Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Introducing The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions

Life is short. The window of opportunity to learn and laugh with our children closes all too soon. With such limited time, we must carefully select which resources receive our attention. 

The Wise Woman by George MacDonald is an elegant little story that speaks with stunning wisdom and authority on many significant subjects: selfishness, pride, and conceit, as well as sacrifice, courage, and compassion. 

Travel through its pages and you will encounter sleek wolves, slobbering hyenas, and an assortment of beasts that go bump in the night. Step into enchanted rooms with pictures that become doorways into the familiar or the fantastic. Witness weak-willed parents who blindly overindulge their children—and reap the destructive consequences of their indiscriminate giving. 

You will also meet a fearlessly loving and wise woman who confronts stubborn ignorance and ugly pride with unflinching discipline, truth, and grace. 

The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions shows how strong and steadfast love creates the opportunity for a spoiled rebel (who is only royal in title) to become a noble princess (who is truly royal in character). Layers of insight unfold within this delightful and engaging fable. 

Do not be deceived by the title. This is not merely a story for ladies. It winds through a profound adventure, captivating men and women, boys and girls. 

Christian minister, author, and poet George MacDonald (1824-1905) is masterful in his ability to weave profound lessons into thoroughly entertaining tales. Perhaps that is why writers such as C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle so deeply admired him. 

Acknowledging his debt to George MacDonald, C. S. Lewis wrote: "I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him."

Who says developing critical thinking skills requires dry and somber study? By offering students 16 to 24 literary analysis questions per chapter, this 160-page spiral bound edition teaches critical thinking in a way that is engaging and transformational. As one student explained: 

“The literary analysis questions cut hard and deep— they forced me to reflect upon the story from a biblical worldview. As I processed the questions, I began to see Rosamond’s problems in my own life. Answering offered me no choice but to change….”
–Danny (14 years old)

Michael Phillips, Christian author and world-renowned expert on George MacDonald, gave this edition of The Wise Woman his endorsement:

"The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions from the Home School Adventure series is fantastic. Its beautiful design is visually compelling. The discussion questions—the entire presentation—is like nothing on MacDonald I have ever seen. I just love it!” 
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