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Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres
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The life of Guido de Bres teaches us that we can find enduring hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, even during persecution. Author William Boekestein sensitively tells the story of de Bres for children, guiding them through his turbulent life and times- from his birth in 1522 in a small Belgium town, to his call to the ministry and study under Reformers such as John Calvin and Theodore Beza, to his authorship of the Belgic Confession and a life of suffering, to his martyrís death in 1567. Skillfully crafted illustrations and an easy-to-understand narrative combine to capture the interests-and admiration-of the entire family for this amazing Reformation hero.
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5 Stars
Like, I suppose most Christian adults, I had never heard of Guido de Bres, but I enjoyed this introduction to his life and think children would enjoy it as well. Starting with his birth and ending with his death, this book features the major events of his life and ministry. The author does a good job of setting the story in its historical context and so it teaches as much about church history as it does about Guido de Bres. It is a short book with large words and lots of pictures and could be read in about 15 minutes. The language is easy to understand, but not necessarily easy for a young reader to read himself. The illustrations were interesting and often action-filled, though the shading and coloring were dark, but then that does match the suffering of the story. I especially appreciated that, although there was much violence in Guido's life, neither the pictures nor the verbal descriptions were gruesome or overly graphic. It was more suggestive than shocking. I especially liked two things about this book. One was that it was willing to admit that Christians don't always do everything right, such as when Protestants smashed Roman Catholic windows and icons. The second was that it gave the credit to God and not to Guido. For instance: "By God's grace, Guido had lived a life in total service to God." and "As Guido studied, God filled the young man's heart with love for Him." I am very thankful to have this obscure story told so compellingly.- Heather Thieneman