THREADS OF TIME
By Carolyn R Scheidies
Not Just about dates…
of THREADS OF TIME is that history is not just about dates. It’s about explorers and adventurers, about spies and presidents.
It’s about people of faith who made a difference in their world.
OF TIME you’ll discover how Marco Polo’s adventures to China influenced Christopher Columbus and how John Smith
impacted both Pocahontas and Squanto. History is the story of interconnected lives. THREADS OF TIME brings those historical
figures to life.
Author discovers history
rheumatoid arthritis put Scheidies in a wheelchair as a young teen, she found solace in reading. As she immersed herself in
her father’s extensive library, she began to build on a love of history she’d first discovered in elementary school
reading biographies. During those teenage years when pain and disability held her in its grip, she felt useless and wondered
if her life had meaning. Still, she persevered.
there was more to history than dates and events. Scheidies said, “History is real people living out their lives at a
particular time and the influence they had on future generations both good and bad. I could see that these people are
remembered because they didn’t give up or quit when things got tough.”
love of history led her to take so many classes while getting a comprehensive major in journalism, she had almost enough credits
to minor in the subject. Even though extensive reconstructive surgery finally got her back on her feet, Scheidies never lost
her love of libraries, history and searching for the truth.
Birth of the book
“THREADS OF TIME,” she said, “came about when my son was in middle
school. He came home with some disturbing information about Columbus. I decided to do some research and discovered I didn’t
know nearly as much as I thought about the man, his time or his motives. Studying Columbus led me back to Marco Polo and forward
to other historical figures. I was amazed at how one person influenced another, sometimes even when they never met.”
Scheidies researched and wrote a draft of THREADS OF TIME, she did little with it when her novels began to sell and writing
historical fiction took her away from non-fiction for a time.
Passing on history
son married and began his own family, she realized she wanted her grandchildren to love history by reading about the struggles
and the faith of those who came before. She dusted off the manuscript, did more research, revised and finally had the work
ready. The result is THREADS OF TIME that ties eleven historical figures together from Marco Polo to Florence Nightingale.
Threads tie together Columbus, John Smith, Squanto, Paul Revere, Harriet Tubman and more—persons of different
times, genders and races. Individuals who didn’t give up, even though, at times, everything seemed against them.
TIME includes The Ten Commandments, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and more, along with teacher suggestions
And nowThrough THREADS OF TIME, Scheidies hopes others will not only get
a clearer picture of the past, but also be encouraged that we can all contribute to our world if we use the talents God has
given us, and don’t give up.