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A few months ago, a speaker at my mom’s group spoke about raising children with a heart for missions. In her talk, she mentioned a children’s book series about missionaries that caught my interest. I made note of it, then promptly forgot. Recently, God put it on my heart again, so I bought the first five books and we began reading them aloud to our older kids (ages 7 and 5).
From the first page of the first book, we were all captivated. I had never heard of Gladys Aylward before but I was blown away by her story and her commitment to God and the people of China.
If you have a child who likes stories full of action, adventure, excitement, and danger — they will love these books! If you want your child to learn about people of character, men and women of faith who trusted God no matter the cost — who modeled forgiveness, sacrifice and unconditional love — you will love these books.
The series is written for an audience of 10 and up. My kids are younger than that but are enjoying hearing the stories being read to them. However, I’ve noticed that some of it goes over my 5 year old’s head — he giggles at funny sounding names, missing the deeper implication of what’s happening in the story, but he definitely hears and gets the main message. Also, some of the content is challenging for younger ears who may not have much exposure to the kind of evil that can exist in the world. My 7 year old daughter sobbed as we read about Nate Saint’s demise. I am still debating if she’s ready to hear the story of Corrie Ten Boom and thus, the horror of Nazi brutality.
What I do know is that God is using these stories about the lives of missionaries to change our kids … and me. I’m suddenly uncomfortably aware of how soft and comfortable my life is, and how little I trust God for my day-to-day needs. God is using these stories to give me a heart of prayer.
If you are concerned about mature content, there is also a version of these books for designed for younger readers. These are geared towards kids ages 5-10, and feature color illustrations and rhyming texts. There are also activity guides that correspond to the young readers, and unit studies and curriculum guides for homeschoolers.
I loved these books so much, I wanted to share them with you. So I contacted the publisher, YWAM Publishing, and asked if they would sponsor a giveaway. They kindly agreed and I am thrilled to be able to share a copy of the first five books with one lucky reader!
Giveaway Details: One gift set of the Christian Heroes Then & Now series by Geoff and Janet Benge will be given away to one commenter, selected at random. This 5-book gift set includes:
- Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime
- Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer
- Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China
- Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems
Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of Angels’ Den
How To Enter: Check out the list of christian heroes in this series and leave a comment telling me which biographies interest you the most. For additional chances to win, tweet, post on Facebook, or write your own blogpost announcing this contest. Leave a separate comment for each type, for a total of up to 4 chances to win. Please include a link to your tweet, post or FB message.
Fine Print: This giveaway will remain open until Tuesday May 31st, 8pm EDT. Open to residents of the U.S. only. After a winner is chosen at random, I will contact you for your mailing address and pass it on to YWAM to mail you the book set. We respect your privacy and will not use your email for any other purpose.
Disclosure: YWAM is providing the prize for this contest, but I am not being compensated for this post. The opinions are entirely my own.