What can we parents do for our children, knowing our public school systems have abandoned the teaching of our Christian heritage?
In a Christ in Prophecy series titled "America's Christian Heritage," Dr. David Reagan interviews a historian who says there are many Christian resources out there for parents who are looking to supplement their children's public education in American history.
For over forty years the Rev. Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a teacher and writer on America's Christian heritage. Because he believes that our nation is in moral and spiritual crisis and that the only hope for restoration is revival, his increasingly prophetic ministry focuses on two major themes — recovering the original American vision with the truth about our Christian heritage, and putting 2 Chronicles 7:14 on national repentance into practice.
Son of the famous Senate chaplain Dr. Peter Marshall and author Catherine Marshall, Rev. Marshall has devoted himself to a continent-wide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He has co-authored three best-selling books about God's call on America and His hand on our history — The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet. His ministry is called Peter Marshall Ministries.
Aid for Parents
Dr. Reagan: Peter, our public schools have abandoned the teaching of the Christian heritage of our nation. Are there any Christian materials available that they could use in teaching their children about the Christian heritage of our nation?
Rev. Marshall: Well, as a matter of fact, I think the children's versions of our ministry's three adult history books are being used and have been for many years now.
Dr. Reagan: So there are children's versions of The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet?
Rev. Marshall: Absolutely! They're good reading to 8-12 year olds. There are also activity books for the 5-8 year olds on our Christian heritage. For each adult book what we have done through the years we brought out the children's versions and the activity books.
Also something I am very excited about, we offer four historical novels for young teens in the 10-16 year olds based. Nearly 95% of it is true American history, and in the back of the books we have a page that says what we made up and what is really true so the kids will be clear about that.
Adults loves the young teen books, too, such as Nate Donovan: Revolutionary Spy and Mercy Clifton: Pilgrim Girl. Nate, for example, is with Washington at Valley Forge. During part of the book he learns about Washington's Christian faith. He sees him down on his knees in the snows of Valley Forge praying. Mercy is with the Pilgrims. She learns all about who she is as a Pilgrim and who they really were comes out.
In the third book, Pedro DeTerreros and the Voyage of Destiny, Pedro learns all about Columbus' biblical motivations, seeing him in prayer that fateful night just before landfall. Pedro was a real person, by the way, who was one of Christopher Columbus' cabin boys.
In the fourth book, Kate Winfield on the Oregon Trail, she sees the hand of God in their journeys.
These are character forming books which are so desperately needed these days. What the kids need are the stories you and I grew up on, these wonderful stories of biographies of real people that made strong and correct moral and spiritual choices.
Dr. Reagan: Several years ago a friend of mine went to a garage sale in McKinney, Texas and they had a bunch of old books there. He bought one and couldn't believe his eyes. He brought it to me and said, "Look at this." It was the High School English Reader at McKinney High School in the 1940's and every story in it was right out of the Bible. Every story ended with a moral. We just don't have this anymore in our schools.
Rev. Marshall: No, and that is the tragedy of it. So, the Lord called me to help restore this to the American people.
Dr. Reagan: I would strongly encourage people to get in touch with you because your materials are desperately needed in this society today, starting with your study of the Christian heritage of America, The Light and the Glory, and going on to the sermons of your father.
Your children's books are just wonderful, too. I hope that people will go to your website at Peter Marshall Ministries.
I hope that you speak to a lot of homeschoolers. Do you do that?
Rev. Marshall: I do. Of course, our materials are used by them and they are very familiar with our materials. I also speak at state conventions and home school conventions when I am invited. I love that opportunity to share. I do Christian school fund raisers and all kinds of events because I am strongly committed to getting back the truth into American homes.
A Special Call to Parents
Rev. Marshall: Parents, you have got to take responsibility for what their kids are being taught. If you have your kids in public education, you need to get your faces into those books. You need to know what they are getting taught because you maybe shocked by some of it.
Dr. Reagan: You also need to do some supplementary teaching at home.
Rev. Marshall: Absolutely! Christian parents are not helpless. Even if you can't afford to have your kids in a Christian school, what you can do is supplement what they are getting with materials that are based on research and truth. With these you can feed your kids.
Dr. Reagan: I read a lot of your materials over the years, but I was not aware of your children's materials until I got your latest catalog and I was really excited to see those in there. I really hope people will take advantage of that.
Rev. Marshall: Well, I do, too. We have the whole family covered. The study guides actually contain lesson plans so that parents or Christian teachers or even public education teachers can use these to teach in the classroom.
America's Christian Heritage DVD