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Reformation Day – What Do You Do?

October 26, 2009

This is sort of a unique year for Reformation Day, since it is Calvin’s 500th birthday.  Here are some suggestions as to what you can do to commemorate Reformation Day and Calvin’s birthday:

As a family:

Read John Calvin (Christian Biographies for Young Readers) by Simonetta Carr.

Read Reformation Heroes by Joel Beeke

Reformation Heroes is not a children’s book. It is an attractive, “coffee table” style illustrated guide to the great names of Reformation history. However, many parents will find it a useful tool for bringing the stories of these heroes into the hearts and minds of their own children.

Watch Luther

Great biographical movie on Martin Luther based very closely upon the biography Here I Stand by Roland Bainton.

Listen to Martin Luther’s famous speech Here I Stand at the Diet of Worms read by Max McLean for free until November 1.

By yourself

Read Douglas Bond’s historical novel on the life of John Calvin The Betrayal.

Read a new (there are lots this year) or old biography of John Calvin.  Here are a few suggestions:

New

John Calvin: a Pilgrim’s Life by Herman Selderhuis – This is actually the one new biography I have read.  It is different than any other biography I have seen.  Its reads like a discussion throughout, not an academic biography.  Its enjoyable and I recommend it.

Calvin by Bruce Gordon – I have not read it, but I have heard it is the new standard.

Old

John Calvin: a Biography by T. H. L. Parker – This is my favorite biography on Calvin.

Happy Reformation Day!

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