Monday, February 24, 2014

Asia: Its People and History! : A Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to Asia: Its People and History!   Is the land of Asia a mystery to your kids? Do they know who lives there? Do they know how to pray for them? Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population. Could you use some help introducing your family to this vast land? This sixteen-week course presents a brief picture of six nations. It is by no means all encompassing. Its purpose is to introduce your students to the people of Asia, share their stories, and spark curiosity.  You'll  take an unforgettable visit to the countries of Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam.

This book is designed with children ages 8-12 but, can easily be used with older students as well.

Cost: $6.95

 25% off through 3/15/14  with  PROMO CODE: 02asia14 at The Schoolhouse Store

Also available in Kindle Format and SmashWords  

I am so excited to be part of the launch team for this new curriculum.  My family has God-given passions for several of the 6 countries featured in this brand new book.  In fact, my oldest son and I took our first (but, hopefully not last) trip to India is past fall.  One daughter wants desperately to go to China and start an orphanage some day.  And, my out-of-the-box daughter has prayed for the "terrorists" to come to faith, and wants to someday serve God in Iran/Iraq.

Sometimes I get asked why so many of our children want to be missionaries.  I think a huge reason is that we have read books like Asia: Its People and History! to them since they were very young.

Check out this video, you'll see why we got so excited about this new resource:

Meet the Author:

 Bonnie Rose Hudson lives in central Pennsylvania. Along with spending time with her family and writing, making kids smile is her favorite thing to do. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She loves creating curriculum as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Star Contributors Team. She works with both and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as an editorial assistant. At TOS, she found a place where her love of God and history combine with her love of writing to bring encouraging, educational, and entertaining material to students and their families.

She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake , look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window  , or stop by her author’s blog   for fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market. 

I just have to share this from an interview I read with the author - of course, she was speaking my love language...

What is the 10/40 window, and how did you become interested in it?

"The 10/40 Window is a geographical area of the world roughly between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The significance of this area is that it is home to over 4.5 billion people, over 8,000 different people groups, and some of the largest groups of unreached people in the entire world. More than 80% of the world’s poorest people live in the 10/40 window. It is an area that many people are taking intentional steps to pray for and reach out to the people who live there. You can read an excellent description of the significance of the 10/40 Window on

Several years ago, God began to turn my heart’s attention to the stories of the persecuted Church. I had always had a heart for the persecuted in China, but I never grasped how widespread the persecution of Christians was until much later. I started reading about men and women who lived in Laos and Burma, India and Pakistan, and many other places. They were suffering terribly for their faith in Christ. This wasn’t the stories of the heroes of the faith of yesterday that I had grown up hearing about, or what I had thought were isolated stories from one nation. These were stories of families–including children–who were suffering right at that very moment for their faith. 

Reading their stories gave me a burden and broke my heart. I had to do something, but I didn’t know what. Writing and sharing about their stories gave me a way to process what I was reading and feeling and a way to hopefully encourage others to become involved and share their stories as well."

The book is divided into 16 lessons.  You will visit 6 different nations, spending 2-4 lessons in each area.  This is not an all encompassing curriculum, it is designed to introduce you to these people of Asia, share their stories and ignite your child's curiosity!   Each section starts with a story that will bring these peoples to life, and into your heart.  Discussion questions and activities like crosswords, puzzles, and games are included to keep the learning going.   The history, geography and stories of those who live in each nation are also included.

We decided to read the stories aloud at lunchtime (my favorite time...since their mouths are busy!).  The stories were well written and the characters came alive for us.  As I would finish, I'd hear my favorite... "Just one more, please Mom!"

We used this primarily as a read aloud, and prayer guide.  As we traveled to each nation, we prayed specifically for that people.  I could easily see this being a wonderful program for a Co-op study, or even a Sunday school class study.   The readings are interesting and short enough to be covered in class.

The best part of Asia: Its People and History is that it introduces your children to a very vital part of our world in God's plan.  The 10/40 Window contains the most unreached and persecuted people groups anywhere on earth.  If we want to ignite a passion for God's Great Commission in our children's heart - this is a wonderful way to begin!

Check out this link for BONUS Content like geography-themed copywork for each country and some word puzzles.  Kindle & Nook users can visit this link for the printables in the book.

 AND The BEST PART:  I get to giveaway 2 PDF copies of Asia: Its People and History to MY readers!!  Just click on the giveaway and you can enter!

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1 comment:

  1. I love how you said that your children want to be missionaries because of reading books like this :) We love to read missionary stories too, and my two oldest are also thinking of being missionaries. My 9 year old daughter, like your daughter, wants to go to China and work in an orphanage with little girls. My 6 year old son wants to go to Africa to tell people about Jesus while he is looking for live dinosaurs so he can prove to the world that dinosaurs and people can live at the same time, just like the Bible says :) Thank you for sharing your review!