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Divergent Book Review

Hello! Okay so this week’s topic is our choice, and I’m doing something different this time. I am sharing my Divergent Book Review. My brother, Chase, did a review of Micheal Vey Book One: The Prisoner of Cell 25. I finished that series about a month ago, and I’m still waiting for the fourth book to come out. But I also read this series, Divergent. There are three books all in all, and I might still do a review of them all, but right now I’m starting with the first.

There are five “Factions” or divisions of people: Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Amity and Abnegation. Each division has a symbol. Dauntless has A ring of fire with a flame in the middle of the ring;  Erudite is an eye;  Candor is a scale;  Amity is a tree; and Abnegation is two hands holding each other.

A Book Review of Divergent

 

The book starts with a girl named Beatrice and her faction was Abnegation. She was sixteen, which was a very special age because you are old enough to choose a new faction. This was called the Choosing Ceremony. She had to take a test to see which faction you were supposed to choose. Her results were inconclusive, meaning she was “Divergent” which meant she could choose from three factions: Dauntless, Erudite and Abnegation.

She went to a new faction (I’m not telling which, it would spoil the book) and made her way through initiation. Even though it was tough for her she made four new friends: Christina, Will, Al, and Four. Four was her instructor and her friend. She went through her initiation and faced hard challenges but it was all worth it. In the end she had what she wanted, a faction where she was normal. Some of the reasons I liked this book are

  • Interesting plot
  • Action packed
  • Unexpected twists
  • No bad language
  • I love that it just pulls you into the story!  I couldn’t put the book down!

That sums up about 3% of the book, I tried to leave it a little vague so you can still have the joy of the many surprises in the book. All in all Divergent was a great book, and series. I am going to enjoy watching the movie! But it will be a while because we all read the books before we watch the movie and my brothers are just starting the series.

 

Philosophy Adventure Review and MEGA Giveaway

I am so excited to be part of the launch team for Philosophy Adventure and even more excited to share my review with you! I want to make it perfectly clear, I received a free copy of this curriculum for being one of the members of the launch team, but the views I express here are my own.  I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the team and getting to know Stacy Farrell, the author and the rest of the team. It has been a blessing! I am excited to finally be able to share my Philosophy Adventure Review with you! 

Philosophy Adventure

Let me start off saying, I was quite skeptical about a curriculum that would be teaching philosophy from a biblical perspective, for a couple of reasons. First, I don’t have very a great deal of respect for the Greek Philosophers. Based on my research, most of them glorified their minds and not God, so I was already predisposed to not like this curriculum. Secondly, I questioned how teaching philosophy would benefit my boys in any way, besides the cursory introduction they have already had with our history curriculum. But I have to tell you, Stacy Farrell, the author of Philosophy Adventure, did a masterful job of introducing the philosophers, their teachings, their contemporaries and even their reach and impact on the modern day world; But that is not what I love about this curriculum (although it is all great). What I LOVE is how she also showed if the philosophers’ beliefs align with scripture (or, more often than not, doesn’t align with scripture). Another great aspect of this curriculum, although obviously Christian, Stacy does not present or defend a particular denominational worldview, she simply compares and contrasts the philosophers’ views with scripture. And I LOVE that!  I read her book and resources from cover to cover, literally! It is really is fantastic! I am so excited to add this product to our curriculum list for this year! I am praying that Stacy will continue with this series and teach us the philosophers after Socrates!  

 

What exactly is the curriculum?

This curriculum presents Philosophy from a Biblical worldview.  It cultivates knowledge, compares and contrasts beliefs and empowers our children to be able to defend their biblical worldview as they explore the history of philosophy and the impact of ideas.

 

What grade levels is Philosophy Adventure written for? 

6th-12th grade and can be used for high school credit. But I can honestly say, I’ve learned so much from reading this curriculum too!  And your children can receive high school credit for this course!

 

How does the author present the subject to our children?Philosophy Adventure

There are several components that are repeated in every lesson.

1.  The Philosopher’s Story

2.  Write, Think and Speak Articles and Assignments

3.  Geographical Information

4.  Contrast of source material and biblical worldview.  

The lessons provide thought-provoking material that will inspire meaningful discussions and create opportunities for parents to communicate their perspective and beliefs on a number of significant subjects.  If you are like me, you need to see the material, so I am including a sample chapter of the curriculum.

 

Summary

Philosophy Adventure is engaging, thought provoking and an excellent resource to study philosophy, but most importantly, it is a great springboard for discussions with our children about scripture and our understanding of God’s will in our lives.  In a fallen world, if we don’t teach our children about God, they won’t learn and God commands that it is our job to teach our children!  Thank you Stacy for a great curriculum that helps us have these critical conversations with our children.  

Deuteronomy 6: 6 These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; 7 and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, 9 and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates. 

 

Stacy has provided some coupon codes for us to share with you! Hurry though, these expire August 7th 2013.  

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-10 – 10% off any print edition of our resources

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-25 – 25% off any digital edition of our resources

 

AND here is another opportunity to win a curriculum set along with some fabulous other prizes!!

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