John Knox – Christian Biographies For Young Readers Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  March 10, 2014
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Christian Biographies for Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books
February 18, 2014

From armed bodyguard to galley slave, from loving husband and father to fiery preacher, John Knox was moved by a relentless passion for the honor of God and the purity of His truth and worship. Yet when he was a schoolboy growing up in the small Scottish town of Haddington, he could never have imagined that he would become a major leader of the powerful movement that transformed Scotland into one of the most committed Protestant countries in the world. Simonetta Carr tells the story of how this great Reformer, whose life began humbly, in a faraway, mysterious part of the world, influenced the church and its beliefs far beyond the borders of Scotland, shaping our thinking still today.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for John Knox – Christian Biographies For Young Readers by Simonetta Carr (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

John Knox by Simonetta Carr is worth adding to your family’s reading — and to your family library. It’s a well-written, well-produced book that serves multiple ages, and it’s pretty enough to lie on your coffee table when your friends are visiting.”
Reviewer: Danika Cooley (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This fiery orator of the gospel had a great impact in Scotland during his time and this excellent book by Simonetta Carr brings to life this interesting individual for yet another generation of believers to explore. I highly recommend this book for young and adult readers alike as there is something in this book for everyone regardless of age. This book would also be useful as part of homeschool and Sunday School lessons as well as family study time. I look forward to additional books being released in this series.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is a short read with meaningful images.  It can easily be read in one sitting, like a family worship time or in a Sunday School setting.  And if Christian Schools are looking for reading curriculum, this is an obvious and easy place to start.  It may come packaged as a ‘children’s book’, but I can’t envision a Christian that would not benefit from the story of the great reformer.  Ms. Carr has done the Body of Christ a tremendous service by producing this work, even if her muse provided more inspiration than would be typical.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book to any family who wants to learn more about one of the pillars of Protestantism. This book would be valuable in a family devotion or homeschool setting.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff (
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this book a wonderful addition to your library.  The book was well written, interesting read, and beautiful illustrations.”
Reviewer: Karen Chevalier (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This detailed biography for children on John Knox will undoubtedly be a favorite! You will find it a hearty, worthwhile read that provides inspiration for all of its readers, young and old alike.”
Reviewer: Rachel Hillesland 
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book on the great Scottish Reformer would be a wonderful addition to any family library. I can see this book being very valuable for family devotion times as well as being incorporated into homeschooling.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Knox’s story captivates because of the many things that happened in his life, from his participation in revolt and rebellion, to time spent as a galley slave, to exile, and to service before kings…. I didn’t have many books on church history growing up, but I’m sure I would have loved this one.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl (
Rating: 5 Stars

“As with the previous books in this series, this is a beautifully written and illustrated book. What a treasure to add to any family library!”
Reviewer: Monique Bergmeier (
Rating: 5 Stars

“A wonderful tool for Christian parents who desire to share the powerful story of John Knox with their children, I could not recommend Carr’s book more. I would give the book an “A”.”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I felt that the book was very well written. Even though it was meant for children, I felt that it gave me a lot to think about as an adult. I don’t think very young children would be that captivated; I do believe that older students would find this to be a fitting supplement to their history studies.”
Reviewer: Sarah Edstrom (
Rating: 4 Stars

“Prior to this book I had found one other history book of any sort that came close to the quality and accessibility of this book and that was Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World by Paul L. Maier, but even that book is not as high a quality as this book. I highly recommend!”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (
Rating: 5 Stars

John Knox is a great history book and sums up John Knox’s life very quickly, but not so much as to make it shallow and weak. If you are interested in a short but sweet bio of a great reformer and pioneer of the Christian Faith, then search no longer. It might take two hours to read in its entirety. I would recommend this book to eight – twelve year olds, especially if they are interested in the history of Christian faith.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (
Rating: 5 Stars

