About the Book:
Book: The Two-Cent Piece Audiobook
Author: Dennis Conrad
Genre: Christian 1800s Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 2, 2023
Anne wonders what secret her three older brothers are hiding. When she finds out they joined to fight with the Union Army and would leave the next day, she give them each one of her favorite two-cent pieces, and says, “I want you to take one of my new two-cent pieces. I learned these coins are the first with the word ‘In God We Trust.’ I just memorized Psalm 91:2. ‘I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God, in him will I trust.’”
Out of a heart of love, Ann gives six of her special coins away, hoping the message on the two-cent piece will strengthen each person’s faith.
I love the pictures in this book. They are beautiful! I also like the historical aspect of it; I had never heard of American two-cent pieces before. I remember two dollar bills when I was young, but never these coins, and I found it really interesting to learn that they were the first to contain the words “In God We Trust.” However, I did not appreciate that this book seems to promote Christians going to war. According to Matthew 5:39, Christians are not to resist evil, not to mention not going to war. For this reason, even though I like the portrayal of generosity, and the history included, I can’t recommend this book.
I read this book in January for a review, and now was asked to review the audiobook. It was well-done and easy to listen to. Each page turn is indicated by a “ding,” so this would be a great audiobook for little children who also have the hard copy. I know my little girl loves audiobooks like this when she also has the physical book to follow along in!
About the Author:
A former coin collector for over fifty years, Dennis combines his love for the Bible, children’s literature, and sharing stories about the history behind coins.
He retired as a professor of Speech Communications from Barstow Community College. He and his wife served as English and public speaking teachers ten summers overseas.
He became a life member of the Numismatic Association of Southern California in 1973. He is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association.
Dennis is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Fellow of the National Writing Project.
Learn more about coin collecting. Dennis offers free resources for children on his website about coin collecting: https://dennisconradauthor.com/coincollecting4/
More from Dennis:
Collecting Coins Can Change Your Life! It Did Mine…
As a child, my friends and I wanted to know everything about coins.
We learned about coins through stories: Who was on each coin? What were coins made of? How were coins made? Where were they made? Why were some more valuable than others? and How could I start collecting on my limited budget?
Coin collecting is a hobby where collectors never stop learning! For example, when I started to watch coin prices, without realizing it, I was learning basic economics.
Over the years, I kept adding to my collection. Decades passed. I attended coin conventions, read books and articles about coins, and remembered where I had found and/or acquired each coin.
One day, my wife looked at me. “Will you ever sell your coins?”
That is when I heard God’s still small voice.
God pointed out to me that my coins had become more important than Him. Without my realizing it, my coins had become an idol.
At that time, at the top of the market, I sold my collection without regrets, and used the money to pay off my home mortgage.
Now, God has given me the privilege of writing stories about coins, and encouraging others to embrace a hobby that has given me a lifetime of joy.
Blessings to you and yours,
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