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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Giant Killer

We will break through the web of Sloth, struggle out of the pit of Selfishness, choke up the fount of Anger, flee the secret lurking-place of Untruth, and triumph over our most malicious enemy—Pride.

The Giant Killer, written in 1856, is a great book to use as a read-aloud to your children. In fact, it would make a great family devotional tool.

The book starts off introducing a nice family with 3 children. Two spoiled brothers end up coming to live with this family for awhile. While you might think the book would focus on all the faults of these two rascals, it goes much deeper in teaching the "good" kids to look at themselves and see the areas they are lacking in, especially once their world is not as they are used to.

The giant killer part enters in when the mother uses stories to teach the children about conquering Giant Sloth or Giant Untruth. Our middle daughter loves hearing about the giants. She is only 5 1/2, but would listen intently. I know that much of the allegory is over her head still, but we will reread this book when she is older.

Here is another review:

"The Giant Killer takes the reader back to a time before auto-mobiles. It is a time of horse drawn carriages and Church every Sunday. The story is about a family which must adjust to the new arrival of two spoilt boys, who arrive at the outset of the tale. The mother of the house reads to the children the tale of "The Giant Killer" over a couple of weeks. In-between readings the children are inspired to inspect their responsibilities to family, community and God; and how to get along with each other. This is a great book to start introducing children to Biblical values and wisdom. 5-10 year olds "
-----by J.P.

This is one of those classics that will have a permanent spot in our bookcase. If you'd like to own a copy, please click here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Our First Post

Well, it is official. We are the new owners of Books on the Path. This is truly a dream come true for us. We have desired a family-based business for a long time, but never knew exactly what it would be. About 9 months ago, our desire for an online business was really growing. April was reading books on the topic, but feeling puzzled as to why she was reading them. So, she tucked all the info she'd learned away to see if God had plans for it someday. As we had no clue what online business we would do.

Then all of a sudden we wanted to attend the Christian Heritage Conference in WA. We hadn't been to a homeschool conference in years, but God was leading our steps unbeknownst to us. We learned so much on the topic of family discipleship and really being active in discipling our children firsthand. After the conference, April was looking up more information on family discipleship and stumbled upon Books on the Path's website. For Sale? I wonder where the owners live? Well, out of the whole United States, they were 45 minutes from our home. We met with the owners, took time to pray and ....the rest is history.

To bring you up to speed, we have owned the business for less than 3 weeks, attended our first conference last weekend, and have had a whirlwind experience with learning all about websites, shipping, and credit card transactions. Now, we have lots of reading to do in order to acquaint ourselves with the 450+ titles we have! Oh, and we just purchased some new titles we came across at the conference that we are excited to read and hopefully recommend.

Even our 11 year old is on board. She helped with almost every transaction the first day of the conference, and is looking forward to reading and giving us her opinion on some books. She enjoys packaging up orders and doing some data entry. She loves pricing! We had many late nights together when we were getting ready for the conference!

So, check out our website at We have some changes in store, but for now we are just learning the business. The previous owners did a wonderful job with the business and we hope we can carry on the torch of bringing quality books to our customers.