October 24

Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families – and a Giveaway! – CLOSED


Don’t you just love surprises?  I love them, especially when they come in the form of a book.  And THIS book, just so happened to be on our Christmas list.

Deseret Book sent me Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families to review and I was all too happy to oblige.
This is the fifth book in a series that includes The Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament and Church History.  I had the opportunity to look through my sister’s copy of The Book of Mormon last Christmas and was surprised at how exciting it was!  I was sorely tempted to smuggle it home with me, but that hardly would have been in following with the Spirit of the book in question.
The format of these books is just amazing.  Great American Documents includes documents like  The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Washington’s Farewell Address, The Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King,  Reagan’s speech honoring the men of World War II “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc” and many many more.  But it’s just so much more than transcripts and text from those important documents.
Let me show you what I loved so much.
Beautiful, historical paintings and art along with an introduction and history of the document in question so as to help you put it in context.

Quotes and revelation from our ancient and modern day prophets that pertain to the chapter.  Other historically important information, maps and biographical info on people involved (you should see the chapter on the Declaration of Independence, our homeschool could spend a month on that chapter alone!)  And there is also a pretty ribbon bookmark.

But all of that is just a bonus.  Icing on the cake.  THIS is the meat and my favorite part of this book.  Each document or speech in full with four different categories of footnotes: Definitions for the difficult (or outdated) words and phrases, historical insight and a deeper explanation of certain passages, links to the scriptures and prophesy concerning certain passages and suggestions of topics to ponder.

We pulled this out for FHE last week while our kiddos colored on pumpkins with magic markers.  After a lively discussion on The Mayflower Compact (along with several “I didn’t know that’s” and “Cool’s!” and “That’s interesting’s”) this book was officially given the seal of approval when my eight-year-old daughter asked “Will you PLEASE read another chapter?”
It’s wonderful as a homeschooling or Family Home Evening tool or even just to get out on Independence Day or Memorial Day to help us remember who we are as a nation, who we came from and where we are destined to go.  This book is a treasure and we plan on adding the rest of the series to our home library.
Want one?  Well it just so happens that Deseret Book has offered to send a copy to one of my readers!  Are you so excited?
Just leave a comment telling me why this book would be at home in your home!
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This giveaway will end midnight on October 31 (spooky) and the winner will be announced Nov. 1.
Don’t want to wait?  Or not feelin’ lucky?  Get it now from Deseret Book!
{Disclaimer: I received this book for my family for free.  I received no other compensation for this review and all opinions are my own.}

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Courtney Ahroon

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  1. We actually just whipped out our Book of Mormon like this, tonight. I love how it asks questions in the bottom and has the definition of words right there. I would love to get this book too. The church history is just as wonderful. I would expect nothing less from this book.

  2. Wow, I have never seen this series of books. They look awesome and would be a wonderful tool in our homeschool. We are currently studying American History right now, so it would be perfect addition!

  3. Looks like an awesome book! We are currently reading The Light and the Glory for Kids in our homeschool, I would love to incorporate this into our reading.

  4. We are studying US History in our homeschooling this year! This book would be FABULOUS as a supplement to our regular studies. We’ve also been needing some help with a direction for FHE. This is IT. I just know it!!! 😀

  5. I would so use this any chance I have–FHE, school, reading time, before I hit the sack. And if I don’t win it, I will definitely be purchasing one (but I hope I win ;))
    Thanks for the info!

  6. So exciting! Didn’t even know this was in the works! We have the Book of Mormon and the New Testament books. LOVE them. Looking at your pictures of the books got me all excited. I am a new homeschooler and all things that I want to teach my kids!

  7. This book looks so interesting! I’m always looking things up on-line, but this would be even better! We love to read to each other and learn together.

  8. Such a book as this would be “at home” in our home simply for the enjoyment factor it would bring. Our family, a daughter in particular, loves not only to read nearly anything we come across, but especially to read about the “real” stuff – things that happen, things that are happening, real people, real places and the changes they under go. I could guarantee this book would be the best friend of at least one child in the house – possibly to the point of hiding out in homemade forts, tucked into a special corner securely wrapped so others would have to treasure hunt for their turn to enjoy it (and so said child could devour every single word).

  9. We would love this book. My husband is in the Navy and we are always trying to find ways to help our children cherish the blessings of this nation.

  10. I would love to have this book. 🙂 I started homeschooling (our oldest is 6) and have really gotten into teaching about history. My daughter eats it up. So, I guess that’s why it would be at home in our home.

  11. I also facebooked it. Which, come to think of it, probably lowered my chances. Now all of my friends will become competition 🙂

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