Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers by Simonetta Carr is a timely volume to add to that series. Simonetta Carr and illustrator Troy Howell have put together a book that will capture the attention and imaginations of children. When I got this book in the mail the first thing I did was read it to my two oldest boys ages 3 and 4. They have both been interested in Martin Luther since I read The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul. This biography of Luther provides the most important details in the life and ministry of Luther.
This book is historically accurate and engaging beginning with Luther’s early life and ending with his death. The narrative moves from Luther as a reluctant Reformer to Luther a respected leader in the Reformation and family man. Carr draws out the humanity of Luther by pointing to his heart break over the loss of his daughter who died in his arms.
It should be noted that while accurate this biography for children isn’t exhaustive, nor should it have been. Some might wish Luther’s debate with Zwingli and the Marburg Colloquy or other such episodes were his explosive temperament showed itself were included. Thankfully parents who buy this won’t have to worry about explaining some of Luther’s vulgarities to their children, that will have to wait till they read Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by Heiko Oberman.
In short with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation quickly approaching there is no better book out there to introduce children to Martin Luther a crucial figure not just in the history of the church but in world history as well. Get this book for your children and grand children, they will enjoy it, I know my boys did.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.