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Countdown to Christmas 11, 12, 13

The three books in this post all have a link to the Christmas season… one is more obvious than the other two.

The Christmas Story by Carine Mackenzie

The subtitle to this is The Bible Version. Simply because we need to be clear that the story we quite often see portrayed in nativity plays and on Christmas cards isn’t the story we read in the Bible. When we read the scripture the shepherds and the wise men are not in the same part of the story. And there is a lot more to Jesus’ birth than simply the little town of Bethlehem. If you want your children to see that the birth of Jesus is important but that the child in the manger becomes the saviour on the cross then this is the book for you.

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1673/-/sr_1

And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, at least in the U.K., without a Narnia blockbuster on the T.V.  Clive Staples Lewis has worked his way into the festive season like Carols at Candlelight or a giant tub of office chocolates (I’m still hoping we’ll get one of those this year.)

So in honour of one of the 20th centuries greatest story-tellers we have two books that introduce different ages to his life and christian testimony.

The Little Lights Series has a title: Can You Imagine? http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1590/-/sr_2

and the Trailblazer series for 9-14 year olds has: The Story Teller

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/744/-/sr_3

 

History Lives – in French

ImageOne of our mission partners Editions de la Colline have started to translate the History Lives series into French. I received on my desk this morning a pleasant surprise – the French edition of Peril and Peace: Les Fondateurs – La Chronique d’Ecclesia. Follow this link to see these books in English. http://www.christianfocus.com/series/show/40/-/s_s_1

If you are interested in purchasing a French edition for yourself the publisher’s email is editionsdelacolline@orange.fr

the website is editionsdelacolline.fr

the French ISBN is 978-2-918495-15-4

Bestsellers: Ten Boys who Changed the World; Ten Girls who Changed the World

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I remember having lots of discussions about these books with the editorial team. Inspiration for the series – Lightkeepers – had been coming from all sorts of angles.

‘Wouldn’t it be good to have a book of short chapters on different Christians – something that a child could read on their own?’

‘Each chapter would be a complete story in itself which meant that the reader could feel a sense of achievement within quite a short space of time. Something like that would be the ideal bedtime story for a child just starting chapter books.’

‘Why not add in a devotional section and fact files? This would give the book multiple uses in family worship and education also personal devotions.’

And then there was another idea which I feel really set the series apart – ‘All these famous Christians were children once. Let’s start their stories with an incident from their childhood.’

‘Wouldn’t it be good to have a whole set of these books – some on boys and some on girls.’

The ideas kept coming.

‘It would be great to have a set of ten books…’

But that sounded too good to be true.

‘Perhaps we are overstretching ourselves,’ was the opinion.

To start off with we made a list of ten Christian men and ten Christian women… and then we decided on an author. An important decision but not in the end a difficult one.

‘We’ll need someone we can rely on; someone who knows how to write to a word count and a deadline and someone who can write for children.’

We didn’t have to look far because Irene Howat, the editor of the children’s magazine, The Instructor, was already one of our authors.

And that is the beginning of the story of Lightkeepers.

It’s strange to think of books having their own stories isn’t it? But they do. In the list of characters they have the people who wrote them, edited them, marketed them… there are a whole host of little anecdotes of how they came into being.

When we published Ten boys who Changed the World and Ten Girls who Changed the World – we soon realised that they were being received rather well.

Perhaps the idea of ten books in the series wasn’t so impossible after all.

The next challenge was to think up a list of characters for the next eight books that would eventually be printed… and to keep reprinting the titles that kept vanishing off the shelves.

