The ‘Do Great Things for God’ book series by Laura Caputo-Wickham, published by The Good Book Company, is a wonderful series of inspiring and encouraging books for children. They share mini-biographies, stories and the lives of Christian women throughout the years, who have inspired and touched the lives of thousands and thousands of people all over the world.
“By exploring the lives of inspiring Christian women, this series will enthuse young children about the great things they can do for God.”
If you’re not familiar with Fanny Crosby and have not previously heard her name, or even if you may know just a little bit about her, you may be quite familiar with a number of hymns that Fanny wrote throughout her life. The exact number of hymns she wrote is unknown, but it’s believed that she wrote around 9,000 which is an incredible number. These hymns have also been translated into many different languages, and are still sung today. You can find them in many hymn books and in churches.
This book has been beautifully illustrated by Jess Rose, and shares Fanny Crosby’s story, all about her life, growing up, the hymns she wrote, the people she met, how she lived a Christ-centred life and how God helped her. Fanny was born on 24th March 1820 in the USA. Many believe that her blindness was a result of bad advice given by a doctor, after suffering with an infection as a baby. But Fanny never let her blindness hold her back. She lived a long, full life serving God, writing hymns and liked to describe her life as “a life of joy and sunshine.” At the age of 95, Fanny died on 12th February 1915.
Well known hymns by Fanny Crosby include, ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus’, ‘Rescue the Perishing’, ‘Blessed Assurance’, ‘The Bright Forever’, ‘Saviour, More Than Life to Me’, and ‘Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour’.
This book is beautifully and wonderfully put together, in an inspiring and encouraging way, to help young readers learn more about the life of Fanny Crosby. The pages are laid out with easy-to-read sentences, and illustrations really help the words on the page come to life so the reader can visually imagine all about Fanny’s life, and follow along with all that she did.
At the back of the book is a timeline which goes into a little more detail, along with dates, which makes a lovely addition to the book so the reader can follow Fanny throughout the years. Along with the words written throughout the book, readers learn more about what she did during those particular years.
The ‘Do Great Things for God’ series is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf. They make a perfect story-time for parents, friends and families with small children to read, or for children to read themselves, with easy-to-follow words, pages and illustrations. The front and back cover, which are hardback and beautifully designed, keep the pages inside safe, and it’s great to take with you wherever you go The slim design of the book makes it great for placing inside bags to read later.
Even though I’m 32, I really enjoyed reading through this book as an adult. Although a short book, there’s lots to learn and discover about the life of Fanny Crosby, and quite a few things I didn’t know before. It covers many important parts of her life, and has definitely inspired and encouraged me in how she lived her life and how she served God.
This book is available to purchase over on The Good Book Company. There are also some great free downloads to print out, which include different activities for the whole family to join in with; another great way to learn, discover and celebrate the life of Fanny Crosby.
Looking for another wonderful Christian children’s book? Why not take at look at my review for the The Awesome Super Fantastic Forever Party written by Joni Eareckson Tada.