Marilyn Boyer is my new hero! "For You They Signed" is a wonderful work of love and quite an eye-opening piece of literature that any God-fearing home schooling family must have. Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, but most of us do not know of the other fifty-four men who also signed. Who were they? What did they believe? What qualified them to sign this most important historical document?
From the very first page of this beautifully illustrated 341 page hardbound book, the reader is presented with fascinating quotes, illustrations and facts that aren't taught in today's typical history text book. While reading the various biographies in "For You They Signed" it becomes clear that modern texts have distorted, or even eliminated, our country's Christian heritage and the faith of our founding fathers. For example, did you know that the American Revolution wasn't a revolution at all, or that the minute men consisted of ministers and deacons and their parishioners? A Crown-appointed British governor said this of the minute men, "If you ask an American, who is his master, he'll tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ." .
Having lived in Georgia for six years, our family was fascinated to learn about Button Gwinnett. Mr. Gwinnett (for whom Gwinnett County is named) emigrated to Georgia from England in 1759 as an export shipper and storekeeper. He failed in his business so he borrowed money to purchase land, which we know as St. Catherine's Island. In 1773 Gwinnett's creditors took over his land and the British invaded his livestock. In 1768 he entered politics and then became a part of the Continental Congress in 1776, just in time to sign the Declaration at the age of 41. Mr. Gwinnett was then elected as Speaker of the Georgia legislature, where he helped form the state's constitution. A year after signing, Mr. Gwinnett died in a very unusual way, but you'll have to read pages 311 - 312 to find out how his story ends!
In this body of work you will find an easy to read biography for each of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, categorized by the state in which he lived. It furnishes a Scripture verse for each signer, his birth and death dates, his family and education information, and several pages outlining his life and what led up to him becoming a participant in signing the Declaration. Each biography is followed by several discussion questions which would be suitable to use in a one-year family devotion format, as a supplement to history assignments, within a co-op setting, or even as personal devotions.
It has been an absolute pleasure to read through this book and to learn some amazing facts about the men who sacrificed their lives, resources, and honor so that we could live freely. It is so evident that Marilyn Boyer has poured countless hours in this labor of love, and in my humble opinion, every family who wants to teach the truth to our children needs to have this resource in their home.
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