Biographies for Book Lovers – MBFLP 254-2

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Biographies that you might enjoy as much as Hal did

Finishing up a listener’s question from episode 245, (“What Are You Reading Right Now?”), this episode Hal is talking about some of his favorite biographies, and why he likes reading this special form of history.

Biography is more than just the facts

Some years ago, Hal started reading biographies to learn more about figures in local history. What impressed him was how, when he’d been reading the life stories of men who had faced challenges and lived life with honor, faith, and courage, it started to show up in his own thinking — “How would such-and-such have handled this?”

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, after all. Paul wrote to the believers at Phillipi,

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, 
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, 
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. 

(Philippians 4:8, NKJV)

A life well and truly lived will show evidence of these things. What better way to consider them than to observe how other humans have applied them to the struggles of life?

People are complex

A well-written and honest biography will include the facts of the person’s lifetime, as well as the cultural context he or she dealt with. Much of the current “cancel culture” betrays an inability to recognize the good that a person accomplished in spite of their times, instead forcing long-passed people through a filter of 21st century sensibilities. At the same time, an accurate biography will acknowledge the faults and failures of the subject. Humans are highly complex and inconsistent beings, which may prevent us from reaching our best potential as well as hindering us from sinking as low as we might!

An account of someone whose life work has been assessed through the lens of time, whose impact has been seen by the outcomes of his actions and words, can be a powerful encouragement and example to follow — or an earnest warning of ways and ideas to avoid! And that’s why biographies can be good for the character and soul. It’s worth considering!

Why reading biographies can be good for the soul

 


If you’d like to know more about biographies Hal mentioned, links are here

(and for history, here are links to books from the first episode )

If you’d like to leave a comment, question, or request, our Listener Response Line is (919) 295-0321

 

 

 

 

History for Book Lovers – MBFLP 254-1

History for book lovers like me

Earlier this year we talked about books and authors the two of us enjoy together (episode 245, “What Are You Reading Right Now?”) and we mentioned that each of us has genres we like personally but separately. A caller on our Listener Response Line reminded us that we hadn’t returned to those books – “You teased us a little bit!” she said – so this week, Hal is sharing some books of history and biography which he’s been reading.

The Value of History

Over half the Bible is historical narrative, and God tells His people to remember the past and talk about it with their children. In Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people:

Remember the days of old, 
Consider the years of many generations.
Ask your father, and he will show you; 
Your elders, and they will tell you:
When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, 
When He separated the sons of Adam,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number of the children of Israel. 

(Deuteronomy 32:7-8)

The reference to “nations” and “peoples” says this is more than the history of Israel – it’s all of us as “sons of Adam.” When we learn about history, we’re learning how God has guided people and nations over the centuries, with and without their cooperation or consciousness, and we can learn or take warning by their example.

Hal shares recommendations for books on historical topics!

Our own Benjamin Franklin, whatever his personal theology, observed to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” (here’s a transcript) … and we know this to be true because it’s in Scripture:

The Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.

(Daniel 5:21)

That’s a good thing to remember during this election year! And it’s a good reason to take a look at history, too.


If you’d like to know more about books Hal mentioned, here are links to all of them … 

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Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #110, Celebrate Easter Week at Home, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home

In “Meaningful & Fun Ways to Celebrate Easter at Home” episode #110, Meredith Curtis answers the questions you have about how to celebrate this significant Christian celebration without gathering with other believers in person to rejoice. She will give you Scripture, worship, prayer, hands-on activities, read alouds, and movie ideas to make this Easter Week the most meaningful ever!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Coronavirus lockdown gives us a challenge that we have never faced before.

Easter is the high holy day of Christendom!

Easter Week

Mary anoints Jesus for Burial

Palm Sunday

Jesus Clears the Temple

Passover/Communion/Jesus washes feet

Prayer in the Garden

Arrest/Trail

Crucifixion

Burial

Resurrection

The Church Celebrates!

How God’s People Celebrate: Extra services, dramas, processions, parades, sunrise services

How to celebrate with the larger Body of Christ:

Streaming your local church

Streaming another local church

If you don’t have a home church of your church isn’t streaming, please feel free to join us for our live stream each Sunday during the lockdown at 10 a.m. You can watch us here: Powerline Church. https://www.facebook.com/PowerlineChurchFL/

Devotions

Scriptures to Read each Day can be found in our Easter Devotions:

4 Gospels tell the story!

Jesus Clears the Temple

Jesus was disgusted to see the corrupt money changers in His temple. He overturned their tables in righteous anger. Afterward, He healed the blind and lame before returning to Bethany for the night.

House of Prayer/Court of the Gentiles vs. Shopping Mall

Cleaning Hearts

Cleaning Rooms

Watch Gospel of John

Passover/Communion

Story of Passover from Exodus

Would you like to celebrate the Passover & Learn more about it? https://jewsforjesus.org/for-congregations/christ-in-the-passover

The Last Supper

Bread of Life/Wine is His Blood

Do this in remembrance of me!

