Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{A Crew Review} Because You Are Strong - Doorposts

If we are having a really bad day and can't do school; with sickness, attitudes, or just life being overwhelming; the one thing that I still try to do is Bible.

Teaching Bible is one of the main reasons I homeschool; and a wonderful resource with helpful Bible teaching books is Doorposts. Why is the company called Doorposts? Well their motto is this verse:

"You shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates." ~Deut. 6:9
 
 
As the parent of my children I am commanded to teach biblical truths to my children. Doorposts, using parenting and character-training books, give parents the tools to help them teach their children more about Scripture.
 
 
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There are so many wonderful products from this company, but the one I was given was a soft-cover copy of  Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men.
 

What It Is:
 
This study book, meant for boys ages 10-12 and up, is written by Daniel Forster. There are eleven sections in the book; each study uniquely focusing on a different area of strength.
 
Some of these include:
 
  • Strength and Wisdom (Proverbs)
  • Strength in Battle (I Samuel 17)
  • Strength and Temptation (Study of Samson)
  • Strength and Serving Others (Study of Jesus' Actions)
The goal of the book is two-fold. First, it is to gain biblical knowledge and understanding; and the second goal is to practice and learn many different types of Bible study.
 
The types of study your son will learn how to do include:
 
  • Topical Study
  • Character Study
  • Word Study
  • Verse Study
  • Chapter Study
  • Book Study
Each study is conveniently broken down into days. This makes it very easy to assign and put on a school schedule. Each study takes between four and eleven days to complete; if done daily each week the book can be finished in about 15 weeks.


 
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What You Get:
 
This is a workbook style book, which I do appreciate. I have found with my son that he likes filling in the answer lines instead of having to copy answers in a notebook. You can purchase Because You Are Strong from Doorposts in two formats: a soft cover book or as an ebook (PDF). The soft cover book is normally $14.00, but is listed right now on their website for $12.00; the ebook format is $10.00. You can also see sample pages here.
 
The studies are in-depth; in each study they are taught how to study using a checklist. Doorposts gently leads them through the steps; they go beyond just reading the passage and also ask appropriate thought questions and have the students look up and study cross references. In each study there are convenient side bars which show the study checklist, list online resources, give definitions, helpful quotes, and study ideas. At the end of each study there is a box that lists items for additional study and gives other application ideas, assignments, and verses to study. To complete this workbook you will need to have access to Nave's Topical Bible and Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. You can purchase inexpensive hardbound editions at the Doorpost's website.
 
How We Used This And What We Thought:
 
I had Mr. Lego use this. He is 16 so when I signed up for this I thought he might be on the old side for this book. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was the perfect fit for him. The daily lessons are the right amount; he would spend between 15 and 30 minutes a day doing the workbook. I really liked that they taught my son how to study the Bible. For example, in the chapter on word study, they are learning about the word 'valor'. They are taught how to look up words in a concordance, how to read a dictionary entry, and how to dissect and study the word and its derivatives including valiant, valiantly, might, virtuous, and power.
 
In another study they are taught how to use a Bible commentary and are asked to do a short part of their study from Matthew Henry's Commentary (available online). The online resources were most helpful; they suggested apps and other websites. There are step-by-step instructions in the sidebars for searching in e-Sword, using references at Biblegateway, and navigating at Biblestudytools.
 
I was very impressed with this study. My son really benefitted from not only learning how to study the Bible, but he also learned some wonderful truths about being a strong Christian. I loved it that the book gave explicit instructions and didn't overwhelm with the questions or assignments. And one of the things I really appreciated (being the mother of three daughters), is that they have a section in the back with alternate questions for young ladies.

I do plan to have him complete the workbook in the next few months and then use the different study ideas to continue Bible study assignments.

Some members of The Crew reviewed this book and others received a Bible Study book for girls titled Beauty in the Heart. Check out what they thought by clicking below.
 
 

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