Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How the Scots Saved Christendom: Tales of Bravehearts and Covenanters Review!

How the Scots Saved Christendom: Tales of Bravehearts and Covenanters Review!
How the Scots Saved Christendom: Tales of Bravehearts and Covenanters 
What if I offered you a ticket to Scotland for $35?   What if I told you that your spouse and children could use the same ticket as well?  What if I told you that in addition to getting a personalized tour of battlefields, castles, cathedrals, gravesites and monuments that you would also learn about the passion and depth of character of the early martyrs and reformers of Scotland -AND- that you wouldn't have to leave the comfort of your own home!  Would you be interested?

This "ticket" is a 900 minute, 12 cd set called "How the Scots Saved Christendom: Tales of Bravehearts and Covenanters", taped on location during Vision Forum's Faith and Freedom tour of Scotland. This audio series features messages given by Douglas W. Phillips, Dr. Joseph Morecraft, III, and historian William Potter.

At first glance, you may think that this is another one of those "easy-listening historical storytime" cd's.  I thought so too and was I mistaken!  This is an engaging, informative, thought provoking and consuming journey through the history of one of the most Christ light-bearing countries of all time.

I think the President of Vision Forum, Douglas Phillips, says it best about the Scottish character: 

…”Built in the bath of blood, it was formulated on battlefields, it was breathed through ballads and bards who spoke and built up the National character.  It was cultivated through story telling.  It was birthed by fathers who developed a system of discipleship and of covenanting that was so superior to anything that we had seen in Christendom beforehand that the sons and the daughters embraced it in their hearts.  And from that great work of God there was 1000 buds which blossomed around the world.  In fact the National character of Scotland, though they would never see, like David, who would never live to see the palace built himself, the children of the great men of Scotland would go to the four corners of the Earth.  And that dream, that hope, those beliefs would be spread such that perhaps no country in the history of the world has had a greater impact on gospel evangelism than Scotland.”

A small sampling of the MANY historical figures and places contained in this set, you'll hear:

How William Wallace ignited the hearts of the Scots and Robert the Bruce as they fought for Scottish freedom., the historical and spiritual significance of Stirling Castle, St. Andrew Cathedral , Island of Iona and Kilmartin.

Discover how Columba leads the Picts out of darkness and helps to change the rules of war to reflect God's law.  During Columba's time, it was a common pagan practice to view women as object of warfare. The male Picts forced their wives to lead the front lines in battle armed with spears while they followed behind them flogging them to fight the opposing women.  (And people say Christianity is oppressive to women!)

Learn more about how Scotland sent out thousands of missionaries who were Covenanters.  Covenanters were steadfast Christians who uncompromisingly followed scripture and would die for their faith.  You'll hear about their lives, martyrdom and why many of their mouths were stuffed with brass balls before being burned alive at the stake.

Experience how the Reformation spread to Scotland and took hold via education as a rediscovery on grace and work of the Holy Spirit.  Literacy rates increased dramatically during this time because so many people wanted to read the Bible for themselves.

Spend time with the most famous of these men, John Knox, who worked to establish Christ as the Head of the church and reform the structure of government in accordance with the Bible.  You will hear some incredible interaction between Knox and Mary Queen of Scots as Knox is steadfast, courageous and respectful in making a Biblical stand.

You will also be introduced to the Declaration of Arbroath, learn its' importance and how this document directly influenced America's Declaration of Independence.

In regards to the formation of America as a nation, you'll learn about John Witherspoon, who was a direct descendant of John Knox, and how he trained 1/6 of our Founding Fathers.  And, the role that Samuel Rutherford took in educating our Founding Fathers at the University of New Jersey - known as Princeton.

Find out what happened to the Celtic Christians and how that should spur Christian Americans on to a greater evangelism of our own countrymen.

Of all the incredible stories that were shared, the most surprising to me was the Petroglyphics found in a cave in West Virginia.  These date back to the 1st century and are written in an Ancient Irish dialect WITH The 10 Commandments in Hebrew side by side.  These have also been found in places from Maine to Arizona and appear to be from missionaries form the island of Iona.  The significance being that the Native Americans were being evangelized long before Columbus arrived in America!

Though perhaps this set is best for Junior High and up, as a parent, you will no doubt come away from this with a greater appreciation of the Scottish sacrifice and ability to teach your children more of the middle ages conflict between the established church that was filled with superstition and corruption to that of the church laid out in the Word of God lead by flesh and blood reformers.

My husband, 12 year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed all of this set.  My younger children did listen in on some of the sessions and enjoyed them as well.  Since these sessions were recorded on location - sometimes outdoors - birds, wind and other noises can be heard.  For a great percentage of the time, the extras add to the feel of actually being in Scotland.  There are a few times, particularly on disk 8, were it is better to listen in a quiet room to catch everything that is being said.

I received these cd's for free in exchange for an honest review.


  1. we don't own this set, lol! we own most everything else they make though! know hubby would love this one

  2. My husband and kids LOVE this kind of thing. I have many things from Vision Forum, may have to get this one too. Great and thorough review. Thanks.

  3. I see you have completed this review. Wahoo. After reading what you wrote, I MUST get this.Hmmmm - I have a birthday coming up. :)