Thursday, February 22, 2018

Surviving “Uncle Hitler” Journey of a German Girl by Dorothea Wollin Null Book Review

"Many people bury their memories so they don't have to deal with the pain. For whatever reason, my mother buried hers. I was hard-pressed to get any stories from her. She was not one who shared easily. However, one night was different. It was many years after the war, in 1987, and I was visiting my family in Germany. I felt there were things Mother and I needed to talk about, and I pressed for discussion. I was pleasantly surprised when she stayed up until the wee hours sharing memories."

When American bombs demolished her German town, Dorothea Wollin and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe.

This is a true story of a little girl’s quest for meaning in a dark world that led to faith in Christ, and to a freedom greater than that of country or politics.

"What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and peace. Because I am approaching the end of my life, I want to inspire my readers to question their own choices, priorities and values in order to find peace with the Lord and joy in their hearts." — Dorothea Wollin Null

My thoughts:

I have read many books about the Jewish people and the Holocaust. My family remembers the loss of 6 million Jews and a host of others who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Every year on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) we remember and we are constantly reminded off the persecution of the Jewish people throughout history. I have to say that I’ve never read a book about the hardship that the German people had to endure during this horrible time in history.

The story starts out with a brief biography of Adolf Hitler and his life, how he came into power, and a bit about the war.

She starts out in modern day with a brief synopsis of her life: and immigrant from Germany that lived through World War II. Her family escaped the Allied bombing and fleeing to Russia and lived in a refugee camp. Dorothea knew real poverty and the feel of almost starving. Her childhood wasn’t sheltered and comfortable and her teenager years she still had fear and anxiety. From their she goes into more details.

The story is told in first person. She was 7 years old in 1943 when her family left their home when their town was being bombed by Allied forces. There are many descriptions of war and other terrifying situations that a child shouldn’t have to see.

The author has several pages of pictures of her life that tell a story of a family that that are just like you and me.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers. This was an interesting book. I would love to have heard the author’s testimony on how she became a believer.

I guess I never considered the loss of some 4 million Germans died. It’s always been the lost of the Jews and others people. This was a heartfelt story from a remarkable child who grew into a woman. Despite the horrible things that she endured the Lord made something beautiful out of her life.

May we never forget! Never Again!  

The author dedicated this book to all “Seekers of Truth” Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Truly He is and one day we will know true Shalom and no war.

In the forward the author reminds us that through our own sufferings is the ability to truly feel the sufferings of others and to be a comfort to them. I’m reminded because of this story whether a Jew or Gentile many suffered because of Hitler.

Thank you for sharing your life within the pages of this book.

You can purchase this book at Amazon. 

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my

Teaching the Science of Insects with Orkin

I have a budding entomologist in my home. My 15 year old daughter is obsessed with insects. I have to confess that I know way more about insects than I would like to admit thanks to my daughter. We are even beekeepers thanks to her love of insects.

                                            Bug with her entomology boxes at the State Fair.
                                                             Bug with her beehives.
I often get asked about resources I use in my homeschool to teach her about insects. One resource I have used is Orkin. They have a nice assortment of free resources to teach your kids educational science lessons on insects.

Orkin’s educational science lessons offer different grade levels from Kindergarten to 6th grade. They met the National Science Standards. Orkin has fun learning activities to enhance your homeschool. They have coloring pages, games, crafts, and even a fun page to listen to the different sounds that insects make.

I know most homeschoolers like to go beyond when teaching our children and Orkin has some other items online that can be helpful in your homeschool. Orkin has some articles outside of their educational science lessons you can download like a Research a Pest and a Pest ID Guide. Take a look around as you might find other interesting information for your homeschool. My daughter likes having an assortment of guides. Even with all bookshelf full of insect field guides she can’t get enough.

If your looking for a free resource to teach about insects Orkin is a great resource for your homeschool.

I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wulf the Saxon by Heirloom Audio Productions Review

I am so excited to start out our first review of the year with one of our favorite audio drama companies; Heirloom Audio Productions! This time our grand adventure is Wulf the Saxon. I received a physical CD for my family.

The physical CD copy of Wulf the Saxon has two CDs in a tri-fold case with the Inspiration Verse inside the middle of the case. Wulf the Saxon is 2 1/2 hours abridged story by G.A. Henty. Recommended for kids 6 and up in age and yes, even adults will enjoy this epic adventure.  

Heirloom Audio Productions always has an amazing cast. Wulf the Saxon is no exception with Brian Blessed (Star Wars, Tarzan), Chris Larkin (Master and Commander), Helen George (Call the Midwife), Jack Farthing (Poldark), Sian Phillips (I, Claudius), and Patrick Godfrey (Les Miserables, Ever After).
The story is adapted from the collection of G.A. Henty books. G.A. Henty has 122 books that cover historical events in several eras and across many continents. His books are the apex of courage, Christian character, loyalty, and a Godly lifestyle. G.A. Henty witness many battles while traveling to report them and even ventured to America during the gold rush. G.A. Henty had the gift of storytelling that is capturing the imagination to this day with his epic adventures.

