The young Roman mother who chooses Christ.Wild beasts could not shake her faith
“I cannot be called any other name than what I am — a Christian.”
Media Type: DVD
Running Time: 37 min.
Torchlighters is a series of animated programs for youth ages 8-12, presenting the lives of true-life heroes from Christian history. When kids see what God can do through a “Torchlighter” who is devoted to carrying out His will and purposes, they too may want to carry a torch of faith by serving Him. For more information on the series, go to www.torchlighters.org.
DVD Special Features:
• English and Spanish languages with optional English and Spanish subtitles
• 61-Minute documentary with Early Church experts Dr. Rex Butler and Dr. John Mark Yeats, filmed in Tunisia, North Africa where the actual events took place
• Comprehensive leader’s guide with lesson plans, background information, and more
• Reproducible student handouts, including comprehension and discussion questions, puzzles, activities, coloring, and more
• More activities for children at www.torchlighters.org and www.kidsofcourage.com
Video Librarian – Nov/Dec 2009
The Torchlighters series, produced by the Christian History Institute in conjunction with The Voice of the Martyrs, is a series of animated programs designed to inspire pre-teens to carry the torch of faith using the example of ordinary folk who became Christian heroes. This episode is based on the historical figure of Vibia Perpetua, a young married Roman noblewoman who lived in or near the Roman colony of Carthage in North Africa, circa 200 A.D. Imprisoned as a traitor to Rome for being a Christian, Perpetua is told that she must renounce her faith in order to gain her freedom. But despite the pleas of her family, Perpetua defies the Roman consul and refuses to worship the Roman dieties, after which she is sent to the arena, where she is attacked by wild animals and put to death by the sword, peaceful in the knowledge of her destiny in the eternal afterlife. A high-quality animated production, The Perpetua Story features violent scenes that are presented in superhero fashion in an emotionally charged context, which may be stimulating for this age group, but disturbing for others, especially given today’s negative connotations attached to the concept of “martyrdom.” DVD extras include an excellent hour-long documentary filmed in North Africa, featuring selections from Perpetua’s (assumed authentic) journal and historical commentary by church historians, as well as supplementary materials for discussion leaders and students. Recommended, with reservations.
School Library Journal Website – 1/1/2010
Gr 3–8—A torchlighter is someone who commits to serving God and passing on the light of the Gospels even when the going gets tough. Set in the year AD 203 in Carthage, North Africa, Perpetua, an affluent young mother, is charged with converting to Christianity and sentenced to prison. She is required by the Roman rulers to renounce her belief in Christianity and make a burnt offering of incense to the Roman gods. If she refuses, she will face death by wild animals in the arena with fellow Christians. What will she choose? The DVD contains an animated version of this story from early church history in easy-to-understand language that is suitable for younger children. The beautiful artwork perfectly portrays the emotional and poignant story. Bonus features include an audio version of the story and a 61-minute documentary that blends the story told by two Bible scholars with on-location footage. This version would be suitable for older children because it blends historical facts with the story. A useful tool in Sunday schools or Christian educational settings.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Public Library System, Cartersville, GA