We love history around here! We are always looking for great new ways to learn about all of those “important dead people” as my oldest likes to call them. We came across Danika Cooley’s Bible Road Trip earlier this year and have really loved it, so when we saw that there was a chance for us to be a part of the review team for her new book, we were SO excited! When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther by Danika Cooley is exactly the type of living history book that we like to read. by Danika Cooley is an amazing story that brings the story of Martin Luther to life making you feel as if you were there for every experience!
Unfortunately I have to admit, I did not know much about Martin Luther prior to reading, When the Lightening Struck. As most do, I knew he was considered to be the Father of the Reformation, but that was about it. One fateful afternoon while he was caught in a storm, Martin Luther was nearly struck by lightning. This experience, he felt, was a sign that he needed to give up on law school and become a monk. Written in a way that shows the experiences of Luther, both good and bad, this is a very well written historical account of his willingness to give it all for the Lord, no matter the cost.
My oldest son is 10; my others are 6, 4 and 6 months old. All love to be read to. My oldest especially loves to read about those men from long ago, especially when its a story full of truth and adventure (exactly what this one is). Its obvious there was a great deal of meticulous research put into the creation of this story. Its the good, the bad, and the ugly. An inspiring story (my oldest struggles with his own temper) that shows such a true, sincere man, who like all of us, still needs Jesus desperately. So often we see these historical figures as greater than we could ever be, forgetting that they too are human, with needs, and struggles between the spirit and the flesh just as we do. This is a book that inspires us to lean on God, reminds us of the value of endurance and faithfulness as we strive to live and walk in His way. This is a fabulous way to experience sixteenth century Germany for yourself!
Danika Cooley has some great, free resources to use alongside When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther. The Discussion Guide is a colorful 34 page book with lots of great questions to encourage further learning and help you experience Martin Luther’s life in a deeper way. We really liked the timeline and Scriptures to Consider, within. There is also a 200+ page unit study guide: The Cobblestone Path is based on When Lightning Struck!, and contains further tools for study ranging from art history, to geography, copywork, additional biographies and vocabulary ~ you definitely want to get a copy of Martin Luther Unit Study guide, about 12 weeks long, as you study.
Visit her blog Thinking Kids to get your copy of these downloads! These are such wonderful materials to help you as you study the Reformation and Martin Luther. I promise they will greatly enhance your experience in this era.
About the Author
Danika Cooley is married mother of four, a grandmother, a writer, and a home educator herself, creating material to help point our children to Jesus. She homeschools her two youngest children in Oregon. Check out her Bible Road Trip ~ A 3 Year Bible Survey program. This is a free, printable material, aimed at grades 1-12, just print and go! Danika’s three year Scripture survey for preschool to high school, Bible Road Trip, is used across the globe.
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