I just finished reading a book about the early Christians who risked their lives to follow Jesus. Wow! It was a great story.
I went back in time to the Roman Empire to meet Christians who were living in a pagan culture, yet serving Christ with godly lives. I enjoyed meeting these brothers and sisters in the Lord: the old soldier, the elder of the church, the beautiful young girls, and the "bad guy" who was destined for something better.
I loved their faith and devotion to Jesus and one another.
Arrested because they refused to sacrifice to the Emperor, I was nervous about their fate, but challenged and inspired by their bravery.
You will enjoy Sent to the Lions by A. J. Church about early Christians who paid the price to follow Jesus.
The author, Reverend Alfred J. Church does an excellent job telling his own story. I was interested in reading Sent to the Lions because of the great job A.J Church does retelling the ancient Greek and Roman classics: The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid. I was not disappointed. His knowledge of Ancient Roman history and culture made the story natural and believable.
Keep in mind this book was written in the 1800's so their are a few words that are seldom used today and the vocabulary is at a higher level than most children's books--that's why I loved having my kids read older books!
If you are looking for a way to tastefully teach children about the terrible and terrific early days of Christianity, including being martyred for Jesus, this is a great book to put in your children's hands.
May God bless you as you dig into the past. You will be encouraged by this book!