Are you hungry for true stories about real heroes? Then you and your children might like the Heroes of History book series and Unit Study Curriculum Guides by YWAM Publishing.
The Heroes of History series contains approximately 20 volumes of fascinating history of real life heroes. Some of the great men and women covered in these books includes the lives of: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Ben Carson, Laura Ingles Wilder, etc.
Heroes of History are ordinary men and women (many who faced poverty and disadvantages in their youth), who over came challenging circumstances and changed the course of American History.
Heroes Of History
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This book covers the story of Billy Grahams Life including his youth, his acceptance of Christ as his savior, his family, and life long ministry as a world wide evangelist.
Unit Study Curriculum Guide
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This unit study guide corresponds with the paperback book. It provides structured questions, vocabulary words, and activities for each chapter to help the student dig deeper into the story. It also contains the answer key and a few printables such as maps, a timeline, and a fact sheet about his life.
How We Used This Product In Our Home
We were sent the Heroes Of History paperback book and the corresponding Unit Study Curriculum Guide to review in our home. This curriculum is filled with fascinating stories about Billy Graham’s life. He is considered “America’s Pastor” and is loved by millions of people in America and around the world.
There are so many details from his life that you just have to read the book for yourself to grasp the big picture, but I think this sums up this amazing journey: Billy grew up on a dairy farm in North Carolina. God took him on a life long journey from those humble beginnings to become an evangelist who has preached in 185 countries reaching over 200 million people with the message about Jesus Christ and eternal salvation. It is amazing how God used a farm boy in an amazing way to expand his Kingdom.
My children are enjoying learning about Billy Graham’s adventures growing up and his life working for the Kingdom. The story starts our when he is about 12 years of age and goes through many of his memories growing up and my son was hooked to read about his boyhood.
The unit study guide contained about 5 printables (located in section 2) and the rest was of the guide (section 1) was structured questions about each chapter in the book and a few activity ideas. We liked a couple of activity ideas in the guide such as creating an itinerary for Billy Graham’s Travels and computing costs for airfare and travel etc. And an idea to watch one of his speeches from the 1960’s and compare it to a speech from the 1990’s for example and see any changes in his presentation of his message. Also an idea to learn one of his speeches and then repeat it yourself as a speech was a cool idea. But otherwise, the guide really needs some tweaking and some fun activities added for kids. So my suggestion to other families would be to come up with your own activity ideas to make this part of the learning fun.
My Personal Experience with Billy Graham
When I was about 13 years old, I went to a Billy Graham crusade in Kansas City, KS. It was life changing for me. I dedicated my whole heart to Jesus that night. I sat on the edge of my seat in a huge stadium filled with people and knew Mr. Graham was speaking just to me. I had given my heart to the Lord when I was 8 and was baptized with water at the Open Door Baptist Church. When I was about 11, my father’s church felt I needed re-baptized “into” their church, the Church of Christ. Not much changed for me at that time, other than earnestly seeking God as my home life was not so great. But when I was 13, and sincerely seeking God for answers in my life, I met a man who had the answers. His name was Billy Graham. He had a confidence and an assurance of who God is that I had never seen or heard in any man. That night I went forward at the Billy Graham Crusade and dedicated my whole heart to the Lord, I was filled with a fire for God. A passion. It was life changing for me and I never doubted my salvation or God’s love and his hand on my life ever since. He has guided me and held me close and watched over me and I love him more than life itself.
I know there are millions of people like myself that God placed Billy Graham in our path. He has been a blessing to me. When we lived in North Carolina, we lived about 40 minutes from Mr. Graham’s campus near Asheville, NC. If you are ever in the area, I encourage you to go and visit the museum and campus. His son carries on the ministry’s vision today and runs a world wide outreach that is the hands and feet of Jesus meeting the real needs of people called Samaritans Purse. If you are looking for a ministry to pray for, financially support, or volunteer with, please put this one at the top of your list!
Thank you Mr. Graham for your obedience and dedication to obey Jesus and share the message of the Kingdom of God with me.
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