More Resources for Raising Godly Children

I am constantly on the look out for good resources for training my children to know, love and serve God. In the past, I have posted links to free online resources for raising Godly children (click here). I have also posted information about an exciting new series of books that teaches theology to 4-7 year olds (click here). Recently, however, I encountered another great collection of resources by a 19th century preacher named Richard Newton. One of his contemporaries, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, called Newton “the Prince of Preachers to the young.” He wrote numerous religous books for children. I recently purchased his two volume The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young (Volume Two), his Heroes of the Early Church, and his Heroes of the Reformation. I am very pleased with my purchase! These books are good for children and adults alike. The sermons from the life of Christ are powerfully illustrated and applied. Below is a brief summary of each of these books.
The Life of Jesus Christ for the Young, (Volume Two) These two volumes contain a combined 39 sermons for children designed to lead them to love and trust the Saviour of sinners. Volume 1 begins with the First Gospel Promise in Genesis 3:15 and continues through many of the Old Testament types of Christ. This volume also includes sermons on the birth, baptism and temptation of Jesus. Volume 2 begins with the Calling of the Apostles and continues through the teaching and miracle ministries of our Lord, culminating in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension into glory. Three final sermons cover the Day of Pentecost and the ministries of Paul, Peter and John.
Heroes of the Early Church was also written by Richard Newton and includes sketches that are filled with lessons for young and old alike on the lives of men such as: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Justin Martyr, Tertullian of Carthage, Origin of Alexandria, Eusebius of Caesarea, Athanasius the Great, Basil the Great, Ambrose of Milan, John Chrysostom, Jerome, Augustine and others. There are 19 biographies in all of 9-10 pages each.

Heroes of the Reformation This volume includes brief but very informative sketches on Wycliffe, Huss, Savonarola, Luther, Melancthon, Tyndale, Edward the 6th, Fox, Latimer and Ridley, Cranmer, Knox, Zwingli, Calvin, Farel, Alasco, Gustavus Adolphus and numerous others. There are 34 biographies in all in short chapters of 5 to 8 pages each.


  1. I have been reading your blog for a short while. As an expectant father, I appreciate this post and will check out what you have suggested. Thanks again.

  2. I came by way of Tim (challies)…

    As a mother of 7, this resource is right up my alley. Timely topic for any Christian parent, for certain. Thanks for sharing this here, I’ll be sure to check into these books.


  3. Steve,

    I think that sounds very interesting some great sermons for children. I personally struggle with finding some really GOD-centered material for children with family worship. I mean we do read both straight from the bible and children’s books for my younger ones, but many things in family worship for the real young are very man-centered stuff that turn the gospel into a moralistic book of scripture.

    To me Desiring God ministries for kids is very good step in the God-centered direction for kids, however I don’t have the money to buy the full sunday school lessons for my family worship.

    Thanks Pastor Steve For referring this as these books sound like a cheaper method.

    Also Steve do you know the approximate ages for each of these books.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Shawn Lynes

  4. Thanks for helping us in our Family worship. Most of my formalized family worship centers around bible reading, books on the bible, memorization, simple catechism. I’m lacking on the catechism lately.

    Apart from family worship, I have really enjoyed reading Pilgrim’s Progress and Naria and acting that out with my kids as they are some great things that keep my oldest busy thinking about Christ in the middle of those books.

  5. Carla,

    Thanks for your visit! Come back again soon!


    Thanks for your kind words and your interest in family worship. I believe this to be our most important responsibility as parents.

  6. Shawn,

    There are no approximate ages listed on the books. I’m reading them to my 5 and 6 year olds. They are probably better suited for older children (10-14), but they are an excellent resource for any age.

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