Visit this link to experience the rest of the story.

http://www.christianfocus.com/series/show/35/-/s_s_1

Best Sellers: Little Lights – Gladys Aylward

ImageThis week another title that is on our Kids best seller list is one of the Little Lights Books – Gladys Aylward. She is a great missionary heroine. She was one of mine as a young girl. I loved the fact that she stood up for women, rescued orphans and did what God called her to do – despite what other people thought she ought to be doing. If it had been up to society, the church and even the mission organisations she’d have stayed a parlour maid polishing stair cases and beating carpets until she was married or too old to carry on. But God had called Gladys to a different life – a life of missionary service. Many people underestimated Gladys Aylward because she was small, a woman and from a working class background. The official missionary organisations certainly didn’t think she was the sort of candidate they were looking for. However, God proved them wrong.

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/1591/-

This series of biographies is aimed at the early reader. You’ll see in our Kids best seller list at http://www.christianfocus.com that Eric Liddell and C S Lewis also feature on the list.

These are quality gift book for under a fiver. Childhood heroes have never been such good value!

Family Heroes: George Muller

ImageI think, in the current economic climate, there would be an international outcry if the C.E.O. of a main high street bank or financial institution was found guilty of fraud. What then if he was given the responsibility for millions of dollars of charitable donations, as well as the day-to-day running of several children’s homes?

I can see the miles of newsprint now, endless blog articles and facebook entries, twitter would be going ape. There would be an outcry – and justifiably so.

Now George Muller was not the C.E.O. of a major financial institution but during his young adult life he was guilty, several times, of financial fraud – even close friends and family members were betrayed in this manner.

And then one day his crimes caught up with him as he tried to get out from paying his bills at a local hostelry. The police apprehended him and he spent time in jail for his misdemeanours. It appeared to many of George’s contacts and loved ones that this young man was bent on a life of petty crime.

However, something happened which changed all that – because the young man you wouldn’t have trusted with your pocket money became a Christian and a man entrusted with millions and the welfare of thousands of orphaned children.

George Muller had been someone who was out for personal gain and pleasure but the Lord Jesus Christ changed George, he was transformed. Now he trusted in the living God, followed his commands and prayed. Oh how he prayed!

George had always wanted money in the past – now he realised that he needed it but that he needed God to provide. Money didn’t just build up in a bank account to be used conveniently as and when George and the orphans had need of it. Often the coffers and the cupboards were bare. There were days, in fact, when George knew there was no food left – nothing for an evening meal. It was because of days like this that George Muller learned to rely on the one true God and on the gift of prayer. Muller’s life of prayer demonstrated his faith in his faithful God. Every time he and the orphans had a great need it was met by their great God.

One day the children’s home needed serious repairs. The heating system had broken down in the middle of winter. George Muller prayed to God about this. The builders agreed to work on the problem day and night until it was sorted. And just at that exact time unseasonably warm weather blew in meaning that the children could spend their time outside in the fresh-air letting the builders crack on with the job in hand.

Even small needs were met like forks and jugs for the orphanage and a much needed last penny to purchase bread. God, the loving heavenly Father used an ex fraudster to show the world that God can do anything, we can trust in him and that he is the hearer and answerer of prayer.

George Muller then should be one of your heroes and your family’s heroes. Introduce your children to this hero of the faith and the power of prayer through the following Christian Focus books:

Age 5+

Little Lights: George Muller – Does money grow on trees? http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/910/-/sr_1

Age 8-12

Lightkeepers: Ten Boys Who Changed the World http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/759/-/sr_6

Age 9-14

Trailblazers: George Muller – The Children’s Champion http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/759/-/sr_6

Adult

History Makers: George Muller – Delighted in God

http://www.christianfocus.com/item/show/911/-/sr_1

Corrie ten Boom museum #2

ImageThe Corrie ten Boom  museum is situated in the actual house that the ten Booms lived in, in Harlam Holland. You can see the actual hidden room at the back of Corrie’s bedroom. And the books that I showed earlier are displayed in what was their dining room. See the photo above as it gives a more detailed view of the room.

Corrie ten Boom Museum

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I just got a photo from the Corrie ten Boom Museum shop in Holland – you can see two of our books for sale on their shelves.

Are all the Watches Safe and

The Watchmaker’s Daughter.