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Why Michelangelo?

27 Apr 2016 / 0 Comments /


I met Nancy Sanders, a talented children’s author, two years ago, through the popular 32 Authors Online Scavenger Hunt. We have since become friends and she has been a source of advice and even comfort in the difficult times of my life. At that time, I noticed she had written several interesting books for Chicago Review Press. Two titles were for their “For Kids” series of biographies, whose format seemed very similar to that of my Christian Biographies for Young Readers. 

I contacted the editors to see if they were interested in a title. Originally, I wanted to write a book on the Protestant Reformation, in view of the 2017 anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. They didn’t accept my proposal, but told me they had been looking for someone willing to write a book on Michelangelo.

Immediately, I saw many advantages in writing such a book. Michelangelo was Italian (so I could read his original writings), he lived during a time period I have researched in depth, and his works have an amazing depth that can enrich the lives of children. Also, I had a burning desire to present the Protestant Reformation and Roman Catholic response with clarity and accuracy.



On the other hand, I had to take many factors into consideration. First of all, art books require many images which are normally very expensive. Second, I have normally been writing for Christian families who may in some cases object to images of God and Christ, or to images of the naked body (like the David). On the other hand, you can’t talk about Michelangelo without showing those images.



I sought counsel from my pastors (Rev. Michael Brown and Dr. Rev. Michael Horton), who encouraged me to pursue this project, especially since it practically fell on my lap. You can’t teach children art history without incurring in images of God and Christ, or occasional nudes. Parents can avoid this subject altogether, or use judgment and wisdom in guiding the children in this field of learning.


Overall, I think this book will be useful to many children and families.

Using All Burners

14 Mar 2016 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

If you are like me, you like to have different projects cooking at the same time – some on high flame and some brewing on the back burners. If a deadline approaches, you give all your attention to one project and leave the others behind. I have done this for years, until I realized that the back […]

Why Michelangelo?

31 Dec 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

I met Nancy Sanders, a talented children’s author, two years ago, through the popular 32 Authors Online Scavenger Hunt. We have since become friends and she has been a source of advice and even comfort in the difficult times of my life. At that time, I noticed she had written several interesting books for Chicago Review Press. Two […]

Teaching What Counts

15 Dec 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

In case anyone feels too proud of our exceptional children and innovative teaching methods, a letter by Anne Hooper to Henry Bullinger might be the good dose of humility and the kick in the pants we need. Anne wrote this letter from London in 1551, while her husband John Hooper (pictured here) was in prison. As godfather of […]

To Resist or to Register…

15 Dec 2015 / 1 Comment / in Uncategorized

“Register” – we read on a stone in the cell where Marie Durand and other Protestant women were kept for most of their lives.   Recently, Reformation Heritage Books received a message from a reader who was concerned this might be a mistake. “If you google the French translation for the English resist you will see that […]

Thanksgiving Day Sale at RHB

23 Nov 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

Reformation Heritage Books is having a huge Thanksgiving Day Sale, which includes two titles in this series: John Owen and Jonathan Edwards. Both books may be purchased for $8.10 (55 % off the original price)! John Owen will be a very useful tool for parents and teachers who want to go beyond the traditional account […]

Sounds Familiar? Letters from Heinrich and Anna Bullinger to their son.

10 Oct 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

The 16th century was different from our age in many ways, but some things never change. “Your mother makes big eyes when you already speak of needing another pair of shoes for the winter,” wrote Heinrich Bullinger to his son on December 20, 1553. “It is hardly fifteen weeks since you left us, when you […]

StoryTent

04 Aug 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

PRESS RELEASE                     Traveling Stories (www.travelingstoreis.org) welcomes published author Simonetta Carr to the Santee StoryTent on Wednesday, August 19 from 3:30 to 4:30pm for a free, special event for children of all ages. Carr is the author of 11 books in the Reformation Heritage Books series […]

Changing of the Guard

27 Feb 2015 / 1 Comment / in Uncategorized

Good-bye (at least for some time) to Matt Abraxas, the talented illustrator of seven titles in our series: John Owen, Athanasius, Lady Jane Grey, Anselm, John Knox, Jonathan Edwards, and Marie Durand. John Owen and Lady Jane Grey have both come finalists in the annual San Diego Book Awards, and Anselm of Canterbury has won first price. […]

Latest News

07 Feb 2015 / 0 Comments / in Uncategorized

I haven’t been posting for a while, and there are many news regarding this series and more. 1. The next title in the series is Marie Durand – yes, finally another woman. It should be out in June 2015. As you know, my series is mostly about people who have influenced the way we believe […]