A Stranger in a Strange Land, Leonora Scholte; Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada, Inheritance Publications, 120 pp. (paper); price—US $5.95. [Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema] This book tells the story of the Dutch settlement in Pella, Iowa, under the leadership of the Reverend Henry Scholte. Written by Scholte’s daughter-in-law, the story gives the accuracy and intimate details which only a member of the family could furnish. Because of persecution after the Secession of 1834 in the Netherlands, the Rev. Scholte and his followers emigrated to America and settled in the plains of Iowa, later developed into the city of Pella. It is a...
SING ABOUT IT, Volume One, S. Vander Ploeg; Steinco Industries, LTD; distributed by Inheritance Publications, P.O. Box. 145, Neerlandia, Alberta, Canada TOG 1RO; $7.95 Can./$6.95 U.S., paper. (Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema) This is a ring-bound song book, with illustrations, of twenty-one Biblical songs for children. The book includes such titles as “Goliath was a Giant,” “Elijah’s Voice,” and “Our Daily Bread.” Because this is volume one, I presume this will be a series of Bible song books, although the book gives no information about the author and his goals.
GOOD FRIDAY, by Jeremias De Decker; translated from the Dutch by Henrietta Ten Harmsel; Paideia Press, Jordan Station, Ontario, Canada, 1984; 147 pp. $7.95 ($9.95 Canada) (paper). (Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema) From September, 1982, to February, 1983, Miss Ten Harmsel took a leave of absence from teaching at Calvin College to translate Jeremias De Decker’s rather lengthy and detailed poem, Good Friday. De Decker, born in 1609, a close friend of Rembrandt and a member of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands, has been characterized as a biblical pietist and a man with a broad knowledge and understanding of Scripture. As...
If we, with David, can pray each day, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice,” (Psalm 55:16, 17) then we as covenant parents will know and understand the importance of the most intimate relationship with our Father in heaven, both for us and for our children. One of the most important tasks in our lives as covenant parents is to teach our children to pray.
Probably all of you boys and girls who read the little story I am going to tell at the beginning will say, “I know all about that story already! Something like that happened to me, too!” Here is the little story. Early one hot summer afternoon, Jon and Jill, who lived four houses down the street, hurried up the sidewalk and knocked at the door. Phil and Paula ran to open it. “Hi,” they all said.
NURTURING CHILDREN IN THE LORD, by Jack Fennema; Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1979; 162 pp., paper, $4.95. (Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema)
STORY BIBLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, by Anne De Vries, Paideia Press, 1978, 254 pages. (Reviewed by Gertrude Hoeksema) Originally written in the Dutch language, under the title of Kleuter Vertelboek Voor de Bijbelse Geschiedenis, this story Bible was recently translated into English. It contains selected stories from both the Old and New Testaments, and was written for children from four to eight years old.
Come, Ye Children – published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association When Isaac grew up a little more, God came to Abraham and asked him to do a very hard thing—the hardest thing in all his life to do—harder even than waiting for Isaac to be born. This is what God said, “Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, and offer him for a burnt offering.”