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The Glory of Grace: The Story of the Canons of Dort (Boekestein)

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An important confession of the reformed churches for hundreds of years, the Canons of Dort teach clearly that salvation is by grace alone through Christ alone. yet some people may find it an intimidating document and wonder why it was even written. In The Glory of Grace, William Boekestein and Evan Hughes help our children understand the difficult challenges the churches in the Netherlands faced in the Arminians’ distortion of the gospel message. In this story about the Synod of Dort (1618), children will learn about the history and ideas that formed the Canons of Dort and come to a greater appreciation of this great treasure of the reformed faith and its emphasis on the glory of god in graciously saving sinners.

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William Boekestein (M.Div., Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is Pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He previously taught in a Christian School for several years. He and his wife have three children.


Evan Hughes is an illustrator and graphic designer. He and his wife Kate live in Scranton, Pennsylvania with their two sons. Bill and Evan blog at



“Believers who cherish the biblical teaching of salvation by grace alone through the work of Christ alone will be pleased with the publication of this book. William Boekestein has done a fine service for children and their parents (and, I might add, grandparents) who want their children to know the story of the preservation of this teaching by the great Synod of Dort in the early seventeenth century. May this book serve well in ‘shewing to the generation to come the praises of the lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done’ (Ps. 78:4).”

—Cornelis P. Venema

“It’s rare for children —or even adults—in our day to have roots holding them to their Christian heritage. The Glory of Grace: the Story of the Synod of Dort attempts to help remedy this situation. Parents who teach the doctrines of grace can use this book to acquaint their children with an important time in the church’s history, a time when faithfulness to these doctrines was at stake.”

—Starr Meade