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
), 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.