Crafts & Activities: Elijah Cup, Bake Bread, Family Communion

Watch 10 Commandments

Prayer in the Garden

Jesus prays in the Garden for the church (John 17) and for the cup to be taken away; yet not His will, but His Father’s

All kinds of flower, plant crafts, Easter wreath

Try to pray together for one hour.

Arrest & Trial

Jesus is betrayed by Judas and is taken away to be tried by the Sanhedrin and then Roman courts.

Peter denies Jesus as the sun is coming up. Jesus is beaten and led off to be crucified.

Easter Egg Learning Activity

Crucifixion

Events of His death—forgiving criminal, It is finished, earthquake, temple curtain torn in 2.

Act out the Easter Week story with robes and towels

Watch Passion (for older children only)

Burial

He is buried in a rich man’s tomb, fulfilling prophecy

Pretend to “bury” the body of Jesus in a “tomb” Parents make sure to empty it before Easter morning!

Resurrection

Stream a Resurrection Sunday service

Feast!

Easter Egg Hunt int eh back yard.

Watch Risen

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Celebrate Easter & Thrive During the Coronavirus Lockdown!

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Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #109, Super Hero Patrick, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History

In “Super-Hero Patrick! Life Lessons from Ancient History” episode #109, Meredith Curtis introduces you to a Super-Hero of old: St. Patrick of Briton who served the Lord as a missionary in Ireland, converting most of the island to the Christian faith. Pirates, kidnapping, escape, and years of training prepared him for his Irish ministry where he faced down evil powers with confidence in the Lord! You will love his story of faith, courage, and victory!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Today we say super-hero. In the olden times we called them saint.

St. Patrick is truly a super-hero!

Christian Home

Father Calpomius—civil magistrate, tax collector, church deacon

Wealth

Patrick not walking with God like his parents

Pirates & Kidnapping

Vacation villa by the sea

Age 16

Life as a Slave

Sold in Ireland to a Druid tribal chieftan

Shepherded flocks

Gave heart to Christ—“holy boy”

Escape

Dream

22 years—traveled 200 miles to coast

Ran out of food but Patrick prayed

Freedom & Surrender & Training

Home to Britain

Studied to be Priest then Bishop

Called to A Dark Place

Dream of Irish asking him to come

A Showdown Like Elijah

433 AD vernal equinox same day as Easter—started an illegal bonfire

Dragged before Druid council—power encounter!

The Fruit of His Ministry

Ireland strongly Christian nation

A story of the faithfulness and compassion of God

Life Lesson

God allows trials to remove the dross and prepare us for the call on our life

The Lord loves sinners and puts that love in our heart

God is more powerful than the devil! His Word is true!

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Example: Christ-Centered High School Curriculum

Learn about St. Patrick and other Christian super-heroes who changed the world in Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith Curtis. Or dig into God’s Word with Bible studies and one-credit high school courses.

 

Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith Curtis God's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study God's Girls Beauty Secrets Create a High School Class like Old Testament Survey Class by Meredith Curtis
Making of Real Men by Mike Curtis Worldview Understanding the Times by Meredith Curtis God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ Real Men 101: Godly Manhood
God's Girls 104: Motherhood by Meredith Curtis Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, & Family God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis Real Men 103: Leadership

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

71: Virtual Field Trips

In this episode, I talk to Jayda Justus, aka The History Mom about virtual field trips.

Jayda is a writer and blogger at The History Mom, where she reviews historical sites and
experiences for families. These reviews provide helpful tips and reading lists to enhance visits
for children and families and encourage parents to make history sightseeing part of their
vacations.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy incorporates virtual field trips into their online high school US History class as well as their history web-based unit studies for 4th – 8th grade.

Favorite places to go virtually

 
State-run entities:

Historic Homes:

Museums:

Presidential Sites/Libraries:

National Park Service:

International:

YouTube:

Apps: 

You can find more ideas in this guest blog post by Jayda on this guest post on TechSavvy Homeschool blog.

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Virtual Field Trips

Pearl Harbor 12.7.41

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #102, Life Lessons from History: Pearl Harbor, 12.7.41, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkPearl Harbor 12.7.41

In “Life Lessons from History: Pearl Harbor 12.7.41” episode #102, Meredith Curtis takes you back in time to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that plunged America into World War II. What led up to that historical moment? Were we the only ones attacked?  Why was Pearl Harbor such a strategic target? How did the attack arouse a sleeping giant? Meredith answers all these questions and more, letting you in on the decades of preparation by the Japanese. She also shares lessons we can apply to our own personal lives.

 

 


Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

 

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Show Notes

“Tora! Tora! Tora!” Lieutenant Commander Mitsuo Fuchida commanded the other pilots. It was time to lay waste to their enemy!

The Surprise Attack!

President Roosevelt’s response.

We’re at War!

There’s always a story. Let’s go back in Time to figure out what happened?

Turn of the Century Japan & relationship with Prussia, Korea, and China.

1910 Japan annexes Korea.

1925, US General Billy Mitchell’s Report

The Japanese Naval Academy final exam question

Japan’s Aggression in the 1930s: Manchuria, Korea, China, Vietnam (French Indochina)

The Pact of Steel

The Strategy behind the attack

After all the destruction, what was left?

