"Athanasius" by Simonetta Carr
When you think of areas of the world that are profoundly shaping the face of Christianity today Africa may not be the first place you think of. Perhaps it should be. The center of the Christian world is presently experiencing a geographical migration from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere and specifically to Africa. It is estimated that more than 360 million Christians throughout the world today are Africans.
Call it a resurgence.
North Africa was one of the leading centers of Christian thought for most of the first millennia after Christ. Near the heart of early North African Christian influence was a fourth century Egyptian Bishop named Athanasius; a churchman revered by Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians alike.
Simonetta Carr’s newest book in her “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” (CBYR) series, Athanasius (Reformation Heritage Books, 2011) depicts the life of this hero of the faith. And again, she has skillfully woven the main character’s biography with the doctrine for which he labored, in a way that is both engaging and informative.