Christian Heroes and Heroes of History (YWAM Publishing Review)


favhistoryresourceYWAM Publishing produces and distributes books that “focus on evangelism, educational training, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.” In addition to providing quality Christian materials, they also support mission projects around the world. YWAM Publishing is a division of the larger YWAM (Youth with a Mission) ministry. You can read more about YWAM Publishing and YWAM on the “About YWAM Publishing” page of their website.

ywamelliottThe Christian Heroes: Then and Now series of books share “inspiring true stores of men and women who answered God’s call. Reviewers received a digital copy of Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose, the story of missionary families serving in the jungle of Ecuador. Though Jim Elliot and his coworkers were killed by the people they were trying to reach, his story continues to challenge Christian to spread the gospel to people around the world. Reviewers also used the Unit Study Curriculum Guide that corresponds to Jim Elliot, One Great Purpose. These guides provide ideas and resources for adding maps, geography terms, Bible studies, essay writing, hands-on projects, cultural foods, music, and more to the book. Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose is 192 pages long and is intended for students ages 10 and up. It costs $6.99 for either the paperback copy or for a digital copy (Kindle edition or Nook edition). The Curriculum Guide is 62 pages long and costs $7.49 (only available in paperback format).ywamelliottus

ywamgeoIn addition to the Christian Heroes series, YWAM Publishing also offers Heroes of History. This series of biographies brings history to life while sharing the fascinating stories of the men and women you changed the course of American history. Reviewers received a digital copy of George Washington: True Patriot and the corresponding Unit Study Curriculum Guide. The curriculum guide includes chapter questions, key quotes, additional resources, and project ideas that enable teachers to cover geography, science, and government topics as well as history. George Washington: True Patriot is 224 pages long and is intended for students ages 10 and up. It costs $6.99 for either the paperback version or a digital copy (Kindle edition or Nook edition). The Curriculum Guide is 64 pages long and costs $7.49 (only available in paperback format).ywam geous

A full list of the books in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series can be found here, and a full list of the Heroes of History books is listed here.



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  1. […]  What I enjoy about the YWAM book we received is that there isn’t any revisionism of the truth of George Washington, both the good side and the ‘bad’ side including his antics as a child and how much he chafed under his mother’s henpecking.  Of course, there is also the continual theme of faith in God through out and how his faith colors his outlook on life.  This book takes place in the years 1732 to 1799 and if you’d like to see where it fits with YWAM’s chronology of the Heroes of History series please view the chronological list, which will be helpful if you’re studying another period of history.  Since we’ve been studying the American Revolution, George Washington and that time period this book fit in well with our current history studies and we used it as a supplement to that. There are 18 chapters in this book and makes for an interesting and engaging book to read either aloud with your children or having them read on their own – it’s fast paced but will leave them with a thirst for history, geography, government and even science as they read.  The Unit Study and Curriculum Guide is a wonderful resource to use as you’re reading the book and it covers key quotes, chapter questions, social studies, community links, related themes to explore, student explorations, a display corner and even a culminating event.  To begin with I just read through the book and discussed the questions with the children as we finished each one, which worked well and I’d review what we read from the day before when beginning the next day’s reading. If you’re wondering how to integrate a reading book into your studies or into a unit study – then the curriculum guide is what you need.  It is great for all ages, I used it with my 7 year old non reader and non writer, my 9 year old and my 11 year old and it fit in well with each of them – obviously I didn’t have my non writer doing essays so you, the parent, can decide what each child is capable of doing.  There is no wrong or right way to use the guide – another item of note that I appreciate – as I don’t like feeling ‘tied’ to a guide – that’s what this is a guide, you chose what to use and how to use it.  Such as the key quotes suggestions are given for using them for memorizing, discussion about their meaning or display – I’d also like to say they are great for copy work assignments. I loved the idea of the display corner, unfortunately, due to lack of space I wasn’t able to implement this idea fully but I love it.  There is an included list of things that you can purchase or even get a hold of free online or at your public library such as books – it really helps in immersing the children in that time period and who the man George Washington was.  The chapter questions were what we really made the most use of and there are four questions per chapter covering vocabulary, a fact from the text, a comprehension question and an open ended question which always led to a more in depth discussion than I would have considered.  Student explorations are things for the student to do like essays, creative writing, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects and arts and crafts.  While most of the explorations are geared for single student use there are included ideas in brackets to extend it to several students.  One activity we did is the timeline – I required my oldest to add more information to her timeline than her younger siblings. There are also other books and resources listed that will give you even more to research and study upon for this particular time period as well as more on George Washington – there will be plenty of activities and information to make this a full fledged study into the American Revolution time period if you have the time to do so – I’m aiming to go back through and make even more use of the curriculum guide because it is so chock full of activities and learning opportunities for the children.  The George Washington: True Patriot book is geared towards ages 10 and up (again I used it with ones younger and they did fine) and is 224 pages and is available in paperback or e-book for $6.99 and the Unit Study which can be used for a variety of ages and/or grades is 64 pages and sells for $7.49 in paperback and e-book forms. You can read what other parents thought about this and another YWAM product by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog. […]

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