Showing posts with label Character. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Character. Show all posts

Monday, April 5, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Terrestria Chronicles: The Crown of Kuros (BK 4) and The Dragon's Egg (BK 5)

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  Strap on your armor, take up your shield and mount your trusted stallion. The battle is about to begin. Take heed oh ye young Knights in training.  Lend yourself to step back into the time of gallant men, goblets encrusted of gold and gems, of Ladies in Waiting and prudent princesses.  Set off on one adventure to another to learn what it is to be a member of the King's court. Straight from the printing press of Sir Dunlop comes a series called The Terrestria Chronicles, written in the Christian allegory manner, with which to bedazzle the young lords and ladies of 10 years and older.

Presented here before ye are but two of the seven of the bound parchments (which one does not need to read chronologically to understand) to which I dare say that I received to review. I implore thee to come hither to reflect and ponder what stories I shall tell of these.  Nay, only you can determine for yourself if this will suit your family and find honor upon your bookshelves. As my tale may not be what you yourself find to be true, but alas I must speak as Sir Wisdom would encourage me so to do.

The Crown of Kuros
4th in the Series

Due to the inpatient Prince Josiah, the Crown of Kuros is swiped from the castle-opening the possibility that it will fall into the hands of the evil Argamor.  It is a quest that the Prince must undertake alone, although he is guided by several knights of King Emmanuel.  Will the young, newly adopted son of the King be able to withstand the challenges and the final battle to regain the Crown?  Will the underground reconnaissance Prince Josiah and Prince Selwyn encounter help thwart the plans of Argamor's Council?  Take a step back into time to the land of Terrestria, where knight sightings are more frequent than at a Renaissance Festival, and trips through an underwater abyss reflect what can happen from choices righteously made, or from choices simply  gone bad.  Where evil tempts to crack the very walls of the King's Golden City, and the good and faithful struggle to slay the dragons which grip the residents' hearts.  Castle facts, glossary and a notation regarding how to yield one's heart to the Lord included as an extra bonus as well.  Please note-there is some discussion in several chapters about Argamor's tactics for gaining the hearts of the King-which directly relate to today's common goodies-the TV, rock music, women who are not Biblically grounded, etc. that I have discussed below.  I do not agree with most of these assumptions and find the inclusion to serve as being over the top preachy-rendering this one my least favorite of the two.

The Dragon's Egg
5th in the Series

Could Prince Josiah have just made one of the most common yet life-fracturing decisions that could bring down an entire castle?  The desire of a forbidden object has been planted in this young man's heart-only to grow and fester into an out of control need to feed the dragon (literally here).  Denial is rampant, while deceit and ultimately despair rule the Prince-until he wisely learns to take advice from those who love him.  How can he be used to help others when he himself is struggling with his own heart issues?  Mount up and take a ride through the land of Terrestria with young Prince Josiah, as he learns what it means to live a life truly dedicated and submitted to King Emmanuel.  Where little things grow to humongous proportions like the current National debt, dragons speak with forked tongues and the slaying of one's grotesque Carian Greatwing is the means to living in victory.  Again-castle facts, glossary and information regarding the yielding of one's heart included at the end.  Although I found Prince Josiah's ability to quickly resolve or change the situation (like saving a man in a fire, and then helping Prince Selwyn and Princess Gilda to put out the cottage fire within a mere couple paragraphs) hard to believe. I wondered at times if these kids (because they are not adults from my understanding and even so) were bred with Spider Man, Wonder Woman, Batman and other various Super Heroes, which would explain their amazing abilities. Kind of hard to swallow.

Now-for the most part these were OK.  I have truly debated with myself, over how to properly handle what I am about to pen.  Then the Lord spoke to my heart and this is how I choose to address such things.  Let it be said that I am not anti-Christian literature, allegories nor the use of fiction to help spread the Word-as I am not.  But there are times when certain issues within the material "rub me the wrong way" and there is my dilemma.   I do not want to make it sound like these cannot be useful or a good fit for your family-but what I am saying is this:

I take the same position Paul reflected upon (when discussing how the preaching of Christ's truth was being handled when he was in chains-preaching for selfish gain or out of love) when considering the Terrestria Chronicles.  Meaning because they promote Christ-I am not against them entirely. 
Paul stated, 
"...But what does it matter?  The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached.  And because of this I rejoice..."
Philippians 1: 19

