I want to thank Reformation Heritage Books for providing me with a copy of The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism in return for my honest opinion.
In 1563, as the Protestant Reformation became more established, three men banded together in Heidelberg to create a catechism that would teach the Reformed faith. Frederick III brought scholars Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus to his kingdom to instruct his people. They wrote the Heidelberg Catechism, focusing on the themes of sin, salvation, and service.
The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism (Reformation Heritage Books, 2011) by William Boekestein tells the story of all three men, and the manner in which God used their work for our comfort and His glory. I’m so excited about Pastor William Boekestein’s trio of Reformation books for grade school and middle school students. We’re studying the Reformation this year, and using all three together as a part of a unit. The storytelling and the wonderful illustrations by Evan Hughes (reminiscent of both medieval woodprints and of comic book illustrations) are engaging, and give the books a mature feel…..
William Boekestein, married father of three, a Master of Divinity from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminar, and a Pastor at Covenant Reformed Church in Pennsylvania, does a great job in The Quest for Comfort telling the story of the Heidelberg Catechism by relaying the stories of the three men responsible. We see how God formed and enabled them separately, then brought them together for a purpose. Interestingly, they all died within 11 years of each other. To me, it’s a powerful story of God’s sovereignty.
I highly recommend William Boekestein’s Reformation stories (see the links below for all three). I’m happy to include them in our family’s library and in our studies. It’s not easy to find quality Reformation resources for children, and I’m thrilled to have located these books.
Purchase The Quest for Comfortand the other biographies in the Trailblazers biography series for 8-12 year olds at
More Reformation Stories from William Boekestein at Amazon
- Faithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido de Bres
- The Glory of Grace: the Story of the Canons of Dort
For a great story of the Reformation for grades 6-12, check out my book on Martin Luther!
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
- Growing Up God’s Way for Girls (EP Books, 2013)
- Growing Up God’s Way for Boys (EP Books, 2013)
- Jonathan Park Audiobooks by Pat Roy (Creation Works LLC)
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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.