The Hidden Message, an intriguing study of America’s National Seal

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Our family was delighted to receive a copy of The Hidden Message of The Great Seal by Michael Kanis for review by the Hidden Message, LLC and the Homeschool Review Crew. This soft-cover book is large and filled with approximately 250 pages of text and 295 beautiful color photos exploring, “How Foundational Truth from The Dawn of Liberty May Rescue a Republic in Peril.”

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My husband and our 6th grade son read chapters every day and discussed them at length. Many of our meal conversations centered around what new discovery they encountered. They also pulled out words to use as spelling and grammar.

Some of those include:

Allegory: symbolism, expression, representation

Heraldry: A complex system of rules and language developed about 900 years ago.

John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, the creators of the seal, began designing the seal the day the Declaration of Independence was signed. They hired heraldic experts to help in producing the seal, but also interposed their own messages and symbolism. “By studying the design of the seal we can uncover the convictions they held and the truth they wished to convey to us across the centuries,” Kanis writes.

One of the things that stuck out to us was that while not all our nation’s founders were specifically Christian, they all ascribed to the belief of Creator God. They strongly believed that God ordained and blessed the founding of America. Chapter 3 includes extensive documentation of this, including many excerpts from George Washington’s writings attributing the tenacity and fortitude of her people and every success and favorable outcome to the kindness of God. Additionally, records of congress are filled with calls to prayer, national days of fasting, and national days of thanksgiving to God for answered prayer.

We also learned that there are 13 levels on the pyramid of the symbol, 13 olive leaves, and several other ways this number is incorporated into the seal. The number 13 relates to the number of colonies as well as Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues. The number 13 is used 8 times on our dollar bill through imagery and symbolism.

Page 70 of the book is a detachable poster of Franklin’s 13 virtues with descriptions of each. Franklin compiled this list in 1726 at twenty years of age. He believed wisdom and virtue were of greater importance to America than riches and arms.

  1. Self-Restraint
  2. Grace
  3. Order
  4. Self-Discipline
  5. Stewardship
  6. Hard Work
  7. Truthfulness
  8. Justice
  9. Moderation
  10. Cleanliness
  11. Peacefulness
  12. Morality
  13. Humility

Kanis sites solid thorough research to support his findings. He dispels the theories that the seal is related to the Freemasons or the occult and points us instead to the vigorous faith of our nation’s founders. His book moves readers through all the symbols of the seal and how they relate to our lives and nation today. It is threaded with a clarion call to unity, to turn and return to God, stand for what is right, and trust the hand of Providence to propel and lead this nation to a greater glory than she has ever known.

The most involved readers here felt that some information could have been consolidated into shorter segments, but highly recommend the book as a well-researched informative documentation of our nation and the call of our founders to walk with virtue and wisdom. My husband has a degree in political science and minored in history, and felt like he learned significant information from The Hidden Message of The Great Seal. Last evening out of the blue he said, contemplatively, “They were founding a country and here we are living in it.” This morning he added, “This book demonstrated what an honor and blessing it is to live in a nation founded on faith and Christianity.”

Thank you, Michael Kanis, for your hard work and commitment to our nation and it’s children to share this truth. Our family is truly grateful. Just a side-note, Kanis dedicates this book to his beautiful daughter, Caroline Kanis, 3-27-07 – 3-18-17. I don’t know Kanis or his daughter’s story, but I know the pain and grief of child-loss and my family extends our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Kanis family. Our daughter, Sadie Rose, was also born and died in 2007. I have no doubt she and Caroline are smiling at this connection now.

Author Michael Kanis

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