Plenty of Americans dream of taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe…to see the Eiffel Tower, hear the chiming of Big Ben, and float along the romantic canals of Venice. But for many devoted Christians, the idea of a Reformation Tour never crosses their minds. Today, Douglas Bond tells us about the Reformation Tours he leads across Europe, giving us a glimpse into how they bring Reformation history alive for families–and provide an even richer once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
For our readers, Douglas has kindly provided a $200 discount for adults who’d like to join his Hymn Tour through England and Wales next August (2012). You can talk to him about family discounts as well, if that would work better. To get the discount, you must preregister by November 8 of this year. Just contact him firstname.lastname@example.org or see his webpage and mention you heard about the tours on Redeemedreader.com.
Of course, not all of us will be able to join Douglas on his tours. Thankfully, he has poured a lot of his passion and knowledge for Reformation history into his books for kids! We actually have four of his Mr. Pipes books which bring to life the history of church hymns, and we’d like to give them away to some of our readers. Here’s how it works: Leave us a comment telling us where you’d like to visit on a Reformation tour. Gutenberg’s printing press? Isaac Watts’s home? The door on the Castle Church in Wittenberg? We’ll choose four of you to receive Douglas Bonds’ Mr. Pipes books this Friday.
So, I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Mr. Bond better in this podcast and through his books. I can’t think of anyone better to introduce children to the rich spiritual heritage of the Reformation.
For more history-rich posts, see our Podcast with Douglas Bond on his Mr. Pipes series, our interview with amazing illustrator and author Cheryl Harness, or a review of books on the Scottish Covenanters, including Mr. Bond’s.
P.S. We’re working on getting the audio to play smoothly. For now, if you’ll just click on Download in the player below, you can listen to it on your computer or other device. Thanks for your patience! EW