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Salem Ridge Press Before the Dawn



Hi Neighbors!

Our newest review from the TOS Crew is from Salem Ridge Press.  The book is called Before the Dawn ($14.95).  This is a tale of Wycliffe and Huss by Emma Leslie.  This was originally published in 1800 by the Religious Tract Society.

Before I get started on the story itself and how we used it, I want to say I really appreciate the historical notes at the front of the book regarding historical figures who are mentioned in the book. I also like definitions at the bottom of the page for words your child is not likely to know. For example:villeins-farmers who owe service to a lord. Or pulling-whimpering. I even needed to look at some of them!

The story is a fictional account of a young, lame boy, his grandmother and a blacksmith. The blacksmith is a friend of the Lollards, whom the grandmother fears because of their heretical teachings. Conrad, the young boy learns from the blacksmith how to read. He decides to become a Doctor of the Church. Through trials and much study, he eventually has the chance to hear Wycliffe preach. After returning to Bohemia to find answers about his past Conrad, encounters John Huss and his teachings. I will leave it for you to read the book yourself to actually find out what happens.


My family enjoys reading books like this regarding Christianity and the reformation. This would be a great book to help your child learn about the reformation and some of the leaders during that time period. My daughter has enjoyed reading this book.

Here is a good reason to choose Salem Ridge Press books for your family, it is taken from the Salem Ridge Press website:
I feel very responsible for the content of books that we republish and if I am going to bring a book back into print, I want to be able to stand behind it with no reservations. Very early on we realized that we were going to have to decide carefully what was appropriate in our books and what was not. I sometimes joke that our number one rule is, "No Kissing!" While many books from the 1800's and early 1900's are no problem at all this way, in several cases we have slightly edited passages which included a brief kiss or embrace. We want to be an encouragement to young people to maintain the highest standards of purity in their relationships. We have also edited out some derogatory comments that we felt were unnecessary or offensive. On several occasions the illustrations have presented a challenge and so we edited them to keep things modest and appropriate. Most of the changes that we make are very minor but I think they go a long way towards upholding our standard which is found in the Bible: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).

This is one of the reasons our family has a large library of reprints and originals from the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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