I love adding Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis, one of the books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now from YWAM Publishing. We also received a Study Guide to use with our book. Back when we first starting homeschooling many years ago, when we attended our first homeschool convention one of the first companies to capture my attention was YWAM Publshing. Through the years, we have collected quite a few of the titles from their Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. Our family loves books and this company has found a special place in our homeschool library. So when we had the opportunity to select another book to review for this company, the only problem our daughter had one problem – deciding what title to select. Finally, she decided on CHRISTIAN HEROES: THEN & NOW C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller.
Our 15-year-old daughter is the one who actually read the book. I started to read the book also, but then life happened. From my own experience, I have to say I felt like the book started off slower than other books we have read from YWAM Publishing. Given that the book is about a “master” storyteller, I felt like it deserved a better beginning.
Our daughter had this to say about the book. She found it interesting for facts about his life. They include details and facts about his life that others may have overlooked. These include things like details about his interactions with other writers and his family along with his background and his roots – meaning where he came from – intrigued her. She found it easy to read and definitely found it to be informative.
However, she did not seem to be as excited with this book as I would have liked her to be. She stated while she would remember some of the facts from the book, she was not sure it was one she would necessarily quote information from.
Due to circumstances in our lives at this time, we did not get a chance to actually use the study guideas much as I would have liked. However, I love the depth and breadth of material included in the guide. We received this as a downloadable product. The study guide includes: an introduction, key Bible verses, Display Corner, Chapter questions, Student Explorations, Community Links, Social Studies, Related Themes to Explore, Culminating Event, along with supplemental information included in three Appendicies.
The display corner (which would included items collected and then displayed from the country the book takes place in – so for this book it would be items from England. This would have been something interesting for our daugther to do since my husband has actually visited England.
There are six chapter questions for each chapter where the first 3 questions are geared to younger learners and the last three questions are more difficult. Due to circumstances in our life right now, I decided to have our daughter answer the questions for the chapters orally to me.
There are also student explorations which include a variety of activities to suit a variety of learning styles. I plan on our daughter possibly creating a diorama depicting an important event from C.S. Lewis’ life. I also plan on having her draw a sketch of C.S. Lewis based on his own description or making a story quilt using her drawing table that connects to the computer. We will have to see if we can fit in time for her to do both projects. It may be something we do later when life settles down.
For this review, if she had to select a second book, she would have chosen Heroes of History – Theodore Roosevelt. She felt like she would have enjoyed learning more about his life.
In June of 2017, we had the privilege to review another book from YWAM Publishing, we reviewed Christian Heroes Then and Now Betty Greene, Wings to Serve. If you would like to read our review of this title, click here or on the graphic below.
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