This book is about a 13 yr old Gibeonite boy named Keshub, and takes place in the last couple of years of desert wandering before the Israelites enter Canaan. Keshub lives with his family, who work as shepherds and potters. Keshub, who begins the story as shepherd, has a love for listening to the stories and accounts of the travelers in the caravans who go off to trade. Life as they know it is jeopardized when they hear the King of the Amorites has begun is reign, and his unloved son is running for his life. Keshub goes from simple shepherd boy, to spy, to defender-all in one book!
This book helps us see that the Bible is a history book, and we can learn a great deal of history just from reading the Bible. The amount of research that has gone into the writing is evident. We were drawn in and fascinated by the overall story.
At the end of the book, you will find a selection of discussion questions. In addition to that, there is a study guide that is available for purchase. We really liked the study guide. The guide brought out more from the book than we would have gained by just reading it. It is much more than guiding reading. It is more like a complete unit study with multiple subjects covered. Here is just a small screen snip of part of one page of the study guide to give you a better idea:
For a "story book" (as Mr. B calls it, because it's a narrative) of 375 pages, we have sure packed in a LOT of learning! And you read that right, 375 pages. This is not a thin little book that can be read in a day. But the story is well paced, and so interesting that it isn't a dry or dull read at all. Overall, we LOVE it!
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
This is a physical book that you read. So yes, you can set your own schedule.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Mr. B LOVES it, and the guide!
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