Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Abraham's Journey - A Book Review


A dream is a wish your heart makes.  Or so the song says. 
The American Dream!  Now there's something for you to think about.  So how does one go on Inspiring the American Dream

My son and I were able to review the book Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream.  When the American Dream seems lost, I was glad to see that it wasn't when we read this book together. 

Abraham's Journey was written by Kathleen Basmadjian & Robert Basmadjian Jr.  Kathleen has worked for the pharmaceutical industry in the public and private sector.  She also volunteered her time to mentoring and tutoring children in the DC area.  Robert has more than 15 years in the publishing industry.  He also has worked in advertising and public relations.  You can read more about the authors here.

Today it seems that all you hear is negativity.  What happened to the American Dream?  It seems so lost amongst all the things of this world.  It's not only going to affect the adults but it will affect our children as well. 

Reading Abraham's Journey was such a treat to see that the American Dream is still alive!  Abraham is a young boy who's father lost his job.  (Something I think we can relate to today)  It's approaching Christmas and he wants to get gifts for his family.  But he doesn't know how. 

So he is surfing on his phone and is led on a journey by President Lincoln.  They travel through the past and meet several historical figures along the way. 

As they go through the journey, Abraham discovers some things.  He discovers that to achieve the American Dream it takes hard work, dedication, faith, creativity and a persistent attitude. 

Those things are what we as parents need to instill in our children.  But we can't do it alone.  Everyone needs to be on board.  Parents, Teachers, anyone that has an influence over our children.  If we don't do this, there is a chance that the American Dream will be lost.

This book is beautifully illustrated and written so that it is easily understood.  My oldest son, Jonathan (10), read it as an assignment alone.  (it is geared toward ages 7-12)  Then I read it myself.  I also took the opportunity to read it aloud to my children and 3 children I am watching right now.  (ages 10-2)  They loved to look at the pictures.  I even found myself tearing up as I read it aloud to the children.  It is something that struck me as we go through these times.

The American Dream is defined as such.  The ideal that the American system of self-government allows for any and all individuals to pursue and achieve a fulfilling and successful life.  This is something I really want to have my children achieve.  My husband and I work really hard to instill the values necessary to achieve the dream.  So with a lot of prayer, faith, hard work, creativity, dedication and persistence, hopefully one day they can achieve  the American Dream. 

If you want to share the American Dream with your child, I highly recommend reading this book to your children.

Abraham's Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream is available here.  It is $14.99. 

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