What We can Learn

Not what folks say, but what they do!

When we are almost destroyed, we fight even harder

 

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Resources

HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis Teach 20th Century History the Fun Way
Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis American History Cookbook Ancient History Cookbook


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Learning History through Video Games

Learning History Through Video Games

Episode 56:Learning History through Video Games with Charlene Hess

Charlene Hess of Hess Un-Academy joins me in this episode as we talk about learning history through video games. Be sure to visit her Facebook page.

When my children were young we all enjoyed playing Orgeon Trail together. Oregon Trail is seen as the first educational computer game to gain widespread appeal because it was also fun. As they got older the played other video games based in history like Knights and Merchants, Caesar 3, Rome: Total War and Battlefield 1942.

One of the games they played a lot was Civilization. It is a strategy game where you play as different civilizations and try to conquer the world. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear the story of what my one son learned when he played as the Egyptian civilization.

Another game my boys played – and Charlene’s whole family plays, is Age of Empires. Charlene explains how they play it and what benefits they get from playing. You can buy the game on the Steam website.

Charlene has created worksheets that you can use with your children to research each civilization before they play as that civilization.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a full year Honors US History online class that uses games where appropriate, as well as 2 World War 2 web-based unit studies that incorporate games and fun interactive websites to enhance learning – World War 2 Year by Year and Who’s Who in World War 2.

Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology.

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Teaching a Providential View of History

teaching a providential view of history

Teaching a Providential View of History

When teaching a providential view of history, our view of history isn’t that there is a “Christian history” and then “secular history.” All of history is God’s story, it’s His Story. His working with people, places, and events to bring about his Kingdom, rule, and reign.

The main purpose of history is story of God.

Are we teaching the story of man or are we teaching the story of God? What has God done and what is God doing?

This is a Providential View of History.

What is the Big Picture of History?

Teaching a Providential View of History

In every era we need to go back and look at what God was doing. In every era of history God is at work. There’s never been a time when God hasn’t been at work.

This is why we focus on missionary work, the work of the church, etc. But, even in so-called secular history we see God working as the hand of Providence.

History Resources

  • America’s Story by Angela O’Dell (Master Books)
  • World Story by Angela O’Dell (Master Books)
  • Taking the World for Jesus by Kevin Swanson
  • Mystery of History
  • Adams Chart (Master Books)

Listen in for more.


Join Israel Wayne and his wife Brook, every month as they discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker who often speaks at homeschooling conferences, and churches, as well as marriage and parenting seminars.

Finally, the information he teaches around the nation will be available to listeners like you. Each broadcast will be about a half hour and will feature interviews and thoughtful commentary from Israel and his guests.

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The decision to homeschool is difficult. There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. The Bible is full of instructions on how God desires His children to be educated. IF GOD has a definite opinion about the issue of education, wouldn’t you desire to find out what it is and how best to implement HIS WISDOM? Order your copy here.

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Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling when history gets messy.

Show notes:

  1. When teaching history it’s important that we focus on truth.
  2. Truth is broader than mere facts.
  3. The Bible is full of conflicted people. We can’t avoid teaching them.
  4. True history tells the story.
  5. There are 2 types of Revisionism (Liberal & Christian).
  6. What is the agenda in the public schools teaching of history?
  7. What is the agenda of Christian revisionism?
  8. We should teach the entire truth.
  9.  Can we resolve the dichotomies truthfully? The way the Bible does?

Join Israel Wayne and his wife Brook, every month as they discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker who often speaks at homeschooling conferences, and churches, as well as marriage and parenting seminars.

Finally, the information he teaches around the nation will be available to listeners like you. Each broadcast will be about a half hour and will feature interviews and thoughtful commentary from Israel and his guests.

_____________________________________

The decision to homeschool is difficult. There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. The Bible is full of instructions on how God desires His children to be educated. IF GOD has a definite opinion about the issue of education, wouldn’t you desire to find out what it is and how best to implement HIS WISDOM? Order your copy here.

Subscribe to Family Renewal HERE.

View our other shows.

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Using technology to study history

Using Technology to Study History

Episode 35: Using technology to study history with Vicki Tillman

 

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My guest today is Vicki Tillman. She is a fellow podshow host and you can listen to her on The Homeschool Highschool Podcast. She develops curriculum and is a homeschool coach at 7 Sisters Homeschool.

Techie Ways to learn about History

  • Watch History Movies. Movies help students to get immersed in the period. Look for lists of movies to learn about history.
  • Watch Short Videos. Find good short videos on the History Channel and on Youtube.
  • Play Online History Games. Listen to our episode on Free Online History Games.

Techie Ways to Check for Mastery of History Topics

  • Create History Videos. Students can use their phones to make either a documentary or to write a script based on research and act it out. Students watch each other’s videos so they learn from each other too.
  • Illustrate a video story or song or poem or document about a historic time period. See what Vicki’s son Ezra has done on his Youtube channel

Be sure to take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s online US History class. This class uses all the methods mentioned in this episode – and more – to study history!

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