Great for God by David Shibley and An Idea for Summer Lesson Plans

Great for God by David Shibley is an informative and inspiring book.  Shibley has collected a brief biography of 23 men and women whose lives were fully committed to God.  From India to Africa to the US, Shibley looks at missionaries who changed the world for God.   Some of them lived in the 1700s, some died as recently as 20 years ago.  But all of their stories can inspire readers to seek out what God has for their lives.

I loved this little book.  I enjoy biographies in general as long as they don’t bog down.  This one was especially nice because it was set up in nice, succinct chapters that each told of a different missionary.  At the beginning of each chapter is a chart detailing where and when the missionary was born, where and when they died, what their main legacy was, and a famous quote from that missionary.

I had heard of most of the missionaries- Amy Carmichael, Adoniram Judson, David Livingstone.  But there were a few I hadn’t heard of- the founder of the Navigators, Dawson Trotman; Bill Bright; Bob Pierce.  And there were a few I knew by name but about whom I learned much more- Eric Liddell, William Cameron Townsend, Lottie Moon.

As I was read, I was really struck with the idea that I needed to share these very inspirational stories with the kids.  Then I was inspired with an idea for our summer unit.  I like to teach something light that keeps us learning and on a schedule through the summer.

I think I will use this book as a spine and read aloud one missionary story a day.  Then we can do a brief geography study of the area that missionary was a minister to.

The short biographies of each missionary will be perfect to read aloud- one a day.  (They would also work well for a family devotional or a short bedtime reading for a family that didn’t homeschool.)

I really liked this one.  I am encouraged when I read about these heroes of the faith.  And I think the style of this book makes it very easy to pass on that encouragement in a simple and readable way.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions are entirely my own.

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