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Christian Biographies for Young Readers
Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books
September 24, 2014

Jonathan Edwards lived at a time when many people were seriously questioning long-accepted ideas about the world, life, and God, and his answers to these questions have left a mark on the way we think today. While he is often remembered as the preacher of a scary sermon about a spider dangling over a fire, he remains significant as one of the greatest thinkers America has produced. Simonetta Carr traces the events of Edwards’s life from a young student interested in science to husband and father, pastor, leader of the Great Awakening, missionary, writer, and college president. Colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and a compelling story combine to introduce young readers to this important theologian and life in colonial America.

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

“With timelines and a list of tid bits of his life, there is a great discovery of faith in this book.”
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for parents to sit down and read with their children as it is simple enough for a child to enjoy and rigorous enough for an adult to appreciate.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“Carr does an excellent job of capturing the framework of this godly man in this biography.”
Reviewer: Joshua Torrey
Rating: 4 stars

“This is a helpful biography.”
Reviewer: Josh Skinner
Rating: 5 Stars

“I heartily recommend this as an introduction to Jonathan Edwards.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“This would be a good book for children ages 8-11 years old.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book for all those studying church history, American history, and the great ideas.”
Reviewer: Annie Kate Aarnoutse
Rating: 5 Stars

“This hard covered book with pages beautifully printed makes this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 4 stars

“Simonetta has hit the nail on the head with this one and has spurred me on towards the other biographies in her series which I plan on sharing with my little ones over and over again.”
Reviewer: Don Haflich
Rating: 5 stars

“This is a very helpful biography on Edwards.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 5 Stars

“Read it to your children, and then read it for yourself.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a great read for young and old alike.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book on one of the great theological minds of early America!”
Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt
Rating: 5 Stars

“This little gem of a book is by far the best biography I have ever read for young readers.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book does a beautiful job of giving a well-rounded picture of him in understandable text 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 am thankful my children will have an opportunity to learn about Edwards by means of this helpful resource.”
Reviewer: Robert Hayton
Rating: 5 stars

“This biography does a great job of covering the major points of Edwards life.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard
Rating: 5 stars

“I highly recommend this book and trust that many will be encouraged as they seek to behold and proclaim God’s glory.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend this book to all young readers,and anyone else interested in learning about Jonathan Edwards.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 stars

“I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in learning more about Edward’s life.”
Reviewer: Allison Redd
Rating: 5 Stars

“This great biography is  is educational, historical and theological.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 5 Stars

“This biography is an excellent way to introduce your children to Jonathan Edwards.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an outstanding book in a fantastic series.”
Reviewer: William Boekestein
Rating: 5 Stars

“Take up and read this book—your heart, mind, and children will be better for it!”
Reviewer: Brian Cosby
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you have children, grandchildren, brothers/sisters, etc, go ahead a buy a copy of this book.”
Reviewer: Zach Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this volume on Jonathan Edwards to Christian families with children of all ages.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“Simonetta Carr has once again outdone herself in this beautifully written book on Jonathan Edwards.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins
Rating: 5 Stars

John Knox - Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta CarrThank you for your interest in reviewing John Knox – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.

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.

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.

About the Illustrator:
Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Praise for John Knox:

“In this clear, concise, and readable short biography, Simonetta Carr tells the dramatic story of John Knox. Setting him in the context of his troubled times, she vividly explains how he became a Protestant, a galley slave, a friend of John Calvin, an English pastor, and, finally, the leading preacher of the Scottish Reformation. This is an excellent introduction for children to the religious ideas that transformed the churches of sixteenth-century Western Europe.”
— Rosalind K. Marshall, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of John Knox

“This story is about my homeland and one of my fellow countrymen. Simonetta Carr’s description of John Knox doesn’t focus so much on the stereotype of a fiery Scot, but brings out more of the gentle, loving, gospel side of this strong Reformer. It was with thankfulness to God that I read about what I owe to His work through John Knox, and it is with appreciation to Simonetta, her historical accuracy, and love of the gospel that I recommend this book to families, Christians, and fellow Scots.”
— Catherine Mackenzie, author of children’s and teens’ books, including John Knox: The Sharpened Sword

Book Information:

  • Publisher:  Reformation Heritage Books (2014)
  • ISBN: 9781601782892
  • Page Count: 64

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Dates: March 10-16, 2014
  • Available Formats: Hardcover (Continental US Only)
  • We ask that reviewers post a review to their personal website/blog, &

Thank you for your interest in reviewing John Knox – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.