Review: For You They Signed

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Modern history books are fond of leaving out any but the most cursory mention of our nation’s Christian heritage.  If you read about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in today’s history books it’s unlikely that you’ll take away the knowledge that the majority of the 56 men who signed the document were active member of their church.

Marilyn Boyer, whose name you may recognize, along with her husband Rick, as being among the pioneers of home education in America and author of many homeschooling and character training books, has set out to change that.

Her new book, For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our Nation, spotlights the signers of our Declaration of Independence, along with a full year of character studies to go along with each.

For You They Signed is a 400-page, hardcover book containing black-and-white illustrations of each signer, as well a biographical snapshot of each, including facts such as dates of birth and death, spouse’s name, birthplace, number of children, age and the signing of the Declaration, and a brief character sketch.

I appreciated the fact that the “Suggestions for Using This Book” section of For You They Signed encourages dads to use this book to lead their families in character studies, while also studying our country’s founding fathers.  This provides an incredible opportunity for dads to get in on the day-to-day teaching, as well as instilling the value of strong character traits in their children.

Unfortunately for our family, I know that, if it doesn’t happen during school time, it’s probably not going to happen.  Sad, but true. With that in mind, I led our initial study from For You They Signed.

One reason that I was so excited to review this book was that we’ll be studying American history this year.  I thought this would make an invaluable resource for that study.  We’re not quite there yet, so I decided to choose a random, little-known signer for our review study.

Okay, so it wasn’t totally random.  We live in Georgia, so I thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about one of our state’s delegates to the Continental Congress.  We just chose the first Georgia delegate listed, which proved to be a bit providential.

See, we’d been having some anger-related character issues that very day and, as it turns out, Button Gwinnett had some anger-related self-control issues himself, which ultimately led to his untimely death.

Each delegate profile is followed by discussion questions; some are merely comprehension questions, while others delve into character traits.  The discussion questions proved very timely and opened up some great dialogue for us.

In addition to the questions contained in For You They Signed, the book also contains a code to download a companion guide which contains coloring pages, quizzes and printable sheets with character qualities and related Bible verses to aid in memorization.Studying one delegate a week would provide more than a full year of character study material, as well as giving you a new perspective on our nation’s spiritual history.9780890515983For You They Signed is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing.  Master Books is dedicated to printing Christian books in categories such as: homeschool supplements, creation science, and apologeticsFor You They Signed can be purchased from Amazon or your local Christian bookstore at a retail price of $34.99.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Kris,

    I'm so under a rock – I didn't know anything about the issue with Amazon. I did check the link about the revolting book and, according to that source, the book has been completely removed.

    Good review! Someday we'll actually get back to American History again. We're studying Ancient History this year and will study the Middle Ages all year next year.


  2. Thank you for sharing this review, I would love to win a copy of this book and can think of nothing I would rather do than donating one to my local library,….
    We went to a prayer breakfast this fall and heard Tim Barton speak and my son who is nine became really interested in the origins of this country… this book would fuel that interest!

  3. couldn't figure out how to vote on the other site so please count this comment as a vote. your review was really good and thorough! i'm genuinely interested in this book and i agree that it would be an invaluable asset to any library 🙂 thanks Kris!

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