Friday, April 29, 2011

I can study Esther Review

Greek 'n' Stuff offers a variety of bible studies as well as Greek and Latin studies as well. I received "I can study Esther alone with God" written by Karen Mohs for review. The study is designed to encourage children in independent bible studies. This series of studies is geared toward children in upper elementary grade levels.

As for my opinion....well....I like the layout of this book, but that's because I really do enjoy a good workbook, and thankfully so does my daughter. However, I have a son who does not like workbook style learning, so in my home this works for one but would not work for the other. I like that it is training the child to pray before reading the Word, the study has a weekly memory verse from the passage being studied. And it offers little tidbits of extra information to help clarify parts or just give interesting insights into the portion being studies. I should also mention there are questions with bible verse references so the child can find the answers easily. All you need is this workbook and your bible!

Those were my for my not likes so much. Let me preface this by saying, my family is Messianic, so we have a little bit of a different view on some passages of scripture and Esther it appears is one of them. My dislikes are really about theology in this particular case. I disagree with the interpretation given of this book. Which leads me to my second dislike, I think when we study God's Word, we should be careful not to allow centuries of tradition to interpret God's Word for us, but allow His Holy Spirit to guide us. In my opinion, this study would have been better had it allowed the child to interpret what was going on and kept some of the prompts on the sidebar down to factual information only.

I will say, I kind of knew going into this particular study that there would be a difference of opinion, but with all of that said, I do think this is a very nicely laid out study as well as thoughtful.

This 13 week study guide can be purchased from Greek 'n' Stuff for just $8.95 and you have your choice of King James Version or New International Version.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. As such I have received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion and review of this product. I have not received any additional compensation for my review.

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