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My children and I really enjoy reading the stories of tribal people impacted by missionaries sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rebecca Davis’ Hidden Heroes series does a wonderful job of narrating the way God moves through His people to save those who have never heard the gospel before.
The first book in Rebecca Davis’ Hidden Heroes series is With Two Hands: True Stories of God at Work in Ethiopia (Christian Focus Publications, 2010)…..
With Two Hands loosely follows the work of Australian missionary Dick McLellan who began working with Sudan Interior Mission in Ethiopia during the late 1950s. He ministered there for 23 years before being forced out by the communist regime which seized the country. Mr. McLellan spent an additional 24 years working with Global Recordings Network.
Rather than following a traditional biographical structure, the Hidden Heroes series present a series of remarkable stories. During his service to the Lord, Dick McLellan and the people he discipled encountered remarkable circumstances and results which can only be explained by the providential hand of God. Rebecca Davis tells these stories in a moving narrative that leaves the reader in awe of how God arranged for those He called to come to Him in spite of their terrible spiritual bondage to tribal spirits and traditions. I love that she tells the stories of many of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters who came to Christ and ministered for him in spite of hostility and threats. The picture painted focuses not on the work of one man, but rather on the work of the Holy Spirit.
With Two Hands is another moving and worthwhile work of significance added to the Hidden Heroes series. I highly recommend both the book and the series. This is a great book to add to your homeschool read-alouds, your evening devotions, or your bedtime readings. The Hidden Heroes series is appropriate to be read aloud to ages 6-8 and for independent reading for 9-12 year olds. The sentence structure and voice are very appropriate for elementary students, and there are pen and ink drawings by Jeff Anderson throughout each chapter to add interest. The subject matter is interesting enough for a 12-year-old. My 10- and 11-year-old boys love the stories in all of the Hidden Heroes books we’ve read.
You can check out the Hidden Heroes Educator Resources for Scripture copywork, a map of Ethiopia, and a link to coordinating coloring pages.
Other books in Rebecca Davis’ Hidden Heroes series include:
- The Good News Must Go Out: True Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic
- Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia (Thinking Kids Review)
- Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Thinking Kids Review)
- Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Columbia
- Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God at Work in Iran (Publishes Spring/Summer 2015)
With Two Hands would coordinate well with studies involving:
Africa / Ethiopia
- The 20th Century / Modern Era
- Dick McClellan / Missions
- Tribal Religions
You can find With Two Hands and the other Hidden Heroes series at Amazon:
- Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Hidden Heroes)
- With Two Hands: True Stories of God at work in Ethiopia (Hidden Heroes)
- The Good News Must Go Out: True Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic (Hidden Heroes)
- Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia (Hidden Heroes)
- Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia (Hidden Heroes)
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- Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo by Derick Bingham
- Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word by Linda Finlayson
- Tough Questions About the Bible by Joel R. Beeke
- Bugs: Big and Small God Made Them All by William Zinke
- Growing Up God’s Way For Boys by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
- Growing Up God’s Way For Girls by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
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