Jim Elliot, One Great Purpose (Book and Unit Study) Review

YWAM Publishing provided the following ebook and unit study for the purpose of this TOS Schoolhouse Crew review. 

My kids share my love of missionary stories. The true story of Jim Elliot is one I remember hearing as a child. My kids were familiar with it too, but not in this format. We read the book Jim Elliot, One Great Purpose out loud together. Even my nine year old son was able to read most of it unassisted, just requiring occasional pronunciation tips. 

The 192 page book from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series is available for $6.99 in paperback or ebook format and also a Spanish version. It is recommended for ages 10 and up, but my 9 year old joined us and even read large segments aloud. My daughters' speech teacher last year taught them that a hero is an ordinary person who makes an extraordinary difference in the world using his God given gifts. YWAM described the men and women in this series in much the same way. 
Four whole years in the jungle in Ecuador passed before the Auca Indians approached the missionaries face to face for at their "treehouse" the first time. The story begins at the end, and then it backtracks through the story of Jim's life including how his wife and friends joined him on their missionary journey. Just in case you are not familiar with the story, I'll skip the spoilers. 

In addition to the inspiring book, we also received the corresponding 62 page Jim Elliot Unit Study Curriculum Guide 
by Janet and Geoef Benge which 
is available for $7.49. Though we have been studying other countries and cultures for over a year, the "display corner" like the one recommended about Ecuador in the unit study was a new idea. We didn't designate a specific place in our house but did gather resources to gain a better understanding of the country.

The unit study has multiple components which can even be used with groups. Four questions are given for each chapter. 
Answers are also provided except for the one open ended question in each set. We used these as discussion guides after reading chapters from the book together. 

Four key verses are shared in both KJV and NIV translations. 

(One of the four key Bible verses)

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose" written in Spanish by my 10th grader (also practicing her calligraphy.)

Following the questions are additional "student exploration" activities which include suggested field trips, map activities, vocabulary studies, geography, audio-visual projects, arts and crafts, and cultural components. Food ideas were shared and two of my children drank coffee with me after we discussed that coffee is consumed there in large quantities. 

Appendixes share additional books and resources as well as answers to the chapter questions. 

 See what other crew members shared in their reviews here.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. 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 in accordance with FTC regulations.

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