"My son (aged 12) always wondered how God could talk with someone so they could write the Bible, but not for anything else. But now that he has used TQH, he understands that God is still active today in different ways. So, he has increased his personal time with the Lord, that he may be ready to be used. What a difference! His love for the Lord and recognition of Him is growing by leaps and bounds!"
"I kept saying to my husband, 'I can't take [history] deeper, because I don't know the questions.' When I found TruthQuest History it was like a light in the darkness to me. Suddenly, someone was teaching me the questions. They just weren't the questions I was expecting. They were questions about God, not about who did what. I love the freedom that this provides me to enjoy my children and homeschooling again. I had been too busy doing school and not taking enough time to learn with my children. Now, we spend our time reading, talking, and delighting in seeing God's hand moving throughout time. TruthQuest History doesn't seem like curriculum as much as it seems like an older, wiser sister in the Lord coming alongside and teaching me, so that I can teach my children."
— D.C., Indiana
"We had just done the Bible era with another curriculum, but wanted Michelle's perspective, so are reading it at breakfast. I have to tell you, there are days when I look up and the kids are sitting there with their mouths hanging open, not even eating!"
— K.R., Georgia
"I know all about pouring over curriculum choices late at night. This one is a keeper...so get your rest, Mom!"
— D.D., Michigan
"Once my husband got his hands on our new TruthQuest History guide he disappeared for the remainder of the evening. Every now and then he would surface to say things like, 'This is just what we need!' or 'This is so perfect!' or 'I've been wanting to read about that!' He ate his supper with one hand, while reading the guide in the other. I have never seen him so engrossed in a resource. Now he is even more interested in being part of our history study!"
— M.R., Louisiana
"The biggest distinction of TruthQuest History is that it presents history as a record of what God has done and mankind's response to Him, rather than a study of mankind's accomplishments. It truly presents history from a Biblical worldview, rather than adding a layer of 'Christian frosting' to a secular history program. That Michelle accomplishes this through the use of living books, and allows parents the flexibility to use what books they can find, and to use as many or few as they desire is a benefit not to be missed! Parents and students are exposed to a breadth and depth of history not attained by other programs. Both my husband and I frequently comment that our children have learned more history in one year than either of us did throughout our entire school career!"
— M.H., Illinois
"While just reading through the introduction, my daughter got goosebumps all over her arms and could hardly contain herself. I feel like the Lord has led me to this and I can see the blessings of what this study is going to mean to my children, while it is just Day One!"
— Commentor's name unknown
"I am a History major, and was frustrated at how little "meat" so many curricula contain on such an important subject! Your program is perfect -- I love being able to choose the depth of our studies/readings, and love the extra offered lapbooks/notebooks to help it all "stick." I especially enjoy being able to tell history as a "continual story" with an ending that brings us that much closer to the Lord's blessings and purpose for our past and future!"
— K.O., Oklahoma
"I just discovered TruthQuest History, and haven't been the same since. It's the way I wish I had been educated. These words cannot express how excited I am with TQH. I sort of feel as if I've come home."
— E.J., Texas
"Mrs. Miller does a great job of creating interest and a sense of momentum through excitement by strategic mention of tidbits to come, something I was unable to do without specific knowledge of the era. Though it is so well organized and helpful, TruthQuest History avoids the pitfall of predigested pap. It points out, but does not paraphrase. The user is directed to dig, and while digging watch for signs of XYZ."
"TQH can just look like a booklist, but it is so much more. How do I put that "so much more" into words?! Over the years, the subtlety of the guides has deeply impacted me. To see the flow of HIStory and to see it really sink into my kids is wonderful. All this happens little by little, by reading great books about the people and the times, and then reading the commentary written by Michelle. When I was in school, history was presented piecemeal and I never got the flow of it. I never saw how each event impacted the next. I never saw how a life lived for Christ could really impact the world, or how a life not lived for Christ could have the opposite effect.
