|Horses allowed preachers to bring the Gospel all over America.|
|A sidebar is included in every chapter, noting the main points.|
|A Conestoga wagon, which is where "stogies" got their nickname.|
- Did you know how Americans came to drive on the right side of the road? In the days of riding a horse drawn wagon, when driving a narrow path, drivers would pull to the right side of the road, beginning the practice.
- Did you ever wonder how some cigars acquired the name "stogies"? They were named after the wagon drivers who drove wagons called Conestogas, called stogies for short.
- Methodists were given there name by some who actually looked down on their "method" of living, that is, praying, fasting, and generally living a disciplined life.
- How did the phrase, "I'll be there with bells on", come to be? Horses wore bells on their harnesses. If a driver's wagon broke down, he had to wait for another driver to come along and assist. In return, the one assisted would give the helper his horses bells. It was a thing of shame to arrive at your destination with no bells, and it was a source of pride to arrive with all if your bells. Thus, the phrase, to arrive "with my bells on", was born.
I enjoy these extra facts so much that now I keep a sharpened pencil with me as I read, just so I can underline the ones I really want to remember.
The book includes actual historical photos, as well as drawings.
Our whole family is really enjoying this book. Even my husband is waiting his turn. My oldest, the one who generally dislikes history, has been pretty happy to have this as a part of our studies, and has conceded that it's an interesting read. It doesn't sound like it, but that's high praise from her, hee hee. We're just about halfway through with 22 chapters under our belt, and looking forward to the rest. History as a subject aside, this makes a great family read, for all ages. I cannot wait for the other volumes, and the study guide. We've read on average, 5 days weekly, just to get through as many chapters as we could to get a good feel for the material. If you're supplementing your current curriculum, or simply want to go at a slower pace, 3 days a week would work well and provide a good semester's worth of work.
Whether you use this as a supplement or read aloud, I'm confident that most everyone will be fascinated with how instrumental horses have been in our lives, practically, emotionally, and spiritually. Don't miss this book, pick up a copy!