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Martin Luther Book Cover Martin Luther
Christian Biographies for Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Biography
Reformation Heritage Books
October 25, 2016
Hardcover
32

Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Simonetta Carr’s new book Martin Luther from the amazing Christian Biographies for Young Readers series.

“Simonetta’s books are so well crafted that it’s delightful to simply hold them and explore the texture and artistry within and without. Still, it is what Simonetta has captured amongst her precise and enlightening writing that is fascinating for all ages.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 5 Stars

“All in all, I really liked this book. I really appreciated that she does not make Luther come across as a hero to be worshiped but rather as a man, saved by God’s grace and not his own merit, who was used by God to bring people to a correct knowledge of the Gospel and to point them to the Word of God as the only authority.”
Reviewer: Sarah Lambert
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers: Martin Luther is an excellent resource for teaching children about a key contributor of the Protestant Reformation and is a great conversation starter on what is truly means to be a Christian, justified by faith in Christ alone.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 5 Stars

“We are told our stories matter. Yet so often, it is the current day stories we share, forgetting to delve back into our history. Our church history is particularly important to share for it is the way by which our our children learn about heroes of the faith and hold onto biblical truths. Simonetta Carr writes about such heroes in a way that is sure to draw in, and keep, the attention of children…. This is a hard covered book with pages beautifully printed making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether you know absolutely nothing about Luther and this is your first introduction, or whether this is the tenth book you’ve read on the man and it simply serves as a reminder in a beautifully illustrated way for you to teach your children or others about him… I would encourage you to get yourself a copy of this book, as well as the other 10 volumes in the series. You won’t be disappointed.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“For a 64-page children’s biography, the detail is excellent and, more importantly, accurate… In all, I highly recommend not only Martin Luther but the entire series.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 5 Stars

“I enjoy this book’s approach to exploring both well- and lesser-known information about Luther and his story. I’m delighted to add Martin Luther to our collection of Christian Biographies for Young Readers.”
Reviewer: Ann Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“I’ve reviewed some of the biographies in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, and this is another great addition. These books make important figures in church history very accessible to young readers. I also appreciate the author’s honesty about their failings, such as Luther’s anti-semitic writings, briefly mentioned in “Did You Know?”. We should honor the saints of old but recognize that they were fallible human beings in need of a Savior, too… I highly recommend Martin Luther and the whole series.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“These biographies are wonderfully done. I have had the opportunity to review two prior to this one and as usual, they do not disappoint! They are filled with just enough information to promote a good biographical sketch for the young reader.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“Long after my grandchildren are grown, I’ll still be reading this series of Christian Biographies For Young Readers… a good addition to any homeschooler’s library.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr’s series of biographies is a hard set to define. The books are aimed at children, but they are informative and utterly unique… Grab this one, or any of them, and you will be greatly pleased.
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“Whether you are looking for a gift for a child, seeking a volume for homeschool history, or simply building your library, this volume is worth purchasing. It is historically accurate, delightfully illustrated, with an appropriately critical tone. It represents both a celebration of the recovery of the gospel with a recognition of the pervasiveness of human sin, even among our heroes. Reformation Heritage Books should be applauded for continuing the series and publishing excellent children’s volumes like this one.”
Reviewer: Andrew Spencer
Rating: 5 Stars

“I wish I had read more biographies when I was a kid. Actually, I wish I had read more, period. As a Christian parent, I want my kids to learn about my faith, and I pray that one day they will embrace it as their own. By sharing these biographies with them, they learn not only from my example, but from the examples of believers throughout history.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“In short with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation quickly approaching, there is no better book out there to introduce children to Martin Luther, a crucial figure not just in the history of the church, but in world history as well.”
Reviewer: Steve Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“As we look toward celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, this book provides a great launching point. I recommend this book as a great addition to the reading libraries of families, churches, and schools alike.”
Reviewer: Suzanne Jackson
Rating: 5 Stars

” I implore you, dear readers, buy this and all books in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series. Give your children the gift of a life well lived.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“Children deserve to be exposed to the idea that people can be admirable in some respects but not in others.) Young female readers will appreciate Carr’s explanations of how much Luther came to love and depend on his wife Katie, and what a strong woman she was in her own right. My daughter and I give Carr’s Martin Luther five stars!”
Reviewer: Emily Varner
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book (on Martin Luther) is another in Simonetta Carr’s carefully researched, well vetted / written / produced series “Christian Biographies for Young Readers”. It displays the same meticulous research, helpful photos and drawings, and excellent production values found in the other volumes of this series.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace
Rating: 5 Stars

