The most powerful thing about the Bible is that it is not neutral---in fact, there is no such position as a "neutral" one. One way or another, we must all contend with its claims. To not make a decision about whether or not it will serve as the authority for your life is, in fact, to decide against it. - Greg Hall in Already Compromised, co-authored with Ken Ham, published by Master Books

Monday, February 21, 2011

***Giveaway & Review*** For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer

Yes, you read that right!

I am doing something I have never done before...GIVING YOU a chance to win a FREE BOOK!

Anyone who has any interest in the history of America and those who sacrificed and fought to gain and maintain our independence as a nation will want to get in on the chance to win this book. 

More about that after the review...

Wow!  

Really.  That is how I feel as I read this book, For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer.

To begin, it is beautiful and has a certain presence about it.  So much so, that my husband saw it on our coffee table and said, "Where did you get that book?  It looks nice there."  Not to mention he is completely intrigued by it and ready to read it after me.

Here's how it looked that day: 
 




Now, here is how it looked soon after, once reality set in:


And I wouldn't change it for the world!

You see, I kind of like the irony of the fact that our freedom to live and worship and play as we do here in our homeland of America is all symbolically resting on top of our foundation as a nation, the Declaration of Independence...and even moreso is resting on what that declaration was founded on---the Word of God.

Hence, my love for what Marilyn Boyer has done with this book.

In For You They Signed, Boyer creatively weaves a clear picture for us of what was done on our behalf so long ago and why.

As she points out in the introduction, her inspiration and challenge for formulating this book was one question posed to her by fellow American and founder of WallBuilders.com, David Barton.

Can you name more than three signers of the Declaration of Independence?
Can you?

I couldn't before reading this book.  Now, however, I am so entranced by the sacrificial bravery and soundness-of-mind of these men.  And grateful...yes, I am oh so grateful...more than I ever was before I realized how much was unashamedly and regretlessly put on the line by others on behalf of me and my family and friends in this country today.

Kind of seems like a much smaller scale of what my Savior did for me long before these men ever signed this document.

As Boyer quotes John Quincy Adams, "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it."

As far as the components of this book, again, wow!  Boyer has put together a resource that can either be read as I did, straight through---or, it can be used in a variety of other ways, such as her five suggestions to use it as:
  1. A year's worth of family devotional character studies
    • A Family Activity Guide is available online as a companion to the book.
  2. A complete resource for a single mom
  3. A practical, life-changing self-study (and this I have found to be so true!)
  4. A group study designed to make a difference
  5. Inspirational general reading
She elaborates more on each one of these uses as she is introducing the reader to the book.

More additional priceless features include:
  • A full-page (letter-sized, 8 1/2 x 11 inch) picture of the real Declaration of Independence
  • A close-up picture of the real signature section itself
  • A full-page typed copy of the document (easier to read)
  • Typed signatures (They signed in sections by the state they represented.)
The book as a whole is comprised of a character study on each of the fifty-six signers divided into sections by the state they represented.  Each character study is about three to five pages in length with the following components:
  • An artist's sketched portrait of the signer with an image of his signature below it
  • A special nickname and/or patriotic characterization of the signer
  • A scripture reference relating to the signer
  • A short quote about the signer
  • Demographics such as birth date, birth place, education, occupation, marriage date(s), spouse's name(s), number of children, signer's age at time of signing, date of death and age at that time
  • A more detailed highlight about the signer
  • The three to five page biography/character study of the signer including important quotes by or about him as well as artists' sketches of many of the signers' residences
  • Questions for discussion (as well as thought/reflection) which often highlight character qualities
Some things I learned of interest (really too many to name here, but I will recount a few):
  • Many were schooled at home either by parents (often fathers), family, or even themselves.
  • They often entered college as young as thirteen to fifteen years old (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc)
  • Most were born and raised in America, not Europe
  • Many had as many as ten or more children
  • Many were involved in religious studies and were even preachers
  • When/if the father died while the signer was a young teen, it was usually the young teenage son who became responsible for the provision of the family, not left all on the mother's shoulders as it often is now.
  • Whether poor or rich, they all knew the magnitude of consequences they and their families faced, but still signed wholeheartedly, without regret from themselves or from their family.  (By signing, they were considered traitors by the King of England and faced hanging or beheading.)
As you can tell, I love this book and could go on and on about it.  BUT...I won't.  I will leave you with your appetite whetted for more. 

Every American home needs to have this book in their collection.  Even my friends from other nations would greatly benefit by reading about these amazing men and the convictions which directed their thoughts and actions.

So, go to Master Books' website to find out more about this book or even go to Amazon.com or any other site where you purchase books.


Oh, did I forget something!?!

Oh yeah---The Giveaway!!!!!!


Master Books, the publisher of For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer, has agreed so graciously to award one of my special, faithful readers with your very own copy of this book---for FREE

How do you get your chance at this great offer?

EASY!!!  Just 3 simple steps:

1.  Go to Master Books' Facebook page by clicking HERE (link is http://www.facebook.com/MasterBooks ) or search for them on Facebook as Master Books Homeschool .

2.  "LIKE" their Facebook page.

3.  Post a comment here on my blog telling me that you "LIKE"d Master Books' Facebook page.  (If we are Facebook friends you can post it on there and/or on here.)

Deadline for this giveaway is this Friday, February 25th (midnight-ish).  (I will post the winner on Saturday.)

Pretty EASY, huh!?!  Go for it!  You just might win!!!

Now, I leave you with this word from the Lord through Paul in 1 Timothy 6:12:
"Fight the good fight of the faith."
And like our revolutionary predecessors discovered, the word "fight" in the original Greek language is "agonizomai" which implies our English word "agonize."  These signers truly agonized and fought for the future of this nation we now take for granted. 

Even more than that, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ fought and agonzied for us so that by faith in Him we would not have to endure the agony which comes with living the eternal consequences of our sin and rejection of Him.

He fought the good fight for us.  

Have faith in Him and fight the good fight for all who you may impact with your life.

Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.

6 comments:

The Mommy said...

That looks like a very interesting book. I "LIKE'D" the Master Books' Facebook page.

Jim Pokorny said...

I "LIKE"d Master Books' Facebook page. Blessings, Jim

Anonymous said...

I "LIKE"d Master Books' Facebook page. Sounds like a wonderful book,
Marcie Heard

areid said...

Hey! I liked Master Books Home School Facebook page!

Haelie said...

Okay, everyone, thank you all very much for your participation in my very first ever giveaway! I had entrants via Facebook as well as here on the blog. I entered the first name and/or screen name of each one into www.randompicker.com and let it generate the winner for me.

Sooooo.....I know you are all wondering....

I won't draw it out any longer.....

Or maybe I will.....

Okay....

Drumroll please......

And the winner is...............

Loretta!!!! :o)

Here is the link to my new Giveaway Winners page where you will also find a link to view the results on www.randompicker.com

http://tonotdecideistodecide.blogspot.com/p/giveaway-winners.html

Also, I will contact the winner and let you know how to follow through with receiving your awesome prize...your very own copy of For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer!

deborahspalette said...

Hi, I am your newest follower via Mels World on FB.
I hope you'll stop by and visit me too. www.artnsoulbydeborah.com
Many Blessings, Deborah

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