HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Family Circle
Author: Leslie Diestelkamp
Publisher: Guardian of Truth Foundation, 1979
Related websites: http://www.thinkonthesethings.com/materials/FamilyCircle.pdf (author), 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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Diestelkamp, Leslie. The Family Circle (published in1979 and second edition published in 1987 by Guardian of Truth Foundation, P. O. Box 9670, Bowling Green, KY 42101; now C.E.I. Bookstore, 220 S. Marion St., Athens, AL 35611). Still another workbook that would be useful as part of a study of the Biblical nature and purpose of family and home life for young people in a homeschool setting is The Family Circle by Leslie Diestelkamp, a longtime gospel preacher now deceased. I had the privilege of knowing brother Diestelkamp, most of his children, and many of his grandchildren. In the Introduction, he wrote, “I do not claim to any excellence in this field. I am not a marriage counsellor; I do not believe that is supposed to be a specialty of a gospel preacher. However, as a Christian, I have, through the years and with the help of my wife, been able to help some couples find peace and harmony, just as any child of God might do who would use common sense and good judgment.”
There are twenty-two lessons based on material covering various aspects of the family and God’s expectations for how it functions originally written by Diestelkamp as articles for Guardian of Truth magazine. Some of the lesson titles are Crisis at the Crossroads; Broken Circles; Fathers of our Flesh; Mother: The Heart of the Family; Children: An Heritage of the Lord; Senior Citizenship; and Single Again. There are some questions at the end of each lesson. This has been available as a Truth in Life adult workbook, and I assume that it still is. However, there is another version of The Family Circle available that has been reformatted and updated in 2003 by Al Diestelkamp, son of Leslie, of ThinkOnTheseThings.com. It is in PDF form and may be downloaded and photocopied as long as it is for free distribution.