Story of Mankind   Jesus Christ
Michelle Miller
Renaissance/Reformation/Exploration (1400-1600)
"Spine" Resources
PLEASE NOTE that TruthQuest History does not require the use of any "spine" resources, as innumerable topic-specific books, such as can be found at a library, are cited in each section of the TruthQuest History guides. However, we have been asked to also include pertinent citations to the most popular "spine" resources (so-called because they provide thorough, narrative coverage of the entire period) by families who enjoy having a "spine" on hand for times when they are unable to find topic-specific resources. Those choosing to use a spine, usually select just one for their entire family, unless the children are spaced at vastly differing comprehension levels. Thus, if you decide to use a spine, please think of purchasing just one, and do try to avoid "overkill" or "stealing the thunder" of the wonderful supplemental books you'll want your children to enjoy, which bring so much adventure to the learning of history. (Please note that we do not sell any spine resources, as they are not at all necessary to the use of TruthQuest History.) We also list here some of the "general resources" cited frequently, either because we consider them to be important (they are so noted) or because we have been asked to include them. Please remember, though, that TruthQuest History can be used with whichever resources are available to you. God does provide! Comprehensive spines, which provide thorough narrative coverage of the entire period:
  • Island Story, by H.E. Marshall (Gr. 3-8)
  • (This covers England's history, a focus of study during the Ren/Ref.)
  • Story of the Renaissance and Reformation, by Christine Miller & H.A. Guerber (Gr. 4-8)
  • (This can serve students through Grade 12 because the coverage is thorough and it is easy to find/purchase.)
  • Renaissance and Reformation Times, by Dorothy Mills (Gr. 6-12)
  • Story of Liberty, by Charles Coffin (Gr. 6-12)
  • (Very important ideas are shared in this book.)
General resources, which either: 1) cover world history by making key points about multiple periods or by offering a brief summary of each, or 2) discuss selected events of significance in the period:
  • Light and the Glory for Children, by Peter Marshall & David Manuel (Gr. 1-5)
  • (Some enjoy this book's attempt to see God's hand in U.S. history; others do not. Only the chapter on Columbus is cited in this guide; the remaining chapters will be cited in succeeding TruthQuest History guides.)
  • Story of the World: Volume 2 & 3, by Susan Wise Bauer (Gr. 3-6)
  • (We've been asked to cite this due to its global scope; others concerned about worldview; let Scripture reign.)
  • Story of the Thirteen Colonies, by H.A. Guerber (Gr. 3-7)
  • (This covers United States history, so only early chapters on exploration are cited here. Listed as a 'comprehensive spine' in succeeding TruthQuest History guides, when US history is a key focus.)
  • Greenleaf's Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation, by R. Shearer (Gr. 3-8)
  • (Collection of brief biographies, some on persons rarely covered elsewhere.)
  • This Country of Ours, by H.E. Marshall (Gr. 3-8)
  • (This covers United States history, so only early chapters on exploration are cited here. Listed as a 'comprehensive spine' in succeeding TruthQuest History guides, when US history is a key focus.)
  • Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History, by Richard Hannula (Gr. 5-12)
  • Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall & David Manuel (Gr. 6-12)
  • (Some families greatly enjoy books by Peter Marshall; others do not. Only the chapters on Columbus are cited in this guide; remaining chapters will be cited in succeeding TruthQuest History guides.)
  • How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer [book or video format] (Gr. 9-12)
  • (One of the most important resources you will ever use! Highly significant and highly recommended! It will also thus be cited throughout the remainder of the TruthQuest History series. The video series is in many church libraries.)

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