Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Amy Carmichael Book REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL 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.

I just love the Christian biographies that YWAM Publishing produces.  Our newest read aloud was from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now seriesAmy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems by Janet & Geoff Benge was truly a "gem" to read.  I think it is my favorite one so far.  I received a paperback cover of this 203-page book.  It is a simple read and perfect for independent readers (approx age 8 and older) or as a read-aloud which is how we used ours for the most part.  The cover is a nice quality glossy coated paper and the pages are of easy to read font.  I also received a digital copy of the study guide which we also love!  This book is also available as an audiobook CD, audiobook MP3, Nook edition, Kindle edition, and YWAM direct ebook download.

Easy to read font

We mostly used this as a read-aloud, but with Little Bug loving to read so much she insisted on reading part herself.  Her patience or lack thereof never let her read much at once, but it was good practice for her (she was an early reader at the Kindergarten level and is just now finishing up 1st grade). It is a pretty quick read for an adult or advanced reader and a simple read for chapter book readers (should be an easy read for 3rd grade and up).

She loves to read

Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland in 1967 to a fairly wealthy family.  She was schooled in an English boarding school but soon had to return home when financial circumstances changed due to the innovation of steamboats and the decreased need for their product (flour) locally.  It was cheaper to buy the flour that was shipped in from North America.  She was one of 7 children and her and her two other brothers who were also in boarding schools had to be called home when the money shortage occurred.  She was a precocious, bold child who was easily bored with simple, mundane things.  She enjoyed adventure and changing scenery.

Biography from study guide

It was no wonder when she felt the call to missionary work.  One day after church her and her brothers ended up helping and escorting a less than accepted "shawlie" woman to her destination (shawlies was the term used for the poor who worked tirelessly in the linen mills).  Others from her church looked on in disgust and at first, Amy was embarrassed.  Then God got a hold of her heart and she decided she would serve others in any way that God called her to.  She began by starting bible studies with the local children from the "wrong side of the tracks."

Digital study guide homepage

Throughout all of her endeavors, God slowly grew Amy into a missionary who learned to listen to and trust Him.  Her initial station was supposed to be in China but her health dictated otherwise and she was unable to go when a doctor refused to give the okay with her health problems.  She ended up going to Japan but then God soon moved her on from there also.  Unknown to her at the time, Amy's final destination would be India where she ended up spending the rest of her life ministering to the people and children of that country.

Digital study guide includes guides and unit study with two parts

Amy ended up setting up a mission that housed over a hundred young girls and women and then later grew to house over eighty young boys and men.  Her life story is full of exciting adventures and God's mercy, grace, and provision. She never believed in begging for money and God always provided for what was needed in abundance.  Once even before she had prayed for the need!  I was continually fascinated with her determination and perseverance and God's constant provision always at the right time.

The digital study guide is invaluable in my opinion.  We have reviewed several of these books in the past and I have always LOVED the study guides.  They are very thorough and are easy to use and follow. You can complete all the activities or just pick and choose what works for your family.  It includes so much more than just a simple study guide.  In addition to chapter questions, it includes activities that cover creative writing, drama, movie critiquing, reading comprehension, essay writing, and history and geography concepts.

Sample guide TOC from digital study guide

Digital Study guide TOC

Curriculum areas covered in study guide

It really goes without saying that we give Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems a double thumbs up.  I highly recommend that you also purchase the available study guide.  You can connect with YWAM Publishing on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and PINTEREST.

Please also be sure to check out reviews from my fellow Crew members on this book and others available by clicking on the graphic link below.  You will be so blessed by these books!  You can also check out my other YWAM reviews at the following links:

32 Heroes of History {YWAM Publishing Reviews}

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