Wednesday, July 3, 2013

St. Anselm, a short and beautiful biographical book.

Sturdily bound with thick paper and colored illustrations, 
this biography is one that will last through your children and your grandchildren, 
and you will want it to last, because it is a very good book. 

Simonetta Carr's writing is easy for little ones to understand, but very meaty at the same time. 
Simonetta is skilled at showing you just how like us these people were:
 flawed and fallen but used greatly by God who is not limited by our failures. 

This book begins with Anselm as a little one himself, a boy who was sure that God lived at the top of the pristine-snowed Alps, and continues through his youth as a seeker and his manhood as an apologist of God's Word, a follower of Christ, letting us witness his life and legacy. 

As I read, I understood the way Anselm felt at different times, when he wrestled with sin. 
For example, he wanted to join the Bec monastery, but knew there was already an excellent teacher at that monastery, and he wished to go somewhere where his own skill could be recognized. When God convicted him of the pride in that idea, he settled into Bec and was soon promoted and given more responsibility. When his desire for peaceful reflection began to make him irritable amidst the demands of monastery life, God changed his heart and he went to the sick room to comfort and care for people.

Another very cool thing about this biography are the extra details included, such as photos of the old yet still standing house that some people believe Anselm was born in, photos of the mountains and castles he would have seen, photos of statues and parchments. 
Lots to think about here, and discuss with children!

Once you finish this book, you and your children will know that, as Simonetta says, Anselm was a man who took much joy in thinking about God and talking to him. You will be inspired by Anselm, and strengthened afresh for the journey ahead. 

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has 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.  Visit Simonetta’s Linked In page, or the CBFYR Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. Great review Faith! I agree that these books are very inspiring reads.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews