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Review: Doorposts

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If you’re a part of the Christian homeschooling community, chances are you’ve heard of Doorposts , publishers of a wide variety of Bible-based parenting and character training materials.  I’ve used a number of their products over the years, one of my favorites being the “If/Then” chart which helps families to clearly outline the disciplinary action that can be expected for a variety of misbehaviors.


Recently, I was given the opportunity to review either Polished Cornerstones or Plants Grown Up, Doorposts’ character training books for girls and boys.  Since I have two girls, I opted for Polished Cornerstones, the book for girls.

Our schedule went crazy about the same time I received Polished Cornerstones.  Between preparing for our homeschool group’s Around the World Day (which we didn’t get to attend) and attending Relevant (the reason we didn’t get to attend ATWD), I didn’t get to use Polished Cornerstones as much as I would have liked…but we definitely will be using it throughout the coming weeks and months.

This 491-page, spiral-bound book has hundreds of ideas for mentoring and training your girls from about the age of five until they leave home as an adult.  The book is not designed to be used in a “cover-to-cover” fashion.  Rather, parents are encouraged to skip around to cover the topics that are relevant to their particular daughters’ stages in life.

Topics covered include:

  • Time management
  • Home management
  • Money management
  • Cooking and meal-planning
  • Self-discipline
  • Wisdom
  • Spiritual discipline (prayer, studying and memorizing God’s Word)
  • Patience
  • Humility
  • Purity

Under each topic heading, dozens of activity ideas are offered to help girls and their parents explore God’s Word and get real-life practice related to each discipline.  From studying and memorizing Scripture to writing essays, hands-on learning to discussion ideas for girls and their parents, ideas are included for every learning style, always turning the student back to God’s Word.

For each topic, activity ideas are broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced for ease of use, though parents are encouraged to let girls work above or below their suggested level, basing the selected activities on a particular child’s needs, interests and skill level.

I am very anxious to start exploring the homemaking and budgeting areas with my girls (and my boy).  I always have good intentions to let my kids help with things like menu planning and cooking so that they are prepared to do those things on their own after they leave home (or just give me a break once in awhile), but sometimes it just seems quicker and easier to do it on my own – or I just don’t think about it in the midst of day-to-day routine. Having these things listed as a project for us to do together often helps me move from good intentions to actual activity. 

I love that Polished Cornerstones lists out so many wonderful projects to help with how I should be discipling my girls anyway.  It’s that good intentions thing again.  Having the project ideas and Bible study suggestions already laid out for me, helps me to be more intentional about discipleship opportunities that are already there, but of which I might not be taking full advantage.

Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up are available from Doorpost for $48 each.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it.  I received no other compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions.  Your experience may vary.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. I would really like Plants Grown Up to use with my boys. Well, I would like all of their products, but that is the one that really stands out to me as I will soon have 4 boys.

  2. Well, I went to Doorposts and right now, I think the only thing I would order would be the Plants Grown Up book. 🙂 We seem to have just about everything else! LOL!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!


  3. I love Doorposts and have used several of their products over the years. The If,Then chart is a winner imho, too. The Brother Offended Chart is another really helpful tool.
    I have wanted to get Plants Grown Up. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. At the moment I could really use the "4 Chart Biblical Parenting set" but with 3 boys the "Plants Grown Up" would be something we would use forever! Thanks for hosting!

  5. We have the If-then and Blessings Chart, as well as For Instruction In Righteousness and find them to be very usefull. I would also be interested in the book As Unto the Lord for myself. Having 3 girls I'd love to win Polished Cornerstones!

  6. I have used a number of their products over the years and my favorite would be the Ruby Doll Kit and Proverbs 31 study that accompanied it for my daughter. I've always wanted to use either Polished Cornerstones or Plants Grown Up, they both look like tremendous products.

  7. I think the "Brother Offended" chart looks interesting. It seems my two kiddos could benefit. My youngest, especially, has been bitten by the tattle tale bug.

  8. OOohhhh what a great giveaway! I looked at their site, and love the Ruby doll set, and the Young Woman of Valor and…oh you get the point.

    I'd love the Polished Cornerstones book!

  9. I have looked at the If/Then chart from Doorposts before and would like to have that. With three daughters, I could definitely use Polished Cornerstones!

  10. OMG!!! I have been reading about, hearing about, and wanting these two books forever!! At $48 each, I simply don't have the extra money to purchase them right now. I would absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win one! Sending up lots of prayers that you pick us. What a blessing that would be. We SO need this in our house! I would most like the Polished Cornerstones book. Thanks so much for doing this!

    Jennifer @ Crow Family of 5
    [email protected]

  11. We already use the "if/then" chart, and we really love how it helps us be consistent as parents in our discipline. I've also been thinking about getting the "Blessings" chart, so I guess that would be my favorite right now. 🙂 Since we have two boys and one (going on two) girls, either book would be well loved and much utilized in our home!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. I liked 'A Day of Delight'- what great resources! I have a girl so the Polished Cornerstones would be fitting- thanks for the giveaway!

  13. We have been thinking about adding Plants Grown up with our homeschooling. Would love to win it.
    We are using the If/Then cards and they have been most helpful.

  14. I was *just* on their site on Monday checking out the Plants Grow Up book. I decided it didn't fit in the budget yet, so I am crossing my fingers to be the winner!

  15. This sounds like a great way to incorporate those topics that always seem to get left behind, yet are so imortant! I like the Honor Your Father and Mother Book. Would be very handy for my little ones.

