Friday, June 25, 2010

The Portable Patriot- A Book Review

From the Thomas Nelson website:

What does it mean to think, believe, and act like an American?

Too often reduced to a mythic set of lofty ideals, the soul of America is far more than a concept—it is a people. Even the most sacred principles mean very little unless lived out passionately by an informed citizenry.

In The Portable Patriot, you’ll find a carefully assembled sampling of American history’s most formative words, written by the people who were making that extraordinary history.

Speeches and sermons, essays and extracts, poems and proclamations illumine such values as independence, virtue, humility, thrift, prayer, and reliance on God. While peering back to the cradle of America’s national identity, The Portable Patriot also points a way forward, compelling us to heed poet John Dickenson’s plea to “rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call.”

Crack open The Portable Patriot, and you’ll discover. . .

  • Puritan Pastor John Cotton’s warning on the dangers of excessive political power
  • Ben Franklin’s shrewd counsel on wealth and debt (private and national), plus his practical advice for immigrants coming to America
  • Sam Adams’s explanation of the rights of Americans and the proper limits of government’s power to tax
  • Paul Revere’s personal account of his famous ride and explanation of the crisis with Britain
  • Rev. Jonathan Mayhew’s passionate defense of civil resistance
  • Thomas Jefferson’s reason for small and limited government and keeping the judiciary in check
  • Thomas Paine’s stand against tyranny and his warning about despotism through bureaucracy
  • Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s reflections on true American identity
  • Noah Webster’s dreadful warning about those who would subvert the Constitution for their own gain
  • And much, much more . . .

I was so pleased when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. I'll be honest. In school history was not my favorite subject. I did have three different teachers in jr. high and high school that kept the class hour from being boring, but I had a hard time digesting everything that was being taught. To often we rushed through lessons so we could complete everything in a certain amount of time. Anyway, the past few years I have become more interested in history (Specifically American History) and so has my husband. I wish I had this interest when I was younger, but books like this give me a good overview of American History and Faith.

The book is divided into five sections: Beginnings, Pre-Revolution, Revolution, Founding, and Republic. I think this is a great addition to our homeschool arsenal. (Or any library for that matter.) So it's not only a great read for me, but a wonderful resource for the children. (Especially since this coming school year focuses on American History.) I would definitely recommend this book to others...homeschooling or not. Everyone would benefit from reading this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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