Peter Martyr Vermigli (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
Born in Florence, Italy, in 1499, Peter Martyr Vermigli decided that he wanted to teach God's Word when he grew up. After many years of study, he became a well-respected leader in the Roman Catholic Church, yet he questioned the church's teachings because he believed they were contrary to the Bible. Eventually forced to flee Italy and the Roman Church, Vermigli joined the Reformers north of the Alps and devoted the rest of his life to teaching, preaching, and writing about the great truths of the Protestant Reformation. He lived in many parts of Europe, and he influenced many of the most important figures of his times.
This volume in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series retells the story of a servant of Christ who left behind a postion of prominence in the Roman Church to courageously join the cause of the Protestant Reformation. Enhanced by illustrious, photographs, and additional information about the Reformation era, this account shows young readers how God can use the piety and talents of one man to advance the cause of His truth.
Sometimes it's hard to find high-quality biographies written at a level that appeals to children. These beautifully illustrated hardcover books were written specifically with young readers in mind, but I suspect adults will enjoy these, too. They present a good mixture of story with history, in a simple and straightforward style, with pictures on almost every page. In each of them, you'll read through the subject's life, from his childhood (with some background on the context of current events) to his conversion and ministry to his death and legacy. While not all of them are about reformers per se, I can see these books as being a welcome addition to a study on the Reformation, since each person could be viewed as related to that period in some way. Approx. 62-64 pgs. each, hc. - Chad