Now, not that I am saying the Dunlop Ministry is falsely teaching the Gospel, because I do believe they are promoting these stories out of love and in the truth to Jesus Christ. That these can be used for spreading of the Gospel and the betterment of our youth.  But rather that some areas they are fixated on, do not necessarily reflect our family's opinion and practice  [the very personal and private matters-issues that are better left up to the discretion of the parents, the family's religious views and mostly-up to the Lord to convict upon. IE: the anti-TV, anti-rock music, anti-strong women lean].  Some of these points are valid and address the same concerns that I have-but they seem very bent on one side-one that could easily set a wrong impression and cause guilt, confusion and disdain-all of which are not of God.  

It is Man's heart that is evil, no matter what surrounds a person, and it can go from good to bad in a literal  heartbeat.  Man has been sinful since the fall in the Garden of Eden, with or without the use of modern technology.  After all, the heart is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23)-hence the very reason we all need our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Because without Him, there is no hope.  Granted these things do, and will continue to set the "wheels in motion"-but such things are not the whole reason for the state of the world. Adam and Eve were not texting each other, Moses was not gyrating across the Pharaoh's palace floor, Debra the Prophetess/Judge wasn't holding "Down with Dudes" rallies, and Paul certainly wasn't surfing the Internet-yet each were used greatly by the Lord all the while they sinned over and over again-without these noted tactics [in the Terrestria Chronicles] from Argamor and his council. Any of those items, used in a positive Godly manner can and will be used by the Lord to enter the homes and hearts of millions, by whomever He chooses-to show the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, I implore you to please keep this in mind, if you choose to use these books as witnessing tools.   Pray for wisdom and discretion.

For us, we'd rather open the Bible and read through the parables of Jesus. They use real life situations that are easier to comprehend without the use of a fanciful allegory approach.  I personally really struggled with these, I ( a veracious reader) actually became quickly bored and had to struggle to get through them.  The names of a lot of the characters were long and laborious to read, and the situations the main characters found themselves in seemed to be "wrapped up" way too quickly.  Rendering much of the storyline into to the "way too far fetched" category.  My teen felt this was like trying to sum up every lesson of the Bible into one chapter or book.  That it needed to stay focused on just one or two topics at one time-that it was too "all over the board" making it less effective.  

That said, it doesn't mean that it won't suit your needs.  I would recommend borrowing one from the local library or friend, to get a feel for the nature of these.  It may be exactly what your children love to read.  Again, take into consideration my notes above, and be sure to read what my other TOS mates had to say to get a good idea if these books will be right for you.

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***Dunlop Ministries provided me with one free copy each of The Crown of Kuros and The Dragon's Egg, to read and enjoy, in exchange for my honest opinion of them.  No financial compensation was received for providing this review.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Seasons of Faith Series by Children's Bible Hour Ministries

When I was growing up (back in the 70s man) I thought those little 45 records with their matching story books, were the "cat's meow"~ I had a couple fairy tale stories that  I practically wore thin as paper, listening to over and over again.  So when I popped one of the CDs from the Seasons of Faith Books series, into my computer [shows you what a couple decades can do for technology] my mind rushed back to my childhood.  The announcer's, Uncle Charlie, narration of the story [which is nice, gives the child the option to listen to these and mull them over unassisted] with the little music zing (to tell the child to turn the page) is very reminiscent of those very story collections. It is a charming addition to each book, except unlike my records with books-these are Christian in nature.

Taking each season, the 4 books tackle some common issues a child may face.  Trusting Jesus as a their Savior, leaning on God for their comfort and peace, forgiveness, and the facts surrounding how to obtain true salvation.

I have to point out, first off, that I find my children tend to pay closer attention when the books contains higher caliber art work, and these most certainly do.  Each artist (Robert Sauber and John White) displayed their artistic differences in each of the 2 books they illustrated.  You can purchase these as a pack or individually, so I have decided to break them down by each book.  I have them in order from our most to least favorite.  Please understand that I love it when I see books that discuss such things-but wonder if at times there is too big of a "stretch of the possibilities" when it comes to trying to stuff a theme as big as some of these, into one little story keep that in mind as I point out some issues.  I also think each family needs to decide if the material aligns with their beliefs.  I did visit their "About Us" page to see where they are coming from and from what I read-it pretty much matches what we believe, and teach to our children.  I do have some concerns which I noted those next to the appropriate books.  I also added some tongue and cheek comments, but the bulk of it reflects our thoughts regarding these stories and our recommending them or not.

