Book Review – Irenaeus of Lyon by Simonetta Carr
Irenaeus of Lyon is the latest treasure written by Simonetta Carr and illustrated by Matt Abraxas. It is a biography of the early patristic Irenaeus. The book is written for young children and is written in such a way that engages the sense of wonder that so many children need to experience when reading history. I appreciate Carr’s writing style and can’t help but wonder if I would have come to appreciate church history earlier in life if I would have had the opportunity to read this book as a child. The illustrations are spectacular and capture the essence of Irenaeus just as well as the text.
Irenaeus of Lyons has been my favorite church father since studying patristics in college many years ago. He was a clear thinker, but also a man who was deeply committed to the spiritual health of his congregation and had a deep abiding love for truth. Both of these characteristics have influenced me in very profound ways and I have looked to his example over and over again in my own life.
Simonetta Carr has written a book that will be treasured for years to come. It’s a book that children can read on their own as a part of a homeschool history curriculum, or that parents could delight in reading to their children. The artistry and beauty of the illustrations make this a book that demands a special place in your bookshelves with which can be easily seen when surveying a book collection. This is one that you will want to keep for a very long time.
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About the Author
Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church, Santee, California.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Reformation Heritage Books in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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