Where Have All The Real Heroes Gone
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“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
As I sit scrolling down my Facebook feed, as I walk through a store, as I listen to conversations in various places, I have to ask, “Where have all the real heroes gone?” When did parents stop talking to their kids about the Godly heroes of our faith? When did Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and whoever else is popular become what teens not only enjoy, but they idolize? I get it. I was a teen once, too. I was also a teen that was in public school, so I get the social pressures. However, growing up my mom taught me hymns, the same hymns I have taught my children. She and my Dad took me to gospels sings, so while the rest of the world was idolizing after Michael Jackson, I was excited to meet Ernie Phillps from the Kingsman. If you don’t know who he is watch here….this was my favorite song:).
and here it is with their faces but it is shorter:)
I loved going to the gospel sings and meeting the singers. I was blessed in my lifetime to have met many of them from Michael W.Smith (who by the way is from my hometown!!!) to the Easters, Squire Parsons, The Gaithers, and the Kingsman. I would rather have spent my time at the gospel sings. Our whole family enjoyed it. To this day all of us love gospel concerts. I loved doing the radio show back home with our Pastor. I spent a great deal of time at church and talking to my momma. Talking about Bible stories and great Heroes of our Faith. When we learned a hymn my mom taught me how to look at the page to find out who wrote it. My Grandmother loved hymns too, and she had a lot of knowledge about who wrote them.
I know that in today’s world this seems to be something that is dying off. No longer are the children being taught about people of faith who heard God’s call and went out into the world. Often times, these people, both men and women, were in new countries unable to speak the native language, or in cities across the United States trying to reach prostitutes, drug dealers, and murders to share the gospel of Christ. Instead, we, as a society, are so focused on the hear and now, that teens today are not interested in those stories.
My friends, sisters in Christ, we must teach them! It is our responsibility as parents to pass down to our kids Godly Heroes. Recently for Moody Publishers I began reviewing a book. I was sucked into it right away. The book is called When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone, regardless if you’re a parent. Here are the ladies discussed in this book:
- Fanny Crosby
- “Emma” Emeline E. Dryer
- “Nettie” Nancy (Fowler) MCcormick
- Sarah Dunn Clarke
- Amanda Smith
- Virginia Asher
- Evangeline Booth
- Mary Mcleod Bethune
Here is what Amazon says about this book:
When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up is
the story of eight women called to serve God and who, in doing so, changed the world.
They lived at the turn-of-the-century, rubbing shoulders with the well-known men
of their time like John Rockefeller, Marshall Field, and Dwight Lyman Moody.
of these women was unique. They were single and married, black and white, wealthy
and poor, beautiful and plain, mothers and childless. Yet, each felt called to make
a difference and to do something – to meet a pressing need in her world.
women wanted to live lives less ordinary. Their stories inspire us to follow God’s
calling in our own lives. They teach us that each individual person can make a difference.
These eight women will show you how God can use your life to change the world.
As I was reading I wondered, what if I was asked to do something extraordinary? Would I shudder or would I walk and face it with a strength that only God can give? In this book all eight of these ladies had a connection to Chicago and to DL Moody, which to me was rather fascinating! I was drawn into these stories because when we read about history, and the history of our faith, much of it is about men, men who did extraordinary things for our Faith. However, the truth is that with the movements, organizations, and historic events there have been remarkably extraordinary women who have largely been responsible for their success.
One of the things that amazed me as I was reading this (I guess I should say encouraged me) was where their leaps of faith took them. They didn’t just keep their ministry in a box inside the church to only open on Sundays. No! They were true Heroes. They prayed with prostitute, they confronted gangsters, they entered saloons. WOW! They were not worried about being politically correct or offending others. They proclaimed their faith first by being the hands and feet of Jesus and loving their neighbor. Then they poured scripture, hymns and solid Bible teaching into all they encountered.
My friends, this is what we want from our children isn’t it? Not to be impressed by the world and what the world says should be the standard of “heroes”. Being a hero should mean something. Respect should mean something.
Here is a list of books that I would recommend to start teaching your Children about true Heroes and if your child is a teen, start now. Throw out all the trash they listen to, read, watch and begin again. Begin with exposing them to the unselfish sacrifices made by those in our history. Remember those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. We need to know what those in our past went through, what they gave up, the hardships endured, for the MOST High…..for our Lord and Savior. We must pass this down to our children. Folks, listen, the world is falling apart around us. We have to equip our children better. We have to prepare them.
Here are some of our favorite resources:
2. Lamplighter Books-they are full of character and missionary stories
4. A Life-Story from Missions by Betty M. Hockett (there are 10 in this series)
7. G.A Henty Books ( ALL are wonderful! FREE on kindle but also you can find them hardback which is how mine are)
10. Heaven’s Heroes
11. Operation World
12. Heroes for Young Readers: This is a younger version of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series
With that said, I will be giving away ONE copy of When Others Shuddered.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest and fair review.