The Esther study from Precept Ministries that I received to review is beautiful. It has several characters that tell a story about the US government. These characters take a tour of Washington, D.C. and then encourage our research into the historical Biblical book of Esther. We live right outside of DC so I could not think of a better way to integrate real life and God’s word.
I have been hesitant and discouraged while using other Bible programs or books because they often reduce content or material in an effort to maintain the child’s interest. Some curriculum becomes more about entertaining the child then it does about teaching God’s word. As a parent it is distracting when a curriculum leaves out part of the story in favor of keeping things simple. I believe Precept has stuck true to the word of God, not treating our children like they are unable to stretch their Bible study skills. It encourages them to dig deep, to investigate, to memorize and try while not watering the message of scripture.
I thought that I loved the (adult) studies that Precept has to offer… but after working through the Book of Esther using their Discover 4 Yourself series I am hooked. I can’t wait to start another book of the Bible using one of these study guides.
From a child’s perspective: While we have four children we have mainly been working through this book with our 6 and 8 year old. The age range for these studies is recommended to be 8-12 years. I have included our 6 year old because she is able to underline, highlight and discuss the stories without doing all of the workbook fill-in-the-blank. Actually, she has been able to answer many of the questions orally while using the workbook as a prompt and the scripture as a guide. This study does require parent’s hands-on instruction depending on the age and reading ability of the child. I’m learning as much as they are. It’s good.
If you are looking for a Bible Study that IS a Bible Study not just the author’s words….
If you are looking for something that will encourage: prayer, scripture memory and actual study…
If you are looking for something that will encourage cross-referencing…
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Esther study from Harvest House Publishers, all opinions expressed are completely my own. I positive review was NOT contingent on my receiving this complimentary copy. I only recommend what I would use.