I love, love, love this company!! I was previously blessed with one of their books from a contest I won, and had already decided I would somehow end up with every book of theirs in my library eventually. So I was overjoyed when I received a box of 3 books for our Crew review!!
When I opened my box, I found a three page personal note included explaining their company, their vision, the sample books, and a note about Daniel Mills , the founder of Salem Ridge Press, and his parents.
Now anyone who knows me or follows my blog knows how passionate I am about acting on your convictions, following your vision, and blessing others with your gifts and talents. So I was naturally taken back by this homeschooling grad and his strong desire to see his future homeschool alumni hold in their hands and imaginations some of the very best of yesteryear’s wholesome, exciting, and well-written classic literature. In his testimony he states: "I feel responsible for the content of books that we republish. If I am going to bring back a book into print, I want to be able to stand behind it with no reservations." While he faced many obstacles in his editing of text as well as illustrations, he says "most of the changes that we make are very minor but I think they go a long way towards upholding our standard which is found in the Bible: ‘Whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)’."
Wow. That’s about all I can say about that. Wow.
Morgan browsed through the books and picked out Glaucia the Greek Slave, which is the first title in their Emma Leslie Church History Series. She enjoyed the book very much, and commented that she really liked the Roman and Greek terms that made it "authenthic" being defined at the bottom of the pages. She said the historical and Biblical references added interest and value to the book, and she felt the book became "better" as it progressed, as they found freedom in Christ.
Wow again!! Way to go Morgan! How’s that for appealing to a fellow homeschooler Daniel?
I gave this book, Mary Jane, Her Book , to Taylor to read, after flipping through it myself. This is a sweet story of a precocious 5-year old who loves adventure, helping her mommy around the house, and spending time with her beloved daddy. Can’t beat that storyline, LOL. Taylor did, indeed, enjoy this book, as well as Morgan who gobbled it up in one evening bedtime reading session.
So the third of these I couldn’t wait to dive into. Trouble is, I’m not much of a "book" reader. I have so much to read that I rarely have the time or attention to sit and read an entire book. Now, don’t get me wrong, the desire is there, just not the mechanics of the whole thing. You see, my eyes have grown accustomed to closing any time I sit still for very long, especially trying to read. My kids were glad when they got old enough to read their own bedtime stories so they didn’t have to keep waking me up.
Okay, that being said, I really love Indian Culture and History. This story captured my heart from the very beginning when Henry helped his little sister escape from the Senecas, then being captured himself, grew to love their customs and skills. As I continued through the details of the Iroquois Nation and their tribal life and culture, I found myself contemplating the character and lives of these early settlers of our nation. My imagination was filled with historically accurate details of their life, culture, and history. And I must add that I was very relieved to learn there is a sequel, At Seneca Castle .
In closing, I must extend my gratitude to Daniel in his noble ambitions here. Thank you for using your gifts and talents to make our homeschooling community a richer and even better place to train our children. There’s no place like home, and I thank you for answering that calling.
One final note to add: right now Salem Ridge is having a pretty cool deal going. If you make a Christmas Wish List of five books on their website, then have it sent to the email address of your choice, you could WIN your list!! HOW COOL IS THAT??
What are you waiting for?
Enjoy your kids,