Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kregel Publications ~ TOS Crew Review


Kregel Publications offers over 900 titles including books in Christian education and ministry, contemporary issues, Christian living, fiction, and Biblical studies, in addition to reprints of classic works. They also offer a wide selection of over 500 solid, evangelical titles for the spiritual growth and encouragement of Hispanic readers world-wide.

From the website:
Mission Statement

Our mission as an evangelical Christian publisher is to develop and distribute, with integrity and excellence, trusted, Biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ.


Kregel Publications recently sent me a book, Bertie's War by Barbara Tifft Blakey, to review. It is a title listed under 'Homeschooling with Kregel'. I enjoyed the book! It is considered historical-fiction. I have to admit that I did not learn much history in the public education system. I certainly did not remember learning anything about the Cuban Missile Crisis (yes, I had heard of it, but could not tell you anything about it!). I learned a lot from reading Bertie's War!

Because I mainly teach history through living books [historical-fiction], reading this book was a neat experience for me. It allowed me the opportunity to learn as my children do and it was fun...wish I would have learned history this way! The author did an excellent job of intertwining real-life history into the life of a young girl living in that time period.

The book, listed as juvenile history, is just under 200 pages and it was hard for me to put down! Although I was not born during that time period, I could relate to Bertie in many ways. I had my own 'war' with fear as a child and now (as an adult) I can see how many of my fears were unfounded, but very real as a child. The author did a good job of 'viewing the world through the eyes of a child." I think pre-teens & teens, especially, will relate to Bertie.

Bertie's fears (some based in reality, most not) continue to plague her life, but the ending brings everything together in a way that will teach your child to trust God. It's a good book to not only learn history, but to learn how God has a plan for our lives. Super book to read and discuss as a family.

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I received this product for free in exchange for my review as a member of the Crew. No further compensation was received and I offer my honest opinion.


Cassie and Jase said...

Hi there - I just wanted to check in with you regarding the Postcard Swap. I never received your contact information, so if you still want to participate, please let me know ASAP or we will have to go to a backup family. Thanks! PixieSprinkle(at)

Barbara said...

Hi, this is Barbara Blakey, the author of Bertie's War. Thank you so much for your encouraging words about the book. I care what readers think, especially since this was my first attempt at fiction. I'm thrilled you liked it.