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Window On The World (pb) Paperback – March 1, 2007

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"No wonder this book has won an award. It is attractively presented, with so much information, that the authors are to be congratulated for keeping it so clear and well set out.  All this information is to inform and encourage prayer for the peoples around the world.  A truly excellent book!" Mary Bartholomew, Reviewer, Good Book Stall

About the Author

Daphne Spraggett has served with WEC since 1958. Jill Johnstone, until her death in 1992, was the wife of Patrick Johnstone, original author of Operation World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932805915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932805918
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Though it says 2007, it's not a revised edition but has exactly the same information as the hardcover version I bought in 2002; no updates on major world events/changes, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. An excellent spiritual resource, as well as useful in teaching geography and cultures.
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Format: Hardcover
The book features a different country on every 2 page spread. The pages are nice and thick and glossy. Great color all over with lots of photographs. Beautiful layout.

Each country is briefly desribed with the geography, culture, relative dynamics and, most importantly, how you can pray for that nation. A must-have book in your library.

Homeschool curriculum companies that use this book are SONLIGHT and MY FATHER'S WORLD.

I highly recommend this book to any christian- children and adults will enjoy it!

(PS: the man that reviewed the 'book binding' above clearly received a defective book and should have returned it)
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Format: Hardcover
This book has been on our Homeschool boockcase for the last two years. It is by far one of the favorites in our home. My son (10 years old) can tell us all about the beliefs of a people group without even opening the book. He will also pick a people group and make up his own stories and write them out. We bought this to use along with our prayer journal and devotions for our homeschool but it has been used for so much more. We now have Operation World by the same authors and are looking forward to exploring that next year.
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Format: Hardcover
I just ordered this book for my wife for Christmas as a companion to Operation World. The content adds a more personal touch to the information in Operation World by allowing you to visualize some of the people and their culture. The only negative part was that the book was bound upside down and backwards. If you opened the book based on the direction of the cover you were looking at the end of the book upside down. Not really a big deal but a little annoying.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is life-changing. It is my 8 year old daughters favorite part of the school day, but I am learning as much, if not more, than she is from it. I am learning that the world is much larger than my city, my state, the US and even North America! There is a lot going on out there that I have been horribly blind to until now. This book is opening my eyes to the knowledge that EVERY person is a child of God and He loves and cares about each one. This book is causing me to have a new perspective of thankfulness about how fortunate my family is and daily I am reminded to be thankful for our health, our safety, our comfort and material provision, our food, clean water, all things I have taken for granted until now. We are very spoiled in this country and I think this book is an awesome tool for adults and children to foster a new way of thinking!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Compared to now, this is far outdated. I bought this to teach my sons about the world, and for that it serves its purpose very well. Our family reads through it and then prays together for each country we read about or people group. There are loads of colorful pages with information. I'd say get this to at least teach about other cultures and to give your children an idea of what other countries are like, but if you are trying to teach history from it, see if there is a newer version with updated information instead.
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Format: Paperback
The quick summary:
*One star for the maps, facts and figures offered on the countries
*One star for lots of colorful, interesting pictures
*Minus one star for judgmental attitude
*Minus one star for contrived stories
*Minus one star for inaccuracies on China section

Narrow-minded
I was so excited about this book! I started out reading this to my children, and liked exposing them to different peoples and cultures. But the more I read, the less I liked. The prayer suggestions bothered me the most. The authors are extremely narrow in their focus. Why can we only be grateful when people are exposed to or converted to their particular brand of Christianity? Can we not be grateful that a country/people is God-fearing? that they pray? that they are kind? that they have strong families? that they have enough to eat??? And can we only pray for people to be converted? For a war-torn poverty-stricken country, I think I would first pray for safety and food, and THEN maybe for a Bible to be translated into their own language. (Safety, food, shelter and other things that might be life-altering for impoverished peoples are never mentioned by the authors at all.) A Bible in their own language will mean a lot more to them if they are alive to read it! I know this is a Christian book, but it seems very unchristian, judgmental, and narrow-minded at times. I did NOT want my children picking up on that kind of attitude, so I stopped reading the prayer suggestions altogether.

Contrived Stories.
Every story sounded the same. Every story was written in exactly the same style. Every story was about being converted. Every story seemed completely false. The book felt just like this paragraph--like I was reading the same story over and over.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is laid out so a family or parent can read about one people group each day. It gives insight into daily life and culture and explains the current spiritual conditions. You can finish by having your kids pray through several small bullet points of prayer requests. This book opens up the world to your kids and shows them God's work across the globe.
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