Review & Reflection: Irenaeus


I have written about Simonetta Carr’s wonderful books for young adults before.  Reformation Heritage Books has been faithfully publishing titles in a wonderful series called Christian Biographies for Young Readers which introduce older children and young teens to some of the giants of the faith.  The text is always well written and well illustrated.  One of the things that I have appreciated about the series is that Carr doesn’t just write about the popular figures like Augustine or Luther but also draws our attention to lesser-known, but no less significant, figures like Marie Durand or Peter Martyr Vermigli.  This newest title in the series continues that trajectory by introducing modern readers to a figure that may not be familiar: the early Church Father Irenaeus.  Irenaeus was a bishop in the early church who both discipled and defended God’s people.  He was the leader of the church in Lyon, France during a time of intense persecution.  He also wrote extensively in response to the early heresy of Gnosticism (a teaching which is ably and simply explained by Carr’s book).  As with her previous work, Carr does an admirable job of making ancient figures accessible and of providing gripping narrative without sacrificing historical nuance.  This title is a worth-while addition to the series and I hope that there will be more to come!

I would like to thank the good folks over at Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a free review copy of this book.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.

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