“Soul work begins with the faith that Martin Luther came to know, as revealed in Scripture alone, and this book does a masterful job of introducing him.”
Reviewer: Joshua Waulk
Rating: 5 Stars

“Carr humanizes Martin Luther… His life was a large and dramatic one. It is easy to forget that in the midst of that he was a father, husband, and teacher. Simonetta Carr brings that Luther to life.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan
Rating: 5 Stars

“One of the things that most surprised and delighted me about the book was how many facts and tid-bits were new to me… She managed to write a book that is both accessible to new readers and engaging for those who are already familiar with her subject. I give this book high marks on all counts and now I’m itching to get my hands on the rest of the series!”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a great book for both children and parents alike. It’s accurate, reliable and interesting. This is a great tool not only to introduce your child to Church History but also provides teachable moments to have meaningful conversations about the gospel and theology… This would be great to read next Reformation Day in October, but might also make a spectacular Christmas gift next week!”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson
Rating: 5 Stars

Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the perfect combination of biography, history, heritage, and good art. This is a book that I would definitely recommend for children. It would compliment a homeschooling history curriculum quite nicely or work as a nice gift for children who appreciate a well written and well illustrated book. I would also recommend this book as a nice addition to any church library that wants to add a section helping children to better understand the Protestant heritage.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Martin Luther is an engaging biography that is sure to encourage many as they rejoice in the Biblical truth that Luther discovered… I pray that the faith of all who read this book will be strengthened as they, like Luther, rest in the salvation that comes through Christ’s perfect life and death in our place.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I hope that this work goes forward and makes an impact in the lives of the young people who read it… I gladly give this work 5 out of 5 stars. If you know nothing about Martin Luther and would like the “Cliff Notes” version check this work out.”
Reviewer: Paul Horne
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta has done a great job bringing Luther to life and I was so appreciative that the great Reformation narrative at the center of Luther’s life wasn’t lost here. To see this tormented monk transformed by the good news of the Gospel and to see him stand firm to reform the Church was exciting to read, and exciting to share with my children. As we read this book, my children could clearly see the need for reformation, and could clearly appreciate that it was God who brought “darkness out of light.””
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“What a gift Carr has given parents in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers. This series is invaluable for parents who wish to teach their children about these great men and women of God who have shaped the spread of the gospel across the years.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Mcllwain
Rating: 5 Stars

“…a valuable tool for use in introducing children to a deeper knowledge of Christian heritage”
Reviewer: Becky Miller
Rating: 5 Stars

“I am always on the look out for well written biographies for my children and this volume on Martin Luther, and the entire series, is one that I have come to trust and love. Whole families will benefit from reading the biography on Luther together. I highly recommend this book along with the entire series.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be very enjoyable and worthwhile because of what I learned about Luther that I did not already know. The benefits of these young reader editions is that the author & editor leave no page unturned in the biographies of these spiritual giants.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“Luther’s story is a compelling one, and Simonetta Carr has done an admirable job of presenting it to older children. The illustrations are very strong in this book…”
Reviewer: James Korsmo
Rating: 4 Stars

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Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther wrote ninety-five questions, hoping to start a discussion about sin and repentance at the University of Wittenberg in Germany. In a few months those questions had stirred the nation; a few years later, the continent. Today we know that those questions changed the course of both the Western church and world history. In this volume for children, Simonetta Carr tells the compelling story of this father of the Protestant Reformation, tracing his quest for peace with God, his lifelong heroic stand for God’s truth, and his family life and numerous accomplishments. The Reformer’s greatest accomplishment, she writes, “has been his uncompromising emphasis on the free promise of the gospel.”

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

Praise for Martin Luther:

“Carr leads readers into the world in which Martin Luther grew up and then served the church and his society with sensitivity to the times and places where his life unfolded. The adventure of bringing the gospel to his people and the drama of his testimony to the truth come alive as we follow his footsteps into the heart of the German government, when he stood up to an emperor, and into his home and the joys he had in raising his family. An excellent introduction to the life of the great Reformer.”
—Robert Kolb, professor of systematic theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

“I am a big fan of both Martin Luther and Simonetta Carr, so this book is a dream come true, an author-subject marriage made in heaven. Simonetta beautifully captures both the life and the key thoughts of Dr. Martin and does so in a manner which is fast-paced and exciting. Parents will love reading this book to their children, and children will love reading it for themselves.”
—Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ambler, Pennsylvania

Simonetta CarrAbout the Author:  SIMONETTA CARR was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and family. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books
  • ISBN:  9781601784544
  • Page Count:  64 Pages

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates:  December 5-18, 2016
  • Available Formats:  Hardvoer (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

Gifted Mind: The Dr. Raymond Damadian Story, Inventor of the MRI Book Cover Gifted Mind: The Dr. Raymond Damadian Story, Inventor of the MRI
Jeff Kinley & Raymond Damadian
Master Books
October 1, 2015
240

One man’s search for truth on a personal journey of invention and faith!

