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Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: 'Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars' by Dawnita Fogelman

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I am excited to be part of this week-long Launch Party introducing a brand new book.  I was asked to review the book, Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars, by Dawnita Fogelman, in exchange only for my honest opinion. So, here it is:

TO SUM IT UP:  THIS BOOK TAKES AWAY THE MYSTICAL PART OF THE MYSTERIES IN THE SKIES WHILE ADDING INTRIGUE AND A THIRST TO LEARNING GOD'S INTENT WHEN HE CREATED THE STARS.

This book is an awesome resource tool for teaching and learning about:


  • Science Astronomy
  • Religious Studies
  • Art (through scrapbooking)
  • Handwriting and Notetaking (through Notebooking pages)


The book continuously points back all the scientific information of the skies - which has been carefully researched - toward the Creator, God, and connects the dots between star-related scriptures like this one:
Isaiah 40:26 - Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.


   

WHAT THIS BOOK IS NOT;

As a Christian, I try to keep my thoughts pure and my ambitions and guidance within the Will of God.  This means that I steer clear of horoscopes, zodiac symbols and the like.  To let you in on the secret of how much I steer clear of these concepts, I will tell you that I don't even know what zodiac signs my children were born under, with the exception of one child's sign which I found out by accident.

So, the mention of a book about astrology doesn't sound like something I would get engulfed into reading for myself, and especially  not to share with  my children. So, I was happy and extremely excited to read within the book description that the book is not a book about zodiac, astrology, or horoscopes. The only references to these things are references to myths and legends for historical reasons only.



WHAT THE BOOK IS

The author's intent is to present a study of the stars through the use of Scriptures. It is a unit study about the constellations and biblical prophecy.  These constellations are presented throughout the book, in the order of how they appear in the sky, starting with the Jewish New Year.

The author began her study of tying the constellations with biblical prophecy and scriptures with her children. To make it more interesting, her children used the art of scrapbooking what they learned.



There are also notebooking pages included as a printable to use for older children.


The book is set up in a way that it can easily be studied with young children through adults, taking in as basic or as detailed information as each age level can understand.

The constellations each have chapters as follows:


  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagitarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces
  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo


Our Star Gazer light is not part of the book purchase, but I was so happy to discover that the constellations seemed to match the ones in the book.





Find out for yourself how amazing the book really is by clicking on the big pink happy star on the Star Chronicles site.

Please find a fascinating Author Interview at the Marriage Motherhood and Missions Blog.

Find the print version of the book at CreateSpace for $25
Or
Get the PDF for $12
Amazon as a printed book for $22.35

FOR A LIMITED TIME, RECEIVE 25% OFF WHEN YOU USE THE CODE: STARMOMS (Good through 4/20/14)






AUTHOR BIO:

Dawnita Fogleman is a fifth generation Oklahoma Panhandle Pioneer. She and her husband, Paul, have six amazing children. They have homeschooled from the start and now have two graduated and starting their own businesses. With the family business and their little farm every day is a surprise. Dawnita blogs about life on the “funny farm” at FoglemanForerunner.com.






2 comments:

  1. This is such a neat way to look at the stars! Thank you for sharing your review!

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  2. "WHILE ADDING INTRIGUE AND A THIRST TO LEARNING GOD'S INTENT" I love that!! That's what I was going for! That thirst is so important. Thanks so much!!!

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