Wulf the Saxon Synopsis:
In 1065 the King of England is Edward the Confessor. England’s is fighting to not be a divided nation despite the odds against her. Normandy is waiting to take over the throne of England. Its during the Norman Conquest and the birth pains of England to become an undivided nation and a turning point in the history of England.
The main character is Wulf of Steyning a young page who becomes a thane who is loyal, courage’s, and an honorable young man. Wulf and his loyal friends gain the favor of Earl Harold Godwinson. Earl Harold is likely to be chosen as the next King of England.
Wulf and his faithful friend risk their life to protect the Earl and the country they love, but Wulf’s going to experience being shipwrecked and captured as a prisoner by Count of Ponthieu. He and his friend escape and with the help of Duke William of Normandy are able to gain the freedom of Earl Harold. Wulf fast wins the favor of Baron De Burg, his daughter Agnes, and his son Guy and a bond of friendship develops with the De Burg family. 

Not everything is as it seems as some trickery is going on with the Duke William of Normandy and Earl Harold suspects it. Then the trickery is revealed when the sacred objects that were hidden are revealed. The Dukes trickery is going to have an impact in the near future. Duke William has his eyes on the throne of England.

Wulf shows his valor, courage, and nobility in battle. He captures a castle and prevents it from being retaking while suspecting a secret passage to enter the castle. A piece treaty is made and prevents another battle. As a result England doesn't have another conflict with Welsh for 100 years. 

Wulf foils an assassination attempt against the King of England but, not without some consequences. Many battles of brother against brothers, country men against one another, and a nation against another nation. The Battle of Hastings has a lot of impact on England.

I’m not going to give away the rest of the story, so you will need to pick up your own copy. 

How did I use Wulf the Saxon in my homeschool?

Usually as soon as a package from Heirloom Audio Productions arrives it gets ripped open within seconds and quickly inserted into a DVD player. Usually, it’s the car’s DVD player as we are heading into town for the day. Not, this time my whole family was down with the flu within days of one another. When everyone started feeling somewhat better I put on the audio drama for everyone to listen too. We had to listen to it several times as we were recovering and couldn’t keep awake long enough to take in the whole story at once. Someone in the family missed a certain portion of the story usually. It had nothing to do with the story everyone was just not quiet feeling 100% yet. Luckily, nobody minds listening to the story more than once.

Finally, after two weeks of not leaving the house we finally got to enjoy the story in full as we went to appointments and other activities throughout the day. WE LOVED IT! My kids love the adventures and exploring history with Heirloom Audio Productions. The audio drama is so realistic that it takes your breath away. I could almost feel the ocean waves crashing against the ship during the storm if I closed my eyes. The emotions that you feel with the characters are surreal as you are listening to the story. My son declares that it’s like watching a movie in your mind. My kids love the action and the history. My family loves history and revisiting something we've learned already and exploring new history. My son always has to research more facts after many of Heirloom Audio Productions audio dramas. I love that my kids are hearing wholesome stories of men and woman who have Godly character, courage, and aren’t afraid to do what is right despite the consequences. We have already listened to Wulf the Saxon in full several times. We still listen to the many of audio dramas that are available from Heirloom Audio Productions. My kids just don’t get tired of the stories.
My son likes listening to the stories sometimes when he is working on school or messing around on the computer. He has a big imagination and the adventures with Heirloom Audio Productions are priceless for this mamma when I watch him go on an adventure!

Wulf the Saxon has been a huge hit in my home. I can’t wait till the next adventure. My kids are already asking me when the next story is going to be available. 

This can be more than just an audio book for enjoyment. You can add it to your history curriculum as a supplement for a certain era. Maybe you are learning about an event or person in history. You could make this as a unit study, book report, and even into a lapbook. Heirloom Audio Productions makes amazing Study Guides for their productions which will enhance the audio drama. (At this time Wulf the Saxon doens't have a Study Guide). They have more historical facts to enhance your studies, a wonderful Bible Study, and so much more.

Live the Adventure Club

If you’re not familiar with the Live the Adventure Club You should check it out. You have access to the whole library and the Study Guides that are available. You also will receive physical copies of the audio dramas three times a year. There is so much more as there is a community forum that you can share with other members, parent resources, newsletters, interesting articles, and so much more. I have really enjoyed being part of the Live the Adventure Club.

I highly recommend Wulf the Saxon and any of the other audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Productions. Other members of The Homeschool Review Crew have been listening to Wulf the Saxon so stop by and see what others are saying about it.
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