"The mission of Christian Liberty is to help parents fulfill their God-given responsibility
to provide a Christ-centered education for their children."
The members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been given the opportunity to review one of products offered by Christian Liberty Press (CLP), Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Makers (1999). This is the first book in a series written by Douglas Bond, an English & History Teacher. Mr. Bond began writing to tell stories to his own children and then one night, he had the idea to write on hymnody.
I want to add here, that this book is not just light, fun reading. There is an incredible amount of history written into the book. As Mr. Pipes tells the children the tales of the hymn makers, he brings the stories to life by adding in the facts that surrounded their compositions. In this first book, he takes Annie & Drew to the burial sites, homes, and churches as he tells of 9 hymn makers as he tells their biographies. The stories that go along with each are very interesting. There's information on slave boats, Welsh Corgi's, why the British drive on the left side of the road, Anglican worship, the story of St. Andrew and the Scotland flag, and so much more.
There are 12 chapters in this 288 page book filled with stories that teach important pieces of history that aren't always common facts. Like driving on the left side of the road. It's because the men at that time rode their horses on the left with the reins in their left hands, just in case they needed to put their sword in their right. Interesting little fact that I didn't know : ^ )
Each chapter ends with the actual score of the hymn or hymns discussed in the story. There's hymns such as Amazing Grace (John Newton), Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (Augustus Toplady), Take My Life, and Let It be (Frances Havergal).
But the most important lesson taught in Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Maker is The Gospel. Mr. Bond writes about God, the importance of musical worship, Jesus, & Salvation. Each of the stories brings to life the hymn that was written and what the words truly mean. Throughout the book, Annie & Drew learn about humility, patience, the love of God, and having a good Christian walk.
Mr. Pipes & the British Hymn Maker is a wonderful book that I have no doubts will be liked by you and your family. CLP recommends it for grades 7th to 10th, but I believe younger students that are good readers shouldn't have a problem getting through it.
You can read the beginning of the book, including the first chapter here to see a little bit for yourself.