Sweeney’s Booknotes: Jonathan Edwards – Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Simonetta Carr, Jonathan Edwards, with illustrations by Matt Abraxas, Christian Biographies for Young Readers (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014)

JEdwardsThis lovely children’s book would make a wonderful Christmas present for elementary-school-age boys and girls. It is written in an age-appropriate manner by a Sunday school teacher, and illustrated beautifully with original artwork, a map, a timeline, and reproductions of artifacts from Edwards’ world (even a new portrait of the gaunt, older Edwards by our friend Oliver Crisp). It tells the story of Edwards’ life in a sweet, sensitive tone on glossy, coffee-table-quality materials. The author has done her homework and has told her story well, consulting with Ken Minkema, Oliver Crisp, Darryl Hart, and other leading scholars as she wrote.

People who don’t like Calvinism may not like this book (for it presents Edwards’ Calvinist perspective uncritically), but Reformed Christian families will likely treasure it for generations to come.