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The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin [Paperback]

By Joyce McPherson (Author)
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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Greenleaf Press
Age  10-12
ISBN  1882514548  
EAN  9781882514540  

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John Calvin was one of the foremost leaders of the Protestant Reformation. It has been said that if Luther sounded the trumpet, Calvin was the one who orchestrated the score. His writings are still considered some of the clearest instruction on the Bible ever written. Many Protestant denominations trace their roots to the Genevan church which he pastored. He also founded the Genevan Academy which established the standard for excellence in education and devotion to Scriptures that endures among evangelical schools to this day.

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This is the only biography of Calvin available for young people. Joyce focuses on Calvin's childhood and youth, tracing his days at the university and the circumstances of his conversion. She traces his early and precocious leadership of the Protestants in France, and his flight to Basel, Strassburg, and Geneva when King Francis I began executing Protestants. The result is a warm and affectionate picture of the leader of the second generation of the Protestant Reformation. This is a book worth reading out loud to younger students; older students and adults will find it a valuable introduction and aid in understanding the author of the Institutes of the Christian Religion.

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Great Book  Aug 8, 2008
My 8 year old read the book in two days lots of great history of the Reformed Faith. Highly recommend it.
Sensitive Portrayal of a Sensitive Man  Jan 18, 2008
I was delighted with this sensitive biography of John Calvin. McPherson writes simply to children, not down to children. She begins in John's childhood, and touches on the events and issues of his life. She shows his thoughts with frequent quotes him from his letters and other writings. This book is a great introduction to the life and heart of a great reformer, and an excellent work.
A good introduction to Calvin for young readers  Dec 23, 2007
Like most protestants of my generation (at least the ones that I know), my knowledge of church history is...dismal. Anything that happened between the book of Acts and 1980 is a fuzzy area for me.

So although The River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin is written for young readers, I still learned a lot.

The River of Grace traces Calvin's life from his boyhood to his death in Geneva in 1564, from his early studies for the Catholic priesthood to his conversion and his eventual leadership in the Reformation.

Calvin's beliefs and his objections to Catholicism are incorporated into the story but not belabored. I'm sure this was to keep younger readers from getting bogged down. Readers will still walk away with a better understanding of the peril Calvin and his friends were under in their work to teach and make the Scriptures available to the people.

Learning about church history gives me a greater appreciation for the sacrifices that have been made by others to advance the Kingdom of God. My faith is strengthened as I am reminded to never take my freedom to worship for granted.
It may be a children's book, but I learned so much from it!  Jun 19, 2000
After reading two of Joyce McPherson's other books, I knew I was in for a treat when I picked up River of Grace, the biography of John Calvin. While the language is easily understandable for a child, it holds the interest of the adult. I have even seen my husband, who rarely picks up a book, reading this one. John Calvin is famous as a theologian, but I found out lots of things that I didn't know about him. It made his life come alive for me.

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