Monday, April 27, 2020

The Hidden Message of the Great Seal - Crew Review

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

The Hidden Message of the Great Seal by Michael Kanis from The Hidden Message LLC has been printed for the purpose of scholarly comment, verification of historicity, endorsements, and input. Michael Kanis presents the history and description of the national seal of the United States of America and uncovers foundational truths from the dawn of liberty that further suggest that these truths may rescue a republic in peril.

After the Declaration of Independence was passed on July 4, 1776, congress called on the same men who had written the declaration to produce the seal. The designers worked with great ingenuity to choose symbols with related meanings that could be interpreted together to reveal a hidden message. It is through a device called allegory that the message of our seal is concealed. The three – Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams – each offered a design and then they all agreed on one, which they submitted to congress. Together, the Declaration of Independence, the Great Seal of the United States, and the United States Constitution reflexively shape and define the identity of the new republic and are designed to express the values, principles, and mission of America.

This book explores and uncovers the meaning of the symbols and the message hidden within the seal. Of all the symbols on the seal, the unfinished pyramid and its meaning intrigue me the most. The pyramid stands for virtue, each layer represents a specific virtue, and these virtues were exemplified by Christ.

Benjamin Franklin thought all children should be taught the thirteen virtues in school. Read Franklins own words on teaching virtue to youth: “I think with you that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are, in my opinion, the strength of the state; more so than riches or arms.”

I agree with Michael Kanis in his conclusion: “We are indebted to our American founders because they have named our virtues and embraced them, integrating them into our identity, our founding documents, and our system of government, going so far as to say that it is not possible for our republic to exist without virtue. They taught us that virtue is relevant, is a standard for what is worthy, can be defined, and should be the basis for our conduct.”

Michael Kanis has thoroughly researched and revealed how foundational truth from the dawn of liberty may rescue a republic in peril. I have enjoyed reading this book and encourage teens through adults to learn more about this national treasure we call the Great Seal of the United States.

The book can be found on Amazon for $29.95, but I have a coupon code for 50% off the cover price for my readers who wish to purchase the book from their website. As always, shipping is free. To receive the discount, apply coupon code: HOMESCHOOL at checkout. The discount is good through May 30, 2020.

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