We love reading! Christian historical books are a popular genre with us because they not only bring history to life, God is included in the story. I like that. Another genre I like are Biblical guides that are inspiring and enriching.

Hal & Melanie Young are the chief publishers of Great Waters Press. They are the authors of Raising Real Men, recipient of the 2011 Book of the Year award by Christian Small Publishers Assoc.

This book is a wonderful guide for families with one boy or many. It is "A Practical Guide to Equipping the Hearts and Minds of Boys without Losing or Breaking Your Own". 

Hal & Melanie have homeschooled their 8 children (6 are boys) from the beginning and have also been involved in "parenting, political commentary, writing and homeschooling from coast to coast". They have been serving The Lord for many years through these involvements and Great Waters Press is just one of the wonderful areas they are serving. Great Waters Press "focuses on Making Biblical Family Life Practical". 

Great Waters Press has 2 new books coming out soon. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have had the opportunity of reviewing these books, and I had the privilege of choosing
A Cry From Egypt, by Hope Auer. It is geared for readers 8yo and up.
Hope is a recent homeschool graduate and has been writing since childhood. She has "developed a passion for history and telling stories which eventually culminated in the writing of “The Promised Land Series,” and
  A Cry From Egypt is book one. 

"Adventure, excitement, love, and faith come together
when Jarah and her family find themselves at the culmination of four hundred years of history"
This is a book about a young girl, Jarah, and her family, set in the historical period when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. Through Hope's education and studying of Ancient Egypt, she was able to define the characters with great authenticity, and creates a setting that is, not only factual, but amazingly accurate. You are drawn into Jarah's life: her fears, her joys. . .her reality as an Israelite girl enslaved in Egypt. As each of the plagues fall upon Egypt, we see Jarah and her family's experience as it might have really been. And though the people are fictitious, the facts are Biblically correct.

From the back cover of the book "Jarah was a slave in Egypt. It was a dangerous place to be. Her work was exhausting and her family was torn between the gods of the Egyptians and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And her brother… would his Ada be given in marriage to an Egyptian in the palace? Would they ever be free?".

What We Thought: This book is incredible! I was really impressed with the amount of time that was obviously spent by Hope in preparation for writing it. I was drawn in to the story from the very first paragraph and didn't want to put the book down. As each event unfolded, I found myself imagining being there, in Egypt, watching Jarah's experiences, feeling her emotions, and yearning to help. Even though she is a fictitious character, Hope personified her as though she were real, and her story was already written down. Reading A Cry From Egypt offered a different perspective of the Book of Exodus, and it was profound. Both of kids loved the book, too. My daughter reads quickly and had it done before I could blink, I think. She was also moved by the intensity of it. Knowing Exodus and all that happened is one thing, I think, seeing it experienced by this young girl is another. My son enjoyed the adventure the most.

A Cry From Egypt offered by Great Water Press is an excellent book and I know you will not be disappointed in the content. 

An advanced copy of A Cry From Egypt is available from the publisher for $12.50. 

Other members of the SRC reviewed this book or Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship was written by Curt and Sandra Lovelace. You can read more reviews by clicking below.
Disclaimer: I received this product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after reading it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.


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