Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Review~ The Hidden Message

Disclosure~I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.




Do you love history? 
Do you enjoying digging into the mysteries that surround our great nation? 
Well if you do, I have a book for you.
Recently, the kids and I were able to review The Hidden Message of the Great Seal: How Foundational Truth and the Dawn of Liberty May Rescue a Republic in Peril by Michael Kanis from The Hidden Message, LLC.


American History

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous."
~Frederick Douglas

For this review, we received a physical copy of the book, The Hidden Message by Michael Kanis. The high quality paperback book is a little over 250 pages. The cover is a glossy card stock and seems extremely durable. The pages in the book are glossy and thick. The book is filled with colorful pictures, detailed illustrations, helpful charts, and inspiring quotes from our founding fathers. The book is geared for an older audience. Parents and high school students can easily read this book. Aspects of the book can be shared with younger children, but they would have a difficult time understand the language and information being presented as it is written. 


Michael Kanis

The Hidden Message was written by Michael Kanis. Michael has a BA in Business and a MBA in Finance and Operations. He has traveled globally and interacted with people from all walks of life. He is a man of deep faith and follows a Christ-led life. After a visit to Valley Forge, PA, he became fascinated by our nations Great Seal. He spent hours researching through the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He is thrilled to share all that he discovered about this national treasure. He strongly believes it's vital for all Americans to understand the message our founding fathers presented to us.


"Bad men cannot make good citizens. 
It is when a people forget God that tyrants forget their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
~ Patrick Henry




What is The Hidden Message?

If your family is like mine, I'm sure you have seen the National Treasure movies with Nicholas Cage. I found those movies fascinating. I've always been interested in hidden messages, conspiracy theories, and mysteries surrounding our nation. It's intriguing to think there may be a deep, dark secret to uncover. 

O.K., I will admit The Hidden Message is not just a book about some crazy conspiracy theory. It's a detailed, historical book filled with facts. Evidence is presented to support the information Michael Kanis brings to light. After reading the book, readers can see how much time, effort, and research he put into the book. The book investigates historical fiction and facts. 

The book contains 24 chapters.

1~ Introduction
2~ Time Capsule
3~The Significance of the Seal
4~ Setting the Stage
5~ A Tale of Two Systems
6~ Studying the Seal
7~ How Could it Have Been Hidden So Long?
8~ Charles Thomson
9~ Francis Hopkinson
10~The Pyramid
11~ Annuit Coeptis
12~ Novus Ordo Secorlum
13~ The Eye
14~ The Early Designs Part 1
15~ The Early Designs Part 2
16~ The Covenant
17~ The Front of the Seal
18~ The Four Pillars
19~ Virtue
20~ Freedom
21~ Providence
22~ Unity
23~ Unexpected Connections
24~ Conclusion




The Hidden Message digs into the message behind the National Seal of our great country, the United States. What do the symbols mean? What do they represent? Do they mean anything at all? What did our founding fathers want us as a nation to understand? Like many people, I've head the occult and free masons theories behind the seal. I honestly think we watched a show about it on the history channel a few years ago. After watching the show, I've often wondered if it was accurate. How do we know? I always tell my kids to dig deeper when they want to discover the truth about something. The Hidden Message does just that. It cuts through all the fiction, fluff, and myths to present a clear message. 




The National Seal was designed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, & Charles Thomson in 17176. This was same year the Declaration of Independence was written. I didn't know this interesting tidbit. I had never heard of Charles Thomson before this book. See, you do learn something new every day. 

The book digs into the meaning behind the eye and the pyramid. Are they there because of Ancient Egyptians? Are they pagan in nature? Do they represent something dark and mysterious? 

As a Catholic, I was surprised to see the link to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. I had no idea some of the seal was inspired by this stunning work of art. 



The book doesn't just deal with just the symbols. It also goes into great detail about the pillars of our nation...virtue, freedom, providence, and unity. We learn why these four pillars were so important to our founding fathers. If we look at our world today, we can easily see why we need to be reminded of these. We need to realize that freedom doesn't come for free. We need know and understand what our founding fathers wanted and why they fought so hard to gain that knowledge. We need to read and understand history, if not we are in danger of loosing the freedom our fore fathers fought for us. Freedom is much easier to lose than it is to gain.


What We Thought of The Hidden Message?

"I think with you that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, 
than to form and train up the youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are, in my opinion, the strength of the state, more so than riches and arms."
~ Benjamin Franklin



This is a fascinating book. It's a wonderful addition to any high school American history curriculum. I read the book first and then Michael. Michael enjoyed the book. He liked learning about the different symbols and messages. He loves history and loves discovering the mysteries from past. 
Therese will read the book sometime this summer. Both kids are doing American history next year. I thought this was a fantastic book to get the kids excited about learning American history next year. I'm hoping it will create some interest (and excitement) for the upcoming school year. 



Right now, readers can purchase The Hidden Message from their official website for 50% off the cover price. To receive the discount just head on over to the website, apply the coupon code HOMESCHOOL at checkout. Shipping is always free.
Discount code is good until May 30, 2020.

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I know The Hidden Message will be a great addition to your American history curriculum.




Till Next Time,
Monique


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