Discover a beautiful Anselm of Canterbury biography by Simonetta Carr, for Christian children ages 7-12. Your kids will want to pick this up again and again.
I want to thank Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for providing me with a copy of Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr in return for my honest opinion.
Anselm (1033-1109) didn’t want to be the archbishop of Canterbury.
Instead, he wanted to study and to write about God. Anselm did study and write about theology, explaining important issues such as the answer to the question:
Why did God have to become man in order to save us from our sins?
Anselm’s answer has been referenced in discussions and catechisms ever since.
Anselm of Canterbury Biography
Anselm of Canterbury (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013) by Simonetta Carr is the sixth in a line of spectacularly beautiful and well-written biographies for children ages 7-12.
Anselm of Canterbury is presented in a picture book style format, but it is not your typical picture book. There are six chapters, a timeline, a section with interesting facts from Anselm’s life and times, and excerpts from Anselm’s writings. Throughout the book, there are well-captioned photographs pertaining to Anselm. Children will view the homes he lived in as a child, artwork and artifacts from the Middle Ages, and the countryside where he traveled. There are also twelve full-color paintings depicting scenes from the life of Anselm. These were painted by Matt Abraxas and are truly beautiful.
Simonetta Carr’s writing style is warmly conversational. She carefully explains the challenges and nature of living in the Middle Ages, the political issues involved with the Church in Anselm’s day, and the theology Anselm addressed. Though the book is a biography, it is easily accessible to children.
Your 7-12 year-olds will want to pick up this biography again and again. I would opt to use this as a read-aloud for the younger ages. However, older children will enjoy the book. Mine are quite excited about it.
I believe that helping our children understand Christian history is important. I’m excited that Mrs. Carr is covering figures that are largely unaddressed in biographies for children.
I really enjoyed Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr, and I look forward to collecting the rest of her books.
Anselm of Canterbury by Simonetta Carr coordinates well with studies involving:
The end of the Early Middle Ages
- The Beginning of the High Middle Ages
- The Politicization of the Church
- William the Conqueror, King William or King Henry I
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Christian History Matters for Our Kids.
History matters. Now, more than ever, we see how important it is for our children to know and understand history and the Bible.
- God is the sovereign ruler of all things. It’s important for our kids to see his hand in the history of nations and in the lives of both peasants and kings.
- Christian history is the story of our family history. Our kids get to see how people who love Jesus follow him.
- Understanding history can help our kids learn historic and biblical theology. They learn what the Bible says and what that means for us. They also see when the study of Scripture has taken important turns that have changed the Church.
- Reading Christian biographies and history can be a wonderful way for kids to think outside their own time and culture. God’s Church spans centuries and includes people from every nation.
- Christian biographies help kids consider their own faith, walk with Jesus, and the impact their witness may one day have on others–and on history.
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