Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Reading: American Patriots

American Patriots by Rick Santorum

This short book is an encouragement to the reader.  Have you ever thought that you couldn't do anything important for your country because you were too young, too poor, too old, or otherwise disqualified?  Read this book.  Chapters are short, so this book could also be used as a read-aloud for classroom or homeschool history enrichment.

Instead of telling us more about the famous figures of the American Revolution, Santorum gives us snapshots of the lives of ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things in the name of freedom.  They were not stopped by the fact that they were women, or youth, or enslaved, or illiterate.  They simply did what they believed was right.  They did what they could.

In an era in which the media emphasize celebrities, it's time we all celebrated the many around us who make unsung contributions to our families, communities, and country.  I'm glad I got to know the people portrayed in American Patriots.

I received a free review copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.