I believe these guides really teach our children to think, to not wait to be handed information, but to chew on it and see how God has moved over the years. I believe my children are definitely seeing how important their decisions are and how their life can be used by God to impact others. Of course, all we have done in our homeschool adventure has added to this, but I sincerely feel that the impact of TQH has added the most."
— L.C., Michigan
"It was only when I started reading TQH that I found purpose in studying history. I want my children to see the hand of God throughout history, but I have never seen it myself. Unfortunately, as I started looking for a history curriculum, it seems the total focus was on hands-on activities or (now) reading the classics. It seemed very empty. This is the most excited I've been about homeschooling in a long time. I feel like I am starting a great adventure."
— D.B., Ohio
"I learn every day from TruthQuest History. In fact, I am learning all the things that I dreamt of learning in college but didn't....I would drool over the course listings, imagining that I would soon grasp the connection between the great intellectual giants, philosophers, theologians, artists, poets, and musicians, and the paths taken by kings, nations, citizens, and families. Very seldom did my professors attempt to address such issues, and when they did, such discussions could not be allowed to interfere with cramming as many facts as possible into our heads before the exam....The same time spent with good books and the tutelage of Michelle Miller Howard would be far more rewarding in a multitude of ways, and leave an unquenchable taste for more. I never find even the 'American History for Young Students' books boring or 'beneath' me. I am always learning from them…and I have a B.A. in history!"
— M.L., California
""I have used TruthQuest History with my older son and found it not only helps us understand the times, but evaluate them in the light of God's Word...which is the point!""
— V.H., Canada
"I have spent considerable time looking at many history programs, but one thing none of them except TruthQuest History offer is freedom, and the greatest gift of homeschooling is freedom, if we allow it to be. Thank you, Michelle! Your guides are a gift in my life."
— S.D., Georgia
"Finding/adding TruthQuest History was like connecting the dots in a complicated dot-to-dot puzzle."
— M.F., Iowa
"I have spent the last several days ravenously reading my guide for Egypt/Greece. The more I read, the more excited I become about starting….Your approach to history is truly wondrous. God has truly blessed you in allowing you to channel your ideas into such a focused study of God's workings through history...I and my children have learned so much more than we could have ever learned out of a textbook."
— B.J., Illinois
"I must say that Michelle Miller Howard is one of the most well-spoken people I have ever had contact with in homeschooling circles. The things she writes are well thought out, insightful, and so meaningful to me. I almost always print out her posts and read them over and over so I can absorb and think more about the ideas. There are a lot of people out there with ideas about homeschooling, but Michelle has been the most helpful and on-target I have ever read."
"I am no longer intimidated by the study of history...I plan to use these guides until my children graduate!"
— M.M., Minnesota
"You have no idea how much joy your guides provide our family. My wife has always loved history but I really haven't, at least not the type taught in schools. With your guides, HIStory comes alive. Thank you for what it has meant to my family."
— K.D., Iowa
"My daughter is in college and still compares things we have read and discussed in TruthQuest History with what she is being taught at a state university. All I can say is, 'Thank you, Lord!' TQH planted deep seeds of truth and discernment in my daughter's heart and mind. What a difference they have made in my life and thinking, in that of my teens, and now in my classful of high school kids who would never have been exposed any other way. I feel fully confident that the fruit of your labors, in teaching both the parents and the students, will be evident and will have an impact on the culture, in the church, and in the homeschooling community for generations."
— C.S., Iowa
"I read the TruthQuest History guides for pleasure before I ever use them with our children. There's always one on my stack of pleasure reading."
— J.T., Florida
"The seeming simplicity of TQH is what first soothed me. There is nothing wrong with simply reading a great book, talking about it, and moving on. I'm not sure why I hadn't figured that out after 4 years of homeschooling!"
— S., Virginia
"After spending much of the summer, reading and reviewing, going to the library, planning and praying, we started "American History for Young Students I" today. While just reading through the introduction, my daughter got goosebumps all over her arms and could hardly contain herself. I feel like the Lord has led me to this and I can see the blessings of what this study is going to mean to my children. The Lord has already blessed my life through this, and it is just Day 1!"
