Polished Cornerstones and For Instruction in Righteousness were two of the first Bible character training products I heard of when we first began homeschooling way back in the olden days, eleven years ago.
Doorposts are a constant in the Christian homeschooling community. Their products are those whose reputation for quality have withstood the test of time.
The folks at Doorpost have introduced two new Bible study guides: Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas and Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men (designed for boys age 12 and up).
Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas take a unique approach to Bible study. It’s designed for moms who may only have 5 or 10 minutes here or there. It spends the entire 30 days on one chapter – Colossians 3 – in an effort to demonstrate that lack of time doesn’t have to equal lack of depth where Bible study is concerned.
Using little snippets of time, you’ll dig into Colossians 3 doing activities that will help you:
- Understand the context
- Compare and contrast to understand meaning
- Paraphrase to understand how the verse is applicable to you today
You’ll use tools and techniques such as:
- Marking words and phrases in different ways to see patterns
- Meditation and memorization
- Comparing different translations
- Using a concordance
Now that my kids are older, you’d think that I could handle longer Bible study times, but it still seems like the days get away from me faster than I can explain. There were times when that quick, five minute study was really an accomplishment.
It may be my ADD (okay, that’s a joke…I think…sometimes I think I’ve probably really got it), but I felt a little bogged down staying on the same chapter for 30 days. That being said, the study looked at a lot of different angles of the verse, so there was some variety in the study. If you’re a mom who did something like Five in a Row with your kids and loved it as much as they did, you’ll probably really enjoy Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas.
Doorposts’ other new Bible study product is Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men. This Bible study is designed for boys ages 12 and up and is set up in a very familiar Bible study format. There are five lessons each week. Each day’s lesson contains a reading assignment with space to answer questions and/or journal thoughts with study helps and notes in the margins.
Boys will look at godly, Biblical strength through this 10-week study. They’ll learn to do things like:
- Use a concordance
- Understand a passage through word study
- Use Bible study tools available online or on mobile devices
- Outline the content of a passage
- Complete a topical study
Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you – because I’m an honest sort: I haven’t had Josh work his way through this study yet. I was going to, but we typically do Bible study together as a family. I know him and if I have him do something the girls aren’t doing, he’s going to look at it as “unfair” or “extra work” and I never, ever want him to look at Bible study that way.
With that in mind, I decided to let him use the study guide this summer. With our crazy summer schedule, family Bible time is not as easily accomplished as it is during the school year, so I was thinking we might all pursue our own personal Bible study. That’s why I wanted to go ahead and share this resource with you now – in case you’d like to purchase the Bible study guide for your son to explore over the summer.
To that end, here’s a chance for you to pick up both Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas and Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men. The folks at Doorposts are giving away one copy of each Bible study to one winner. Follow the directions on the RaffleCopter widget below to enter.
Rules: This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. You will receive your choice of digital or print copy, but print copies can only be sent to a UPS address (no P.O. Boxes). Giveaway ends on Monday, June 3. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org via RaffleCopter.
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