Seventy Times Seven was our favorite one.  It stresses a very tangible and believable situation.  Brad inadvertently busts out the Scoops Ice Cream Shop's sign, but is forgiven and does not have to pay for the repairs.  But then his buddy, Doug,  forgets to pay him back the lunch money he lent him, and then returns his favorite baseball cap in tatters (thanks to his puppy using it a chew toy).  Brad displays a familiar response-he decides he is mad at Doug, and fails to forgive him of his offenses.  This hurts Doug, but it also is the "door of opportunity for teaching a lesson" for Mr. Jeffries, the ice cream shop owner. What I love best about the story is when Brad's father (yes!  a parent who doesn't rush to fix/mend or make this punishment go away) backs Mr. Jeffries plan of having Brad come to the shop, to work off the price of the new sign (to teach him about the value of forgiving 70 X 7).  It is a book showing the value of forgiveness; not only for the person who needs it, but then that person's need to extend forgiveness to others who "wrong" him.  Doug's Grandma even replaces the chewed hat, giving Doug one of his own too-so there will be no more borrowing of baseball caps (and if you have ever had lice attack your kid's luscious locks of hair, you know the importance of not sharing hats!)  Excellent execution and story line.

In Braving the Storm, Thomas (there should be a little ' over the a there as it is the Hispanic spelling in the book) is feeling down and out-life has offered him some sour grapes, and by the bunch lately.  Recently uprooted from their home, the fam moves to a trailer on Grannie and Gramps farm. Dad lost his job, brother Manuel was almost killed in a recent car accident, and well-poor Thomas is struggling to make sense of it all.  No friends, no fun...but then Grandpa asks him to help plant a tree (in Nov/Dec no less), and he is puzzled.  I think Gramps actually watched the Weather Channel for a week or so prior to his little "lesson" with Thomas, just so he could highlight the value of leaning on God when you feel lost, lonely, afraid and uncertain.  So there they are, planting this sapling when lunch time arrives.  Off to the trailer, Thomas finds mom, sissy and brother ready to enjoy a deliciously traditional Mexican meal (looked good to me anyhow), when suddenly (or not so suddenly) an odd rainy-sleety  thunderstorm rips through their area.  Rushing to the main house for safety-the family soon learns that not every storm's destructive path is bad for you-that one can learn from it and be stronger.  Just as (I am sure Gramps was hoping) that storm snapped that sapling like a1/8" twig-and yet, the well-rooted tree beside it, stood sturdy and strong. This perfectly illustrates the need for digging your roots deep into the Word, so when hard times come (and boy they do come) you can withstand them.  This is an especially appropriate storyline,  due to what is happening to too many folks right now-as they are losing their homes, security and way of life. It gives the child a chance to see they can get through it, and come out stronger for it, in the end.  Now, if Gramps had only watched the Storm Stories on the Weather Channel-he'd of known that driving around town after an ice and rain storm, is one good way to end up in a ditch. This one gets a high five.

So you had to know-sooner or later we'd come to a glitch in the line-and here is where it starts.  In Race with Midnight, you find that something as involved as Salvation cannot be penned within one book and come out "believable".  Now, if the Lord can make a donkey speak, he certainly can change the heart of a man to accept Christ in an instant...but, more often than not-there has to be some seed planting, watering and doors opening, to provide the platform for folks to readily and willing accept Christ as their Savior.  When I read a story to my son (who is 8) it should be something he can grasp as "doable".  I honestly struggled with this one.  

