Monday, April 30, 2018

A Review of Christian Heroes- C.S. Lewis from YWAM Publishing

When I want a biography for my children to read, I know that I can always turn to YWAM Publishing and find a great book.  They offer many biographies on a wide variety of people.  We recently got a chance to review C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller which is in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of biographies from YWAM Publishing.  We also received a study guide to use along with our book.
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I picked the Christian Heroes - C.S. Lewis book because he is an author we wanted to know more about.  We love the Chronicles of Narnia series from him and Buddy read one of his other books earlier this year, but other than that we don't know much about C.S. Lewis.  I thought this would be a great time to learn since Buddy needed to read a biography for his literature class anyway.
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C.S. Lewis lived a very simple life for being a famous author and he preferred to be out of the limelight.  His early years were very happy, but as he became a teenager, life changed and there were many tragedies in his family.  It was during this time that he leaned on his story telling and writing to help him deal with his grief.  It was how he escaped the troubles in his real life.  As he grew older and pursued his education and future career of Literature Professor, his writing led him to meet other authors who became good friends.  They encouraged and challenged his writing along with his brother who dealt with much of Lewis' publicity.  Lewis wrote more than 30 books over his lifetime including both fiction and non-fiction.

Through reading this 191 page book from YWAM Publishing, we learned a great deal about C.S. Lewis and his life.  The book has 17 chapters, a Note to Readers, and a bibliography and it is recommended for ages 10 and up.  Buddy read it aloud in about 2 weeks time by reading a couple of chapters a day.  We learned many interesting facts about C.S. Lewis along the way.  He suffered several family tragedies very early on in his life.  He was best friends with his older brother, Warren.  C.S. stands for Clive Staple and he renamed himself Jack which is what everyone called him.  He served and was injured in WWI.  He tried to serve again in WWII, but there was shrapnel under his shoulder blade that they couldn't fully remove from his WWI injury, so his duties were limited.  He married late in life and lost his wife to cancer, but was left with 2 stepsons.  He was a distinguished Literature Professor in England.  He died on the same day as John F. Kennedy which was a much bigger story.  The book was very interesting and reading it helped Buddy understand why C.S. Lewis wrote the way he did.
Along with the biography, YWAM Publishing provided us with a digital study guide to go along with the book.  It contains key Bible verses, display corner projects and ideas, study questions, essay questions, creative writing topics, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects, and arts and crafts projects.  There is also a chapter on Community Links for using community resources to learn more about the wars and the United Kingdom.  There is an entire chapter for Social Studies work along with a United Kingdom fact sheet for students to do research along with maps of Europe and the United Kingdom you can use with them.  There are also chapters on related themes students can research and a chapter for putting together a culminating event, which would be fun.  The study guide also includes an appendix with a list of books and resources that might be helpful to use and an appendix with the answers to the study guide questions.  This study guide can be used as a unit study and cover multiple subjects.
I would pull up the study guide on the computer and have Buddy write his answers out on paper.
There is no recommended grade level usage with this study guide because it can be used for multiple grades at the appropriate depth for your student.  I wouldn't expect my 4th grader to do the same level and depth of work at my 9th grader.  He can answer questions in-depth and write essays since he is at a higher grade level.  At this time I only had Buddy working through the study guide.  I had him answer the questions for each chapter to check for understanding of what he was reading.  I plan to have Buddy use the Social Studies chapter next fall as he studies the world wars.  I also plan to have him work on the essay questions next fall for Literature since I plan to add more C.S. Lewis books to our reading and the essay questions are generalized for his writing in general.  I am sure we work through some of the other areas of the study guide again as well.

I will always highly recommend any book in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series of books from YWAM publishing.  They are great books about great Christians.  There are also several books in their Heroes of History series that I am interested in having my children read because these are great stories too.  I am especially interested in Heroes of History: Laura Ingalls Wilder since my daughter has been reading this Little House on the Prairie series this year.  Really, I haven't found a YWAM book that I don't want to have my children read.  I love that they tell the true stories of real people and we can learn so much from them.  I also like the study guides because they help me use the book fully in our school.  You can learn more about the Christian Heroes - C.S. Lewis true biography we read here.  You can learn more about YWAM Publishing on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blog.  Check out the book reviews from my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking on the banner below because we all got to read different books.
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