The Escape is about three Huguenot children who flee persecution in France and their struggle to survive. Early in the story, John and Manette’s father is taken away because of his Christian beliefs. He is taken prisoner and forced to work on a galley ship. Their mother dies and John must live with his aunt and uncle who are practicing Roman Catholics. Manette is taken away to Paris to be raised as a Roman Catholic and to be a servant.

Sixteen-year-old John escapes from his aunt and uncle and goes to his old home and finds two things, which are extremely helpful on his journey. (You can find out what these are when you read the book.) He wants to find Manette and his father, as well as escape to Holland. On the way John also meets a boy named Camille who is also a fleeing Huguenot. On their difficult journey they meet many troubles. In spite of sickness, pain, hunger, and imprisonment, John trusts the Lord.

The sequel to The Escape is The Secret Mission and also an exciting book. Both incorporate historical facts into the stories.

Both books are written by A. Van Der Jagt. The Escape is published by Inheritance Publications; The Secret Mission is published by Christian Reading Materials. I recommend The Escape for people of all ages. I think the book is well written and I learned a lot about the Huguenots.

This book is a true story about a teenager and a seventy-year-old who are both named Margaret. The story takes place in 1684-1685 in Scotland. They are both strong Christians who will not give up their true Christian faith.

The young Margaret’s parents serve the King of England, Charles II, who is wicked because he thought he was the head of the church and not God. He persecuted Covenanters who worshipped God only in the ways that God commanded instead of the ways that the king commanded.

The king was so cruel that if there was a young man walking down a quiet road by himself, soldiers would question him and ask him where he was going. He would probably say, “I have some business to tend to.” The guards would say, “You are probably attending one of those Covenanter meetings” and would give him a beating he would never forget.

The older Margaret seemed to always to be able to comfort people with a Bible verse. After they are both put in prison because of their beliefs, the older Margaret comforts the younger one with Scripture. Readers will find out what God ordained for the two Margarets.

I think The Two Margarets is a good book because it quotes more Scripture than most books. I didn’t dislike anything about it. I think this book is appropriate for ages six and up; it is short and easy to understand. The book was written by Carine Mackenzie and published in 1985 by Christian Publications Ltd. ♦

The Basket of Flowers is a Christian novel that is 177 pages long. The book was originally written in French. It takes place somewhere in Europe probably in the 1500 or 1600’s. The original author and publication date is unknown. It was republished in 1996 by SAT Publications and can be ordered through Trinity Book Service.

The Basket of Flowers is about a Christian girl named Mary. It is an exciting story filled with lots of conflict, problems, and suspense that makes it interesting to children. Mary is falsely accused of stealing. The book is about her punishment and what occurs after her sentencing.

Mary’s age is not clear. In the few pictures given she looks about sixteen but in the story she sounds about thirteen.

The author included Bible verses very well. James, her father, often taught Mary using the Scriptures. Mary thought of Scripture verses during difficult times and that was a comfort to her.

Mary was very brave, God-fearing, and trusted in the Lord in the middle of persecution. She is a good example of persevering in the middle of great difficulties. She is also very helpful and loving even to people who hated her. Mary loved to learn about the Bible from her father and was obedient to those in authority over her. She was also very generous giving away her few possessions that were special to her.

It is appropriate for many ages. (My six-year-old sister and my father both enjoyed it.) I highly recommend this book for boys and girls who like to read good Christian books. ❖

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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