Becky is heading off to Montana to visit her aunt, uncle and cousin Sarah.  That is fine, and a good way to go with a story...but then mom is is telling the her they haven't trusted Jesus, and she can tell them about Him, I sort of wonder if that puts too much pressure on the child (the one in the story and the one hearing it).  OK, yes-children can tell others of Christ, and what He did for us.  But this story then came across as Becky  being an 11-14 year old Bible scholar at times.  The speech was not typical of your average child, and I would love to see a rewrite to set the stage (perhaps a page with letters the girls had been exchanging for a time prior to the visit, where they are discussing things as big and important as "Salvation") to make it more believable.  I would have liked to see them discuss the fact they Sarah and her folks) sought out a pastor, to assist in answering their questions (because most people would have a lot of them that a child simply could not address) along with those letters [OK that dates me-how about "texting" each other then?].  

So here the girls are running around the ranch on horses (as a mother, I get nervous about that-I guess I would have gone with them, or had a ranch hand nearby to be a chaperon) and then the one horse bolts.  The girls take off on the remaining horse, to snag the loose cannon (kind of reminiscent of the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Shows of the late 1800s-early 1900s, since they are attempting to reach and grab a racing pony's reigns-not safe! Yes-she falls, luckily without causing permanent brain damage or paralysis).  But then they are this part I actually like-Sarah decides to let her horse guide them back (after all horses are smarter than we think-they have built in GPS systems you know) and here is where Becky points out that if Sarah "...can trust a horse, why can't she trust Jesus too?"   I liked that and the kids agree.  Very good way to cover that issue.  But then she (meaning Sarah) decides after a bit-that yes, she wants to trust God and accept Christ as her Savior.  She tells her mom and dad about it and well-it seemed a bit too quick.  I guess I feel if you tell a child they can lead someone to God (which is a good thing) without making sure they send that person to an older, more experienced person-that you stymie the newly saved person because most children couldn't answer, or adequately administer the care and guidance needed to continue their study of the Word, to remain strong.  The idea is to be there after, so that Satan doesn't come along and do what Jesus pointed out in his parable of the seeds along the path. This is very serious, and if more Christians paid attention to that, we'd not be losing so many, so quickly after they are born again.  So maybe adding a section where they mention speaking to a pastor afterward, to help them continue-would be another wise rewrite.  And I can tell you, not many folks would be so gracious to allow someone (fam or no fam) to come to their house and start talking Jesus. That is a delicate matter that children need to be aware of.  Yes, be not ashamed-but also do not slam doors when you can crack them open with your actions, love and gentle leading.  Moderately OK for us.

You Can't Come In  is our least favorite of the stories.  There is just so much here that out of all of them, it is one I would tend to avoid recommending.  Not that is cannot be fixed, just that the way they handled this story is a bit odd.  One..the title-as my friend put it, it sounds kinda scary.  Already sets the stage for a negative overtone, and actually the message is a positive one.  Two-this kid (who is what?  9-10?) is even more scholarly than Becky from the previous story.  I mean wow!  This kid has the answers and is dishing it out like a Love Brother Love Salvation Show Preacher!  And three-as my son pointed out-if Zack ends up in the pond, and the wagon tips over into it-the nails go flying-how do they have nails to build the fort afterward?  Just a logically thinking kid's observation there. Adam the Preacher Boy, just meets this new kid on the block-Zack.  They hit it off like most kids would at that age, decide to build a fort and rightfully ask Adam's dad for the wood in the garage. With Dad's blessing, off they go to their little hide away (this is when Zack goes flying by on the wagon-and again, as a mother who has witnessed more wagon spills than not-I don't want my kid thinking that is a great way to speed through the neighborhood) to do what young boys do best-build and create a retreat to hang out in.  Adam starts his ditty on how one truly gets to heaven, after pointing out how much he likes his pastor and church. Then Zack fires back the mis-guided, and all too often response, that you can get to heaven by just being or doing good.  It could have been handled in a different way that would not be so hokey.  So using the mud all over Zack analogy (wet clothes, wet dirt equals muddy kid) they try to show the reader that just as Zack's mom yelled at him to not come into the house covered in mud (he would dirty it up)-and his poor attempt to get it off by himself with the hose; you cannot clean yourself of your sins, that only by accepting Christ as your Savior can you be washed clean and go to heaven.  I get that, and so that is not my beef here-what is though, is the fact that the story line basically only addresses that heaven is sinless (obviously-a sinless Creator would not allow for it in his place). It fails to mention that one also wants to accept Christ as their Savior, because they will then be able to spend Eternal Life (which is a mighty long time) with the Trinity in heaven.  It seems like it kind of dropped the ball by not addressing that major perk of belonging to Christ.

