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Philippians In 28 Weeks . . .A T.O.S. Review

I have been blessed to have another opportunity to review a product from the Home School Adventure Co..

I received a pdf copy of Philippians In 28 Weeks “Love Him With All Your Mind” with Reflection Journal, written by Stacey Farrell.

This book is available in the ESV or the KJV version. As most of my regular readers have already guessed, I chose the KJV version.

Stacey Farrell has devised a very simple way of learning (memorizing) Philippians, although I made it harder than it needed to be at first, lol!

The ages this book is meant to work for are:

Read aloud and discussion as a family: ages 9-11

family discussion and/or parental/teacher guidance, ages 12 and up

Most high School age students should be able to handle this book on their own.

Philippians In 28 Weeks is available as a complete print edition, in either ESV or KJV, for $28.95. The ESV version is also available as a complete e-book for $14.95, while the ESV Memory Cards e-book is available for $9.95.

Stacey has set out five steps to memorizing the book of Philippians:

1. Read the book of Philippians every day.
2. Record your insights in the journal she provides in the book.
3. Repeat your current week’s verses daily.
4. Review and recite from memory.
5. Retain what you have memorized, by reciting your verses at the start of the week, before beginning a new card.

Stacey has provided a very nice log within the book, so that you can keep yourself accountable for keeping up with your study, along with a very nice set of printable cards which have all of the verses to memorize for each week. They are meant to be printed out with the verses on one side and a picture on the other side, but I would prefer not to use all that ink, so only print out the verse side. Also, I have never really cared for the “what everyone thinks Jesus looks like” picture that is used for either the cover of the book or the cards.

I had intended to do this with my boys, but truly over-estimated what they could handle at this time. This is the time of the year when they are memorizing scripture for several different groups within our church, and they just couldn’t manage anymore without falling apart. Therefore, while I will definitely save this for use with the boys later (perhaps during the summer?), I thought it best to at this time, try to do this one on my own. Even so, it ended up being more difficult than I thought it would, but that is NOT the fault of the book, or the author. I have been battling health issues for several weeks, and just as it seemed to be getting better, and I began working on this, it hit back with a vengeance!

However, I really, really love this system! And especially with the things I’ve been dealing with, Philippians is the perfect book for me to work through, so I will be persevering, and I will finish it. I know now that for me, it WILL take longer than 28 weeks, but even so, it is worth it, because I think having verses from Philippians automatically come to me when I need them will be a wonderful help to me during difficult times. I will continue on, even if I need to maybe take TWO weeks for each one week section. I think Stacey Farrell has come up with yet another winner, and I hope she does many more titles for the Homeschool Adventure Co. 🙂

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“Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal” . . . My Review

Let me just say right now, the book “Mere Christianity”, written by C. S. Lewis, is truly NOT a book I ever yearned to read. In fact, the only things I have ever read by C. S. Lewis were the Narnia books, which I have been slowly introducing to my kids for years, as read-alouds.

Then, “Mere Christianity” was quoted a few times in the Ladies Bible Study I participate in at my church. Soon after that, I was given an opportunity to be part of a book launch for the “Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal”, a new resource to help you study through “Mere Christianity”, something *I* definitely need. That book is DEEP! 🙂

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About The Book:
The classic work commonly known as Mere Christianity is actually a four-book series which explores the common ground upon which all Christians stand. It brings together Lewis’ legendary radio talks broadcast during World War II previously published as: Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe, What Christians Believe, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality (or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity), and provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal is a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview. Although it was originally created to be a companion resource to Philosophy Adventure, it may also be used as group or independent study for teenagers or adults.

It provides 10-16 questions for each chapter which can be discussed in:
â—ľhomeschools
â—ľco-ops
â—ľclassrooms
â—ľSunday school
â—ľsmall groups
â—ľfamilies

This resource is above what my kids can handle at this time, as I discovered while going through it on my own. I will, however, be saving it to hopefully use with them at a later time!

I checked out the book “Mere Christianity” from the library, but there is also this downloadable version online, free.

I am finding the original work “Mere Christianity” somewhat easier to go through by using the “Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal” along-side of it. The journal makes you really stop and think about what you are reading, which, of course, means it will stick better, in my opinion. Having to think about my answers to the various questions for each chapter means I must pay better attention as I read, for one thing! I can tell you now, though, that I think it will take me some time to complete this study. With four special needs kids, along with everything else in my life, I don’t often have the time I’d like to just sit and read.

About The Author:
Stacy Farrell’s worldview changed when she embarked on her homeschooling adventure in 2002.

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Her background as a consultant and writer well-prepared her to teach communication skills; however, only hands-on experience (and much time spent on her knees) equipped her to mentor her sons through the character-transformation required to help them work toward their full potential.

Stacy has spoken at a variety of homeschool conferences and has published articles in leading Christian magazines. She wrote scripts for Willow Creek’s youth ministry, copy for Pastor Bill Hybel’s “Defining Moments” Audio Newsletter, and a broad range of material for corporate and non-profit clients. She also managed a law firm that specialized in civil rights litigation and constitutional law. Today, she loves to help empower students to recover territory lost by “fuzzy thinking” and low expectations. To that end, she created:

◾Philosophy Adventure™—Pre-Socratics – designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas
◾Philippians in 28 Weeks™ — a simple and painless way to memorize an entire book of Scripture
◾The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions – an enchanting fable that unmasks the ugliness of pride and selfishness
â—ľMere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal — a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview.

Although Stacy loves to write, speak, and teach, she considers her role as wife to Roger and mother to two precious sons to be her greatest work and privilege. You can learn more about her resources at http://www.homeschooladventure.com.

I do plan to continue this study, although as I said above, it will take me a while. I’ll need to do it in portions, going back to it when I have pockets of time. But, since I’m finding it to be interesting, and a definite exercise in paying attention to what I read in order to actually think about my answers, I imagine I will eventually complete my journal. 🙂

You can purchase your copy, either in the print or digital edition here

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