Item description for Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula & Canon Press...
Overview "Stories from Church History"
Family stories are so important, and stories from our Church-family may be even more so. In this collection of brief biographies, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and lesser known fathers and mothers of our faith including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. Written for ages seven and up.
Here are forty-six gripping stories of men and women of Christ from Polycarp to C. S. Lewis and Richard Wurmbrand! The whole family will be able to read, enjoy, and celebrate these gifts of God to His Church.
Publishers Description Christianity is a faith in love with history. God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. The Spirit carried that divine work over the centuries, providing courage and maturity even amid our imperfections. Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. In this collection of forty-six brief biographies for children, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith - including Augustine, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and CS Lewis. Though them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.76" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2001
Publisher Canon Press
ISBN 1885767544 ISBN13 9781885767547
Reviews - What do customers think about Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History?
Are you willing to die for your Saviour? Aug 26, 2008
Opinion from an Apostolic Pentecostal Family: We really like this book. We use it as part of Ambleside Online Homeschool Curriculum. We don't know of any other book except "the book of martyrs" that the Amish has out that puts Christian Martyrdom in such a sober and accurate light. The first lesson was tough becuase of the tears my children found streaming down their face. They were literally putting themselves in the story as Polycarp (for example) and said if they were him they would be "scared to die because it would hurt", but ultimately they came to the realization that in Revelations we are told that we will be forced to choose between God and ________(fill in blank) and then suffer a consequence. I want my children to be prepared to know how to handle that situation and to know that to face death for our Saviour is just one way we can show Him our commitment. He paid the ultimate price for us. We want to have a willing heart to do the same for Him. This book helped us all (age range 7 to 31) to look at this very real and serious predicament and to answer and commit to a path of action should the time come. I cannot say that this book lists all the "dirty laundry" of the folks who are respresented but I can say that it doesn't matter... the heart of the matter was to inspire us to take a more steady and stronger course of action in our personal lives when challenged to "denounce Christ" or to "go with the flow" and relax a little...
Thank you Richard for this awesome and inspiring book.... I will be giving copies to family for Christmas this year...
Really Great Read Feb 14, 2008
This book is so informative. I have learned so much about church history from it. Although I wouldn't recommend reading it to a child under the age of 8, I think it has many good facts and lessons for a child to learn. I read this to my kids and they are always asking questions afterwards. It's thought provoking and inspiring.
Short Biographies Nov 10, 2007
I use this book for homeschooling my ninth grader. It gives a great selection of short biographies on historical figures in church history. we used it regularly when studying the Dark and Middle Ages. Excellent buy.
Biased hagiography Sep 4, 2007
I'm not sure that there's a time or a place for hagiography. Anyone other than a Christian from a reformed tradition will have difficulty with the biographies here. In general they fail to show the full human-ness of the subjects -- tho' the specifically Catholic or liturgical traditions are, if not condemned outright then certainly have a disapproving eye cast upon them. This work, like others of this kind, fail dismally in that they sanitize the lives of real, sinful human beings -- a standard even the Bible does not aspire to. Yes, many of these Christians have served God faithfully -- but in many more cases God has worked in spite of their failings -- some of which count among the serious sins -- abuse of fellow creatures, adultery etc. To set these people up as some kind of standard to which all Christians should aspire is a real problem, especially when the whole story is not presented. Frankly I find it much more inspiring to know that God can work through little old me, in spite of my many sins and failings. Faithfulness in the midst of sometimes significant short-comings is a much more realistic and holy goal. I bought this book as part of our homeschooling program, but I shall re-sell it. I'm not about to subject my children to these misleading stories.
An Excellent Beginning to Church History Jan 6, 2007
Many people have a bias against history, thinking it is either boring or that it has no application and value for the modern time. As a result, many people of the past and their contributions to what we are now are never known. This book can change that. Its well written and engaging style warmly introduces the reader to many important people in Christian history, giving a brief summary of the lives of 46 Christian men and women, beginning with Polycarp down to the modern time ending with Richard Wurmbrand. We've been reading a chapter a week in our church's Wednesday night studies to a mixed crowd of adults and children. I think it says something of the author's ability to communicate when both adults and children say that have been blessed and inspired by the witness of these saints as Hannula tells their stories.