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How the church members should have handled their situation like Jesus

In the book, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, the church members are tasked with living by the question, “What would Jesus do?” However, it is never explained to us how these people know what Jesus would do. I know that many people would say, “You can figure it out by reading the Bible,” unfortunately then you would have to only find yourself in situations under the same exact circumstances. So, they should have started seeing things as Jesus would have. They also should have tried to stay out of situations he would disapprove of.

In conclusion, it is difficult to live by this question. However, it is not impossible. So, if you plan on  living that way, keep in mind you don’t know exactly what Jesus would do in every situation. However, you do know what he would not do, so go from there.

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What is the least plausible aspect of the plot so far?

Today I am writing about the book that I am currently reading for English. The book is called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. The book takes place in a town where people are doing “wrong.” So, the pastor creates a challenge for the people at the church. A few people in the crowd decide to take up the challenge, they had to live their lives by asking “What would Jesus do?” The book follows several characters, but mostly focuses on the young woman known as Rachel. She is a self-centered and selfish person. Another way to describe Rachel is as an megalomaniac.

I think that the least plausible part of this book is living by what Jesus would do. I think that this is implausible because how would anyone know what Jesus would do? Sure, the Bible explains what he did, but you can’t go based off of that. Plus, this is a completely different time than when the Bible is set so he could do things very differently than he did then. Also, Jesus might be able to do many things that we as normal mortals wouldn’t be able to do in our wildest dreams. Thus, this is very implausible.

I would like to take this time to talk about Rachel. Rachel thinks that she is super-special, because of her beautiful voice. However, she has no sense of money or how to choose a good track to get her voice out there. For example, she was given an opportunity to earn a lot of money and get known. However, instead of taking this opportunity, she chose to stay singing at the church because she thought that she was getting a point out there by staying at the church, and making a difference in people’s lives. However, we find out that is not true later on when she sings for the workers. When she sings for the workers, after she sings, all of the people left and went back to the saloons. Not one of the workers had a single care in the world for what she sang about. Another problem, that I have with Rachel, is that she has rejected two men when they proposed to her. She rejected them both because she thought that her singing for people was much more important than getting married. She also thought both men rude for not even asking her on a date or getting to know her first, they just came up and asked for her hand in marriage.

In conclusion, living life by the code of “What would Jesus do?” is difficult and implausible. This not something that can be done just because you want to. You would have to actually know Jesus on a personal level in order to do this. Unfortunately not many people, that are alive, have that connection with Jesus. Also, Rachel is not the kind of person that you should ask to marry, because she is very self-centered. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero! If you enjoyed this essay, drop a like and leave a comment explaining what you thought of it.

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Posted in Books, Education, History, Uncategorized

President Ronald Reagan

Hey guys, today I am writing about the 40th President Of The United States. Ronald Reagan is considered by a large majority of Conservatives and Republicans, to be one of the very best Presidents in the history of the United States.

As I was doing my research, I realized that the current President, Donald Trump, seems to be very similar to Ronald Reagan. Actually, the day that I wrote my rough draft, I learned that Trump passed a bill that was very similar to a bill that Reagan signed when he was President. I hope that you guys see the similarities as well, but if you don’t feel free to leave a comment explaining why you feel otherwise. So without further adieu, let’s learn about Ronald Reagan.

Let’s start with his birth, Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. He was born in Illinois. Some personality traits that people commonly attribute to Reagan include his optimistic faith, and the fact that he always saw the best in people. Before World War 2, Reagan had held the jobs of a lifeguard, a radio announcer, and an actor. Let’s start with the lifeguarding. When Reagan was a lifeguard, he would never get his suit wet unless he was saving somebody, as were the rules at the time. He would actually have a wooden log that he would put notch into every-time that he would save somebody. Historians say that he saved around 75 people.

Now let’s talk about his radio announcer job. When Reagan was a radio announcer, he wouldn’t actually watch the games like announcers do today. This is a little strange, but there would be people at the game who would send telegrams with play-by-plays that Reagan would read into the microphone. One time, the telegraph information just stopped coming in, so Reagan had to stall. He started saying that the batter hit a foul and kept hitting them, until 12 which he thought was just ridiculous. Then, the machine turned back on and Reagan filled the nation in on the actual play-by-play. That was pretty scary for them, but I bet that Reagan had some fun.

