BIBLE ANIMALS and Lessons Taught by Them for Children
The publication of Bible Animals and the Lessons Taught by Them marks the tenth title that Solid Ground Christian Books has brought back into print by Richard Newton. We consider it both a privilege and an honor to introduce the church throughout the world to this gifted man from the past. As soon as one sits down to read a Newton title it becomes evident that Charles H. Spurgeon did not miss the mark when he called him "the Prince of preachers to the young."
As it often happens that people wonder about the discovery of such books and such authors, it might be of interest to trace the source from which our knowledge of Richard Newton began. While in the process of reprinting William Blaikie's outstanding volume on Pastoral Theology For the Work of the Ministry, I read the section on Ministry to the Young. In this chapter Blaikie mentioned two men who had been especially gifted for the work of speaking to the hearts of the young, both from America: Dr. John Todd and Dr. Richard Newton. Todd I knew, for we had recently published Feed My Lambs by him. Newton I did not know, but I determined to end my ignorance. A quick search in the used book sites led me to the discovery of this forgotten hero, and the rest is history.
It is our intention, if the Lord wills, to bring out two more Newton titles every three months until they are all back in print again. This will mean the inclusion of two works that are not intended for children: "THE PRINCE OF PREACHERS TO CHILDREN" The Life and Sermons of Richard Newton and Covenant Names and Christian Privileges. Both of these works will introduce the reader to the regular ministry of this gifted servant to the entire congregation, including the children.
A word about Bible Animals: it contains sixteen chapters covering animals as tiny as the Ant and as large as the Elephant. Dozens of lessons are taught that will stick and stay in the memory for years to come. Newton loved children, but he loved Jesus Christ more, and he delighted to teach the little ones and the young people to place all their hope and trust in Him, and in Him alone.
We close with the words taken from The Sword and the Trowel, Spurgeon's old magazine: "Write on, good Dr. Newton, our children never grow tired of your emblems and stories. Every teacher should read this book and then repeat it to his class. Anything for the young by Dr. Richard Newton should be within the reach of every Sunday-school teacher and scholar."