Christian Heroes: Then & Now
C.S. Lewis – Master Storyteller
A YWAM Publishing Review
Our latest title from YWAM Publishing was not an easy choice. With more than 45 books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series, we decided upon C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller by Janet & Geoff Benge. We’ve enjoyed their other series, Heroes of History, in the past.
One of the best parts of the biographies from YWAM is that they offer a study guide to accompany their books. Thus, taking the reading of the book to a whole new level.
But First…. A Little About YWAM!
YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is far more than a publishing company. They are a large interdenominational Christian ministry with 17,000 volunteer staff based in nearly 900 locations in over 140 countries. Their backstory is nothing short of AMAZING. I dare you to read it and not be uplifted and encouraged.
Their Christian Heroes: Then & Now series along with their Heroes of History series are written for readers 10 years old and up. They give you a firsthand view of how missionaries and leaders have shaped history. The books are written biography style and are packed with timeless lessons, important dates, events, and places.
These books are a fantastic way to show how God worked through their lives because they believed in Him. These books introduce your child/student to positive role models.
What We Received.
The C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller biography is a packed 189-page paperback book with small bonus pages of; Note to Readers, additional biographies, and About the Authors.
Included at the beginning of the book is a list of the other Christian Heroes: Then & Now biographies available and Table of Contents. There’s also a map of the British Isles.
They also offer a study guide to accompany the book. The guide can be used for a classroom, small group, or an individual study. There are full introduction and suggestions on how to use the guide. The study guide is so packed with ideas that I there’s no way I could share them all with you in one post. The suggestion is to pick a few projects to work on. It’s not intended for you to do ALL that is suggested.
Here’s a glimpse into the study guide:
Geography (mapping the areas mentioned in the book)
and so, so, so much more……..
How We Used It And Our Final Thoughts!
We enjoy incorporating the YWAM book into our family reading time. Each of our children could have read this book on their own, but reading it all together works perfectly for us. We would read the chapter and then answer the chapter questions altogether. After we were a few chapters in, we decided to pick out which projects we would like to work on from the study guide.
There are so many to choose from, so this could easily be considered a full Unit Study.
Our youngest’s (10) first project was an Arts and Crafts project found in the Student Explorations section. Lewis described himself as “tall, fat, bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, and one who wears glasses for reading.” The project was to draw a portrait of Lewis based on his description. *The project also called for writing a brief biography, but we verbally discussed this part instead.
Our middle child (11) picked a research project. On the internet, he searched for images of Little Lea, Lewis’s boyhood home. He then drew an image of the home. We discussed the likeness and difference of our home and his thoughts about the home C.S. Lewis grew up in.
Our oldest (teenager) decided to do a short essay project. She wrote about 3 distinctive character traits of C.S. Lewis that were illustrated throughout the book.
We are currently working on more projects from the study guide.
As you can see, the study guide suites a variety of ages, grade levels, skill levels, and learning styles. This is a fantastic way to teach multiple levels at one time. It also affords the ability to adapt to any learning style, skill level, etc. You truly have full control over which and what project and/or activity you choose.
The YWAM biographies are a great way to teach history with adventurous stories and more.
Who will we read about next? Billy Graham, maybe!