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Julia McNair Wright (1840-1903) was a well-educated woman, a clergyman's wife, a mother, and a prolific writer. She published two sets of short children's biographies known as the True Story Library. This particular set, the Reformers (twelve books in one), was published in 1870 and includes the lives of George Wishart, John Knox, William Tyndale, Richard Baxter, John Huss, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, John Calvin, Margaret of Navarre, Renee of Ferrara, William Farel, and Admiral Gaspard Coligni.
"The words written by Mrs. Wright certainly apply today as much as they did in the 19th century: 'The world and the Church need a good shaking just now to wake them up to the work of the Lord, and where is the Luther strong in Jesus to do it? He may be some boy reading this book. God knows.' Truly Martin Luther and the rest of this series will edify both young and old alike. My own children enjoyed reading and discussing Martin Luther's life as told by Mrs. Wright. It is a great family exercise to read these stories aloud. There is something for everyone in these precious Christian biographies that will reward all who read." - R. Andrew Myers, editor of the The Exegetical Labors of the Reverend Matthew Poole
"They are designed for young children, and from the examination we have given them, are such books as may with safety and profit be put into the hands of children. The fact it is a true story library certainly ought to commend it to the Christian Public, for we have far too many juvenile libraries of an opposite character." - The Evangelical Repository and United Presbyterian Review