Monday, November 26, 2012

Pages of History, Secrets of the Ancients

I recently received a PDF copy of Veritas Press's Pages of History, Volume One: Secrets of the Ancients.  This is a brand new book by Bruce Etter and Lexi Detweiler, and is the first of two volumes.  It's a 448 page hardcover book, and it's priced at $19.95.

Pages of History covers 96 major historical events from Creation through the Reformation.  It is written from a strong Christian worldview.  It fits well with a classical approach to education, but I wouldn't shy away from the book if you're not a classical educator.

The book opens with James and his friend Lance, who are on a field trip to a library.  We quickly find out that James is a Christian and Lance is not, and that there has been an event known as "The Cleansing".  "The Cleansing" wiped out God from all documents, books, records...everything.  There is no written record of God anywhere, but James's parents were part of the resistance to "The Cleansing" and have taught James about God and who He is.

While in the library, James and Lance stumble upon a secret room.  This room contains Bibles, books by C.S. Lewis, Augustine, etc--basically all of the Christian literature ever written.  They also find a notebook in a safe, and in the notebook, the words "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free".  Once they read these words, the ground began to shake, two books fall on their heads, and they pass out. They wake up in the Garden of Eden, and so begins their adventure.

This is a fabulous story, and perfect for logic/middle grade students to read for themselves.  By taking historical events and presenting them through the adventures of James and Lance, the events come alive and will stick with your child.  I'm going to have Jacob (5th grade) start reading this book immediately to supplement his history (he's currently using Veritas Press's Self-Paced Old Testament/Ancient Egypt course).

Veritas Press has hit a home run with Pages of History, and I look forward to the next volume in the series.

Disclaimer: I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.


annette said...

that sounds like an interesting book to read. I'll have to look for it.

Just stopping by from the TOS review crew.

Lexi said...

This is on my wishlist for when my daughter is a little older. Thanks for the review!
Stopping by from the Crew!