Asia: The Peoples and History, a review

* the following post is a review of a book. I have received no compensation for reviewing this book, just an electronic copy, used for the purpose of this review*


Book:  Asia: The Peoples and History

Genre: Curriculum

Situational Uses: Home Bible Study, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Homeschool

Author: Bonnie Rose Hudson


E-Book available at: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine  for $6.95

Kindle Version available at: for $6.95

Print version is coming soon!

We used this book as a family devotional.  Each week, we broke from our usual family time and we would read a story and answer  the discussion questions from Asia: The Peoples and History.  My husband and I want our boys to have an understanding of other peoples and cultures. Life is so different when you live outside of the United States. We want them to know that not all the world has three or four Bibles to read or church buildings to meet in each week. Living in other cultures can be very difficult.

We are involved with a mid-week children’s ministry with our church and have been studying the missionary journeys of Paul in Acts. Our study of Asia: The Peoples and History helped us see that the need for the gospel hasn’t changed since the time of Paul. People today still need to know about Jesus.

Bonnie Rose Hudson uses vivid imagery to help your children experience what people in Asia experience each day. You will learn a bit more about the history of each country you study. There are also activities to help reinforce learning about each country and answer keys are included.

This book has studies on the following countries: Laos, Bangladesh, Napal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. If you were to follow a weekly study program the book would cover sixteen weeks worth of lessons.

My boys (ages 11 and 7) enjoyed the stories and activities each week.  They were always a little sad when a story ended, they wanted to hear more about the characters! My husband and I enjoyed listening to the boys answer the discussion questions. It was exciting to hear how they are growing and interpreting the world around them.  I think the best part for me, was hearing how they incorporated these lessons into their prayers.  With each new country we heard them include requests with their nightly prayers. It is a blessing to hear your child pray for people and places that need the Lord.

I encourage families to think about purchasing this book as a devotional study. It is a fantastic way to help your children learn about the people of Asia.

As a family, we decided to offer up a list of countries for Ms. Hudson’s next book.  We were thinking we would like to know more about the people and believers in the Philippines, Japan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Kazakhstan, and North and South Korea.  What countries would you like to know more about? 


February’s Character Qualities

The Character Qualities we will be working on this month are:

Initiative not Unresponsiveness
Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.  (anyone else out there ever want that to happen in their house?)
Romans 12:21~ “do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Responsibility not Unreliability
Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting me to do. (can I get an Amen?!!?)
Romans 14:12~ “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

As time has gone on, I have found that placing the definitions onto index cards has been helpful.  We go over each new card, and the ones that we have worked on previously, every day. The trait, definition and verse are read.  We then take the time to go child by child and ask them to tell us a time in the last 24 hours that they have exhibited the Character quality that is up for discussion.  If they can’t remember, I offer up when I saw them exhibit that trait.  The positive feedback has been the biggest benefit for us all.  We are looking for the good in each other to brag about the next day.

I think that I am going to devise some games to help with the concept of Initiative.  Responsibility we can encourage with our chores, and other activities.

Hopefully working on these Character Traits will begin to lessen the stepping over of someones shoe in the living room because it isn’t “mine”, and the waiting until 10 pm to start washing the dinner dishes…. yes it happens to me too……sigh.


Building Blocks of Character

We have been working on the characteristics of Obedience, Attentiveness, and Self Control for the last few weeks.

In the last weeks there have been challenges, and “wood shed” moments, where consequences have needed to be had.  Over all, I would say that I see an improvement, yet, we are by no means ready to let go of these three concepts.

Last night as I was discussing with my husband which Character Trait to work on next…..  I decided to make up some flash cards with the qualities we are building on, and currently integrating.  The front of the card has the trait, and it’s direct opposite.  The back of the card the definition and Bible Verse that goes along with it. 

I tell you what, these verses…. are convicting…!!
It was said in church Sunday, by our Pastor….  You only believe as much of the Bible as you obey.  I can say by reading these verses that are on this list….  wow….  I as a mommy have some work to do, with myself!!

The characteristics we will be working on for the remainder of January are:

Obedience not Willfulness ( yes, again…. sigh…..we need to really camp here!! )
The freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority. ~ verse ~ 2nd Corinthians 10:5 ~  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Reverence not Disrespect
The awareness of how God is working through the people and events in my life to produce the character of Christ in me.  ~ verse ~ Proverbs 23:17-18 ~ do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day.  For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

Orderliness (oh man…..  do I need this one!!) not Disorganization
Preparing myself and my surrounding so that I will achieve the greatest amount of efficiency.  ~ verse ~ 1st Corinthians 14:40 ~ Let all thing be done decently and in order.

Here is a song that we sing to help with Obedience….  the kids love it, and sing it often in church.  When we are out and about, starting to sing this tune gets everyone back on track.


Character over Christmas

Last week  I talked about building Character Qualities into the lives of our children.

I wanted to give you an update on how this last week went.  Since Christmas can be a hiccup for the best made plans,  I am happy to report the week went well.

I was able to praise both younger boys for their Attentiveness, and avoid disciplining them for Unconcern
It is defined as : Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions. 

They were praised for their attentiveness when they came when they were called…. the FIRST time…  and on Christmas day when they were busy in the middle of fun… is certainly praiseworthy.

So you don’t think I suddenly have perfect children or something… there was plenty of Unconcern to be addressed as well.  Usually because someone wanted to play something and not share….  it’s ok we are a work in progress.  When this happened, we would pull the boys aside.  Ask them how they could choose to show kindness to the other person.  We would give them time to answer and then discuss their response. After discussion we asked them if they needed to ask forgiveness from the person they were unkind to.  Usually they quickly said yes, and went to do it.  When they delay or refuse to ask for forgiveness, there is more discussion or sometimes alone time to think about the problem at hand and their response to it. Unconcern shows up in a multitude of Selfish behaviors, so this one crept up lots with our new presents :)

With Obedience being defined as :  Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority.

Here we just had many reminders.  There was little discipline this week for lack of obedience.  They actually weren’t too willful.  Many years ago, when Evan and Tayler were still in school they had a speaker during chapel that taught the phrase, ” When you Obey, you have a great day!”  to all the children.  This phrase has been a powerful reminder tool for all of our children.  We use this phrase when they don’t come the first time they are called, or if they dawdle completing a task they were asked to do.

Lastly we come to Self Control.  Is it really even possible to attain with boys?  There are days I feel it is impossible!
My husband and I attack this issue from slightly different perspectives.  I am sure it has something to do with me being from an all girl family and he being a little boy once.  :)  I think that it is perfectly fine to ask a young boy of 8 to sit still for a short amount of time.  Big Daddy, he thinks boys will be boys… and they need to run. 
The place we do meet on the issue is at church.  Neither of us want the boys running wild through out the building unattended and needing to be chased down so we can get in the car to go home.  Ah, common ground!   SO…. our target spot to work on Self Control is at church. The sticking point is Hunter’s tendency to bolt out of the car and run around in the building, to leave the pew and be lost in a nano second and have to be hunted down in the hallways, to leave his chimes practice and completely turn into a screaming banchee running around and inciting other children to do the same.  Yeah….  sigh………

I will have to get back with you on how this one is going….  at the moment…. and for awhile… it hasn’t gone so good.

So that’s where we are after week one….
How is it going at your house?

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