Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TOS Review/ Salem Ridge Press

Salem Ridge Press is a publishing company that brings out of print books from the 1800's and the early 1900's back in print today.
Honestly, the books from that time period are some of the best books there are, and I was glad to hear that there was a company out there that was doing this!
There books are perfect "living books' for those of us that enjoy using living books in our homes.

(The Emma Leslie Church History Series)

Daniel Mills is the founder of Salem Ridge Press, and is a homeschool graduate himself!
Daniel says that the philosophy of Salem Ridge Press is found in the scripture, in this verse.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)."

As a fellow homeschooler, I use this verse myself to line up what we read or learn about,  so I find it very comforting that there is a company out there who is also lining their books up with scripture.

I implore you to take a moment to go on over to their website and read more about their philosophy behind Salem Ridge Press. 

I was also very impressed with the standards they have set for bringing a book back in print. 
Here is a quote form their website about their standards.
"I feel very responsible for the content of books that we republish and if I am going to bring a book back into print, I want to be able to stand behind it with no reservations. Very early on we realized that we were going to have to decide carefully what was appropriate in our books and what was not. I sometimes joke that our number one rule is, "No Kissing!" While many books from the 1800's and early 1900's are no problem at all this way, in several cases we have slightly edited passages which included a brief kiss or embrace. We want to be an encouragement to young people to maintain the highest standards of purity in their relationships. We have also edited out some derogatory comments that we felt were unnecessary or offensive. On several occasions the illustrations have presented a challenge and so we edited them to keep things modest and appropriate."

You can read the rest of their standards, and about their books here. 

Salem Ridge Press offers Historical Fiction, Church History, American History, World History, Adventure, Allegory and Young Readers books too.
You will find books for all ages. 

Now, I am a very picky mamma, and while I absolutely love some of their books, there are also some things that are still not up to my standards.

As I was reading through their allegory Down the Snow Stairs, there was just too many violent things, inappropriate words, such as idiot and stupid, the mentioning of snuff, etc.. that I just couldn't read it to my children.

I understand that it is trying to teach about the two different paths we can take, the path of obedience or disobedience, but it was just too much for me. I didn't want my children to have to listen to all of the bad stuff just to get the point.

However, we absolutely loved Soldier Fritz and the Enemies He Fought.
I was just so impressed with this book because it was not afraid to speak the biblical truth and preach against the Roman Church. You just don't find that too often. Most people try to be politically correct, and try to make sure they are not offending anyone, at the expense of the truth.
I won't tell you too much about the book itself but I highly recommend it, and we will be reading their other reformation books.

I think all in all Salem Ridge Press is a wonderful company that tries really hard to bring uplifting and inspiring books to our children, and I think you should definitely give them a try.
I know as for our family, there are many books on their website that we want to read.
Their books range in price from $10.95-$24.95, depending on the book, and whether or not you want it in softcover or hardcover. 

As with any book, just use your own judgment. you know your children best, and what is appropriate for them.
What I find to be inappropriate, you may not, and vice versa.
So check them out for yourselves.

Even though I found a few things that I didn't care for, I myself, would still read the majority of their books, based off of the ones I have read myself, and based off of the descriptions of the books on their website.

An upcoming book that I was particularly excited to see would be coming this fall, was the Henty Biography.

So, go ahead and check out their website, and while you are there sign up for their quarterly newsletter and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free book from Salem Ridge Press!

Check out what my fellow crew mates had to say about  Salem Ridge Press.


*I have received books from Salem Ridge Press, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion. No other compensation has been given to me.*

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