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A Weekend of GiveAways: Lady Jane Grey… An Important Read…

January 22nd, 2013 · 29 Comments

I know it must still be the weekend somewhere in the world and our GiveAways continue… This post would be our regular Sunday snippet Post and I have mentioned before how important it is for our children to read Fabulous Christian Biographies. Not just to achieve another “person to tick off” on the timeline but to really get to know folk from times gone by. Reading Christian biographies with our children has really helped them to understand Church History better, but more important than that, they have gotten to know the people behind the names. When you get to meet these heroes in the everydayness of their lives, we can’t help but wonder: Who am I? and Where could I fit into the bigger picture of time and even eternity?

This book is the story of Lady Jane Grey… who was Queen of England for less than a fortnight during the time of Reformation England. Those seem like such complicated times and the ins and outs of who was king and who was queen can become confusing and add to that the religious nuances of the day and I have to say it can become downright complicated. But somehow the author, Simonetta Carr, manages focus on the life of Lady Jane Grey and weave in and attach the events and details of the day as we read about her every day life… making all the political and religious complications a whole lot easier to understand. We get to meet her friends, like Katherine Parr, and we get to meet her relatives as we wander through her life.

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The point is, that in a time of such political and religious upheaval… here was a young lady, a wealthy and educated young lady, who believed in the gospel. She was someone who dared to stand up for what she believed in when many folk were fickle and changing “their beliefs” to whatever was correct at the time. She spent time in the Tower of London and was executed for her unchanging beliefs and the stand she had taken for the gospel. This is an important person for our children to read about, her life may have been short and her reign as queen so fleeting as to be relatively insignificant… but she was by no means insignificant in fact she was quite the opposite.


Apart from the brilliant story… it is a really beautiful book full of lovely illustrations as well as real artefacts: photographs of Lady Jane’s homes; Photographs of prints and portrait paintings of her relatives; Maps and artefacts of the era… naturally giving us a feel for the life and times of the day. The book has a beautiful feel to it and would make the most stunning gift.

We have a copy of this book to GiveAway. This GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of Sunday, 27 January 2013, and we will draw and publish the winner after that. I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.


As usual I have to thank Christian Book Discounters, our GiveAway book suppliers for another great book. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and get commenting!!!

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dhesh // Jan 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I love it when history is presented in an easy to read and absorb style.

  • 2 Kirsty // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Yes please, my children love history!

  • 3 Irma // Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love it, yes please

  • 4 Anita // Jan 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Please enter me, sounds like a fascinating and inspiring read! Thanks for your lovely blog as always, love reading it!

  • 5 aunty muffin // Jan 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    sounds fascinating!

  • 6 Irene // Jan 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Me too… yes please!

  • 7 Katherine Aitken // Jan 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Please enter us for this one too.

  • 8 Valerie // Jan 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Sounds and looks beautiful.

  • 9 Delene // Jan 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    This looks like a good read.

  • 10 Megan // Jan 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Would love to win this. Found your blog through pinterest and have been learned so much!

  • 11 Christine // Jan 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I love christian biographies… count me in, please!

  • 12 Linda B // Jan 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I love the story of Lady Jane Grey. I would love to introduce my kids to this amazing woman.

  • 13 Pam // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Hey! The daughters of my good friend were used as the models for LJG, in her different stages of growing up! How fun to see this book on your blog, all the way across the world from me. I would LOVE a copy please!

  • 14 Sharlene // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:11 am

    This looks like a lovely book. I enjoy British history.

  • 15 Angelle // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:03 am

    That sounds like a wonderful book.

  • 16 Teresa Campbell // Jan 23, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Sounds like an interesting read. Please add me to the drawing.

  • 17 Rikki // Jan 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

    This one looks great!

  • 18 Krista // Jan 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Sounds fascinating!

  • 19 Marie du Plooy // Jan 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I fully agree that it is important for our children to read Fabulous Christian Biographies. Surely this book about the story of Lady Jane Grey let us into her soul and lay open to us the secrets of our own. Thank you for awaring us.

  • 20 Shells // Jan 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    We love Christian biographies…thanks for all the great giveaway opps. x

  • 21 Jessica Brammer // Jan 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    It looks like a great book series!

  • 22 Jo van Rensburg // Jan 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Sounds like one of those books that we read too much. Thank you kindly.

  • 23 Gina // Jan 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Sounds wonderful! Thank you!

  • 24 ann // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    would love this book for my clan! Thank you!

  • 25 Kate Wannenburgh // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    My daughter is obsessed with people from this era & we’d LOVE for her to be able to read this book!

  • 26 Anna // Jan 25, 2013 at 4:47 am

    That book looks like it would be so lovely to read.
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  • 27 Sandra // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:11 am

    This books sounds lovely.

  • 28 Simonetta // Jan 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Wow, thank you! It was a surprise to find this beautiful review and giveaway. I am glad this book is useful to your children. I also love your child’s picture of Katherine Parr. May God continue to bless your wonderful family!

  • 29 Verushka Ramasami // Jan 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    in love with anything british would love to own this

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