Facing Lions, by James Williamson and Rebekah Freedman, is a book recently published by Christian Focus.
It covers seven characters who influenced the early church: the Apostle John, Polycarp, Blandina, Constantine, Arius, Athanasius and Anthony. This fascinating group includes martyrs, theologians, an emperor, a heretic and a hermit. Each character has a chapter outlining their life and beliefs, followed by a devotional thought and then a fact file. The devotional thoughts apply lessons from the chapter. For example, the thought about Arius talks about how to protect ourselves from false teaching and how to distinguish between a godly and an ungodly person. The fact file gives some of the historical and geographical background and each includes a map.
I read this book with my 6 year old. This is the lower end of the age range, for this book, although it was a useful read. It would be ideal for 7-11 year olds and is particularly suitable for reading aloud and discussion.
Facing Lions is available from Christian Focus, Amazon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle bookshop.
Review first published in the Wisdom House reading scheme newsletter.
Disclaimer: I bought this book for the use of my family and was not compensated for this review.