Oh, and then the part (number 4) when Zack's folks are discussing how the parents of Adam invited them to church, and are pondering the day's seems totally unbelievable because most non-believers would not be so "open" to this offer-so quickly.  See my notes under the Midnight book, on that subject.  So I will not continue to read this story to my son because it offers up more confusion than clarity.  This was tanked in our opinion.

What I wanted to mention too, is that at the end of each story, there is a page which quotes scripture and offers the reader to accept Christ as their Savior, and I am all for that.  They could serve as great witness tools to prep a future member of the body of Christ. So please understand that all in all-these are not horrible nor are they unusable...just some are better written, and have story lines that match a child's life experiences more closely, than the others.

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***Children's Bible Hour Ministries provided me with a free set of the Seasons of Faith Books, so that I could read and enjoy this with my family. I have provided my opinion on the product, and did not receive financial compensation for this review.

Monday, February 16, 2009

TOS Crew Review: Generations of Virtue -Against the Tide Middle School Teacher's Guide

Purity and Biblical dating have been a part of our family life for years now. It wasn't always so, because to be honest-I just didn't know there was an option. Having been raised in the world, I ebbed along with the rest of my generation not really understanding the seriousness of it all. Outside of the typical "don't do this or that" the church, parents or elders would expound; no one ever offered plausible ways to avoid not going that route (and now I wonder if they too were just regurgitating what they had been told when they were younger) and frankly, I didn't have a clue as to where to get the information or guidance from either.

I often reflected on Laura Ingalls Wilder's courtship with Almanzo, when I was in the throws of teenagehood. I wondered why that "dating" option (which is not dating, but I didn't know that then), was no longer an integral part of our society when I arrived at "that age" (in the 80s man) to be noticing the opposite sex. I, like many, traveled down the road normally taken due to having a worldly point of view. Of course, this led to heart aches, hurt feelings, and unfulfillment for me-and my friends. When my eldest daughter started to near the pre-puberty stage-I was overcome with the desire (of course, the Lord placed this on my heart) to pursue a different avenue with our children, one that stayed in the boundaries of the Lord's desires and commandments for such things. We didn't have a lot of information, but started teaching the children that they would not be dating like the world says they should; that there was a different option out there. I also wanted to instill traits that built up our children's character in a Biblical way. I cannot recall exactly when I found the materials, but I was soon finding many which taught about Betrothment, Courtship, Purity, and Character Building. I attended our HS state convention and listened to some wonderful speakers offer up ways to actually implement this time tested choice, which encouraged and inspired me to continue with this quest.

The problem was, I was picking, choosing and reading all I could get my hands on; but missed out on several due to them not being at our library (this was before they offered more freedom with the inter-library loaning) so consequently, I had to piece something together. I did come up with a fairly usable syllabus for the older children to cover in late Jr/early Sr High...but it wasn't quite enough. Enter Generations of Virtue. I actually must have been asleep at the switch to not have seen their site before being introduced to them as a part of our reviews this spring.

I was so excited to be chosen to review their Against the Tide-Middle School Teacher's Guide. I wish I had had this reference years ago, as it would have saved me many hours of research, and offered up many excellent books from with which to choose from. This particular guide is geared for the 5th through 8th grader. It is laid out by grade for easy reference, giving a description of every suggested book in order to assist you in building a solid relationship with your child, and to help you guide them on their walk through these constantly changing, and sometimes difficult teen years.

I have used several of the choices they recommend, but see a few I have not heard of before; and look forward to using this with my youngest as he nears this age range. I am also happy to report that they do offer a guide book for the younger children (Preschool through 4th grade) which I have on my "to buy" list as well. What I appreciate is that it is designed to give direction, but I am in the driver's seat which means I can pick and choose which resources would best fit our family, and our tastes. I also like that it is divided by gender, so I can quickly reference those particular resources without having to spend valuable time searching for them. Generations of Virtue also publishes or sells many of the resources listed, making it easy to acquire them as well. It is very difficult, especially with the constant bombardment through the media and lack of knowledge in the general public, to keep our children's minds and hearts pure and focused on the Lord. It is refreshing to know that there is a company dedicated to providing wholesome, Biblical products that are current, and age appropriate, for families searching for such things. I will continue to support GofV, as I find them to be focused on a tremendously valuable aspect for encouraging the future generations to take a stand against that "tide" which sweeps many unfortunate souls out to sea.

