In this review I was given the opportunity to look at and use the Doorposts study guide, Beauty in the Heart. This is designed for young girls 10-12 and up. The study guide was written by Pam Forster. Beauty in the Heart is not only a study on what the Bible says about beauty, but it will also teach your daughter different ways to study the Bible.
The first study is an inductive study. With this type of study, you move from an overall view to specifics. You will also learn verse study, character study, book study, chapter study and word and topical study. You daughter will learn good study skills by using this devotional. She will learn to use a Strong's Concordance, Nave's Topical, maps, and online studies. All of these will be beneficial for her in future studies.
The side of the pages are filled with gray boxes with extra study information, places you can look for further study, historical information, and instructions on how to find more information online. At the beginning of each study the gray boxes will tell you which type of study you are doing and list any extra materials you might need.
Now, I am going to do this post differently than I normally do my curriculum posts and at the end I will tell you why.
1. This is an in depth study on beauty. It covers many passages and studies them in different ways.
Your daughter will cover both Old and New Testament passages on inner beauty, as well as study many examples of women who had a Godly beauty, such as Sarah, Esther and Ruth.
2. Your daughter will learn how to use many different study aids. (Bible Concordances, Bible Dictionaries, Maps, Online Media)
Being able to use different study books and guides will improve your daughter's ability to study issues on her own later in life.
3. Your daughter will learn different ways to study the Bible.
By learning the different methods of study your daughter will build a strong foundation of how to study and which study she should use.
1. Has sections that ask you to use several different versions to look at a verse.
As we use only the KJV, I do not want to encourage my child to use other versions. As we have taught them over the years God has promised to preserve His Word and we find this to be the KJV.
2. In areas the study seems to correct the Bible. (Remember, we believe the KJV is the Word of God.) For example: Regarding the AV (or Authorized Version known as the KJV), they quote the Vine's for a definition of Shamefacedness. "Shamefacedness is that modesty which is 'fast' or rooted in the character...The change to 'shamefacedness' is the more to be regretted because shamefacedness...has come rather to describe an awkward diffidence, such as we sometimes call sheepedness."
I believe the KJV to be the inerrant Word of God, thus causing my daughter to question this is a problem for me.
There is also a whole section where they look up the original Greek. As I believe we have God's Word for today in English, there is no need to go back to the Greek. We use a Webster's 1828 to look up definitions. As I state in my position below, I realize not everyone feels this way. I am letting you know why I can not use this devotional, although as stated above there may be some who would have no problem.
Here is why I did this review this way. Although I see many ways this devotional could be beneficially to a young lady, I personally can not recommend this for those I know. I am stressing those I know. Many of our friends believe as we do and read my posts, thus I need to include this. As a family we firmly stand on the KJV and I have a problem when it is being corrected. I know not everyone feels this way which is why I included the pros. To use this curriculum I had to skip many sections, thus it would not be a devotional I would purchase. Beauty in the Heart can be ordered for $14
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