Review: Abraham's Journey

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Recently, I was excited to receive for review Abraham's Journey from Inspiring the American Dream.


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It's the story of a boy named Abraham and his attempt to find ways to make money to help buy Christmas presents for his family. When Abraham finds out that his family won't have Christmas gifts because his mom and dad have both lost their jobs, he determines to find a way to use his talents to help out. He heads upstairs to call his friends to see if they have ideas to help, and he is startled by a visitor who comes through his phone from cyber space. Abraham Lincoln makes an appearance to take young Abraham on a journey through space and time to meet characters from the past and present who all help Abraham realize his talents and use them to achieve the American Dream.

There were a few things in the story that I found rather confusing. The characters that young Abraham met were real life figures, but some were historical figures while some were currently prominent figures, and they would appear together in the same scene of Abraham's story. Also it seemed a little unclear throughout the story what exactly the "American Dream" was.The book is recommnded for ages 7-12; however the story seemed a little childish for my older kids (ages 13 and 12) but a little hard to understand for my younger crew (ages 8 and 7).

The real value of this book I found when we reached the end. There is a whole page of terms to discuss- The American Dream, charity, compassion, innovation, and more. And there are character biographies for all of the characters in the story. I think this was the most educational part of the book. After reading through it with my children, we were able to use these terms as discussion points, and we were able to learn more about the people in the book from the short biographies.

I will also say that this book is not written from an overtly Christian perspective. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talks in the book about "all God's children," but there is nothing of a particularly Christian worldview in this book. Again, for me, that is where the terms and biographies in the back were nice; because I could lead our discussion where I wanted it to go, and we could talk about these things in relation to our worldview.

Abraham's Journey can be purchased for $14.99 from the Inspiring the American Dream website.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with
the FTC Regulations.


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