Monday, September 9, 2013

Sword Study by Tammy McMahan Illustrations by Doug McGuire~ Glass Roads Blog Tour

Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
  • Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
  • Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
  • Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
  • Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
  • Level 5 is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages. 
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study.

My take on this Bible Study:
I am always looking for ways to enrich my Bible study and when I can get my family involved well then that's just an added bonus.
The Sword Bible Study is a totally unique way to study the Bible with your family. It's a family centered Bible Study that includes five different age appropriate levels. Each age level can be purchased separately allowing families to purchase the appropriate books for each person in their family. The study that I used was for II Timothy. The study encompasses ten weeks, and while each workbook is age appropriate, each family member will be learning the same lessons. Family time will allow them to share ideas on what they have taken away  from their studies.
Level One is geared toward the youngest members of the family, age four thru seven. Each day starts with a simple prayer, to get children into the habit of talking to God. Then there are hands on activities such as coloring, then a Read and Learn that goes along with the passages that others in the family are using. It plants God's truths in the youngsters mind. Finally there is a simple statement for them to memorize. Some of these statements include such phrases as Jesus will always be my friend, Jesus loves me, I can trust God just to name a few. These statements will allow them to feel closer to God.
Level Two is geared toward 7-10 year olds.Each day consists of  On Your Knees, Pray write, read and apply and then A.C.T.S. which reminds the user to end in prayer, and even provides sample prayers but also encourages the user to come up with their own.I like that there are plenty of questions for the user to answer, and plenty of space for writing.
Level Three:Is geared toward 11-14 and feels more grown up. The format is the same as in the second level, but the questions are harder, allowing the user to dig deeper. 
Level Four: is geared for teens to adult.Set up in the same manner as level two and three, the questions are geared for a more mature group. The one thing that stood out for me with level four is that the user is encouraged to use their Bible to look up information, encouraging key word search using such Bible software such as Logos or
Level Five:Is the parent guide book. 
Sword Study is a wonderful way to draw families together, and get them talking about what's important in life. Perfect for home schooling families, but also great for anyone looking to bring their family together by studying God's word.  A study that allows each member of the family to participate from the youngest to the oldest, each member will walk away with a greater understanding of II Timothy, but more than that perhaps this will build a solid foundation for further family time to study God's word together!
 A complimentary copy of this study was provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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