I have to admit that the reason I first chose this book to read was due to the title and cover page. A picture of the sinking Titanic with crosses in the distant fog were on the cover which caught my attention and the title hooked me. I had to know how the author would use the Titanic to teach Christian values to readers. After reading the book, I have to say that he did manage to do it, although some of the ideas are a bit too preachy for my taste. The author sets the book up into twelve lessons, each starting with the historical information in the lesson and then a section about how it pertains to Christian values and beliefs. It ends with some scripture that coincides with the lesson. The author often adds other “modern day parallels”, as he calls them. The historical aspect of this book was very interesting because I’ve always had an interest in the Titanic and the author seems to have done his homework. I also often enjoyed the scripture and Christian lesson and could see how he brought them together. This book is great for someone who enjoys history as well as religion. There are a few very minor editing problems but nothing that interfered with the book. I read it on my ereader and the format worked very well. Overall it was definitely a different type of book to read as well as interesting.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
I love this book! In a time when the letter “u” is used instead of the word “you” and most teenagers couldn’t write a proper paragraph if their lives depended on it, Lessons in English Grammar is a book much needed. The author takes basic grammar lessons and divides them into fifteen lessons that incudes practice questions with an answer key at the back of the book. At the end of each lesson is a check-up of the lesson with more practice questions of what was covered in the previous chapter. I would love to see this book used in schools and the practice questions used with students. I had fun doing them as I read the book and learned quite a few things that I had forgotten since my school years. The only problem I had with the book was that I had it on my ereader and going back and forth with the answer key in the back was a bit annoying. Other than that the editing and formatting are well done and the cover is a perfect representation of what the book contains.