Our family loves to hear about missionaries and other Christians from history. We especially have enjoyed reading stories that can be read in one sitting. Of course, some of these stories are hard to read without getting a little choked up.
Beside using these books with just our family, there are other great times to use them as well. Have you ever been in charge of a group of children and you run out of things to do? Or the kids are just tired out and need some down time? Or parents are running late and you are left with more time to fill? These books are excellent for moments like that. Seth and I both have used them during geo-draw camps at CC Practicum. In fact, we actually picked stories that matched whatever geography we were studying that year. The entire room was silent with children engrossed in the narratives.
Here are some favorites:
- Missionary Stories with the Millers – I like that they are not all really common stories and yet include some more familiar people as well. There is a map at the beginning of each chapter showing where the story takes place too. I think I originally saw this book on a Sonlight reading list, but I was able to pick up a copy at our local thrift bookstore.
- The Light Keepers Ten Boys and Ten Girls Box Sets. Each set includes 5 books with 10 stories each. The titles are all Ten Boys or Ten Girls Who . . . Didn’t Give In, Made History, Used Their Talents, Changed The World, and Made A Difference. These stories include many people from our CC timeline as well as great missionaries, authors, and musicians. In the girls books, there are stories of wives of famous men. I loved to hear stories from their wives’ perspectives and what work they did (sometimes behind the scenes).
- The Little Lights Series by Catherine Mackenzie. We only own Helen Roseveare: What’s in the parcel? and George Müller: Does money grow on trees?, but I hope to pick up more in the near future. These are individual picture books. In both of them that we own, there is a little bit about when the main character was young and then one main story about the particular missionary showing how God answers prayer in that circumstance.
What are some of your favorite books on missionaries and Christians from history?