I've been a fan of Doorposts ever since my big girls were little. We used their Biblical character training study, Polished Cornerstones, way back in the day and I've loved Doorposts ever since. I was so excited to receive Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men to give my 14-year-old Boy Scout a strong study in character training. I like knowing that he is learning how to dig deep into GOD's Word and own it for himself.
Written by Daniel Forster for boys ages 10 and up, Because You Are Strong is a 104-page study that focuses on ten biblical heroes (mighty men of valor) that is sure to whet the appetite of young men for JESUS and draw them closer to HIM. (There are even alternate questions included for young ladies in your family who would like to study along since strength is a good trait for all.) The Sample Pages share the Table of Contents so you can see the different strengths to be studied and offers a great look of the entire first chapter.
Bible study techniques and methods are included to make sure that young men understand GOD's Word and learn how to best study it for themselves. I enjoy watching my son open his Bible, mark it up, answer questions -- the ones that make you really THINK about what GOD is saying -- and even pull out our Concordance and take his study further. My own personal Bible is a road map of testimony through Bible studies and sermons and GOD speaking right off of the pages to my heart. I have spent years underlining and highlighting and I can open it up and see the journey I have walked. I treasure this and am happy to see my son following in that path.
There are 11 studies included in the text and each study is divided between 4 - 11 lessons. Each day's lesson is designed to take 5 - 20 minutes and my Boy Scout is finding that to be just right. He can easily sit down and work through his daily lesson on his own. As this is a hands-on study tool, boys should have their Bible (one that can be marked in), a pen or pencil, and colored markers or highlighters at the very minimal. In order to gain the full benefits of Because You Are Strong, boys also need Nave's Topical Bible, Strong's Concordance, a dictionary, a thesaurus, a Bible atlas (or online maps), at least two Bibles in different translations, Matthew Henry's Commentary, and a Bible with cross-references and marginal notes. Can you tell from this list just how extensive the study is? We have all of these suggested resources in our home so it was quite easy to begin. If you do not have them, most can be found free online and directions for finding them are included.
Each study shows what you will need to gather for the day and it is laid out so that my son has had absolutely no problems. One of my favorite parts of our school day is our morning Circle Time. We begin with songs of praise and worship, family devotion, and prayer and then my Boy Scout gathers the needed materials and spends time studying Because You Are Strong. I want to make sure that he fully understands each of the Bible Study methods covered in the book and HOW to best utilize them for study for years to come. It warms my heart to know that he is being equipped to study GOD's Word for himself forever. I know that he is hiding it in his heart and studying to show himself approved.
This is not just an quick devotional either. Through cross-referencing and studying original Greek and Hebrew words, my son is beginning to hunger and thirst for more of JESUS. He is learning to meditate on the WORD and seek the face of GOD. Students are encouraged to pray and read and pray some more and are learning to do word, verse, and chapter studies. Each and every lesson is designed to strengthen young men and prepare them to be strong and courageous men of GOD.
With 74 days of intense, in-the-WORD Bible study, Because You Are Strong is available as a softcover book (which normally sells for $14 but is ON SALE for $12 through the end of August) OR as an e-Book in PDF format ($10). I am so impressed with what my son is getting out of it that I am recommending it as the Fall Bible Study for middle school boys at church. And there's even more. Once boys have completed the question-and-answer format of the study, Because You Are Strong offers 40 additional "take it further" studies to provide serious Bible study for a YEAR. How neat is that?
I appreciate that Doorposts puts out quality resources to help me be a better parent and to help my children draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Life is good. Friends like Doorposts make it even better.
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