Now, let me be the first to say, I’ve never been a huge fan of ebooks!! Up until recently, we didn’t have any type of e-reader, and I find reading books on my computer very tedious and uncomfortable. Recently, each of my boys received a Nook Color from their grandma, so we were able to use that to read this book, which made it much easier! 🙂
This book, written by Douglas Bond, is the first in a series about two teenagers and their adventures with their friend Mr. Pipes, who teaches them about the great hymn writers of the past. The author wants readers to not only connect with the stories of these people, but to come to view worship as an important part of their relationship with God. In this particular book, readers will learn about Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, and John Bunyan, amongst others.
At first glance, the topic of this book may seem a bit, well, boring, but I can tell you, it is not!! The story is so well-written, with lots of information, but also humor, that you get totally drawn in. The black and white illustrations are very high quality, and the book is easy to read. We ended up reading it together as a read-alound, but both of my boys (6th and 9th grades) could have easily read it alone too!! We all enjoyed the story, and were surpised at how much we learned, and now we are interested in reading the next book in the series.
While I still say there is nothing like curling up with an ACTUAL book in your lap, Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers is a great family story, and I would encourage you to check it out (in print, or on an e-reader 🙂 ). The PDF download for this costs $8.79, and you can find out more about it, and the other things Christian Liberty Press has to offer, here:
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**Disclaimer: I was given free access to this product for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.