— D.R., Missouri
"I realized that my third-grader is learning more from TruthQuest History's 'Ancient Egypt' guide than my high schooler is learning from her 'perfect program' complete with syllabus, notes, a slew of audio tapes, and a booklist that would make Thomas Jefferson's hair curl in excitement. Could my [older daughter] tell me who God was to the ancient Egyptians? And who then is man? No! The third-grader had no problem explaining it to her sister...concisely!"
— L.B., California
"In using your incomparable guides, you have set me on a delightful course..."
— M.G., Massachusetts
"Honey, it is never too late to switch to TruthQuest History, which is, in my opinion, the best set of history guides available. This is living education in its simplest form. And it works. Once you expose your children to real life written by authors who are passionate about their subject, they can't help but fall in love with history. Reading the guides and recommended library books is the most painless way to get a true education that I've ever seen. Your children will thank you. Make sure you give each of them their own flashlight so they can read under the covers at night. There just isn't anything else like TruthQuest History. And there aren't many folks around like Michelle Miller Howard."
— R.P., Tennessee
"TruthQuest History is the highlight of our day. It actually has become our reward."
— E.S., North Carolina
"Wow! Once word gets around...you will not be able to keep them in print! Parents now have a resource that leads them in teaching God's providence throughout history without being 'preachy,' ...without apology, and without the blatant antagonistic undertones prevalent in so many [other] history resources on the homeschool market today...My time-consuming struggle with organizing and presenting living books on history in any sort of logical manner…has been overwhelming at times. TruthQuest History is a bridge from curriculum to living books in history for me. Do not misunderstand; these guides are nowhere near 'curriculum.' They are not 'curriculum' in 'living book clothing.' I finally feel free and secure..."
— K.H., Texas
"I had already covered Ancient Greece with [another curriculum] when I decided to try TruthQuest History for Ancient Rome. I was so impressed with the way Michelle made me think about history that I bought the TQH Ancient Greece guide and went over Greece again. My children didn't even complain about doing it again because it felt so different."
— M., Minnesota
"What you've done in TQH is just what I was looking for in terms of getting kids to 'discover' the real consequences of decisions, beliefs, etc. I had been trying to do that on my own, but always felt I still had too much to learn right along with the kids. It's nice to have a trusted guide."
— J.S., Michigan
"We came to spiritual maturity through the writings of Francis Schaeffer, so you can imagine how excited I am to find a kindred spirit who is writing and teaching much the same things only on a level that our children can easily access."
— K.N., Wisconsin
"This is what I have been searching for."
"I have been amazed at how thorough TQH's 'American History for Young Students' is in comparison to the [well-known] textbook. The same topics are covered, but in a much more delightful way. It is truly a complete curriculum, in my mind, and can hold its own against any textbook. It is the most wonderful part of our school day, hands down! The best way for me to describe it is incredibly freeing! We are just going to 'drink' in the information and move along as we want to. I had a young fellow (age 12) visiting our family during school hours, so I read our TruthQuest History selections like normal. A few days later, I learned from his mother that this young guy had suggested that his family needed to find out what we were using because 'It was so great!'"
— B.K., Illinois
"My son knows the reason for studying history because we have been using your materials. You are a wonderful tour guide!"
— C.G., California
"Michelle's guides read like living books themselves! They are a living, breathing person that you are having a conversation with. I couldn't put them down! I read them from cover to cover! You should see my boys' eyes light up when they realize 'Aunt Michelle' is speaking directly to them and with them! She asks gentle, interactive questions that keep them actively thinking. Everything is intelligently, creatively, and scripturally examined from a Biblical worldview. The course of history becomes so clear and easy to understand! Like having a veil lifted off your eyes! There is absolutely nothing to compare with TruthQuest History. It is a beautiful walk through history which is absorbing and natural to work with. TQH is truly (in my opinion) inspired by God."
— H.I., Michigan
"You seem to have taken all my wants, even though I couldn't quite have told you what they all were, and put them into TruthQuest History."
