I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines by Nancy Drummond in return for my honest review.
Andrew van der Bijl wanted to be a spy as a child. In fact, in his youth he “waged war” against the Nazis troops occupying Holland by lobbing fireworks at them. Eventually, Andrew joined the military and went to Indonesia to fight, and was terribly injured.
Returning home, Andrew answered God’s call on his life and was saved.
Brother Andrew Biography
The beginning chapters of Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines by Nancy Drummond (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2014) are exciting and intensely interesting.
The real excitement, though, mounts as Andrew follows his calling in Christ. The Lord led him into the newly Communist countries of Eastern Europe and later into Communist China. Brother Andrew shared the gospel and encouraged believers behind the Iron Curtain for decades as he smuggled Bibles (which were illegal contraband) to believers.
The book includes a timeline and devotional questions for each chapter. This narrative biography aimed at 8-14 year olds is a must-read for families!
Brother Andrew for Kids
I read this story to my boys (then aged nearly-10 and 11) as a part of our studies on Communist Russia and Communist China. They were fascinated by every aspect of the story.
After all, what isn’t there for a boy to love? There’s war, a miraculous healing, danger and intrigue, smuggling, and the mighty hand of God.
My 10-year-old had this to say:
I liked the part when he (Brother Andrew) put the Bibles right next to him (one the seat at customs) and went through (the border crossing). The guy didn’t give him a hard time. God can do anything. … (Brother Andrew’s) faith was just amazing. He placed Bibles right next to him, just to show it was clearly God. And it worked.”
My 11-year old said:
The border crossings were very intense. It showed how great God is. (Brother Andrew’s) sense of adventure was very interesting.”
Indeed, Brother Andrew’s repeated success would have been impossible if not for God’s sovereign hand on his missions.
Time and again, the Lord made seeing eyes blind as they failed to witness the Bibles Andrew smuggled to his brothers and sisters in Christ. The story of this amazing man is both inspiring and faith-building. Nancy Drummond does a wonderful job telling Brother Andrew’s story.
Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines coordinates with studies involving
World War II
- Communism in Eastern Europe
- Communism in China
- The 20th Century
- Modern Missions
- Open Doors USA
- Prayer for the Persecuted Church
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More Christian Focus Trail Blazers Books for Your Kids
Our family loves the Christian Focus Trail Blazers books. They’re perfect for ages 7-14. We read them as we studied history! Check them out.
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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.
The Who What Why Series is the perfect resource to teach your kids about history, while helping them apply biblical truths to their lives today.
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