“The author’s careful attention to detail and the artist’s passion-infused windows into Knox’s world are packaged in a stunning layout that gives the book a timeless feel. It is hard to imagine seeing a new illustrated juvenile biography of John Knox on the market again for a long time. It’s even harder to imagine a better one.”
Reviewer: William Boekestein (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr’s biography of John Knox is not only an excellent biography for children, it would be a wonderful place for an adult to begin to meet the real John Knox, pastor, husband, father and loyal Scot.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Christian Biographies for Young Readers has done it again.  Simonetta Carr’s beautifully illustrated and easily readable biography of John Knox will be a wonderful addition to your library.”
Reviewer: Marci Ferrell (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I seriously enjoyed this book. I think it is incredibly well done and will benefit many Christian parents as they seek to put solid, historically and theologically sound books into the hands of their young readers.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford (
Rating: 5 Stars

“As we’ve come to expect from the “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” series, John Knox is a high quality, hardcover book with thick pages and a sewn binding, making it a sturdy, collectible title that will hold up well to many years of use. I highly recommend John Knox and pray that many will be encouraged as they seek to serve God faithfully in the face of trouble and that they will grow in their understanding of the importance and value of studying church history as a result of this splendid work!!”

Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book deserves a place of honor at the coffee table, but might end up in the kids’ bookcase, more often than not. It also should find a place in church or school libraries. If you haven’t picked up a title in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, now would be a good time. You won’t be disappointed with John Knox.”
Reviewer: Bob Hayton (
Rating: 5 Stars

“In the small, but very informative, book Christian Biographies for Young Readers: John Knox, Simonetta Carr does a fantastic job of giving readers a highly pertinent overview of the powerful life of God’s humble servant John Knox.  The book does not get bogged down in the minute details like some other Christian biographies do, but does a great job of maintaining a consistent flow of writing that keeps it’s readers attention from beginning to end.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would recommend this book (and likely the whole series) to anyone looking to deepen their children’s faith and knowledge of church history.”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr has done it again. “John Knox” is the seventh installment of her acclaimed “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” series (published by Reformation Heritage). Here she sets out to tell the story of John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland.”
Reviewer: Timothy Harris (
Rating: 5 Stars

John Knox is the seventh in Ms. Carr’s series of Christian Biographies for Young Readers. My children and I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series, and I highly recommend them to Christian parents to introduce their children to, not only the life stories of Christian leaders of the past, but also the roles they played in key events in the history of the church. FromJohn Knox, they will learn from his example how to stand boldly for the truth of the Word of God, how to trust God through great trials, and much more.”
Reviewer: Lisa Hodgen (
Rating: 5 Stars

“What else can you hope for when you read a book like this to your children? This book is a gem and a perfect way to introduce young readers to the Protestant reformation.  5 stars!”
Reviewer: Alex Houston (
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is not a dry history book. Carr makes John Knox come alive as the reader walks with him through from young adulthood through his death. While the history presented is important, I felt that the biggest takeaway from the book was the priority Knox placed on bringing the gospel to the common people which, at that time, involved much more than just preaching and evangelism. It required attempting to change the law of the land, and even risking imprisonment and death when taking a stand. I couldn’t help but wonder if today’s Christian leaders would be willing to take such a stand.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson (
Rating: 5 Stars

“At a time when we don’t know much history, let alone church history, theChristian Biographies for Young Readers is very helpful resource for children and adults. John Knox is a great addition to this series and is just in time for the 500th anniversary of his birth.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I’m always collecting biographies to go along with the topics we study in our homeschool, and I love that this one contains so many tools that make it easy to integrate our studies.  This book would be an excellent addition to any children’s library, and I hope to add more books from the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series to our own.”
Reviewer: Crystal Nale (
Rating: 5 Stars

“In this biography of John Knox, Simonetta Carr address not only Knox’s life, but the greater cultural issues that drove him to become the man and leader he was. And she does this in a manner that is engaging and interesting, especially for younger readers. I plan to pass this book around among my kids and see if it inspires them as it did me.”
Reviewer: Jeff Randleman (
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this an excellent biography for all ages, but especially for younger elementary children who are just beginning to read longer chapter books, because it still feels like a “picture book,” yet offers a slightly challenging read and provides a wealth of information. Her acknowledgements even include some possibilities for further reading, which I might delve into in the future.”
Reviewer: Allison Redd (
Rating: 5 Stars

John Knox helps readers of all ages to better acquaint themselves with a great man in church history.”
Reviewer: John Wiley (
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
John Knox – Christian Biographies For Young Readers by Simonetta Carr is available 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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