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Amazing Stories from Times Past: Devotions for Children And Families Paperback – November 14, 2005
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"It is vital for covenant youth and adults to be made aware and reminded of those who have gone beforewho fought the good fight of faith. Christine Farenhorst shares stories of those who were used of God to further his kingdom in difficult times. Inspirational devotional reading." --John Van Dyk, Christian Renewal magazine
"Engages the reader in the real life incidents of Christian believers from the past and into the present. The stories quickly pull the reader in so that the book is hard to put down. Highly recommended!" --Mark Vander Hart, Mid-america Reformed Seminary
"I want to always be able to talk with my children, but even more I want to be the person, the teacher, they turn to with their questions about God. Thats why I love Christines stories: God is the focal point in every one. Each ends with penetrating discussion questions that will get parent and child talking." --Jon Dykstra, Reformed Perspective
About the Author
Christine Farenhorst, author and poet, has written Amazing Stories from Times Past, The Great Escape, Wings like a Dove, and Before My Mothers Womb.
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Each story covers three to five pages. Artist Steven Mitchell has illustrated several of the stories with black and white line drawings. Bible verses clarify the principle taught, and each story ends with a couple of thought-provoking questions.
Farenhorst provides a variety of story subjects and principles. Two stories tell of Pastor Haralan Popov's ministry in Communist Bulgaria, and trains on the principles of joy in trials and the furtherance of the gospel. The story of Paul "Bog" teaches of the foolishness of hoarding. "The Heaven Book" shows the marvelous intervention of God in delivering a Christian who had hidden smuggled Bibles in China. "The Marseillaise" shows the dangers of bitterness.
The stories would make good personal devotions for junior high students, but I believe students as young as fourth grade could benefit if read and discussed during family devotions. The questions challenge the reader to think, and make good conversation starters. A few of the questions reflect Farenhorst's reformed theology, but most of the reading and questions would appeal to a broad Christian audience.
I hope to use the book during homeschooling in a few years, but it would also be good for family devotions, private devotions, and perhaps Christian school or camp devotions. - Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com