Everyday during our reading time in the morning I read to the kids from "Jesus Freaks" by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs. The stories in this book are incredibly inspiring and yet sobering too. Would I have the strength of character to conduct myself as these heroes of the faith have done? I can only think that they probably had the same opinion of themselves, but that God gave them what they needed for the situations they were in. I don't keep any of the stories back - even from my 6 year old, even though some are quite gruesome. One day they may need to hold onto these evidences of courage and sacrifice to get them through a tough time. Our exemplary heroes of today are few and far between.