I didn't really appreciate history as a subject until I was an adult. As a high school student, I found my classes terribly boring. Most of my teachers taught by writing notes onto a blackboard. We, the students, then copied that information into a notebook, memorized the important dates, spit the answers back out for the test, then promptly forgot it all. As an adult, I've come to appreciate history in a way that I never did as a student. As a homeschooling parent, I have the chance to go through it again with my own children, and I can teach it in a way that is much more interesting to all of us than copying notes over and over. This month, The Hidden Message, LLC. , helped us out in our history studies by providing us with a copy of the book, The Hidden Message of the Great Seal to read and review.
|Interesting details on every page.|
|The history of our seal comes from many sources, places, and people.|
This book provides an in depth account of the creation of the national seal of the United States, and the meanings within those symbols that are, as the title of the book suggests, hidden. It's an intriguing topic, and one that piqued my interest.
|The photos and illustrations are fantastic.|
This is a glossy, softcover book. It is 256 pages long, divided into 24 chapters, plus a section with endnotes. There are colorful, historical photos and illustrations throughout the pages. The topics covered are extensive. Here are the chapter titles:
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Time Capsule
- 3. The Significance of the Seal
- 4. Setting the Stage
- 5. A Tale of Two Systems
- 6. Studying the Seal
- 7. How Could It Have Been Hidden So Long?
- 8. Charles Thomson
- 9. Francis Hopkinson
- 10. The Pyramid
- 11. Annuit Coeptis
- 12. Novus Ordo Secorlum
- 13. The Eye
- 14. The Early Designs Part I
- 15. Early Designs Part II
- 16. The Covenant
- 17. The Front of the Seal
- 18. The Four Pillars
- 19. Virtue
- 20. Freedom
- 21. Providence
- 22. Unity
- 23. Unexpected Connections
- 24. Conclusion
|This page is actually a poster, with all of the virtues on the page not pictured. You can remove it to hang.|
This book is not a light read. The amount of research that went into putting all of this information together is beyond impressive. Those with a pedagogical bent will love it. It's a suitable read for high schoolers and up. It would be an excellent book to keep available on a table. You'll catch something new every time you pick it up.
Author Michael Kunis writes this from a Christian perspective, and includes references to and from Scripture throughout the book. It's an interesting combination of American History, World History, Bible, and Politics.
I have found this to be a fascinating study, and I'm not quite finished with the book. One thing that I would change is the format. The book is longer than it is wide, and being a softcover book with close to 300 pages, is cumbersome to read if you're not sitting at a table with it laying flat in front of you. I prefer to enjoy a book while sitting in a comfy chair, or on the couch, and it gets tedious to keep the book from flopping all around. That issue aside, it makes a great book to have not only as an addition to your family's studies, but as a coffee table book. Most everyone would enjoy having a look through this informative, and attractive book. Add it to your summer reading list!