Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: My God and My All ~ by Elizabeth Goudge

Plough Publishing and Elizabeth Goudge have joined forces to publish this book about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Since we have two children currently taking a fabulous Veritas Press self-paced history course, "Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation", I opted to read/review this book. I really didn't know much about Saint Francis of Assisi, but hearing different historical figures come up in their lessons, this was a good way to read more about who he was and what his life choices were.

While there are different aspects of this book I could review, I'll focus briefly on two. The author's style is more of a story format with dialogue and settings/situations that may or may not be accurate. I'm not sure if these were actually recorded somewhere as fact or if the author has taken liberties to add-to his biography to make it more readable as a story. In addition, not that I am the grammar police by any means, but... There are numerous areas where commas or semi-colons are missing in sentences, leaving the reader to re-read for clarity or make the assumption that it's chopping writing.

As a whole, I did my best to read this book, but with differing views, I would be better able to provide a critique versus a referral for others to read this book. There is a lot of repetition and it is written from a Catholic perspective. It was good to glean a better understanding of who Saint Francis was and learn more about the beliefs Catholicism holds, but it also hurt my heart to read.

Book Review: The Prince Who Was Just Himself ~ by Silke Schnee

The Prince Who Was Just Himself is a much-needed book in today's society. An endearing fairy tale-style story is wrapped around the sweetest little boy and his family. The young prince has a heart of gold and takes nothing for granted. He takes his time enjoying the beauty in life around him and reminds his royal family that life is something precious. His IS the gift of life and love, demonstrating how he impacts individuals in beautiful ways.

Written by Sile Schnee, a journalist and mother of three sons, the youngest of whom has Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). She wrote this book to show the world that the news of having a child with Down syndrome isn't something to feel shocked or sad about, but rather to realize that life is to be celebrated no matter what because ALL life is precious. Their little prince, Noah, and many more children like him bring such love and joy into the lives of others.

Our children have asked me to read this book to them and also to read by themselves several times since it arrived from Plough Publishing as a review book. We have all enjoyed it and encourage others to read it as well. It's also a great way to have further discussions with your children and encourage them to see others as Jesus sees them.