Knox played an important role during the Protestant Reformation, particularly in his homeland, Scotland, where he energized with his passion the young Protestant church, endeavoring to keep it faithful to Scriptures. Over time, his influence, as that of other Scottish Reformers, reached beyond the small boundaries of their country. Their insistence on the purity and simplicity of worship has inspired other believers. Their vision for the organization of the church has become a model for many churches all over the world. Also, at times of political oppression, Knox’s teachings have often come to mind, helping Christians to decide if it is time to submit or to stand up.
Young readers will find in this book an overall picture of the Reformation, with all its questions, difficulties, and victories. They will get to know Knox in the many aspects of his life – as a Reformer, preacher, friend, pastor, and family man – and will probably begin to grasp what drove him to fight so passionately against idolatry and for the Gospel.
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“In this clear, concise and readable short biography, Simonetta Carr tells the dramatic story of John Knox. Setting him in the context of his troubled times, she vividly explains how he became a Protestant, a galley slave, a friend of John Calvin, an English pastor and finally the leading preacher of the Scottish Reformation. This is an excellent introduction for children to the religious ideas which transformed the churches of sixteenth-century Western Europe.” – Dr. Rosalind K. Marshall, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of John Knox, Birlinn, Ltd.
“This story is about my homeland and one of my fellow countrymen. Simonetta Carr’s description of John Knox doesn’t focus so much on the stereotype of a fiery Scot, but brings out more of the gentle, loving, gospel side of this strong reformer. It was with thankfulness to God that I read about what I owe to His work through John Knox and it is with appreciation to Simonetta, her historical accuracy and love of the Gospel that I recommend this book to families, Christians and fellow Scots.” – Catherine Mackenzie, Author of John Knox: The Sharpened Sword, Christian Focus Publications.
“Informed and well-written, with lavish illustrations and beautiful production values” – Carl Trueman, Reformation21