A book from YWAM Publishing? I was so excited to get to read Heroes of History: Douglas MacArthur What Greater Honor by Janet & Geoff Benge. As all their books are, this was such a fun read.
YWAM Publishing has two series that I am trying to collect: Christian Heroes:Then and Now and Heroes of History. This biography is part of the Heroes of History series.
I have always wanted to learn more about Douglas MacArthur and I was so excited to read this biography, What a fascinating life!
Douglas' father Arthur MacArthur was a highly decorated military man who had been thrilled to meet Abraham Lincoln as a young man. His mother Pinky reminded him every night, "You must grow up to be a great man like Robert E. Lee." Interesting that God brought his parents together from opposite sides of the Civil War to raise a man that would live honorably in peace and in war.
Douglas grew up in the late 1800s riding horses, moving place to place wherever his father was stationed, and eventually ending up at West Point. His momma moved to be close to him for the four years he attended West Point and when he graduated, he left the podium to embrace both his mother and father. His love for his parents was deep and demonstrated by the inner call he felt to live up to the heritage his father had left him.
I was fascinated by his love and concern for the people around him throughout his life. He had tremendous wisdom, especially in dealing with the Japanese people when he occupied Japan.
When I finished the book, I was satisfied. It more than met my expectations. I learned more about World War I, World War II, and the Japanese occupation than I even imagined. As a history lover, this book will have a place on honor on my bookshelf!
This biography, and many others, has a downloadable unit study/curriculum guide you can use along with the book to dig deeper into the life and times of your hero or heroine.
I was thrilled to find four maps in the curriculum guide and we got to label all the places Douglas MacArthur had lived, fought, and served. Wow! Did he cover the globe!
The timeline was fascinating, too, because you can see how much a part of significant historical events he was part of. He really impacted history!
Finally, my favorite part was the quotes. MacArthur had some great ones!
The chapter questions were good and we ended up going off on some interesting rabbit trails. We just discussed the questions, rather than writing them down.
Last year, I read Lewis Meriwether: Off the Edge of the Map and enjoyed it very much, too. You can read my review here.
One thing I really like is that this series of Heroes of History and the curriculum guides/unit studies can be used to study history with living books.
They have listed out the biographies under different segments of American History.
When you are studying "The Beginnings of a Nation," you can read biographies of Columbus, John Smith, and William Penn, as well as complete the curriculum guides.
Biographies of George Washington, Ben Franklin, and John Adams with their curriculum guides are perfect for learning about "The Establishment of a Nation."
When it's time for "The Exploration of a Nation," it's time to read about Meriwether Lewis, Daniel Boone, and Davy Crockett while using the curriculum guides.
"The Fracturing of a Nation" segment includes biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Clara Barton along with curriculum guides.
Theodore Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Douglas MacArthur make great reads for "The Growth of a Nation."
"The Inspiration of a Nation" includes Thomas Edison, Milton Hershey, George Washington Carver, and Orville Wright.
Finally, "The Future of a Nation" is full of great biographies on Ronald Reagan, Louis Zamperini, Billy Graham, Alan Shepherd, and Ben Carson.
So, you can see, if you use the curriculum guides with their maps, timelines, hands-on activities, and additional information, you could study history completely with living books. I love it!
There are so many books to choose from in the Heroes of History series and the Christian Heroes series. Be sure to read reviews from TOS Review Crew on all your favorite heroes. You can read more reviews here.
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