Ink on his Fingers
Summary: It is the mid 1400's. Written copies of the Scriptures are scarce and incredibly valuable. In this setting we meet 12 year old Hans who decides to apprentice as a scribe. In an interesting turn of events, he lands in workshop of the debt laden Johann Guttenberg. But there are secrets within this shop. A special work is underway. As Hans learns his new craft he also grows in the knowledge of a God who protects both His people and His word.
Personal Thoughts: This book was a huge hit when I read it to my children. There is a good amount of suspense and adventure held within its pages. Reading it has brought a great appreciation for the written Word along with the realization that many risks, dangers and misunderstandings occurred in the printing of the Bible. The kids learned a lot about life in the 1400's. They learned about the art of printing. It's a great read!
Thrilling Escapes by Night
Summary: It's 1524 and William Tyndale is determined to translate the Scriptures into the working man's language--English. Armed with his manuscripts and his Hebrew and Latin grammar, Tyndale is constantly on the run from John Cochlaeus, Deacon of the Catholic church and well known heretic hunter, who is determined to stop Tyndale's work. Along the way meet a pirate lord who pillages ships, a brave forest ranger who knows the woods well, a printer who is willing to risk imprisonment as he brings Tyndale's Bible to print, and many more heroic men and women who count their life as nothing in exchange for the living word of God.
Personal Thoughts: Well, this certainly is an exciting read! I've always thought that Tyndale gets so little recognition in Christian circles. Much of his translation work has been used in the printing of the King James Version of the Bible. One caution while reading this book: while based on real events and people, I would say the book is mainly fictious writing. As far as I could find, Cochlaeus was indeed the man who pursued Tyndale doggedly. I know that Tyndale came through many dangers and encountered many thrilling escapes. And I know that he did indeed settle in the city of Worms. After reading this book I encourage you to learn more of Tyndale.
Quote: "Dear Lord, did I not solemnly vow, long years ago, that if my life were long enough, I would cause the boy who driveth the plow to know the Scriptures?"
The words came more earnestly.
"Oh God, the task set for me is great. The burden is almost too heavy for me! And I am compassed about with dangers. I tremble lest something should come to bring ruin to my endeavors. Yet, Lord, it is not the thought of threatening death that troubles me. My fear is lest my enemies should compass my destruction before I have done my work and placed the Word of God within the reach of people at home. Spare me until I have fulfilled my task, and then I will say, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace."