Danika Cooley brings the stories of ten abolitionists together to show kids that God can use anyone to accomplish His will and change the lives of other people for the better. The abolitionists featured were all different. They were black and white, rich and poor. Some were free and some were enslaved. But Danika shows that just like Queen Esther in the Bible, God used each person where they were, at just the right time, to accomplish His will for the world.
I love that Danika not only shares the stories of well-known abolitionists such as William Wilberforce, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman, but also stories of lesser-known abolitionists such as Zachary Macaulay and William Knibb. Whether the gifts God gave each person was an understanding of the law, a way to understand numbers and statistics and share them in understandable ways, the bravery to help enslaved people escape, or something else, He gave each one what they needed to accomplish His will and make a difference in the world.
Throughout the stories of the abolitionists, Danika shares Biblical truth that kids can learn from and grow in today, no matter their age or situation. They can learn about what happens when people let their consciences be seared, the importance of prayer and trusting God, and so much more.
This is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend to families.
What a gem of a book. This book follows the lives of 10 different abolitionists who were committed to standing against injustice and fighting for freedom. While I was familiar with some of these figures, others were new to me. Their stories were mesmerizing and important for our children (and ourselves) to hear. These courageous individuals stood up in a variety of ways and God used them to push back darkness and as the book’s introduction reminds us to “rise up for such a time as this,” as Queen Esther did to rescue the Jewish people, her people. You and your kids will come away freshly aware of God’s sovereignty and excited about the role he calls each of us to! Our children need to read stories like this over and over again!
What an excellent book! I love that I can read the stories of Christian abolitionists — some I knew about and some I hadn't heard of yet — to my children, all while pointing them to the gospel of Christ. These stories are age-appropriate, engaging, and incredibly inspiring as they highlight the heart of God and His providence. I found myself brought to tears several times and praising the Lord for these incredible examples of courage and faith.