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Reformation Heroes Hardcover – January 10, 2007
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I hope this book will help awaken youth in America to the vital truths set forth so clearly and boldly by the historic heroes of the Reformation. --Dr. R.C.Sproul, President, Ligonier Ministries, Orlando Florida
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Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books.
Diana Kleyn is a member of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the mother of three children, and has a heart for helping children understand and embrace the truths of God's Word. She writes monthly for the children's section in The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth magazine, and is co-author with Joel R. Beeke of the series Building on the Rock.
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"Reformation Heroes" is a chronological presentation of the life of the servants of both Pre-Reformation and the Reformation itself throughout Europe against papacy, one of the greatest, most brutal, most cunning tyrannies in history. Peter Waldo of France, John Wycliffe of England, Anne of Bohemia, Queen of Richard II, and John Huss, both of Bohemia marked the dawn of this blessed era. Then came Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Zwingli and Bullinger in Germany and Switzerland, respectively. The scene then shifted to England where the Reformation leaders were Tyndale, King Edward VI, Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley, Foxe, and Knox. Next, the Reformers in the so-called Lowlands; modern-day Belgium, Netherland and Northern France, are presented, after whom came Vermigli, Calvin and Beza. If I were to pick what stunned me the most, I would go with Anne of Bohemia, Luther, Queen Marguerite of Navarre and her daughter Jeanne with the Huguenots, as well as Charlotte, the Nun of Jouarre, the last three lived to see the fateful St Bartholomew's Day.
It is natural to think that the most blessed time is the time of outward prosperity, yet somehow I see that perspective changed and it is confirmed after getting more exposure of the Reformation days through this book. Though these were the years of living dangerously, they were blessed years. Persecution was fierce. Violence was glaring. Evil was overwhelming. Poverty was rampant. Plagues were raging. Yet grace was abundant. The gospel truth was so dear of a cause. The power and glory of God blazed forth through His true church triumphant. Eternity was so close. One was not guaranteed to live through the day, let alone tomorrow. There were no boring days, no time for trifling. There were blood earnestness, sense of urgency, sweet friendships, and passionate debates, though they weren't free from flaws, pride and hatred, inevitable realities of life in a fallen world. "Reformation Heroes" is doubtless a must-read for youths and adults alike, ages 8 to 108.
told also in the days of Luther, hat all people are sinners and for that
reason, they could go to hell, unless they do penance, give money and
property to the church (the church got very whealthy), indulgance. Also at
Luther's time, nuns and monks sometimes did beat themselves up
because of their sins. The author's of the book claims that Luther "found
out", that simply faith was missing?! Luther "found out", that good gives
us MERCY, your sins are forgiven because of this MERCY. It's the mercy of
faith, good gives us like a present. Anyway, the Heidelberger Katechismus was the first step in Germany "to teach" simple "what it is about". But this wasn't the end of it in Germany.There is a developement: In 2010 was the 8. renewal with a modern interpretation for our livingconditions.
The chapters are succinct for all the history they cover. Words are chosen well, easily understood by 12 and up. Younger kids grasp most of the concepts. It's a tremendous read-aloud book as it demonstrates the moving of the Holy Spirit igniting the hearts of royalty and peasants, men and women. The writers portray the humanity of the heroes with respect and dignity and also the realities of frailty despite faith.
Physically, it is made well! The binding is created for longevity. The paper quality holds up to many hands turning pages. The pictures throughout are a blend historical works of art and renditions of an illustrator. The appendices hold maps, family trees of royalty, bibliographies and more.
I highly recommend this book!