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The Chosen People A Compendium of Sacred and Church History for School-Children   By: (1823-1901)

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The Chosen People is an incredibly insightful and comprehensive compendium of sacred and church history, expertly crafted for school children by the renowned author Charlotte Mary Yonge. With a meticulous balance between engaging storytelling and informative content, Yonge successfully takes young readers on a captivating journey through the centuries, shedding light on the history and significance of the chosen people.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Yonge's ability to distill complex historical events and theological principles into accessible language for young minds. Every chapter is thoughtfully structured, presenting information in a way that ensures both understanding and retention. By employing a narrative approach, the author effortlessly presents historical anecdotes that not only inform but also inspire curious minds.

Yonge's dedication to accuracy and detail is evident in her thorough research and deep understanding of the subject matter. Historical figures, such as Moses, David, and Saint Paul, are brought to life through vivid descriptions of their journeys, triumphs, and challenges. The inclusion of various primary sources and biblical references further enriches the narrative, offering readers a genuine sense of the time periods being discussed.

Additionally, The Chosen People is not limited to providing a dry account of historical events. Yonge seamlessly weaves in valuable moral lessons and spiritual insights throughout the text. At the end of each chapter, she presents questions and reflections that encourage readers to ponder the significance of the narratives and draw connections to their own lives. This interactive approach stimulates critical thinking and elevates the book beyond a mere historical compilation.

The book's illustrations, though few in number, are carefully chosen and beautifully executed, complementing the text and helping to visualize key moments in history. While a greater number of illustrations may have further enhanced the overall reading experience, the existing ones play a vital role in capturing the attention of young readers and immersing them in the historical eras being depicted.

In conclusion, The Chosen People by Charlotte Mary Yonge is a masterfully written compendium of sacred and church history that deserves a prominent place in any young reader's library. Through her engaging storytelling, meticulous research, and moral reflections, Yonge succeeds in making the subject matter accessible and captivating. Whether read for educational purposes or for personal enrichment, this book provides an invaluable resource for young minds seeking to deepen their knowledge of the chosen people's historical and spiritual heritage.

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"God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things." Heb . i, l,

"Yes; so it was ere Jesus came Alternate then His Altar flame Blazed up and died away, And Silence took her torn with Song, And Solitude with the fair throng That owned the festal day; For in earth's daily circuit then Only one border Reflected to the Seraphs' ken, Heaven's light and order.

But now to the revolving sphere We point and Say, No desert here, No waste so dark and lone But to the hour of sacrifice Comes daily in its turn, and lies In light beneath the Throne. Each point of time, from morn till eve. From eve to morning, The shrine doth from the Spouse receive Praise and adorning." Lyra Innocentium .



In drawing up this little book, at the request of several friends, the Author has been chiefly guided by experience of what children require to be told, in order to come to an intelligent perception of the scope of the Scripture narrative treated historically. Since a general view can hardly be obtained without brevity, many events have been omitted in the earlier part, and those only touched upon which have a peculiar significance in tracing the gradual preparation for the work of Redemption; and though one great object has been the illustration of Prophecy, the course of types has been passed over, lest the plain narrative should be confused, since types are rather subjects of devotional contemplation than of history, and they should be perfectly comprehended as facts , before being treated as allegorical... Continue reading book >>

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