I want to thank Reformation Heritage Books for providing me with a copy of The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort in return for my honest opinion.
The Reformation was a period of chaos and persecution for the Reformed people of the Netherlands. While fighting military pressure from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformed Church also dealt with the teachings of Jacob Arminius, an opponent of the doctrines of grace. The teachings of Arminius’ followers, the Remonstrants, became so divisive that a council (synod) was held in Dort in 1618. The synod agreed on worship, parental discipleship responsibilities, and preacher responsibilities. Arminianism was rejected, and the Canons of Dort were written. These five canons are now referred to as the five points of Calvinism (or TULIP).
The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012) by William Boekestein tells the story of how the Canons of Dort came to be, as well as explains each one. The storytelling and the wonderful illustrations by Evan Hughes (reminiscent of both medieval woodprints and of comic book illustrations) are perfect for grade school children, but also engaging for middle school students. As a set, the three books are just right for adding to a week of independent reading for preteens. We’re using all three books this year in our Reformation studies. The Reformation was a vital period of time in Church history, and we want our children to understand what happened during that period…..
William Boekestein, married father of three, a Master of Divinity from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminar, and a Pastor at Covenant Reformed Church in Pennsylvania, carefully explains the story of the synod in Dort, of the persecution preceding it, and of the challenge from within the church itself. It’s remarkable to me that children can get such a great overview of a wide swath of history and theology in this compact picture book.
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.
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For a great story of the Reformation for grades 6-12, check out my book on Martin Luther!
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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.