The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort
Summary: Out of the 3 books in this series, this one is definitly the most difficult. There are lots of names to plow through and a lot of political references that can make the story difficult for children. But with some effort and explanation I still think it's quite readable. There is a great pictorial timeline included in this book and it has a nice succint way of highlighting Arminian teaching in 5 points. The book definitely hits a climactic plateau when the synod makes some solid decisions about how the church is to function--makes you want to cheer! The story rightfully ends with succint overview of the cannons.
Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido De Bres
Summary: This is a sad story. Guido de Bres lived a life of total dedication for the Lord. He loved his Father in heaven very much. But this also came at a terrible price. He preached to the people faithfully. He wrote pieces that refuted Roman Catholicism. He brought much glory to the name of the Lord. But he lost many things--his home, his possessions, his freedom and even his life. He suffered a great deal, yet he knew his treasure was in heaven. Through the murderous actions of wicked men, the Lord brought His faithful servant home. One of the pieces Guido De Bres wrote is the Belgic Confession. Reading this story gives a whole new appreciation for that confession. As an aside, the pictures are excellently done and are incredibly gripping.
The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism
Summary: Here is the story, written for a child, of the creation of that great confession--the Heidelberg Catechism. I read it first for myself. I was impressed with the simplicity of the story, told with a gentle, fatherly tone. I mused on the fact that adults, too, can learn plenty from this simple retelling, and in turn explain the story to their children.
After I finished the story myself, I called for my 7 year old son. I wanted to see his reaction to the book. He loved the story. He loved the pictures. He understood everything. Then later, as we went to church I opened up the psalter hymnal and showed him the Heidelberg Catechism. His whole face lit up as he saw the names of the men he had already learned about--Casper Olevianus, Zacharius Ursinus and Fredrick III--in the introduction. So I can say the most amazing things about this book all I want. The proof is in the reaction of my 7 year old son.