Reagan was the first president to be elected out of a non-political position. He was an actor. Many people know that much, but some people don’t know this. They don’t know that Reagan was actually the first of two presidents to have been divorced. (The second is Donald Trump) Reagan’s first wife was Jane Wyman, he actually had a daughter with Jane, and he had to explain to her why her parents were getting divorced. However, he didn’t understand very well (Neither did his daughter) so that didn’t work very well. The divorce was completed in 1949. Then, in 1952, Reagan met his next wife Nancy Reagan. When he met Nancy, he was a Democrat but as time went on, he became a Conservative Republican. He also became a life member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). Another strange but cool connection between Trump and Reagan is that they are both the two oldest people to be elected president.

Many people don’t know this, but Reagan was actually the oldest president to be elected, he was inaugurated at 69 but the next day he turned 70. This was true until Donald Trump was inaugurated. Many people also don’t know that Reagan’s mom died of Alzheimer’s disease. This is probably why Reagan died of the disease himself.

Reagan’s legacy as a president is important to know. His legacy is as a firm and unswerving leader, which restored faith in the presidency after two decades of weak presidents, until Bill Clinton. When Bill Clinton went into office then the presidency started to slip again. However now that we have Trump, the economy seems to be changing in the same ways that it did when Reagan was president.

In conclusion, Ronald Reagan is arguably one of the top 3 best presidents in the history of the United States. I hope that you saw similarities between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. Again, if you didn’t leave a comment why not, or write a blog post on it and link to me! I hope that you enjoyed this essay. Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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The Least Believable Aspect of Looking Backward, By Edward Bellamy.

Today I was given the assignment to explain what the least believable aspect of the novel, Looking Backward is. This took some time to create an answer to the question, only because there are so many things that are wrong or stupid throughout the book. Some of the things that I have seen throughout the book were very confusing, because they contradict what was previously stated in the book. I hope that by reading this post, you will go and check out the book to make your own opinion on this novel. So, without any further adieu, let’s get into this essay.

I think that the least believable aspect of the novel is the fact that they have no money. I find this to be the least believable aspect, because when West (the main character) arrives at the city, he seems to think that the city is rich. He thinks this because of the way it looks, and the way that the citizens live. However, later on we find out that the city has no money at all. However, this is not the only thing that sparks intrigue. One thing that I saw wrong with this novel was the fact that the social order has NO POVERTY. The problem with this, as pointed out by my teacher Gary North, is that this has never been true in the history of the world. Even the greatest empires ever known to man had poverty, some of them even came from poverty. Now, the problem with them not having any poverty, is that they have no money. Well, wait a minute, how can you have no money… Then turn around and say, “There is no poverty in this new social order.” This is one of those contradictory statements.

Another problem with this novel, is the fact that businesses don’t receive profit. Well, this makes sense for when they say the city has no money. Well, later on we realize that these businesses have product. Wait a minute, if you have no money how do you produce the goods. If you don’t have money, you can’t pay for the production of these goods. So, I have a big problem with this part of the novel. Another problem with money is the wages. In the book, they say that the men work for 24 years. They work from age 21 to age 45. Well, what about their wages? If you have no money, you can’t pay these people. Then, if they don’t get paid they can’t feed their families. Then, if they can’t feed their families everyone falls into poverty, and then your society crumbles. Overall there are a bunch of problems with this novel. I hope that my essay has gotten you intrigued enough to go out and find the book, to read it, and then make your own opinion about it.

In conclusion, the least believable aspect of this novel is the fact that they have no money. Without money everything falls apart. (By money, I mean currency.) Please like and subscribe for more from Homeschooled Hero!

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My One Sentence Story Idea

Hey guys, today I am writing my story idea for English. The only twist was that it had to be one sentence long. At first I was going to go into a different reality, but he told us that it would have to be America from the 1800s. So, based on that I have to come up with something very different. So here is my one sentence story idea:

George Carnegie, the long lost brother of Andrew Carnegie, immigrates to America but is lost from his family.

In this story we will follow George as he struggles to find his way throughout America, meeting some very fascinating and important figures throughout the way. Please be on the lookout for The Lost Brother. Only on Homeschooled Hero!

Posted in Books, Education, Science

My YouTube Strategy

Today I am writing about my own unique YouTube strategy for my science class. I know what most of you are thinking, “YouTube, for science? That’s crazy!” Well it is a little bit. I think that this is a good idea because, it helps to build marketable skills, which is one of the things that my teacher is helping to develop in kids my age.

Now we will get to the point. I plan to do book reviews as my YouTube channels main topic. The reason that I plan to do this is because I really enjoy reading. I am currently thinking about the consistency of my video posts. So far what I have is posting one video every two weeks. (Let me know in the comments what you think of this idea!) The reason that I decided to go every two weeks, is because that gives me time to get the book, if I don’t already own the book, read it, and then write my review.

