VENTURA, CA -- Nordskog Publishing introduces With My Rifle by My Side: A Second Amendment Lesson by Kimberly Jo Simac, their inaugural release under the Young Heart Books imprint. Said publisher Gerald Christian Nordskog: "Young Heart Books encourage the young to seek the Lord in prayer, worship in church, and love the liberties provided by the sacrifices of our country's forefathers so they may grow into tomorrow's American patriots."
Glenn Beck, on his July 2 TV show, described Kimberly Jo Simac as "an amazing woman" and showed her new book. Earlier, on June 29, on his radio show (with Webcam online), he described meeting her and showed her book, then opening to a picture of the family in a museum looking at the painting of our Founders signing the Constitution. He said he would read it to his son and pointed out that it is about the 2nd Amendment.
This is more than just a picture book. The appendix for parents and grandparents contains gun safety guidelines, links to programs for children, and Founders' quotes to introduce a 2nd Amendment study.
Written for children 8 and younger, the book tells two stories at once: A boy's initiation into rifle safety and hunting; and his awakening to the solemn necessity of firearms for preserving personal and national liberty. The young protagonist observes of the Founding Fathers:
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"With their rifles by their sides, they protected their right to be free.
They defended their land, neighbors, towns, and families."
Through this, her fourth children's book, Simac expresses her belief that it is past the time for Americans to defend the country that has offered so much to its citizens. Because we have lost sight of our original values -- now our morals, work ethic, pride, and integrity have been greatly diminished. The result is a transformation of America rendering Lady Liberty helpless to defend and protect her people. The Founders predicted such demise if we strayed from the fundamental premise that government should serve the people and not the reverse.
Of With My Rifle by My Side, publisher Gerald Christian Nordskog said, "How will American children achieve greatness if no one instills such attributes as courage, integrity, and honesty in their hearts and minds? This book will inspire children to take their place as the future leaders of our nation. It is intended to motivate youngsters to know their gun as companion and defender. This book also teaches the role of the Colonial Minutemen and of all the soldiers who have defended our country throughout history."
In addition to writing, Simac and her husband have reared nine children and are now grandparents. She is also a talk radio host, national speaker, and conservative activist. She leads the group "Northwoods Patriots" and sponsors Tea Party events.
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Illustrator Donna Goeddaeus is an award-winning illustrator and fine arts instructor.