There are very few things in life that you can get without studying it. I would never go to a doctor who glanced through a copy of Grey's Anatomy and printed his own medical certificate from online. That would not be smart. Doctors spend years studying medicine, and they continue studying even after a medical board considers them to be knowledgeable about the subjects.
Studying and not just reading God's Word is a very important part of building a relationship with our Heavenly Father. No matter how much you study, there is always something new to learn or points that we need refreshed on. As adults we have a difficult time with this task, but what about our children? Doorposts has an option for parents to help their children to develop strong personal study habits.
Because You Are Strong by Daniel Foster ($12.00) is a personal study guide for boys ages 12 and up that teaches practical Bible study skills. The Bible is the Christian symbolic Sword. They can use scriptures to help fight off the adversaries that attack their faith. Only through study though is it possible to know what is in this precious "weapon".
Because You Are Strong helps boys to become more knowledgeable about their Bible by providing 10 in-depth studies on Biblical heroes like David and Samson. It shows them how Jesus loved people while he was on Earth and opens them up to wisdom from Proverbs. You can view a sample chapter by visiting here.
It is broken down so that the student will learn how to:
- Use a concordance
- Study the original Greek and Hebrew words used in a passage
- Perform a character study
- Study a specific topic in the Bible
- Understand and use marginals notes in your Bible
- Study a verse, passage, chapter or entire book of the Bible
- Use free Bible study tools on computers and mobile devices.
We had the opportunity to try the print copy of Because You Are Strong ($12.00), but you can also purchase an ecopy for $10.00. Joey and I tried to use this book together. He had a really difficult time using this. This was not the fault of the book, it is well written and very thorough. Joey has a hard time "thinking outside of the box". There are several thinking questions each day, which are there to help children learn how to defend their faith and really search in their Bibles and their hearts. This task is still very difficult for Joey. He is slowly tackling reading the Bible and understanding what he reads.
I really like the set-up of Because You Are Strong. Each study includes a different study technique mentioned above.
There are reminders about how to have a meaningful study....something we all could use, not just boys.
It encourages extra study. Gives them ideas on what topics look up further research about.
It contains 74 days of study, plus 40 more suggested studies....enough for more than a year. There are daily assignments broken down into roughly 5 - 20 minutes for each day. This study really is no-fuss planning for parents, and all knowledge for their children.
It could be used as part of your child's daily curriculum or as a study on their own. They can work independently or with a parent to study the material.
Would I recommend this program to parents? Yes! It is aligned to be used with any personal Bible and Bible study aids. It encourages meditation on the scriptures. Will I try it again with Joey? Yes, this is one that we will bring out again in a few months and see how well he does.
Because You Are Strong is really a great teaching aide for your child.
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were able to use either Because You Are Strong or Beauty in the Heart. Please take some time to visit their blogs and see how these study programs worked in their homes.