My Target Audience is young teens, who enjoy reading, that are looking for good books that help to elevate free thought. The reason that I am doing this is because, when kids look  for books the very seldom find really good books. That is why I want to help them find the good books and steer them away from the bad books. Now, I do not mean that these books are poorly written or are bad books and should be taken off of the shelves. I mean they are not books that people often enjoy reading.

My Value Proposition is that I give people things that they can read. In other words when people are backed into corners, I give them a trap door. I am trying to give young readers good books to read and help them to determine whether or not they would enjoy the book.

In conclusion, I am trying to help young teens to find books that they would enjoy. I love reading and I would love to spread this to other people. Otherwise the art may be lost. I don’t mean that everyone will suddenly forget how to read, not at all, I mean people may lose interest in reading and then find it completely boring. I don’t want this to happen. Please help me with my YouTube idea. If you have any ideas, let me know and I will get back to you!

 

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A Tale of Two Cities and The Scarlet Pimpernel Book Review

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The SeaToday I am writing a double book review for my English class. The books I am writing about, as stated in the title, are A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. I  thoroughly enjoyed these books. Unfortunately I can’t do separate reports for these books because that isn’t the assignment. Fortunately these books are really good so you can get lots of information.

Both of these books are written in the time period of the French Revolution. I know that it is probably messed up for me to have a favorite of these two books but my favorite book, of these two, is The Scarlet Pimpernel. While these are both set in the same time, I feel like, The Scarlet Pimpernel explains the events a little better. I am not saying that A Tale of Two Cities doesn’t explain the events, it does, but this book is pretty focused on the characters more than I would have liked. I guess that this is not really my choice, as to how the author writes his own story, but I still enjoy a little less of the character’s life and a little more background and time period explanation, at least in the beginning. (What do you think of this statement? Please leave a comment after this essay!)

An interesting fact, The Scarlet Pimpernel, unlike A Tale of Two Cities, uses historical characters. I think that this is fascinating seeing as though most authors would have used fictional characters in the specific time. For this fact alone, I recommend that you read The Scarlet Pimpernel first so that you can understand what was happening at this time, and then go on to A Tale of Two Cities and know why the sequence of events is taking place. If you are currently using RPC (Ron Paul Curriculum), in the 8th grade, you don’t currently get the option to read TSP (The Scarlet Pimpernel) before ATOTC (A Tale of Two Cities) so that doesn’t apply to you.

TSP and ATOTC are two completely different types of stories throughout most of the books. The only thing that the two books really have in common is the love story part of the book. Throughout TSP love is behind the actions of characters. However, with ATOTC, most of the actions made by certain characters are made because they want to help each other. Sometimes though, the characters do act because of love. The most obvious example of this is when Charles is in trouble and his wife has to find a way to help him. All throughout these few chapters, all of the characters act in a way that shows how much they love each other. That is the trait that these two books share the most, if this wasn’t in either of the books, these books would be rather boring.

This paragraph will be primarily about ATOTC. In this book, Charles Dickens again shows how great of a writer he is. This book is an iconic book especially when it starts with the famous, “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times.” This famous quote has made many people think critically about what that means. I am still trying to figure out what it means even though I have read several books since reading this one. While this book was very well written, it developed rather slowly. It developed slower than I have wanted in the beginning. Because it was written in that way, I found it hard to understand in the first few chapters of the book. Soon after that however, all of the pieces fell into place with the great character development, and plot. While Dickens usually writes books that have a lot of adventure in them, this specific book doesn’t have a lot of that. The book that does have adventure of that level is TSP. I actually didn’t expect this to happen because I thought that TSP would be a book all about someone going around France trying to find love, but I guess that is what I get for assuming.

I rather enjoyed the fact that ATOTC showed you that normal everyday people can do the extraordinary and deal with hardships along the way. This book showed us that in a way different way than TSP did. While they both showed heroes in their own ways, ATOTC showed it the best, to me. These characters had to deal with very different things so that may hinder my opinion. Although, they both had to deal with hard situations and had to deal with people that they probably had a very difficult time even meeting.

One very distinct difference between the two stories, is that ATOTC is not a story of adventure in the sense that TSP is. While they are both adventurous books, TSP displays the “gallantry” in a different way than ATOTC. In ATOTC, the characters stay in the same place for the most part. Whereas in TSP they are in another country for most of the story. This is fine with me because it shows how different the writers are and yet can have similar stories.

