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“Just Sayin’: Write ‘Em, Draw ‘Em, Hide ‘Em in Your Heart” Review

Just Sayin’: Write ‘Em, Draw ‘Em, Hide ‘Em in Your Heart by Carol McAdams Moore is a 90 day devotional for modern girls. The format is simple; for each entry there’s a Bible verse and one or two opportunities to respond through doodles, artwork or writing. A plus for me as a United Methodist is there is very little editorializing of the verses. This book doesn’t push one particular religious dogma down kids’ throats.

I was however, a little bid disappointed in some of the verses Moore chose to include. Some of them seemed taken out of context. Do I really need to explain the woman at the well to my young daughter? I don’t know; that’s probably a personal parenting choice. But still, nothing was too “out there” for my five-year-old.

I realize that my daughter is probably younger than the target audience for this book, but she LOVES it. She is very committed to finishing every last page. Part of her enthusiasm comes from watching her brother get Moore’s devotional for boys, Dare U 2 Open This Book: Draw It, Write It, Dare 2 Live It, first.

All in all, I’m impressed with both books. You can find my review for Dare U 2 Open This Book: Draw It, Write It, Dare 2 Live It here.

P.S. I received a free copy of both books from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day

I received a complimentary copy of Garry R. Morgan’s Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinions and review. (Honestly, I am usually such a harsh critic of all Bethany House books that I am surprised that they keep sending me free copies of their books. That must speak volumes about the integrity of their PR department.) But I digress.

This latest title is a real winner in my opinion. It is shockingly neutral, fair-minded, and well researched. I learned a lot from reading it, especially the section on Zoroastrianism, which I had never heard about before. I’m surprised that Spell-Check even recognized it!

I think that even secular homeschooling families would appreciate this book, for eighth graders and above. Professor Morgan does really a nice job of covering the essential facts, without sounding biased. You could turn your teenager loose on this book, and not worry about him or her being converted.

Of course, if I was going to impose my own bias on this review, I would add that Professor Morgan might have chosen to mention John Wesley. 😉

The Well Trained Mind: Thoughts from Chapter 11

This is a series of posts I am writing about The Well Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. Although the WTM has a decidedly homeschooling bent, it is an excellent reference book for any parent who is interested in taking an active role in their child’s education.

Over the next few weeks I am reading the WTM again for the second time and blogging about my thoughts chapter by chapter.  I invite you to read along with me, and chime in your own thoughts in the comment section below.

Chapter 11

General Thoughts:  This was the chapter on teaching religion in the Grammar stage.  The WTM is written from a secular perspective, although the author Susan Wise Bauer is I believe married to a Christian pastor.  I thought that chapter 11 was written quite well.  For me, the key sentence is on page 203 when the authors write: “We’re not arguing that religion should be “put back” into public schools.  We’d just like some honesty: and education that takes no notice of faith is, at the very least, incomplete”. 

Memorization of Bible verses, Talmud passages, etc. is often a big part of early religious education in many faith backgrounds.  This fits in nicely with the structure of the Grammar stage in the Classical Education model. 

Our own family is from the Methodist faith, and we have been introducing world religions to my son (6) by reading kiddie versions of ancient religious texts.  For more on this, please see here.