I read it to my children, and they enjoyed the story and the pictures. It’s creative and edifying. [Read more…] about The Kingstone Bible: A 3-Volume Bible-Story Book with Thousands of Pictures
2017 is the 500th anniversary of an event that strangely ignited the Protestant Reformation.
If you want to learn more about the Protestant Reformation, consider these helpful resources. I combed through about 800 relevant resources in my Zotero library and selected only twenty—including some picture books and videos.
1. Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther.
New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1950.
After hearing so many historians recommend this biography as a classic, I finally read it last year. It’s still in print for good reasons.
Champ Thornton. The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith. Greensboro, NC: New Growth, 2016.
My endorsement: “Intriguing + edifying = the kind of book I want my kids reading. This is one of them.”
Paul L. Maier (b. 1930) is a Lutheran scholar on the history of Christianity. He is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University, where he taught for 53 years (1958–2011). I highly recommend his work. Here are some of his more accessible works.
8 Books on the History of Early Christianity
Pontius Pilate: A Novel. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014. This “documentary novel” depicts the New Testament world in a relatively entertaining way. Reading this genre engages a different part of your brain and encourages you to envision the world of the New Testament more vividly. It makes you think and feel in ways that are virtually impossible by reading only encyclopedia-type summaries of the New Testament’s historical-cultural context. This book is so valuable that I require students to read it for a graduate course I teach called “New Testament Background and Message.” Maier writes from Pontius Pilate’s vantage point, starting with Pilate’s political life in Rome and appointment as prefect in Judea (AD 26) and continuing through the murder of Jesus (which Maier calculates as 33), the death of Tiberius (37), the assassination of Caligula (41), and the beginning of the reign of Claudius (41–54). The overall plot and every proper name in the book is historically accurate, and Maier fills in this factual skeleton with colorful fictional details. He reconstructs many events from the Gospels and Acts from the viewpoint of an educated, unbelieving Roman prefect. [Read more…] about 15 Accessible Books by Historian Paul Maier
You can read 16 endorsements here.
Here’s mine: “This well-illustrated book clearly and logically introduces theology for children.” [Read more…] about The Ology: A New Systematic Theology for Kids
Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic are excellent. Bernstein recorded these for CBS from 1958 to 1972.
My three daughters and I just finished watching all 25 programs in this Special Collector’s Edition 9-DVD Set. Each program is a little under an hour, and we watched one together each Saturday morning. [Read more…] about Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts