• William Bradford & Edward Winslow: four lessons
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    The full name of this work is A Relation or Journal of the Proceedings of the Plantation Settled at Plymouth in New England. William Bradford and Edward Winslow are credited with writing the book. Mourt's Relation was written between November 1620 and November 1621, and was originally published in London in 1622 by George Morton. For this reason the title of the book is Mourt's Relation. Bradford and Winslow describe the landing of the Pilgrims at Cape Cod, the exploring of and the settling in New Plymouth, and the establishing of peace with the native Indians. Winslow includes a narrative about the first Thanksgiving feast in New England and the arrival of the ship Fortune from England. From reading this account of the early colony, you will get the sense that the early colonists were very courageous and possessed a high degree of honor and character.

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    • Mary Rolandson: three lessons
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    In 1675, after years of abuse from the Puritan colonists, Indians attacked Lancaster, Massachusetts, which was at the beginning of the conflict later called "King Philip's War." Mary Rowlandson writes this narrative about her captivity during the war. It is a story of discouragement and faith; of helplessness and hope; of fear and courage. You will be struck by the fact that Mary Rowlandson relied upon the Scriptures greatly. The Lord was merciful to provide a Bible for her during her captivity. Once again we find evidence that when things look their worst, only the Bible can give comfort, not philosophy, pleasure, or wealth. This story will produce many emotions--terror, sorrow, pity, anger, hope, and especially admiration.

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    •  Moliere: five lessons
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    Under the reign of Louis XIV, "the Sun King," the French poetic genius reached its height with the drama of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, or better known as Moliere. This playwright is best known for his comedies, which were poignant commentaries on the shortcomings of the French upper class. The Misanthrope is one of the best of Moliere's plays. The theme centers on the pretensions that people display in society. At the same time, direct and unpretentious honesty is shown to have adverse consequences as well.

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    • John Bunyan: nine lessons
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    Bunyan's classic allegory. Bunyan wrote this work during his second imprisonment. Bunyan's crime was his refusal to take a license from the government in order to preach the Gospel. In the allegory, Bunyan relates essentially his own personal testimony of sin, hope, and faith. While the story is easy to follow and to understand, The Pilgrim's Progress is very deep theologically. The tale follows Christian as he leaves the City of Destruction and journeys to the Celestial City. Along the way, Christian is met with disappointments, discouragement, and pitfalls. But Christian has companionship and excellent guidance as he travels the narrow pathway. By reading this work, you will discover that Bunyan's Christianity is quite different than the shallow stuff we find today.

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    • Nathaniel Hawthorne: ten lessons
    • Cost: $15.00

    Works like The Scarlet Letter touch the deepest emotional feelings, not in a sentimental way, but in a way that demands change and action. In other words, the novel raises the possibility of a reformation in society with a creation of new values. A recurring theme found in the works of Hawthorne is the "great" past as it is contrasted with the meager present. Part of Hawthorne’s romanticism is the return to the past, not to glorify it, but rather to suggest that the past was inadequate, and while the present is not the "promised land," it does offer hope for a better future. The overall thesis of The Scarlet Letter is that sinners do not need redemption, but that people, and especially women, are victims of a social order that violates nature. Thus, the novel has a tone that is anti-Biblical. The value of the novel is its study of hypocrisy and of the effects of vengeance and sin.

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