They will need to read the books on their own

You will need to be an intrigal part of the discussions and guidance with your children

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

TOS Crew Review: Discovering A Christ-Like Character by Deeper Roots

Frankly speaking, I have been struggling with finding a thorough and complete Bible program for my kids for years. We have done some mini-studies, that were a minor part of another program. They were sufficient in their goal, but I just felt there had to be something better. Something that jettisoned the student out of the "norm" for Bible studies. After investigating several programs, I found them to only exasperate the boring, and just plain overwhelmingly dull "fill in the blank" typical workbook approach. The route memorization only compounded the issue. Where was that curricula that instills comprehension of what they read, or prompted the student to take apart a verse to see what its true meaning was? Could there be such a program that offered these things, and went beyond the multitude of lifeless studies out there?

I had been sending up many a prayer before this school session began. I wanted my daughter to really start studying the Bible in greater depth-not just look up a verse, and fill in the missing sections. I wanted her to process what she was reading and have fun doing it. By the grace of God, we were selected to receive the study, Discovering A Christ-Like Character by Deeper Roots. It is no accident that this particular study came along, as one of my goals was to instill better character traits in my child. Having never tried the Deeper Roots curricula, I was a bit apprehensive; after all was this going to disappoint me like the others?

Not only is the program laid out in such a way that the student researches scripture, but it requires them to take their time and process it as well. There are many places in the study where they are not to write what the verse says, but what they think the verse means! As their company motto states, their intention with the programs is "Moving students from Biblical knowledge to spiritual application." Exactly what I had been praying for.

Their series "Discovering" actually has four different titles to choose from, for children in the 7th through 9th grade age range. But if your child has not had much Bible background, I certainly could see these being most helpful in jump starting their training. We received the fourth book, A Christ-Like Character. As the name implies, the goal is to get the student to focus on Jesus and his characteristics, so that they may better understand how to live as he did.

There are two versions to choose from. One for Christian schools, the other for homeschooling families (which we obviously are discussing). You cannot do the study without the teacher's guide, as it is just too valuable to cast aside. It is all there-student answer key, teacher's notes and so forth. I love how they printed all the verses out for easy reference as well. The beauty and forethought of it being spiral-bound only adds to its usability (I can not tell you how many times I have had a teacher's edition flip closed the second my hand was removed and then spent valuable time trying to find my place!)

The student edition is peppered with lovely, engaging artwork and also beautifully done sketches of peoples in the 10-40 Window, that are discussed and prayed for at the beginning of each chapter. Now, don't get me wrong-it is a workbook, so yes- there are plenty of things to write and answer. There are areas where they are required to list the missing sections, but there are equally as many areas to write what they think the verse is teaching, or how they can emulate that trait. My daughter has had to rethink how she is to do the study, since everything up to this point has been mostly just fill-in-the-blank; and move on type of studies for her (I am mainly talking about her Sunday School/Confirmation studies, as I was sorely disappointed with the choices they made for their curriculum). It has caused a bit of reluctance on her part (at first) but she is coming around to the new "style" of learning and is flourishing. I look forward to continuing with their other high school series next year as well. I already have it on my "to buy" list for her; and I am reviewing their catalog for a perfect fit for my 7 year old son. This program has been nothing but a blessing in our home and we look forward to digging deeper into the study as the weeks progress.

As a side note, they recommend the following for the best approach to this study:
Two days per lesson-
1st day: student works on their own, so you do not influence or give answers-they need to figure it out
2nd day: discuss, listen and observe

You can do this study in one semester, but it is not recommended. They prefer you stretch it out for an entire year so as to truly absorb the material. I look at it like this: anyone can spout verse after verse, and "know" just about everything in the Bible because they have "studied" it. But if they do not know what the verse truly means or cannot translate it into their everyday actions and thoughts-they are just an empty vessel. I do not want my children to be empty-like vessels and feel confident that the Deeper Roots Bible program will certainly aid in preventing this.

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Student Edition: $19.95

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