Beliles and McDowell have rewritten much of the Principle Approach material from Rosalie Slater, Verna Hall, Arnold Guyot, and others, into a very readable book. The theme--that God in His providence directs both individuals and nations--is prominent.
It begins with an overview of geography and ancient history to lay groundwork for presenting the theme in the context of American history, economics, and foreign affairs. (Note that it draws on some of Guyot's ideas in regard to geography and the development of civilizations that many might find questionable, possibly bordering on racism.) There is an extensive section on education in America, including the basics of how to apply the Principle Approach.
The final chapters describe the "apostasy and decline" of America and a plan for the "reformation" of our country. The authors present a strong call to action and Christian political involvement. This book has an agenda with which readers might agree or disagree, but it is nevertheless useful as a source for the presentation of information about Christian roots of American history for those who have learned only the secular version. It is best used as a parent resource book.
The book is 296-pages, softbound, with large print and black-and-white illustrations.