  16. I have gotten this "For Instruction In Righteousness" out from the library and would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for a chance.
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

  17. I am not sure that I could decide on which one I wanted if I won.

    I think the patterns for the uniforms would be fun too. I would want to get that from the website!

    Amy @ Missional Mama

  18. I love the For Instruction in Righteousness book – we use it all the time! I would love to own the Polished Cornerstones!

  19. We have all girls also and have used the "Instructions in Righteousness" in the past–in fact we need to crack that book open again.

  20. My favorite would definitely be the Plants Grown Up book, but aside from that, probably the character training package. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. OMW! I was just sharing on another blog (where they were reviewing Plants Grown Up) that I have wanted both these books for several years now! We have For Instructions in Righteousness and The Ruby Doll kit and study (LOVE them both!), but I really would like Polished Cornerstones (I have 7 daughters!).

  22. My favorite Doorposts product is the "For Instruction in Righteousness" book. A great resource for training children!!
    I love it!

  23. I have a really old copy of Polished Cornerstones. I hear it's been updated with lots more activities. I've been waiting until my girls are older to do this. Thanks!

  24. I became familiar with Doorposts years ago when we only had two children, and now we have five (1 girl, 4 boys)! I would really love to have Plants Grown Up to use with the boys. I'd hoped to order it by now, after seeing it somewhat recently, but I need to replenish my "book fund" first … so it may be quite a while. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!!

  25. I like Plants Grown Up,
    For Instruction In Righteousness, Put On chart, Go-To The -Any chart. Actually, there are so many good things from them.

    Thanks for the Giveaway !!


  26. I have a looooong Doorposts wish list! A Day of Delight and As Unto the Lord for myself, Plants Grown Up and Honor Your Father and Mother for the littles, For Instructions in Righteousness and the 4 small chart set… I could go on!
    Since I have all boys, I would choose Plants Grown Up if I won.
    Thanks for the chance!

  27. LOVE Doorposts! My 4 year old has gained a lot from their if/then poster. I'd love to have a copy of Polished Cornerstones for my girls.

  28. My daughter belongs to a girls group and we are working through Doorpost's book Beauty and the Pig. So far so good. I am learning just as much as she is.

  29. We love Doorposts products here too! I have both Plants Grown Up and Polished Cornerstones, plus a couple of their Bible studies and all their posters. If I were to win, I'd love to give this to my sister-in-law.

  30. Honestly, the Polished Cornerstones book is exactly what I would want! When thinking about my kids, I have been thinking about what interests my 5 year old daughter. And what interests her is ME and anything I am doing. This would be a great tool to use in teaching her. My email is [email protected]. Thanks!

  31. I could use either book with 2 girls and 2 boys, but I really liked the character training package, as this would be a new curriculum for me. This looks like what I've been searching for in character development.
    Your blog has pointed me in alot of good directions

  32. To be honest I have never used their products. I have always wanted to but the if/then charts. I would love to have the cornerstone one though. I need to know how to raise a daughter.

  33. I had never heard of Doorposts before and enjoyed the website. The freebie area has some great info on courtship.
    I would like the Plants Grown Up book it sounds very helpful in this crazy world.
    adoptiongiftoflove @ Yahoo.com

  34. I liked many things at Doorpost. I think the checklist for parents is my favorite, but I ordered a catalog to look at more! Thanks for sharing.

  35. My favorite Doorpost item? Tough question!!! I guess right now my favorite would be: Polished Cornerstones. I've been wanting to get that book for sometime now. I have other items from them and absolutely love them. Thanks for offering this giveaway. One of the best so far.

  36. I would love to get "Polished Cornerstones" for my Daughter and Niece. Those two are full of attitudes just not always the right ones. It would be nice to have a guide to help show them there are more character traits than just being independent.

  37. For Instruction In Righteousness is my favorite. I have a boy and girl, boys are so different I think I would love the Plants Grown up book!

  38. Polished Cornerstones would be the winner. I've had my eye on it for ages

    thecurryseven (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  39. We have used almost all of the Doorpost's tools of getting the Word in our home as a daily practice. I just loaned out my For Instructions In Righteousness, and I think it was given away – the mom really loves it . . I'll need to get another one for me. We have Plants Grown Up, and were just talking about this verse yesterday with the 2 timothy 4:12? of Youth and how they may live. I don't need another plants book, but I'll say that Doorposts directed our family to live in the Word with practical every day tools. 🙂

  40. How about the Character Training Package?! Then I don't have to pick just one! I just recently came across Doorposts, and I'm planning on getting the If/Then Chart, and I'd love to have both the girls and boys book in the future. Hope I win!

  41. I think that the character training for both girls and boys look great to me since I have one of each. The If/then chart would also be useful.

  42. I love their If/Then chart! Such a great idea so that children can see their behavior in the light of God's Word, not just because mom and dad said so. Thanks for highlighting such a great company on your blog 🙂

  43. i would love to use plants grown up with my boys or polished cornerstones with my 13yr old girl. i've been thinking about buying it for awhile now, but not ready to bite the bullet on the price. we have the instructions for righteousness book-it is awesome!

  44. I've gotten their For Instruction in Righteousness book at the library before and really like that book! The Polished Cornerstones looks like it would be awesome as well!

  45. I think my daughter would love the Ruby doll! I would also love to have the Plants to grow up and Polished Cornerstones books to use with my kids.

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