Thursday, December 16, 2004

A Token for Children

In his latest newsletter Don Whitney writes:

"We were blessed in our family worship time recently by reading A Token for Children by James Janeway and Cotton Mather (Soli Deo Gloria publishers). This was the best-selling children's book in America in the 1600s, 1700s, and early 1800s. It contains the story of several children who were converted, some shortly before death. Although each child in the book eventually dies at the end of its chapter, it's not a sad or grim book. Many had some of the most glorious deathbed scenes I've ever read. I don't know that any other book has had such an impact on Laurelen. While reading such dated language, I sometimes had to edit on the fly, but she had no trouble with the language, even when she was the one reading aloud. No other book we've read as a family has (1) made the Gospel so evidently a message for children as well as adults, and (2) made it so plain that children, too, may die and should prepare for death while young, and (3) made a relationship with God by children so winsome and attractive to children. If you're interested, call Audubon Press at 800-405-3788 about it, and tell them you read about it here."

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The book is also available from Amazon, and can be ordered here: A Token for Children: Being an Exact Account of the Conversion, Holy and Exemplary Lives, and Joyful Deaths of Several Young Children in Two Parts to Which Is Added a token