What is self-esteem? What is a hero? What is a friend? Is achievement important? What is good character? Why do human beings create art? Why does it matter if we are good or bad? What does it mean to live as a human being? What is the meaning of life?
These are philosophical questions many of us think about at some point in our lives.
To Love Wisdom is an introduction to philosophy for intermediate-aged young people interested in big thoughts. Covering the topics of Character, Reality, Objectivity, Ethics, Individuality & Art, this visually beautiful book is an eight-chapter course for the homeschooled student who works alone, or for the vocational teacher seeking inspiration for unique and interesting lesson plans.
The work can be purchased through Kindle or, alternatively, a hardcopy can be ordered upon contacting the author.
Olivia Pierson resides in New Zealand where she has taught the material to intermediate students, before creating the book as a stand-alone resource for the international market.
This book is so inspiring! I was looking for material that addressed philosophical subjects, for my friend who homeschools her children. She wanted something simple and powerful that wasn't loaded with mind-boggling data. One of her sons is particularly artistic and she is not, so the chapters on art are a godsend. We love how Olivia explains big ideas in a very simple way for the middleschool mind to absorb easily.The advice on self-esteem is worth gold! One of the other aspects of this book which I admire the most is that it is relevant to any sort of teaching environment, whether it be secular or Christian, the principles are just so universal. A brilliant workbook Olivia Pierson, well done and thank you! - Sarah Pearce, Author, Speaker & Business Mentor
I'm a homeschooler with a very bright but precocious twelve year old daughter who "knows everything!" LOL. Olivia condensed some important topics into one book with stunning pictures which made them relevant... it had her focused and asking me questions about things I wanted her to ask me about. Never thought that would happen until her adulthood. Great stuff. This book was a gift especially as a Kindle option. - Megan Fergusson, Mum & Home-creator
I bought this book for my 14 year old son and my 11 year old daughter and their interest in art but did not expect to have my own thoughts challenged but that is exactly what happened. We have had many intense discussions around the dinner table now because of it! Even as an adult I learned things from this book because of the way it is put into words in a kind of black and white manner, no disrespect to the author intended, it is wonderful and unique and covers thinking that does not come up in everyday conservations. Glad to have it for my kids' development, and my own. One thing I picked up is how many pieces of art are from the religious period yet I can't make out if the author is a christian or not, I think not? Anyway, they are Baroque period which is pretty hard to ignore in the history of art. - Maggie Darcy, ex-Art Teacher and Mother
This course came to our family through our kids school and I have to say I was really happy that they put it into the curriculum. My son is a bit quirky, a real computer nerd but he took to the questions that were asked like, what it means to be good or bad and what makes a person a hero. This made him really think and made his father and I think too. Suddenly we were discussing these things in our family life and it felt important. Thanks to the author for making us all think a bit deeper about life and morals. I didn't understand all of it, but our son gave it to us in bits and pieces with the questions he brought home to answer and discuss. It pays to pay attention to what your kids are doing for homework. This one really got our attention so thanks to the author who passed it to the school. Very valuable lessons. - Trish Stalin, Mom and Customer Services Manager
We were given this book as a Christmas gift from Grandma and I just had to let the author, Olivia Pierson, know how much it meant to us as slightly older parents. When we were young in the 60s, a different world, and sometimes you could go to parties and talk about philosophical issues if you were lucky (or on drugs!). It doesn't seem to happen anymore outside of counselling!! Our fifteen year old foster son lapped every word up - he lost all interest for a few weeks in all his usual activities and computer games. The only mild criticism I can think of is that he really needed an adult to bounce his learning off - it wasn't a book he could just read on his own he needed an adult nearby to "check in" his thoughts with to talk about. That's not really a criticism because I like to know what is going on his mind, so a great work all round for young people who are interested in philosophy. - Joan Smith, Wife & Mother