HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Home: God’s First Great Institution
Author: Grant B Caldwell
Illustrator: Jack Turbeyville
Publisher: Cogdill Foundation (now C.E.I. Books), republished in 1979
Related website: http://www.ceibooks.com/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Caldwell, Grant B. The Home: God’s First Great Institution (originally published in 1977 by Caldwell Publications; republished in 1979 by Cogdill Foundation, now C.E.I. Bookstore, 220 S Marion St, Athens, AL 35611). It is my firm belief that parents who are New Testament Christians and homeschool their children must provide as part of their curriculum a Biblical study of the home and family. Fortunately, there are many good resources to assist in achieving that goal. One of them is The Home: God’s First Great Institution by Grant B Caldwell. I first became aware of the author when he was working as a gospel preacher with the churches first at Hilliard and then at Worthington, OH, in the Columbus area, near to where I grew up. The material was originally prepared to be delivered in a series of lessons at the request of the elders of the church at Hilliard. Caldwell wrote, “This study is not just for married people, but it can, and should, be taught to those who are planning to marry and establish their own home.
After an opening article, “What Have They Seen in Thine House?”, and an Introduction, there are thirteen lessons covering the importance of the home, marriage, husbands and wives, divorce and remarriage, parents and children, and how to handle family problems with questions at the end of each lesson. While there are references to a variety of sources, there is a strong appeal to the Scripture in each lesson. A bibliography occurs at the end. The book was originally self-published in 1977. My copy was republished in 1979 by what was then the Cogdill Foundation, which became the Guardian of Truth Foundation, then Truth Books, and now C. E. I. Bookstore. The book was apparently out of print for a time, but is now back by popular demand, having been revised and newly formatted as part of the Truth in Life series of Bible class literature in 1999 which included the addition of a song “Love and Honor.” It is suitable for church Bible classes but could also be well used in a homeschool setting. The author just recently passed away.