Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Abraham's Journey - A Celebration of the American Dream


We didn't start homeschooling John Allen until he was in fourth grade. Before that, he went to a great public school and had some wonderful teacher. His second grade teacher, who is now retired, had saved all of the old reading books every time the school system changed curriculum. So, she had five or six sets of reading books on her shelves and, let me tell you, those kids read almost all of them. They didn't just read the regular story for the week but they read three or four stories every week. That year John Allen grew to love books and reading.

When we finally chose to homeschool and I was looking around for good curriculum, I decided on a literature based history curriculum. I love history and am constantly discussing it with my children so the mixture of reading and history was a hit. Now John Allen loves both reading and history. When we found out that we would be getting the book Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream from Inspiring the American Dream, we were excited. Since he loves both history and reading, this seemed like a good fit, and it was.

John Allen snatched the book almost right away and read the whole thing in one setting. Since he is also a good writer, I asked him to write a review for Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream that I would include in this review. Here is his review. I will elaborate and comment more afterward.


Abraham and his sister are devastated when they find that their family doesn’t have enough money to buy Christmas presents this year. So Abraham goes up to his room to try to find a way to earn money for Christmas. Abraham starts to text his friends to see if there are any part-time jobs around that he could do. Little did he know what he would find would change his life. All of a sudden a wise old man pops onto the screen of Abraham’s smart phone, the wise old man invites Abraham to take his hand and to take a journey with him through cyber space, acknowledging to him that he will find the answers to all of his questions on the way. From there they take an adventure to the past, and meet many historical people like Marten Luther King, Jr. and Amelia Earhart. They also meet people from the not so distant past like Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates, all while learning Abraham’s secret talent and virtues to help him put that talent to good use.

What is this secret talent you might ask? Does Abraham take these teachings to heart? Will he put his talent to use? Will Abraham and his sister get presents for Christmas? What happens next!? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Take a journey through time and space . . . well cyber space, in this amazing book exciting for all readers of all ages.

Inspiring the American Dream is something that we have been talking about a lot in our home lately. In this day and age it is difficult to dream. In fact, I feel that many folks have forgotten what the American Dream is all about. I appreciate the author's, Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian, writing this book in the attempt to once again instill the American Dream in to our society and teaching our children to. . . well, dream again. I also appreciate how they emphasized that the American Dream should be obtained virtuously and not by undesirable methods.

I think that John Allen has been inspired by Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream. I have been inspired as well. So inspired that I plan on reading it to his younger brothers. I want them to learn that they have God given talents as well that they can use to obtain their dreams.

John Allen is very impressed with Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream from Inspiring the American Dream and I am as well. I am also impressed with the price. It is just $14.99 plus $5 shipping and handling. You can find out more about this book and it's authors by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above.

Other crew members from the TOS Review Crew reviewed this item as well and you can find what they had to say by clicking on the banner below. Happy Homeschooling!

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