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Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church (History Lives! - Volume 4)

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History Lives! is a fresh, wonderfully readable, overview set of books about church history, written with ages 9 to 14 in mind. The authors both serve at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia PA and have an extensive background in church history.

Read the stories of the gifted preachers and justice fighters who led the 1st and 2nd Great Awakenings in the 18th and 19th centuries. Meet the American preacher who started a national revival in his tiny church. Spend time with the wealthy English politician and the former American slave woman who helped abolish slavery in their countries. Get to know the missionaries who built lasting Christian communities in China, India, and Africa.

For the first 1700 years of the church, God's people had worked to define Christian teachings and secure their freedom to worship. Now they began to see, in a new way, how the power of the gospel should change their feelings both toward Jesus and their fellow human beings. From John Wesley and Jonathan Edwards to Elizabeth Fry and Sojourner Truth, God used the tender hearts and strong hands of his people to offer mercy to the world.

Extra features look deeper into issues such as social reform, the French and American Revolutions, and the rise of Protestant Denominations.