I think that ATOTC can show you true love. While this is true, TSP also shows you love but on a different scale. I think that the love, as portrayed in ATOTC, shows a deeper understanding of love than TSP does. Most kids my age would think love is about things other than caring about one person above all and giving your heart and soul to them. This book makes you realize that, and it makes you feel sad for them, because they are missing out. TSP however, shows you how to fight for the one you love even when it turns out that they are someone you never knew they were. When I say that, it may be confusing, think Superhero. Think of Clark Kent/ Superman, Lois Lane didn’t know Clark was Superman, all she knew was that he was a dork she worked with. Eventually the two fell in love and Clark showed Lois who he was. Lois loved Clark still, even though he was a hero who had saved her many times and she would fight for him (Even if he didn’t need it!). That is true love right there and that is the kind of love shown in TSP. I don’t think that I need to explain this any more than I already have because then it would become boring. All I have to say is that in ATOTC it shows a man who is in love with a girl and would do anything to fight for her. It also shows the time that it takes for a man to “get” the girl. That is why these two stories are great love stories and great books overall.

While ATOTC may have attributes to it that TSP doesn’t, so does TSP. In TSP there are many different disguises that The Scarlet Pimpernel has to take in order to save the “Traitors of France” (For you Uncle Jeff, I never answered your question. Now I know the answer so here) Some of these disguises are great and even tricked me. I didn’t think that would happen but it did so I think that this is a good plot line and idea. That is the one thing that TSP has that ATOTC doesn’t have at all. I think that the fact that TSP has something that the other doesn’t means that while two books can be about the same time, they can be very different. In other words, two books of the same likeness can be very much different. For this reason, I rather enjoy trying to find books from similar time periods but different “stories” if you will. (Let me know if you do the same thing!)

The characters from both books are also very different from each other. What I mean is that while they have similar situations, they deal with them differently which makes them different. Although this may be true, the characters are also similar because they end up in situations in similar ways. For example, when The Scarlet Pimpernel gets himself into trouble, Lady Blakeney immediately tries to go and save him because she loves him so much. While this is true, in ATOTC, when Charles gets himself into too much trouble so immediately his wife (not spoiling!) goes to help him, out of the love the two share with each other.

The characters in both books are very brave. I think that bravery was an inherited trait at the time these books were written because, almost every character in books is very brave and courageous. The reason that I see this as an obvious trait in most characters is because, for example, when Lady Blakeney went to go save The Scarlet Pimpernel when she eventually found out who it was. I thought that this was very brave and something that I don’t think that I would have done had it been me trying to do that. I don’t think that I could have even kept the identity of the Pimpernel to myself for the long time that she had to. The most amazing thing that she did was follow Chauvelin when he was searching for the Pimpernel trying to kill the man, once he found out who the man was. The really remarkable thing that happened was when she got captured by Chauvelin, when she was captured she didn’t “spill the beans” on the Pimpernel, even though that is what it seemed like, to me, she wanted to do in order to not get hurt too badly. The good thing about this interaction is that she didn’t do that, she kept her mouth shut and dealt with the consequences of her actions. What is very interesting however is that the Pimpernel didn’t try to save her when he had the time to. Instead he waited until it was too late for him to try and get out of the punishment that was inevitably before him. I know for a fact, if that had been me I probably would have given myself up and convinced the bad guy that Lady Blakeney had no part in knowing who I was.

One very good thing about The Scarlet Pimpernel, book, were the disguises. Some of the disguises were fairly obvious but most of them were very clever. One of the disguises ultimately fooled me to where I didn’t see anything that happened play out that way. What I mean is, I didn’t foresee that turn of events when I tried to play it out in my head. When I played it out in my head, I saw the old man get beat up and then the Pimpernel show up and save the people he was supposed to save plus the Lady Blakeney. One of the best disguises that the Pimpernel had was in the beginning of the book, the disguise was of an old man who was taking his “crops” to go to England in order to sell them. I thought that this would be an obvious thing to look at because, in the book Baroness Orczy tells you that he was driving a covered wagon. I would have searched the wagon in order to find the people and if he was telling the truth, “Oh well, it’s just extra precautions.” Another very well thought out disguise was of a man traveling to England, again, with beer. Well instead of the French standing guard searching the barrels, they searched a couple, which were empty, and let him go. The Pimpernel was that man and he was taking people in the barrels.

In conclusion, I think that these books are both very good. Although I do prefer The Scarlet Pimpernel, I did enjoy A Tale OF Two Cities. I hope that you liked this essay. This is definitely one of my longer essays so I thank you for reading it all and I hope that you enjoyed it. If you did leave a comment why and like if you didn’t leave a comment why and don’t like. Please subscribe for more essays by the Homeschooled Hero!

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