Anselm of Canterbury Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  July 1, 2013

Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta CarrThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“As we’ve come to expect from the “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” series, Anselm of Canterbury is a high quality, hardcover book with thick pages and a sewn binding making it sturdier than many books published today… I highly recommend Anselm of Canterbury and pray that many will grow in their understanding of the necessity of the incarnation and of the importance and value of studying church history as a result of this fine work!!”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is another excellent biography in this series. Simonetta Carr’s writing is clear and age- appropriate. She highlights aspects of Anselm’s life that would be of interest to a young reader, but she goes beyond citing facts and delves into the theological impact of her subject… We are never too young or too old to learn about church history.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Parents, please get hold of this book, as well as the others in this series. Read them to your children, even if they’re old enough to read. You will learn alongside your children. All of you will be glad you did.”
Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I have found a new historical friend in the person of Anselm; Having never read anything about him before I was keen to read Simonetta Carr’s new book Anselm of Canterbury. And Simonetta’s writing has brought this particular church character to life from the depths of history. It is a children’s book – and an excellent one – but leave it on your coffee table and you’ll find adults enjoy it just as much.”
Reviewer: Catherine Mackenzie (
Rating: 4 Stars

“For parents who might want their child to have a deeper understanding of a figure of church history such as Anselm of Canterbury and to understand why his life bore such an impact, Carr’s book is a wonderful beginning point. Additionally, as a parent, I would recommend taking a read through this book as well. You will be sure to learn something and at 63 pages, it is both a quick read and a book that someone can return to over and over. After reading this book, I am now curious to check out the other offerings in this series.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book was a superb introduction for young students concerning the life and teachings of Anselm of Canterbury… The illustrations were also very beautiful, taking the world of a medieval monk and his travels and opening up the scenery that surrounded him. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Anselm and even those wanting to pass along to their children a biography of the one of the great church fathers.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I didn’t expect to be convicted while reading a children’s book on church history, but I was… I highly recommend this series. In fact, we’ve already ordered two more books in the series and plan to purchase more soon! I am sure that had I read a series such as this during my childhood years, I wouldn’t have avoided church history during my seminary years.”
Reviewer: Betsy Cypress (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I encourage you to take a look at this series and Anselm of Canterbury is a perfect book to start with.  You will not be disappointed and I can assure you will come back for more titles in this series.  The  illustrations, photos of historical places, pictures of historical documents, timeline, did you know section and quotes from Anselm are the icing on the cake to an already wonderful Christian biography.”
Reviewer: Marci Ferrell (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The pictures are pleasant, the prose is very readable, and the subject matter is intriguing..  I easily recommended this volume.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The pictures are vivid and illustrate the easy to understand story that unfolds; the cover grabs your eye and begs you to open the book. Ms. Carr takes care to appeal to children of all ages, and parents will enjoy reading this book with their children.”
Reviewer: Donna Safford (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The target audience of this book is children aged 7 to 12, although the younger side of that range may appreciate mommy or daddy reading it to them instead of doing it by themselves. Even as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and wanted to know more after I was done. I recommend it.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’m so impressed with this book! The text is understandable and written at a level accessible for any fluent reader, and the events and concepts are explained clearly and simply.”
Reviewer: Kara Haschke (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I believe that helping our children understand Christian history is important.  I’m excited that Mrs. Carr is covering figures that are largely unaddressed in biographies for children.  I really enjoyed Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr, and I look forward to collecting the rest of her books.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Sturdily bound with thick paper and colored illustrations, this biography is one that will last through your children and your grandchildren, and you will want it to last, because it is a very good book.”
Reviewer: Faith Farrell (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend this book for anyone interested in studying Church History—child and adult alike. It was a most enjoyable read, and I am excited about reading it to my daughter (and any additional children we may have in the future). If my wife and I are able to homeschool, we will definitely use the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series as a part of our history curriculum.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris (
Rating: 4 Stars

Anselm of Canterbury hits the midline between simplifying the story enough for children and not dumbing the story down too much to have value. The “Did You Know?” section in the back is very helpful, filling out the details needed for the life of Anselm… I highly recommend this book for upper elementary and above.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard (
Rating: 4 Stars

