I am an 8th grade home school student, and I am about fed up with this book. I wish I could give this book stars in the negative. In theory, A Christian-based history book is a great idea. There are great Christian history books. However, this is not one of them. For one, the author writes extremely biased in some chapters. I am not Catholic, but I was disturbed by how she painted the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, the Roman Catholic Church did some bad things, but it was run by humans. Humans are not perfect. Protestants also did some bad things too, though, which she doesn't seem to mention as much. I hate how judgmental she is. As Christians, we are taught not to judge, and it really has made me sad reading such a judgmental "Christian" history book. She also writes about how certain people were great Christians based on things they have said or written. From personal experience, I have learned that you cannot judge a person solely by the things they say or write. She has no idea what these people were actually like who lived hundreds of years ago. To me, it seems very insincere. Also, she writes about figures as she sees them. It appears that she researches, then decides what type of person she thinks someone is, and includes only the facts that support that belief, rather than include enough information for someone to decide for himself what he thinks of this historical person. An example of this would be Oliver Cromwell. From what she writes, he appears a very great, religious man, who might have made a few bad decisions. After reading this chapter, my history teacher told us that he was actually a very cruel person. It did not seem that way to me at all after reading the chapter. I would not recommend this book. It has been very frustrating, and I cannot wait to be done with it! Please, do not buy this book for your child. It is not beneficial in building his/her faith, and it does not teach with a Christian attitude.
My middle school daughter loves this book! There is just enough information to pique her interest and send her searching the library for more books to add to her knowledge. The pictures are beautiful and we love the author's conversational tone.
This is our first year using the Mystery Of History series. I love it. We just finished construction of a wall time -line, I wish I'd thought of that years ago...The lessons and the ideas from the companion book are outstanding,History is a subject that is begged for ever day now!
Excellent narrative of this time period. Not too heavy, not too light. For those who wish for a little more depth, the author has a list of suggested readings for further study. I found the text can be easily adapted to fit high school as well as middle school ages. I recommend this text!