— P.M., North Carolina
"After reading 'Age of Revolution I' and analyzing the worldviews of the candidates, my 15-year-old daughter was glued to the TV for the final debate held last night. She was interested because she now understood the history, and therefore owned the knowledge that allowed her to feel a sense of responsibility in the process. Thanks for partnering with me in this awesome privilege we call homeschooling."
— C.R., California
"I am so grateful for this economical and brilliantly-researched resource."
— T.J., Nebraska
"We continue to use and enjoy your TruthQuest History series, which has the dubious distinction of being the only history curriculum we have ever stayed with for more than a few months in our sixteen years of home education! We've used TruthQuest History for over two years now and will happily continue with it."
— D.S., Tennessee
"I took one look at my Egypt/Greece guide from TruthQuest History and became a convert for life. [Other materials] are okay, even good. But TruthQuest History is better...and I'm not a fan of curriculum, usually. I really do consider TruthQuest History to be the finest history resource available to homeschoolers...I have a hunch that if Charlotte Mason sent out teacher's manuals with her term materials, they might have resembled these guides. It is a cherished belief of mine that TruthQuest History is a perfect supplement to any history curriculum. The [parent] who reads through Michelle's notes will have a clear picture of the overall history, and know what themes to look for while reading. TruthQuest History also has the advantage of not being tied to any particular books. You are free to use whatever is available to you. The content in the TQH guide will focus your attention on the important issues, even if you use completely different books."
— K.G., Florida, missionary to Poland
"My son is going into fourth grade, and though we took a detour in history (it has been nearly a year since we have read any TQH commentary), within 15 minutes of entering a local art museum, I was very surprised to hear him tell his friend about the artists' worldviews and which ones were godly and ungodly. Wow! I was amazed and impressed, and was able to use that opportunity to further discuss those important ideas. I am so thankful that the concepts presented in the commentary have stuck with him…and with me! I am looking forward to getting back to TQH and cannot imagine wanting to do anything else for history!"
— J.F., Oklahoma
"I know kids don't realize the depth of this now, but when they are grown they will understand how awesome TQH was to have as part of their education"
— S.H., Texas
"The commentaries in TQH are such a blessing. I just can't put into words how much they are helping to reinforce His plan for the world in my 15-year-old daughter before she heads off to college…and beyond."
— M., Texas
"Since TQH, here is our every day casual conversation: 'How's the weather? What's for lunch? The Egyptians should have stuck with monotheism when they had the chance. Who can possibly ignore Moses that long? We need toilet paper.'"
— C.B., Nevada
"I just returned from a week long trip to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, D.C., and Mount Vernon with my children, aged 8 and 10. I was amazed at how much they have retained from our AHYS I & II studies. They recognized so many portraits/statues on the White House and Capitol tours, and came across so many 'old friends' at the Portrait Gallery. It was almost funny that they knew so many stories about historical figures like Stephen Decatur, Oliver Hazard Perry, Tecumseh, explorers, and very many Presidents. What made it even more special is that my brother-in-law is a Harvard graduate and has an Oxford PhD in history. He and my sister (Princeton and Yale) took us out to dinner and chatted history for hours. They were dumbfounded, and seriously respect homeschooling now! Thanks so much for TruthQuest History!"
— L.H., North Carolina
"A foundation of the Big 2 Beliefs is valuable for older students. My daughter called from Bible college to tell me that she kept realizing that the worldview her instructors were trying to explain was really just a more complicated way of explaining the Big 2 Beliefs (a tool of TruthQuest History.). When she turned in a paper using things she had learned from TQH, the instructor told her that he had taken notes from her paper which he planned to use next semester because she was able to explain the issues so clearly. I was certainly encouraged by that!"
— L.C., Nebraska
"Even at a fast pace, these wonderful TQH guides have totally changed the way we view history and what we look for as we study current events. It has changed our history studies from drudgery to something with life and purpose! We have been challenged and inspired – and even my daughter who has graduated joins us! I cannot recommend TQH highly enough, and am so very thankful for it!"