Today, magnetic resonance imaging machines (MRIs) and similar technologies are saving lives in hospitals and clinics throughout the world. In 1969, this kind of technique was just an idea in the visionary mind of Dr. Raymond Damadian.

As a young boy, he watched his grandmother die painfully from breast cancer. Dr. Damadian would eventually decide on a career in medical research and pioneer this field of amazing research. Although in 1971 his concept of detecting tumors through magnetic resonance imaging was widely met with skepticism, he became the first researcher to do a full-body scan of a human being in 1977 in order to see if there was cancer present. His life has been an incredible journey of discovery helping you learn:

  • How his concept for cancer detection was inspired and developed
  • Why faith became an integral part of his work
  • Why he is a strong supporter of the creativity and freedom found in patents.

From resourcefully creating his discoveries on a shoestring budget to a battle with the business behemoth known as G.E., learn how the exciting development of this technology led him to a self examination of his life and faith. What driving force is at the heart of what can arguably be called one of the greatest minds in the past 50 years and how does faith play a crucial role in his work?

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Gifted Mind: The Dr. Raymond Damadian Story, Inventor of the MRI by Jeff Kinley and Raymond Damadian (Master Books, 2015).

“…this book will fascinate anyone with an interest in the human side of science. It will also appeal to those interested in the development of the MRI, as well as to those interested in the political side of science and the Nobel Prize. Finally, it is a breath of fresh air in a world where many oppose direct creation and where a vigorous and well-funded promotion of theistic evolution challenges those who hold creationist views. Recommended.”
Reviewer: Annie Kate Aarnoutse
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a fascinating story and a great story of God working through men and women and science to reveal all that He has done for us… This book is worth one’s time. May it turn may to praise our God and Savior.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler Jr.
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very interesting book that captures the faith of one man and his discoveries in the scientific and medical world.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 4 Stars

“…the central tale of scientific exploration and discovery definitely held my interest.”
Reviewer: David M. Hodges
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you have a great idea but are wondering if you are qualified for the job because of your qualifications and experiences, read it!”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 Stars

“..a worthwhile read for those interested in reconciling faith and science, which are often pitted against one another. My hat is off to you Dr. Damadian!”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 3 Stars

“What I found in this book was an interesting story of how God worked through a man, even without his knowing, to develop this incredible medical diagnostic tool… It would make a decent addition to a shelf of biographical works.”
Reviewer: Joseph Westbrook
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book tells it all as frankly as possible from the perspective of Damadian. Not everyone could have done what Damadian had achieved. That is the reason why he had that “gifted mind.” Great story!”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are discouraged or doubting that God can or will use you as a Christian in this day and world we live in I strongly urge you to read Gifted Mind and be encouraged that God has, can, and will always use people who fear Him and His Word and purpose to do His will, in their hearts no matter the cost or outcome. To God be the Glory!”
Reviewer: Harold Cameron
Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli by William Boekestein. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

‘Ulrich Zwingli of Zurich, a great reformer overshadowed by two greater, Luther and Calvin, should be much better known than he is. This well-informed and workmanlike book will surely make him so.’
-J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

‘Ulrich Zwingli is too little known in light of his vital contribution to the Reformation. This book is a very lively and useful introduction to the life and thought of this important Reformer.’
-W. Robert Godfrey, President of Westminster Seminary, California

‘…A critical and empathetic narration of the life and influence of…the Swiss reformer. The author…achieves historical accuracy in a lovely manner allowing the reader to participate in the life of the pioneer of Reformed Protestantism – a person, who was in no way perfect, but a true lover of the Gospel.’
-Peter Opitz, Professor of Church History and Reformation Theology, University of Zurich

William BoekesteinAbout William Boekestein:
WILLIAM BOEKESTEIN is the pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale,PA (URCNA). He has authored several books including Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation (with Joel Beeke), and (for children) Faithfulness under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres, The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism, and The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort.

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  EP Books
  • ISBN:  9781783970827
  • Page Count:  164

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: May 4-10, 2015
  • Available Formats:  Paperback (Continental US Only) & PDF
  • We ask that reviewers post to their personal website/blog and Amazon.com.

Thank you for your interest in reviewing Bitesize Biographies Ulrich Zwingli by William Boekestein. This blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.