I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for supplying an ebook copy of Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo in exchange for my honest opinion. To be honest, I already had a copy. I just really liked the book, I love the Trailblazers series, and I was excited to be a part of their ‘Trailblazers Book Review Extravaganza’. Check it out!
“When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”.
~ Physicist Ernst Rutherford….
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was an extraordinary scientist. His work in the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry laid the foundation for much of what we experience in our daily lives today. Faraday built the first motor, the first generator and the first transformer. His work with electricity was truly spectacular.
In addition to his discoveries regarding electricity, Michael Faraday liquified chlorine, discovered nanoparticles, was involved in the building of many lighthouses, and worked for mine safety. Faraday began his life poor and uneducated, and found his passion for science through the books he would read as a bookbinder’s apprentice. His experience of living outside the elite scientific community, and his love for Christ, gave him a heart for the average person.
Throughout his scientific career, Faraday gave scientific lectures – complete with experiments – to help the layperson understand science. He even created lectures specifically for children. Later in his life, Faraday championed the idea of providing quality education for children from all levels of society.
Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo by Derick Bingham (Christian Focus Publications) tells the story of Michael Faraday for children aged 8-14. This school year, our family is studying the 1800’s, so I scheduled Spiritual Dynamo during the week we learned about the Industrial Revolution. We love history, and we love studying events and time periods. We also love studying God’s people and the way He works through their lives and obedience to impact His world.
For my boys, it was exciting to read about a scientist who served the Lord. Generally, our Christian biographies revolve around theologians and missionaries. It’s really interesting to read about the way God works in other vocations and areas of life as well. Michael Faraday was not a missionary, but his discoveries and work improved the everyday lives of common people. My children both commented on the fact that they loved reading about a scientist.
I’m a fan of Christian Focus Publications’ Trailblazers series for middle grade children. At the present moment, they have 33 biographies available. We own all of them and read them regularly. Through reading about the lives of men and women who loved Christ, and who dedicated their lives to His service, my boys and I have all been inspired to follow Him in our own lives. It’s truly amazing to see the way God works through the lives of ordinary individuals.
The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
Purchase Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo and the other biographies in the Trailblazers biography series for 8-12 year olds at
Other Christian Focus Trail Blazer & Torchbearer books reviewed on Thinking Kids
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- John Stott: The Humble Leader
- Titanic The Ship of Dreams: John Harper
More Books for 8-12 Year Olds Reviewed at Thinking Kids
- History Lives Christian History Series by Brandon & Mindy Withrow
- Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word by Linda Finlayson
- Tough Questions About the Bible by Joel R. Beeke
- The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner
- God’s Special Tent: The Story of the Tabernacle and What Came After by Jean Stapleton
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.