"I love the challenge TQH offers my sons as they are becoming men…"
— L.J., Texas
"Even though we had covered the events [with a different curriculum], we hadn't had those deep thought-provoking discussions like we did when reading the TQH commentaries... I'm excited that the conversational tone of the commentaries is keeping my Sociable Sue very tuned in!"
— C.S., Texas
"Superlative! I am thrilled that my children will have the benefit of this insight as their formative layer of knowledge. The discussion format has facilitated, finally, years of 'good intentions' to have meaningful dialogue, and to enter into lofty levels of the 'great conversation.'"
— L.B., Hawaii
"TruthQuest History gives me guidance, but freedom. I love the combination….My son says, 'I wish I liked all of my classes as much as I like my history.' Your comments always spark more discussion."
— D.D., Colorado
"In TruthQuest History, the focus is not man in history. It is all about God revealing Himself. That takes the attention off humanism, and directs us to our Creator and our responsibility to Him. I feel as though they were written just for us."
— L.K., Alabama
"After looking through TQH, my husband decided that he wants to read it with the kids. He is even using a lot of the material for the worldview Sunday School class he is teaching."
— D.Z., Iowa
"I love TruthQuest History! It has been one of the best homeschool purchases I have ever made. I am not kidding!"
— A.E., Illinois
"I feel God wants my family to love HIStory, and to learn how to think through HIStory that we might come to know Him better as we see His hand through the ages, and thus love Him more. I believe He wants our faith to be strengthened, and our wisdom and understanding to be increased through the lessons of the past, that we might serve Him and others in the future...We recently received your 'Ancient Egypt/Ancient Greece' guide and I am so pleased!"
"I wish I would have known about your guides years ago as I struggled year after year to make other guides fit our needs."
— S.M., California
"I buy a few activity-type books for the girls to use as they see fit and we do end the study of major historical eras with a period meal, with guests and sometimes costumes, but I really didn't want a 'curriculum' filled with activities and supplemental stuff. I just wanted something straightforward and sequential. This is it! TQH is simple to use and thoroughly Christian...Michelle makes me feel almost as if she is sending us on an expedition into history with guidebooks in hand on an assignment to discover historical truth...This is not a secular work seasoned with a spoonful of Christianity. The student is continuously encouraged to examine historical events from a Christian worldview."
— V.J., Wisconsin
"I ordered your entire set of history manuals earlier this year. I love them."
— L.L., Florida
"I love the TruthQuest History guides for myself. I have been devouring them."
"I have to admit being reluctant to try yet another [history resource], but I am very thrilled with your guide! I am excited and thrilled to put it to work."
— M.B., California
"We love the freedom and passion for HIStory that TQH ignites!"
— T.C., Minnesota
"The truth is that TruthQuest History has changed our world. I am indebted to you. I can't be quiet! I am so very thankful that the Lord has given you vision regarding the teaching of history."
— P.H., Tennessee
"Thank you to Michelle Miller Howard for creating such a guide which includes such captivating books! I couldn't be more pleased. Michelle's guide covers so many more people than the guide I had been using! I feel like we're really covering history in a comprehensive way."
— N.F., Maine
"Michelle knows books, and I thought I knew books!"
— H.I., Michigan
"TruthQuest History has given us a much better perspective of history than anything else we have used. We enjoy the freedom, the low cost, and ease of use. My only regret is that I didn't know about it when my boys were still schooling...It is all so interesting to me."
— N., Washington
"Your guide is an answer to much prayer and searching. I wanted to do history with living books, but needed a framework. Your guide is marvelous. My eight-year-old son is totally enthralled with history now...His father and myself are relearning, or most often learning anew, right along with him."
— M.Z., Pennsylvania
"Most guides are just a list of books, but yours actually explain what is going on in history from a Godly perspective, and that is what makes them so unique and useful! We just love all the yummy living books and are having a delightful time using your guides...I can't say how much time we spend on history because we seem to be always reading or discussing something! Your wonderful guides have brought learning with living books to a whole new level!"
— S.C., New York
"In my eighteen years of homeschooling, there have been few curricula that I have been so pleased with for our family."
