Book Review: The Intellectual Devotional: American History

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I was browsing Target of all places when this book caught my eye. The Intellectual Devotional is similar to those religious books which provide a daily scripture reading. This book focuses on American history (there is an earlier book which is more general and provides a daily reading in various areas. So one day may cover early American literature while another will cover military history. This is one of the coolest books I've ever picked up. Each reading takes less than five minutes but gives you a good understanding of the topic. I've especially liked the pages on early American writers, something I've wanted to learn more about for a while. If I were a bit indelicate I'd say it's the perfect bathroom book. (Ok, I'll say it.) Anyway, I'd definitely recommend picking it up!

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Keith Dodd posted on 3/16/2008 at 2:16 AM

My adult son is somewhat mentally limited but can read. I got him the first, general Intel. Devotional for Christmas. He's really enjoyed telling me daily about his Devotional. Today he summarized "Medieval Philosophy" and he had a lot of info I didn't know. Great book! This one covers seven fields of knowledge, one for each day.

Morning talk show guy here in Philadelphia reads on each morning on his show.

Comment 2 by Book Lover posted on 3/16/2008 at 4:30 PM

I love these kind of books. I found one a couple years ago that did the same thing but for Native American history. They are great if you are a teacher and need something to cover that day in class.

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 3/16/2008 at 5:41 PM

@Book Lover - you can't mention a book like that and not mention the title. :)