A complex and fascinating character, Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, is best remembered as the Father of Orthodoxy, upholding the doctrine of the Trinity against the Arian heresy. In the newest addition to the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, author Simonetta Carr introduces children to the life and times of this important church father who tirelessly defended the Nicene Creed, which many of us today recite as a confession of our faith. Born during the Great Persecution, forced five times to leave his church and city, and constantly threatened by those who tried to ruin his reputation, Athanasius provides an example of godly faithfulness. Beautiful illustrations and a winsome, simply written narrative will bring the Nicene Creed to life for children of all ages, prompting relevant discussions on the divinity of Christ and the importance of creeds and confessions.  Click here to read some sample pages. Click here to see some workbook pages composed by a fan.

First prize winner of the 2014 Athanatos Children’s Book Contest



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“This is great. It fills a gap between simplistic (and often erroneous) summaries of his life and monographs that only scholars would read. Well done!” — Robert Letham, senior tutor in systematic and historical theology, Wales Evangelical School of Theology

“Another excellent historical biography from the hand of Simonetta Carr! This time it is the early Christian bishop Athanasius, who is not an easy subject in some ways. But Simonetta tells his story with gusto, the right amount of admiration, and faithfulness to the Alexandrian bishop’s life. I am fast becoming a real fan of Simonetta’s writing!” — Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Simonetta Carr’s latest book is a wonderfully accessible addition to her growing collection of books on church history for children. Her straightforward narrative is simple but never simplistic and will charm and inspire young readers to live for Christ, contra mundum, against the world. Every family should read these books.” — Douglas Bond, author of The Betrayal and the Crown and Covenant series

“The lovely Simonetta Carr has done it again: another beautifully illustrated children’s book, this time on Athanasius.” – Carl Trueman, Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary

“To date Simonetta Carr has crafted nine books in her “Christian biographies for young readers” series and this may be her very best.”  Really Good Reads

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Question: Wasn’t Athanasius black? Why is he not represented as a black African in your illustrations?


About the Ilustrator

Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art, and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife Rebecca and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado. You may visit his website. The original oil paintings used for the illustrations are on sale.