The First Christians

The Acts of the Apostles for Children

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Age Range: 8 and up

Celebrated author Marigold Hunt retells for children the dangerous early days of the Church as reported in The Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke's account of the dangerous early days of the Church.

Focusing on the deeds and experiences of Sts. Peter, Paul, Luke, and Barnabas, author Hunt shows children that the Catholic Church which today seems so ancient and established was born in turbulent times, when merely professing belief in Christ could get you killed — and not by rowdies and brigands, but by public officials carrying out their sworn duty.

Time and again, the apostles wind up in jail (some for years), and time and again God frees them by miracles of one sort or another. With Christian hope and great good cheer, they take up again the task with which Christ charged them just before He ascended into Heaven: "Go forth and teach all nations."

By foot, on horseback, and on frail craft tossed in stormy seas, they do just that, preaching and teaching their way across much of the known world, winning converts and establishing churches in Palestine, Crete, Cyprus, Malta, Phoenicia, the lands that are now Turkey, and even in Rome itself, the pagan capital of the anti-Christian Empire.

Along the way, the apostles heal the sick, cast out devils, and work other miracles. They face down mobs, evade murder plots, and defend themselves in courts in city after city. In the midst of it all, Peter — whose authority as the first Pope was accepted by all of the apostles — settles disputes that arise among the Christians and between the new Churches.

All this and more is told in The First Christians, the thrilling — and true — saga of the lives and works of the first apostles of Jesus.

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  • Pages: 176
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-928832-32-4
  • Product Code: 326
  • Availability: In Stock
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Great book
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to help their children understand the Acts more and the life and customs of the first Christians and want to bring the Bible alive for their children and themselves. Marigold Hunt fulfills her goal of explaining life during the time following Christ's Resurrection from how they lived, dressed, spoke and other customs. She gives great historical background and explanation in an engaging and entertaining way.
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Wonderful
Marigold Hunt did a wonderful job explaining the Acts of the Apostles. There is much information about the people of the time and why they may have done the things that they did. It is not just a retelling of the story. It is a great way to help children understand our faith.
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Worth buying and reading with your kids!
This is a book that helps kids study the Acts of the Apostles. It is written in an engaging manner that has my kids groaning when it is time to stop. I read it aloud because I enjoy the book as much as they do. It can be used by adults even though it is written for kids. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book!
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Excellent source for children
I think adults and children can learn a lot from this concise, conversational approach to how the early church got started. My children and I received a great education from it and I enjoyed the extra thoughts that prompted discussion. The cultural background explanations helped to really understand the environment that the early Christians were in.
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Classic
I read somewhere that a classic is something you can read over and over and get something new from it each time. This book definitely falls under that category. My young boys are absorbed in it as we read it to them. I am sure they do not understand everything, but when they read it again on their own they will get more out of it and as their faith life and their understanding of the rest of our Christian story grows deeper, this book will continue to offer new material to ponder and meditate upon. My husband and I enjoy it as well.
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