"Michelle has produced a good guide with wonderful resources.I love the way she directs us to look at the belief systems of the times and places we study. It helps me to keep my focus on character development without sacrificing the academics. I think that is such a valuable tool for our kids when they go out into the world and are confronted with other belief systems of today."
— M.B., Virginia
"In my humble opinion (and as a Charlotte Mason enthusiast), TruthQuest History is the only way to teach my children history."
— K.K., Alabama
"What a wonderful find! So...my question is: why hadn't I heard of this before?"
— C.W., Wisconsin
"I was using another program and was overwhelmed by too much for the parent/teacher to do. TruthQuest History has just the right amount of info that I need."
— T., California
"As I read further, I know that these guides are exactly what I was looking for to help my daughter understand history better and why she needs to understand history better! It is not just a bunch of facts to be memorized for the test and then forgotten. It is essential to understand why we are where we are and how we arrived there."
— B.M., Florida
"The work you have done on these guides has helped me immensely. My difficulty was in finding exactly what time period each book was for, and getting them to flow together. You've done that within a framework of thinking through the impact of decisions and events. You've done a great job!"
— D.M., Wisconsin
"I just wanted to tell how fabulous TruthQuest History is going for us. We have a small co-op of five children doing 'American History for Young Students II' this year. We are all having a great time and are learning tons! My daughter, who has never really enjoyed history more than American Girl books, thinks it is great! She is constantly asking me to read more. Thanks to TruthQuest History, I feel we are really learning history the 'right' way!"
— C., Florida
"I feel that your work is very balanced. The book choices give the student an opportunity to look at many people's interpretation of events [and] get knowledge of historical events that no one using a textbook could possibly get."
— L.K., Illinois
"I am simply amazed at the spiritual insight God has given Michelle when it comes to history!"
— S.A., Tennessee
"Your teaching is so enlightening. It touches a heart chord, and a resounding yes wells up to carry the mandate to teach our children the truth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"We've found the helpful booklists are trustworthy and that the ThinkWrite™ exercises provoke thoughtful conversation for the whole family."
— S.F., Indiana
"These guides are great! My 16-year-old has gone through them and is very excited. I could hardly get them to look through them. We are very happy, and I can't say that about a lot of items I've bought."
"I've used other history programs and yours is my favorite."
"The beauty of TruthQuest History is that you have the tools and resources to study history any way you want. It works beautifully with the notebook approach. You can go as slow as you want or as fast as you need. You can plan a whole year ahead, or just take it week by week, and see what happens. You can buy books ahead, or just use your library. After 22 years, I would rate TQH as one of my most valuable resources."
— D.C., Maine
"I'm just so thankful that the Lord has taken us back to something simple, that can be as meaty as I want it to be, and still weaves HIStory throughout."
— S.J., Missouri
"TQH is a very different approach to history than I am used to, and a much needed one! Thanks for showing me that I can RELAX and have fun... and my kids will learn something!"
— A.E., Ohio
"I found a curriculum that exactly matched what I thought I was looking for... but I was disappointed, oddly enough, and didn't know why. It didn't go deep enough. It left a void that I could not explain. So, I researched curricula again and came across TruthQuest History. I was cautious because I like the convenience of pre-made curricula, but I bought it. Even though we have to get books at the library, we have worked out a system that is perfect for us. The amount the kids are learning and retaining is far worth any inconvenience in going to the library once a week. I cannot tell you what it has all meant to our family. I am so grateful that I took the leap of faith and tried TQH. God is speaking directly to my kids' hearts through HIStory."
— S.S., Florida
"It almost seems that our other subjects fall into place around our TQH history curriculum."
— T.F., North Carolina
"TruthQuest History definitely equips your family to see history through the lens of truth."
— M.W., Florida
"We actually started with TruthQuest History because of the brilliant intro in the Rome book. I loved the way Michelle talked about competing world views and how society values power."
— J.J., Australia
"We are no longer homeschooling, but my kids are asking for your guides so they can supplement what their schools are teaching!"
— H.W., Ohio