This coloring book introduces children to important characters from church history, focusing on at least one person per century. The basic timeline illustrates how God has woven humanly flawed characters into a single living story. And this story is not over. As children color these pages and see God’s unfolding plan in church history, pray they will learn to praise God for the “wonderful works that He has done” (Ps. 78:4).
William Boekestein is pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is also the author of the following books for children: Faithfulness under Fire, The Quest for Comfort, and The Glory of Grace.
Naomi Kamphuis is a self-taught artist from Gobles, Michigan. In addition to drawing, she is interested in photography, music, and all things outdoors.
“This is just the sort of activity that families are looking for—fun for the kids, educational, and most of all, stimulating for gospel conversations. Buy a new pack of crayons and sit down with your kids to reflect on God’s faithfulness to His church throughout the centuries.” — Gloria Furman, author of Missional Motherhood
“An excellent, fun introduction to church history for kids. Not only will children and grandchildren love it but you might want to buy one for yourself and join them in coloring the history of the church.” — Bill VanDoodewaard, professor of church history, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“A stimulating and interactive way to help children connect the dots between the church of the apostles and of today while introducing dozens of important men and women of church history. Coloring the illustrations, with their various situations and costumes, will help the young readers to understand the passing of time and reflect on the constant nature of God’s faithfulness to His church. This is a wonderful ‘first book’ of church history that parents can supplement with other material.” — Simonetta Carr, author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series
“Church history is an important area of study for Christian families. It is, after all, our family history. Pastor William Boekestein has created a wonderful resource for your family. Your children can color their way through a fascinating, understandable overview of the first twenty centuries of church history, learning about important figures and movements as they do. The focus of A Colorful Past is firmly fixed where it should be: on the sovereign hand of a God who oversees all of history.” — Danika Coolley, author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther