of English history. This book manages to be simple without being shallow. Young readers will admire the integrity of Owen's conscience as a man living in a difficult time and relish the rich descriptions of Owen's theological genius. This is a masterful book. I trust that many others will follow. --Tedd Tripp

Owen was, and remains, a very important teacher of God's ways, and it is good to introduce young people to him. --J.I. Packer

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Simonetta Car was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

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Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art, and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder Colorado. Matt lives with his wife Rebecca and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Biographies for Young Readers
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601780885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601780881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has been a home-schooling mother for many years. As a writer, she has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and three of her eight children. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This week I learned a lot about the Puritans by reading Ms. Carr's biography of John Owen. The cover of this book is inviting and might make you think that this is a picture book about John Owen, which it is not. This book is a solid biography for young readers in grades 3-6. The younger readers may have some difficulty reading some of the words on their own. My daughter struggled with the words in this book, because though her phonics are very strong, many of the words in this book need to be read aloud because they don't fit the typical rules of phonics. So, this will be a book we read together the first time or two. She loves history books, so I am sure she will then begin reading it on her own once she knows what the difficult words sound like.

The first time I read this book about John Owen, I had many thoughts that I discussed with my husband. His view of this book was very different than my initial view and that is why I clarified from the beginning that this is a biography and not a picture book. The cover made me think of this first as a picture book biography. I expected a lot of personal information about John Owen. Instead, this is a story of his life and the things he did. Simonetta Carr did not infer things about his life. I believe she strove to stay true to what we do know about Owen, rather than embellishing his story. This is very important because inferring information about real people is a dangerous thing. It is a difficult thing with figures from the past--to portray them in an unbiased way. I enjoyed Ms. Carr's blog post about just this aspect of writing biographies on her blog.

The illustrations from the book by Matt Abraxas are wonderfully done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Boekestein on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Simonetta Carr's third book in her Christian Biographies for Young Readers is on John Owen. As with the previous two books (on John Calvin and Augustine), this colorfully-told story is enhanced with beautiful, well-chosen photographs and original paintings. The book's illustrator, Matt Abraxas has, in my opinion, provided the best art in this excellent series.

This book (like the two previous) manages to be informative without being dry, edifying without being moralistic. By avoiding the temptation to be either obtrusive or dispassionate Simonetta succeeds in highlighting the value of a thoughtful, courageous, principled life. And in being true to Owen's life she has invited readers to glory in Owen's God.

My kids and I finished the book last night, though I suspect this was only the first of many odysseys into this highly recommended introduction on the life of the "Prince of the Puritans."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Embry on February 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The life of John Owen is powerful, and Simonetta Carr amply provides his the story of Owen's life that's worth telling your children. Simonetta Carr writes about Owen's life, as Matt Abraxas provides beautiful illustrations for the story. An introduction, six chapters, time line, a "Did You Know?" section, and a modern version of John Owen's Lesser Catechism rounds out the hardcover book.

Owen has been called the greatest English-speaking theologian, and this book tells his story. There's plenty of history in the book, but plenty of theology explained in an understandable way. Carr retells Owen's childhood, conversion, call to ministry, life as a pastor, writer, and parent. Particularly moving is the account of Owen losing almost all of his children to sickness and his death. Throughout the story, Carr is able to convey Owen's dedication to Christ, the church, and God's Word. The cost for such a dedication proved costly, at times, but children can be instructed from these stories about the seriousness of the call of discipleship from them.

My son particularly enjoyed this book. I pray that when my son is a teenager he'll read and understand Owen's books for teenage Oxford students, Mortification of Sin and Overcoming Sin and Temptation. The Lesser Catechism included in the appendix can facilitate parental instruction in Gospel truths.

This book comes highly commended for its story telling, artistry, and usefulness in conveying Christian truth.
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