Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The 5000 Year Leap

My friend Jill loaned me the audio version of The 5,000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen. Mr. Skousen identifies 28 principles used in the establishing of America. He quotes from all the original founders and reminds us of the basic principles our country was founded upon. It is also a good reminder of our Constitution.

After reading John Adams, 1776, and Benjamin Franklin, this book continues my ongoing effort to refresh my knowledge of American history. These books remind my why American History class was one of my favorite high school classes (taught by the tough Dr. Shapiro).

It is an exciting period to read about. Creating and organizing this great country was serious business and we know each of the participants paid a price. I am happy to know that leaders such as John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, knew they had a large role to play but each really wanted to be home tending to their farms. They sacrificed time with their families to do their duty.

Each of these gentleman are quoted at various times acknowledging the hand of God throughout the process of crafting language. This is back in the day when leaders openly acknowledged His hand in all things. No one decried this.

The only downside of listening to this book on tape is the narrator--he has the most boring voice. It would be deadly to listen to his voice if I were driving at night. It's a good thing the subject is so good.


  1. I'm so glad you said hi! Have you seen the HBO mini series called "John Adams"? We don't have HBO, but we bought the dvd and it was amazing! Sounds like these books...I'll have to pick them up. I always love to read too. Hugs to you Kim.

  2. hi Kim,you mean, you finished the cd? Hey,would you mind if I sent Lori and Kim your blogsite? You seem to find some amazing you, jill

  3. JILL:

    Yes, I finally finished it! It was a very good refresher course on the founding of our country. Thanks for the loan.