The Master and His Apprentices textbook and companion teacher guide are officially available through Christian Book Distributors (Christianbook.com). Founded in 1978, Christian Book Distributors, or CBD, is the world’s largest catalog and internet company specializing in Christian products – with over 500,000 books, Bibles, DVD’s and more. Christianbook.com has been a leader in supplying quality homeschool curricula since they published their first homeschool catalog in 1997. Today, Christianbook.com handles the e-commerce sites and product distribution for organizations like Focus on the Family and Teach Them Diligently.
My Grandma and Christian Book Distributors
Working with Christianbook.com to share The Master and His Apprentices is special for me due to the role that this company played in my grandmother’s life. Grandma Ferguson was a woman who relied on the Lord with her whole heart and purposed to serve Him in all areas of her life. She and my grandfather served as missionaries in Central Africa for almost 40 years, raising 5 kids in the “bush.” When my grandpa died in Africa just over 20 years ago, my grandma settled in the US.
She immediately began pouring herself into new ministries and areas of service. Even though she was aging and physically unable to get around as she previously had, she found ways to impact the lives of countless people worldwide. One of those areas was identifying quality Christian resources and sharing them with others. So often, she was Spirit-led in discerning who needed to receive what and at just the right time. I think she had to have been one of Christian Book Distributor’s most frequent customers – often purchasing books and other materials in sets of 5, 10, or more.
Grandma was a prolific reader. She especially enjoyed the writings of Christian authors like Amy Carmichael, Andrew Murray, and Oswald Chambers. Grandma didn’t just read something quickly and move on. Instead, she let the words soak into her being and change her daily life. For example, when my father and his siblings were growing up, and one of them said something they shouldn’t have, she would ask, “Was that true, kind, and necessary?” She made it clear that one’s words needed to meet all three requirements. This was a great way to teach a young person to tame their double-edged sword.
Consequently, my dad later shared these words of wisdom with my mom, and she incorporated them into my own childhood. Someday, if I am blessed with a family and children, these words will be passed on to yet another generation. However, it wasn’t until recently that we learned where Grandma had picked up this precious saying. Not surprisingly, it came from reading one of Amy Carmichael’s books several decades ago.
The Master and His Apprentices and Christianbook.com
The written word has such a powerful ability to impact lives, and Grandma used these tools to do just that. Nevertheless, she couldn’t have found and provided resources to so many others if it wasn’t for a Christianbook.com. Almost two months ago, Grandma Ferguson went home to be with the Lord. She didn’t live long enough to learn that The Master and His Apprentices is now available through Christianbook.com. Nevertheless, I know she would have been a proud grandmother, realizing that this gives the curriculum another opportunity to spread and impact lives as it clearly shows the supremacy of God in a discipline that so often overlooks His existence. For these reasons and more, I am excited to partner with Christianbook.com! You can find The Master and His Apprentices textbook and teacher guide here.