I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for providing me with a copy of What do you need?: Lottie Moon in return for my honest opinion.
Some of the very first Christian books I read to my boys were from the Little Lights biography series by Catherine Mackenzie. If I’m going to be totally, drop-dead honest, they were some of the first Christian biographies I ever read. Granted, there was that Christian History course I took in college, but I remember mostly reading Confessions by Augustine. I was pretty much lost most of the course. I didn’t want that for my kids. I wanted them to know the history of the Christian faith. Come to find out, God has used his people in some pretty fascinating ways.
Now, I write about Church history. Coincidence? I’ll leave that to you to decide. I have to say, there’s a special spot in my heart for the Little Lights biographies…..
What do you need?: Lottie Moon is #13 in the Little Lights series. If I still had little ones in this age range, I would absolutely collect each new book as it came out! Instead, I love giving these as gifts.
I really appreciate that the stories are told simply and engagingly, beginning in the childhood of each Christian hero, and moving through their life. Each spread is unique in that the left-hand side of the page is for the parent to read to the child (0r for young readers to practice their skills), and the right-hand side of the page there is a simple sentence for the very earliest readers to read.
Lottie Moon was a rebellious, wealthy American child. She was saved at a revival meeting she attended so she could better mock her Christian classmates. Lottie felt called to missions and moved to China, dressing like the local population. She challenged American churches to give to missions, especially at Christmas-time, a tradition that continues today. Lottie courageously endured persecution (like the deadly Boxer Rebellion), and warfare. She was a true Christian hero.
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More Books in the Little Lights Series
More Christian Focus books for 4-7 year olds reviewed at Thinking Kids:
- 365 Great Bible Stories by Carine Mackenzie
- 52 Spurgeon Stories by Tony Hutter
- When God Says It – He Does It by Carine Mackenzie
- Words About God to Help You Worship Him by Nicholas Choy
- Colour the Psalms by Carine Mackenzie
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- Christian Books for 4-7 Year Olds
- Christian Books for the Middle Grades
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- Christian Books about Parenting
~ 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.