Not too long ago, the kids and I read an enjoyable read-aloud called Soldier Fritz and The Enemies He Fought.
First, the review:
This book takes place in Germany in 1525. The main character in the book is the son of a Count (Fritz). Fritz has always wanted to be a soldier and wishes for a sword for his birthday. Instead, he finds out about a different kind of sword and chooses a Bible for his present. This leads the family to faith in Jesus Christ and many conflicts with the priest of the castle. I don’t want to give away the plot to this wonderful book, but I do want to share a few of the great discussion topics we had with this story.
Soldier Fritz led to discussions about the following topics:
- The importance of God’s Word and how blessed we are to have it
- How God’s Word can teach us even if we have nothing or no one else
- That we need to follow the Lord Jesus and not just a man (even a great Christian leader – in the book’s case, Martin Luther)
- How low Jesus Christ humbled Himself when He came to Earth. This is brought up in the book when someone’s situation is humbled greatly, but not nearly as great as the Lord.
- How to be a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ
- How we still have to battle our old sin nature even after becoming a Christian. The struggles that Fritz had with pride, impatience, and other sin are written out in such a way that my kids really started to understand the battles against the “old man” that we face.
- The importance of just doing the Lord’s work wherever we are. There are people of different occupations and economic standings that just continue to faithfully serve the Lord and proclaim Him.
Now for the giveaway:
Salem Ridge Press has graciously provided a copy of Soldier Fritz and the Enemies He Fought for our contest. If you’ve never heard of Salem Ridge Press, they are a small publishing company run by a homeschool graduate. They re-publish carefully selected older books. There are a number of books about Church History as well as other topics. I think I first ran across them at a homeschool convention a few years ago and usually pick up a few of their books each year. The main Church history set of books is still a little old for my children, but we have 3 books from the Junior Church history set (Solder Fritz being one of books) as well as a few other young readers they sell. Anyway, if you are unfamiliar with their books and looking for some great reading, you might want to check them out.