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- Nancy Strong, the patriot spy who ferreted out information about British military strategy and signaled it to Washington's spies---by hanging various colored petticoats on her clothesline!
- General George Washington, whose desperate prayer in the snow of Valley Forge brought supernatural deliverance to his starving soldiers.
- Reverend James Caldwell, "The Fighting Chaplain", who sent bullets and Scripture flying toward charging British soldiers when he threw copies of Watt's Hymnal to his men for rifle wadding, shouting "Give em Watts, boys! Give em Watts!"
Vendor: Learning Parent
Publication Date: 2013
Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5great resource for studying the American War of IndependenceMay 29, 2016Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Co-author Marilyn Boyer is a homeschooling mom of over 34 years with fourteen children, all homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. I first heard Rick and Marilyn Boyer at a 1997 Ohio homeschool conference and then saw them again at a 2004 Missouri homeschool conference. Through the years, I have had occasional contact with them about various homeschool-related matters. They are the founders of The Learning Parent which produces Character Concepts, a Bible-based character curriculum with resources from preschool through high school. The first volume of their character-based history series for family reading is Portraits of Integrity: Real People Who Demonstrated Godly Character. In explaining the background for this second volume, Marilyn writes, In doing my research for For You They Signed, a book about the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, I discovered so many compelling stories about people other than the signers during this time of our history, that I felt I just must write another book to share their stories with you.
Profiles of Valor consists of forty true stories about fascinating characters, both men and women, and events from America's War of Independence and the early days of our nation, arranged roughly in chronological order. Some of them are quite famousGeorge Washington, Sam Adams, John Adams, James Madison, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson. However, others are rather unsung. Several women are included, such as Martha Washington, Nancy Strong who sent messages by the petticoats she hung on the line, and Emily Geiger, girl spy. Also, there a number of African-Americans like Wentworth Cheswell, Peter Salem, James Armistead, and Jordan Freeman. And dont forget ministers Jonathan Mayhew, Jacob Duche, Lemuel Haynes, John Witherspoon, and James Caldwell, the 'fighting chaplain, as well as the Jewish financier Haym Solomon. Children will be both entertained and challenged by these stories of heroes from the past. I see three benefits from this book, the first of which is simply the historical information. In fact, if I had to pick one book about the Revolutionary War, this might be it.
However, beyond that, emphasis is placed on the fact that the attitudes and actions of these individuals were firmly based upon a Judaeo-Christian or Biblical worldview. Boyer points out, To say we were a Christian nation is not to say everyone living then was a Christian, but that Christian principles formed the basis of our government and influenced the policies society implemented. There is no attempt to sugarcoat the truth. It is pointed out that As far as we know, Jefferson never received salvation through faith in Christ, yet he was forced to conclude that the real truth was to be found in the words of Jesus, and daily perusing those very words, he strove to become a man of uprightness. And third, the very underlying purpose of the authors, kids will be encouraged to strive for the character qualities which these accounts of greatness illustrate. The last chapter is about Alexis de Tocqueville, who said, America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. As a nation, we need to be asking ourselves the question, is America truly good today?
whittybrookeAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Historical Character StudyNovember 22, 2013whittybrookeAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was an amazing read about so many people who helped shaped our nation! I loved sharing Profiles of Valor with my children and seeing them excited over learning about history. Each chapter combines a character trait with a scripture then a story of real, live people to back it up followed by questions at the end. It is a great read for families of all ages! My kids loved learning stories they hadn't heard before as well as seeing how God had done so many great things through people just like them. It was encouraging and refreshing to share with them how people were willing to do what's right no matter what for the sake of freedom. We need more books like this today to teach our children the importance of where we came from and Who it is that brought us here! I highly recommend you adding this book to your own collection, whether you use it for schooling or just to read on its' own.
mama21boyAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well-written, inspiring and challengingNovember 9, 2013mama21boyAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Profiles of Valor" shares many stories of men and women (some well-known and others not) of bravery, courage and perseverance. Through each story's attention to detail using vivid descriptions, illustrations and photos, my family was transported back to the 1700s where ordinary men and women chose to display character qualities that influenced and created our Nation. There is something for everyone along with a silent challenge to rise to the occasion and demonstrate these qualities in our homes and in our Nation today so that our freedoms will carry on.
This book can be read from start to finish or can be read by character trait or historical figure without missing the richness and detail of the book. The questions at the end of each chapter really help young minds process all of the details in each story and help them think about how it relates to their life today.
From Anna "Nancy" Strong's laundry "code" to Phoebe throwing George Washington's dinner plate out the window because of the poisoned peas to Rev. James Caldwell's creative idea of using the church's hymnals as ammo, "Profiles of Valor" is a treasury of stories that will be enjoyed for many years to come!
zekesmom10VermontAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent American history resourceOctober 29, 2013zekesmom10VermontAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Profiles of Valor: Character Studies from the War of Independence, co-written by Marilyn Boyer and Grace Tumas. This is a brand new book released this year. It's written chronologically beginning with George Washington in 1755 and ending with Alexis de Tocqueville in 1832. Each biography has been matched to a godly character quality. Each chapter is similarly presented with a character quality and it's definition, a memory verse, short biography (perhaps better described as an event or several events that bear witness to this quality), followed by several thought-provoking questions that require more than a yes or no answer.
While I was not able to present the class as I had hoped, I was excited to read about our greatest document, and the battles, both spiritual and physical, waged to actualize it, to my own boys at home. They are a bit younger and I wasn't sure how much of the readings they could follow. I was pleasantly surprised when discussing US coins, weeks after we read about General Washington's bulletproof coat, and our six-year-old said something like, "Hey! That's the guy who didn't die when he got shot by Indians." I actually had to sit back and think to what he was referring!
I was never very interested in history, but I really enjoy reading Profiles of Valor as a family and learning about the many patriots, both men and women, who played a role in creating this great nation. While we did notice a few typos, if you're raising patriots and would like to share the Christian beginnings of the United States of America with them, I recommend this book as well as the many other history products available from Character Concepts.
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