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Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.
In this collection of forty-six brief biographies for children, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith—including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. Through them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.
Radiant records the triumph of the gospel as Christian women faced kings and governors, soldiers and wild beasts, Japanese guards and Muslim raiders, fire, exile, Nazis, cannibals, riots, and more. "Look to heaven and forsake the world" has been their cry for two thousand years, and in Christ these women became invincible. From South America to Europe, from China to Africa to the Wild West, in prisons and in throne rooms, the Christian heroines of Radiant have left a stunning legacy.
These short and moving biographies for young people introduce fifty often unfamiliar champions of the faith: women like Ida Kahn, who opened the first hospital in a Chinese city of 300,000 people; Lady Anne Hamilton, who rode with the Covenanter cavalry at the decisive Battle of Berwick; and Anngrace Taban, who was forced to type secret battle plans for the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
Praise for RADIANT:
"Through these robust and hearty profiles Richard Hannula brings to life fifty women of faith who helped shape church history. His interest is authentic, his research is solid, and his admiration is genuine." --Joel Belz, founder of World Magazine
"Women have made a vital contribution to the growth and progress of the Christian Church since the beginning. Hannula recognizes and celebrates that contribution and rallies the rising generation of Christian women to lives of action, vitality and faithfulness. A great read!" --Gwen Westerlund, Christian counselor and author of Faithful Following: A Study of the Epistle to the Hebrews and Telling the Next Generation
"From the time of Christ's ministry on earth until the present day, faithful women have left us a legacy of courage, sacrifice, and service in the midst of trials. In this new collection of stories, Richard Hannula has given us a rich resource of encouragement and inspiration." --Nancy Wilson, author of True Companion and Praise Her in the Gates
The word that perhaps best characterizes the Puritans and Covenanters is "faithfulness." Whether Edward Dering preaching boldly before a fuming Queen Elizabeth, or Sandy Peden evading the king's men on horse, or Hugh Mackail undergoing the torture of "the Boot" and then execution for his faith, the Puritans' and Covenanters' courage and conviction shines as bright as ever today.
In this collection of thirty brief biographies with seven illustrations, Hannula brings these stories to life, both for young people who should grow up knowing their spiritual ancestors and the heroes of our faith, and for adults who need to make their acquaintance for the first time.
Because of the fierceness with which they were persecuted, many left Britain for America to worship God freely. If we are to truly understand ourselves, our theological heritage, and our current situation, we need to know the stories of these brave and faithful men and women and the legacy they left.
Edward Donnelly (Principal, Reformed Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland and author of Heaven and Hell and Peter, Eyewitness of His Majesty) says:-
“This superb summary of Samuel Rutherford’s life and ministry in 17th century Scotland teaches us fascinatingly about the past in order to challenge and encourage us towards service of the Lord in the present. He was a gifted theologian and writer, a university lecturer, involved crucially in church affairs in Scotland and in the Westminster Assembly. Yet what he preferred was preaching in the countryside to a small congregation of ordinary people and giving warm pastoral advice to those in need. What comes across most clearly in these pages is his intense devotion to Jesus Christ - leaping out to us in many memorable quotations. Richard Hannula, in this delightfully simple yet profound account, encourages us to learn from Rutherford’s example how to live for our Lord. As he once asked in a sermon: ‘Should you not then give your best things to Christ? For He gave the best things He had for you’.“
'Rather than merely rehearsing names and dates, Hannula’s copious use of Rutherford’s letters, diaries, sermons, and theological works provide a taste of the true Rutherford, his insight, his wisdom, his struggles, and, above all, his devotion to Christ. Perhaps the best thing that I can say about this short work is that it left me hungry for more of Rutherford!'
Terry JohnsonSenior Pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia and the author of The Case for Traditional Protestantism, Reformed Worship, and the trilogy, When Grace Comes Home, When Grace Transforms, and When Grace Comes Alive.
Richard Hannula lives in Tacoma, Washington, USA, where he serves as the principal of Covenant High School and is an elder in a Presbyterian Church of America congregation. He is the author of Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History.