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Book Review: Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers


Book Review: Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the latest installment in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series published by Reformation Heritage Books. In this book, Carr masterfully writes from an educated and insightful position. At the same time, her writing style is both easy to understand and engaging. The book is intended for children ages 9-12 but both younger ad older children will appreciate the book.

In Martin Luther, Carr guides the reader through the important events in Luther’s life from his birth until his death in 1546. The book contains three helpful appendices: Did You Know, a Time Line, and a portion of Luther’s Small Catechism.  The Did You Know? Appendix s probably my favorite. It is  few pages of relevant facts from Luther’s life and fascinating cultural tidbits which help the reader better understand the times in which Luther lived.

The artwork in this book is absolutely splendid. Your children might recognize the art if they are a fan of Brian Jacques Redwall series. The illustrator, Trow Howell is the same illustrator that Jacques used to illustrate his cover art.

Martin Luther by Simonetta Carr is the perfect combination of biography, history, heritage, and good art. This is a book that I would definitely recommend for children. It would compliment a homeschooling history curriculum quite nicely or work as a nice gift for children who appreciate a well written and well illustrated book. I would also recommend this book as a nice addition to any church library that wants to add a section helping children to better understand the Protestant heritage.

Where to Purchase Martin Luther

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About the Author

Award-winning author Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has been a home-schooling mother for many years. As a writer, she has contributed to 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 three of her eight children. Besides writing and translating, she teaches Italian as a second language and is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.  Visit Simonetta’s author page on Goodreads, her Linked In page, her Amazon author page, her author Facebook page, or the CBFYR Facebook page.



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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.”

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Martin Luther – Christian Biographies for Young Readers

  1. adam

    This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. How does it handle the differences between the Catholic and Protestant churches?

    • Adam, sorry for taking so long to respond. These issues are dealt with fairly I think. The author is careful to accurately represent the real issues. Hopefully this answers your question.

  2. Ryan Smith

    For some reason I never saw this one. I just checked my email and I never got the notification. My girls are obsessed with Luther right now. Like unhealthy obsessed. Claire (10) says she will not marry a man unless he works as a reformer, Idelette (5) has been caught on more than one occasion slaying the pope (she uses a Darth Vader action figure) and Katharina (3) wants to change her name to Katharina Von Bora. We are doing 365 days of Reformation this year for school in honor of the 500th anniversary.

    • I had to laugh at this. It sounds like your girls are doing just fine.

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