The kids and I will study Sonlight's Core 3+4 American History this year so in anticipation of that I've selected a few books for myself to help me become more familiar with our nation's history. Just a little light summer reading :).
Other books on my reading list include Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis, Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (about Lewis and Clark), and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (about Lincoln and his cabinet).
Books I've read in the last year or two pertaining to some period of American History include: Unknown Shore by Robert Ruby (more history of the exploration of the North American coastline), Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, The Captured by Scott Zesch (about Indian abductions on the Texas frontier), The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (about the Dust Bowl), The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes (about the Great Depression), and New Deal or Raw Deal by Burton Folsom, Jr.
I honestly don't think I learned anything about the history of our great country while I was in school. I love that by using Sonlight my kids and I learn history through real books and not boring, politically correct textbooks.
What are you reading this summer?
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.