Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shadowed by Grace by Cara C. Putman

Shadowed by Grace is the first in a stirring new series of stand-alone historical suspense novels by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman. Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to captures images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive – to find the father she never knew -- an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive. It’s an unlikely situation for love and faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.

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My Review

Shadowed by Grace paints a timeless romance in the midst of destruction with colors so vivid you feel like you're living the story along with the characters. Cara Putman balanced rich historical facts with fiction beautifully. I received a history lesson without feeling like I got one. This story shows the sacrifice so many made, and reminds us that even during hardship, God's grace is always working for the good of His children.

I gave this book 5 stars!

Get your kids involved in history with a "monumental" scavenger hunt!

The Monuments Men story is a great one to teach children about the importance of preserving things for future generations. It's also a lesson that can be learned hands-on. To get my boys involved, I first showed them photos of famous artwork. Then, they chose which work of art they wanted to recreate. 

Boy #1 "Starry Night" Van Go

Boy #2 Monet painting

Boy #3 (not sure what this is)
Next, we rolled the artwork individually, secured them with rubber bands, and I hid them around the house. The boys took turns finding the artwork. But it didn't stop there. My boys--being 150% male--hid in the shadows while the other was seeking the artwork and blasted him with Nerf artillery, like real soldiers. They wanted to take it all a step further by hiding the artwork in the woods, but the weather wouldn't allow.

If you get the opportunity, try this with your kids. They'll not only have a fun time but they'll learn something as well.

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