I love adding Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Christian Heroes- Betty Greene, one of the books from YWAM Publishing. YWAM Publishing quickly became one of my favorite sources for quality books when we began homeschooling eleven years ago. Over the years, we have collected quite a few of the books, so it was wonderful to find one that was new to our family. Since we have a fourteen-year-old daughter, and her father spent some time in the Air Force, I felt Betty Greene would be a perfect match for our family.
I absolutely love books and every one that I have picked up from YWAM Publishing have blessed our family. Betty Greene proved to be another success. For this review, I decided to simply read the book myself and then have my daughter read the book by herself. Although she has not finished the book at the time of this review, she definitely plans on reading it all.
Betty Greene tells the story of a young woman who discovered a passion for flying along with a passion for Jesus Christ. She lived in Lake Washington, and with her parents’ support became a World War II WASP pilot. Through her service during World War II, she met some men who eventually founded the Mission Aviation Fellowship. The goal of this ministry was to provide aircraft support to those serving in the mission fields. I loved reading about Betty Greene’s encounters with other individuals whose stories can be found in the Christian Heros series.
I loved reading about Betty Greene’s adventures while flying and how her faith never wavered or faltered. She appeared to have an amazing ability to remain calm under some unbelievable circumstances, including a crash and flying in horrible conditions like an extraordinary sand squall known as a harmattan. She exemplified the life of Jesus Christ in everything she did and said. Her heart belonged to Jesus Christ and to her mission of flying. Throughout her life, she demonstrated the heart of a Christian.
When I talked with my daughter about the book, she was probably about a third of the way through it. She thought the book was fun and interesting so far. She liked the fact that Betty Greene and her twin brother had different interests from the other. She found it interesting that Betty Greene decided to take up flying.
One of the best parts of the YWAM Publishing titles is that many of them come with the option to also purchase a study guide to use along with the book. The study guides can be found at this link. These study guides offer additional resources to go along with the book. The study guides offer key Bible verses, chapter questions, student explorations, community links, related themes to explore along with appendices that include books and resources to use, answers to chapter questions, and social studies reproducibles. These guides include ideas involving history, geography, essays, creative writing, reading comprehension, drama, and art. Using these guides along with the list of books and resources, a homeschooling parent could easily create an incredible unit study involving this book.
We decided to focus on the key Bible verses and work towards memorizing them during the review period. Some of the key verses for this book include Mark 9:23b and Proverbs 18:15. I also had our daughter orally answer some of the discussion questions. from the chapters as she completed them in the book. Upon completion of the book, I plan on having her create a project involving a visual display, creative or essay assignment along with mapwork, and other relevant content.
I find the Christian Heros: Then & Now series to be a worthwhile investment. These are books that the whole family can enjoy reading. Another feature I love is that many of the titles are available as audiobooks, which is perfect for families taking long distant trips. I know our family will be listening to Betty Greene and other titles from YWAM Publishing the next time we travel.