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Jeweled Astrolabe

Historical Novels for Engaging Thinkers #2

by Jennifer Johnson Garrity
Publisher: Brimwood Press
Trade Paperback, 114 pages
Price: $12.95

A magnificent career awaits the Spanish Jew, Gavriel ben Solomon Zafrani. At fourteen, he is well on his way to becoming a hakim - a respected physician, yet Gavriel is far from enthusiastic about his future. Just when he resigns himself to a life of misery, an unexpected door opens, revealing possibilities more thrilling that he could have imagined. Making good his escape, the physician's son is led deep into a mysterious land, only to stumble headlong into his worst nightmare and find that his darkest fears have pursued him. Confronting those fears will take every ounce of courage and skill Gavriel can summon.

As an exciting follow-up to their worldview course for 5th through 8th grade students, BrimWood Press has commissioned a new series of historical novels called Engaging Thinkers. This series includes one novel for each of the chronological periods of history: ancient, medieval, early modern and modern. Each story highlights the beliefs of a different worldview family: polytheism, monotheism, naturalism and pantheism. All are guaranteed to prompt thoughtful family discussions.

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  This Series of Books Is Fabulous!
Lori H. of Washington, 11/13/2009
Wow! This series of books is fabulous! After our family finished “A Young Historian's Introduction to World View,” we read these books aloud. As we turned the pages with anticipation, my children and I were truly “engaged.”

All the novels are filled with twists and turns. Oh, the excitement! Oh, the suspense! The characters encounter danger, and face difficult decisions. As they act on their worldviews, we see how their circumstances “flesh out,” and have the unique opportunity to understand why the characters do what they do.

By the way, don’t expect the characters in the novels to become Christians—they don’t. That’s because these books were written for the specific purpose of worldview training. As such, they initiate family discussion about the importance of worldview, and why people of different worldviews make different choices.

One of the things our family appreciates most about this series is that the various supporting characters in the books are neither predictable nor stereotypical. Instead, they are like real people—some are benevolent while others are mean. Some are faithful to adhere to their religion while others are somewhat unfaithful.

The “Young Historian’s Worldview” study and these four books promoted a great deal of thoughtful discussion around our house, and strengthened our children’s Christian worldview.

(Also posted on Timberdoodle.com)
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