“Simonetta Carr’s writing made it an effortless read which I very much enjoyed… I highly recommend the book, the series, and checking out the author.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is a beautiful bound book with wonderful illustrations. A great collector book for the whole family to enjoy and learn about men of great faith.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (
Rating: 4 Stars

“Simonetta Carr and Reformation Heritage Books are doing a wonderful service for the church with the series “Christian Biographies for Young Readers…” This nice little biography is also useful for older readers who are ignorant of Anselm, but have not the time nor desire to tackle a major biography. It also made me want to go back and reread some of Anselm, especially his Book of Meditations and Prayers.”
Reviewer: Benjamin Shaw (
Rating: 5 Stars

“To write for young people one’s writing must be concise and clear. This biography of Anselm is both… For content, clarity, conciseness, and attractiveness, this book rates five stars.”
Reviewer: Jason Skipper (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Children and adults alike will enjoy Anselm of Canterbury and I cannot recommend enough this book and its companions in this biographical series. By studying the past we are able to see more clearly the hand of God in all of history and His continuing Providence in the present. Simonetta Carr brings this concept home beautifully.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This volume will be an excellent aid to inform and stimulate children’s intellectual interests in the heritage of history and faith, helping them ground their lives and broaden their horizons and understanding of the truths of Scripture as played out in the context of history. Highly recommended for that purpose, ages 8 and up.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace (
Rating: 5 Stars

Anselm of Canterbury is a wonderful book about the life of Anselm, a man who is appointed archbishop. The Awesome picutres in this book bring the book alive and the story is captivating, so that you won’t want to put it down. I really enjoyed this book!”
-Amelia (age 10)

“This book is a great read with fun, engaging illustrations, and text. It gives a good look at Anselm’s life from when he was a child to when he became a monk. He had a love for God and enjoyed learning about Him. The book’s text is great and it has long words and covers interesting details. I like this book a lot! 5 Stars!”
-Jeremiah (age 13)

“This book is a great collection of beautiful illustrations, easy-to-read text, and lots of photographs. It is a great resource for kids who want to learn about the amazing life of this amazing person!”
-Isabella (age 14)
Reviewers: The Tabatt Kids (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an excellent book for reading aloud as a family, and it is likewise well-suited for children to read on their own.  I enjoyed this introduction to Anselm quite a bit myself, and as a result of reading this, I will be looking to put more books from this series in our family’s library.  I want my children to be literate in church history, and this book (along with the entire series) is going to be a part of this effort.”
Reviewer: Justin Combs (
Rating: 5 Stars

“One of my favorite parts of this book is the use of illustrations and photographs.  I was intrigued with the photographs, which where he lived and what he saw.  Seeing the portraits made him more real to me… My children and I really enjoyed this book.  I highly recommend it to all children and adults.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr has done it again. She has given us a superb historical biography of an important figure in Christian History written for young readers. And once again, an older reader like me, has enjoyed it as much or more than the intended audience.
Reviewer: Robert Hayton (
Rating: 5 Stars

Anselm of Canterbury is a lovely book; a beautifully designed layout full of wonderful photos, captivating historical reproductions and delightful illustrations. It is suitable for readers young and old.”
Reviewer: Roberta Hegland
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is very exciting to me that books like these are being written. I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself and your children. Neither you nor they will be disappointed (unless, of course, you only read a chapter per night)!”
Reviewer: Adaryll Jordan (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would highly recommend this book and this series.  The world puts out much worthless writings for children these days, we should be quick to support Christian authors that provide wonderful, God-honoring material for our kids!”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The timing could not be more perfect for our family, as we will be studying the Middle Ages this year in our homeschooling curriculum.  I plan to use this as a supplement, and will look for more books in this series that also fit with our timeline. I would recommend this to all parents as an excellent series to add to your collection.”
Reviewer: Allison Redd (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I give Anselm of Canterbury five of five stars. The testimony of his life and the beauty of this book is too good to pass up!  Check out this and other books from the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (
Rating: 5 Stars

“thorough and detailed in a way that made available the details for those kids who are curious without being inaccessible to a young reader… In an age of skepticism and relativity, it is never too early to begin the journey to a robust faith and informed worldview that is further enabled with this series!”
Reviewer: Marc Mullins (
Rating: 5 Stars

“A must read for all Christin families!”
Reviewer: Valerie Belley (
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Look for Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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