Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Boys to Men

In 1852, the British troopship H.M.S. Birkenhead was traveling to South Africa when she hit a ledge and foundered. On board were more than seven hundred men, women, and children. With only twenty minutes left before she would sink, the decision was made to place all women and children aboard the few life boats. The men would remain behind and face the man-eating sharks circling the disaster. Hundreds of men drowned or were eaten alive in full view of their children, but not a single woman or child perished that day. In past years, this story was known by every schoolboy and girl. Now, you can learn about theBirkenhead through this stirring collection of survivor accounts. This set also includes a Vision Forum exclusive, the classic from 1912 which tells the true story of the sacrifice of the men on the R.M.S.Titanic in the hope of promoting the doctrine of “women and children first.”
Hold your breath on these.  These are very powerful books and my boys learned a ton from them.  I would first recommend that as parents you review them first and judge whether or not your boys are "ready" for them.  This advice also pertains to "Women and Children First"  Another great from Vision Forum.  
Birkenhead and R.M.S. Titanic information HERE
Women and Children First CD HERE