Monday, September 17, 2012

Raising Real Men–A Cry From Egypt (a TOS review)






I’m a mom.



A mom who has been blessed with two boys (plus one hilariously dimple-licious girl).



But about those (crazy) boys.



One of whom is no longer really a boy at all.  He’s more like a young man. 



Over the summer, I’ve watched him grow.  Not physically so much (he and his dad are still anxiously waiting for that…something about hitting his first homerun over the wall, I think?) but he’s been growing in a deeper way.  I’ve been watching in mommy-awe at his sudden maturity.  Seeing him become more thoughtful.  And inquisitive.  Even tender at times.



It’s been beautiful.



And a daunting!



I’m reminded of how powerful and important this thing called parenthood really is.



Which is why I am SO thankful for resources like Raising Real Men that encourage and equip us on this journey of men raising.



A Cry from Egypt


I had the honor of reviewing one of the resources they offer.  A wonderfully rich, historical fiction book - A Cry From Egypt ($12.50).  It was published by Great Waters Press and authored by Hope Auer.  Hope is a Believer, an accomplished writer, a passionate historian and a homeschool graduate!





A Cry From Egypt is intended for ages 8 and above. The story flows around the life of a young girl (Jarah) and her family.  It is set during the Biblical timeframe when Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites to freedom from Egypt.



If you have a historical fiction lover, they will eat this book up! I know because I have one and he did.  We were going to use it as our family read aloud but he was so interested that he persuaded me to let him read it on his own.  Once he opened the book he couldn’t put it down.  The story is so engaging that it sucked him right in and he had to keep reading.  There is something sweet about spotting your big boy curled up with a book on the couch…in his bed…in the tree house.  It infected our conversations throughout the day as well.  A sign of maturity!  He learned the word Yahweh and we shared a special “aha” smile when it appeared in a worship song at church.  I love that the material is written from a Christian worldview and encourages a right response in difficult times.  Our family knows a little about walking through valleys.  Our youngest has significant special needs which take a daily toll on all of our lives.  We talk a lot about doing the right thing even when it’s hard.  It’s refreshing to have someone (other than me) encouraging him to trust God in the dark moments and choose wisely!  I crave material that encourages him towards a life of integrity and faithfulness.  A Cry From Egypt definitely fits that bill!



In his words, he learned about…



“the tough times in Egypt when the Israelites were there”



And when I asked him what his favorite part of the book was he responded,



“that there will be another one!”



It just so happens that we’re about to study ancient Egypt.  A Cry From Egypt is a great supplemental resource to partner with that topic of study.  But really, after the wonderful response by my no longer little boy…I would buy this book even if we weren’t studying Egypt.  We’re looking forward to reading the whole The Promised Land Series!



If you’re parenting boys, be sure to check out the other resources available at the Raising Real Men store too.






This is my little space to disclaim that I was given a copy of A Cry From Egypt in exchange for my honest review shared on my blog.  All opinions expressed are my honest own.  I hope that you enjoyed and found my review at least a smidge helpful.  Because my voice is just one, I highly encourage you to read what my fellow TOS Crew friends thought about this product.**

1 comment:

  1. Whuoo!
    My big boy is much younger than yours yet this will be super for us. He often requests Bible Storues at night...,I think it's all the blood guts & gore as well as the character building..,,and we listen to Adventures in Odyssey ALL the time....AND W lives all things Egypt, so this will be super for is to read together..
    Thanks Mrs. Rhodie!