- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 12
- Series: Archives of Anthropos (Book 4)
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (June 17, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877845891
- ISBN-13: 978-0877845898
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John White was born in Liverpool, England, on March 5, 1924, and grew up in Manchester. After serving as a reconnaissance photographer in the Fleet Air Arms during World War II, he completed medical training at Manchester University. He later participated in a variety of short-term missions efforts (including Bible smuggling!) and capitalized on many opportunities to encourage Christians behind the Iron Curtain during the beginning of the Cold War.
On June 25, 1955, White married Laureate May O'Hara. From 1955 to 1964 he served as a medical missionary with New Tribes Mission. Later he was appointed associate general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Latin America.
White emigrated to Canada with his family in 1965 and later completed his residency in psychiatry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He next filled the post of associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and also served locally as pastor of Church of the Way.
He wrote 25 books as well as numerous articles and study guides. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences and leadership events. During his later life, White moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, helping to plant a Vineyard church there (Surrey Vineyard) and becoming involved in the larger Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
John White died in 2002, but his written ministry lives on, with over 1.5 million of his books in print.
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I especially appreciate how these books are more up to date than the Nania books. It makes it easier for 21st century children to relate to the 4 children pulled into Anthopos easier. Although Mary is overly selfish in the beginning, she develops improved, yet flawed character as the story develops, and as she meets Gaal.
There is so much wonderful imagery in the book, so many parables, that it would be hard to pick my favorite sections. Even if you are older than 16, and do not have children, I still recommend this book. I first read it as a college student, after my younger brother (then in high school) sent me a copy as a Christmas gift, and my only regret was that I had discovered it, as well as the rest of the Chronicles of Anthopos before. I read the first 3 books in this series while in college, as recreational reading, then read the last 2 when my 3 children were in their fantasy phase, sometimes to them, sometimes to myself. I hope that someone makes all 5 books into movies someday, like they have done with the first 3 books in the Narnia series.
I hope this helps you in picking your next book to read.
Like C.S. Lewis, John White has also written some wonderful helpful non fiction books, including The Fight and Eros Defiles, both of which I found helpful in my Christian walk.
May God bless you,
Kevin of Cupertino, CA