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The Quest for Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg Catechism (Boekestein)

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The Heidelberg Catechism has been taught to children for hundreds of years, encouraging them to seek Christ as their true source of comfort. But how did this catechism get written? In The Quest for Comfort, William Boekestein and Evan Hughes combine history and art to retell the events that led to making the catechism. By sharing the stories of Caspar Olevianus, Zacharias Ursinus, and Frederick III and how they came to Heidelberg, children will gain a greater appreciation of the Christian faith as it is expressed in the Heidelberg Catechism.

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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.



“The Heidelberg Catechism was an important part of my childhood. Every week I had to memorize a question and answer, and every week I was taught to understand and apply what I had learned. This provided a theological foundation that continues to serve me many years later. I am grateful for this little book, through which William Boekestein introduces the Catechism to another generation of children. May they come to treasure it as I have.” — Tim Challies, editor of

“It is never too early to begin teaching our children the truth. And what better way is there than to introduce them to one of the finest summaries of that truth ever written: the Heidelberg Catechism. The nice thing about this little book (which is a short historical introduction to it) is that it will surely encourage our children to want to learn what this catechism teaches.” — G. I. Williamson, author of The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide

“One of the callings of every Christian parent is to pass on the heritage of Christian faith to their children. A primary way to pass on that heritage is to inspire children with the stories of people who have lived valiantly for truth. In The Quest for Comfort Bill Boekestein has given us a wonderful tool for doing just that.”  — Tedd Tripp, author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart