Doorposts Teen Bible Study – Beauty in the Heart (review)
As my younger children grow into their teen years, more and more I find myself seeking out materials that will help guide them in their efforts to be young people of character, a positive light in today’s world where values and morals are often put aside in favor of the latest, greatest fun thing – meanwhile, parents are often too busy doing their own thing to even notice.
We like to discuss things around here; it’s not uncommon for me to ask the kids to form their own opinions on something, and then ask guiding questions that will make them think about their first reactions. Character and Bible study especially lends itself to this method; often, the other conversationalists will have different viewpoints, leading all to a much more comprehensive understanding of the matter at hand. Our current topic is Beauty in the Heart, a Bible study from Doorposts. Doorposts is a Christian publisher with the purpose of “providing Scripture-based tools to aid parents in raising godly children”.
Subtitled “A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women”, and written for ages 10-12, Beauty in the Heart compares inner beauty with the superficial beauty that the world at large promotes. This age group is particularly susceptible to the harmful effects – and lowered self-esteem – brought by the constant pressure to be “pretty”, though it’s usable by girls up through their teens, and their parents, of course.
What is included with Beauty in the Heart?
Beauty in the Heart is a fill-in-the-blanks workbook with approximately 130 pages. It is divided into ten studies that each use different study techniques, so the lessons are two-fold: learn what the Bible has to say about inner and outer beauty while gaining methods to use later on with any study of the Bible. We received the PDF ebook version, so I was able to print it out and use it with both my younger children, but purchasers of the physical book will need one per person.
Can parents do the Beauty in the Heart study with their child?
Parents should consider working through Beauty in the Heart along with their child – many of the questions are personal responses, with a wide-open spectrum of answers possible, so an answer key isn’t realistic and is not provided. By doing the study with their child, answers can be discussed verbally, leading to greater understanding and reinforcement. Since I had both my daughter (age 11) and my youngest son (13) using the workbook, it easily led led into “group discussion”, which we usually do after every 2-3 lessons.
How long does it take to complete Beauty in the Heart?
With about 85 lessons (the text says 86, I counted 84), if Beauty in the Heart is used five days per week, it would last about 17 weeks, or a full-semester Bible Study. It could easily be stretched over a full year if desired. Some daily assignments are short and fairly simple, while others require more research and time – some of the longest, we’ve chosen to take two or three days working on. (Lessons are stated as taking 5 to 20 minutes. If your child is new to a study method, using resources they’re not familiar with, expect those portions to take longer – and provide guidance if needed – though in general, your child should be able to do the work on their own.)
What will my child learn in Beauty in the Heart?
Study methods that Beauty in the Heart uses are:
- Using a concordance
- Study specific topics in the Bible
- Performing a character study
- Using marginal study notes
- Studying a verse, passage, or entire chapter or book of the Bible
- Comparing the original word used in a passage with how it is used in other passages
- How to use free Bible study tools on computers and mobile devices
Will my child need anything else to use Beauty in the Heart effectively?
It’s recommended that students have access to both Nave’s Topical Bible and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Several studies have parts that advise students to mark or highlight words or verses in their Bible, so it is recommended that they have their own Bible that they are permitted to write in.
How difficult is Beauty in the Heart to use at home?
Beauty in the Heart is *very* easy for a parent to implement; all the work is already done for you, no other additional instruction help is needed beyond the text. Our method thus far has been that I’ve given them a list of assignments to complete that week, and we group and discuss at some point over each weekend. In this way, we’ve kept it both low-key and on-track. It could also easily be utilized as a weekly Bible study by a co-op or other study group outside the family.
How can I use Beauty in the Heart with my son?
Many of the questions in Beauty in the Heart apply to both girls and boys, but there are a few that are specifically directed at girls. These are marked with an asterick, and alternative questions, written for boys, are in an appendix at the end of the book. Simply print off the few additional pages for your son. Each are “numbered” with the study number and question number, making it easy for your child to determine which questions he needs for that days’ study. One thing we found helpful was to highlight the marked questions in the main portion of the study, making it easier for him to see/realize that he needed to answer that question in the alternate section instead.
What version of the Bible does Beauty in the Heart use?
One additional note: scripture quotations in Beauty in the Heart are from the KJV and ESV versions of the Bible. If your family has a different preference, it would be wise to point out that there will be variations in word choice to your child – and you might find that using your version alongside KJV and ESV will result in a great understanding in the long run.
What did we think of Beauty in the Heart?
I loved the ease of use, especially because I’m not expected to teach either the lessons or the bible study methods.
Can I see a sample of Beauty in the Heart?
A sample of Beauty in the Heart includes the table of contents, the introduction, and Study 3, Beauty in Trusting God, may be viewed in PDF format.
Where can I purchase Beauty in the Heart?
Beauty in the Heart is available from Doorposts in either a softcover format ($14) or as a downloadable PDF ebook ($12). Or, even better – until 8/31/13, use the code “beautystudy” and receive a free instant-download copy of the PDF when you order the physical book.
Is there a study for boys similar to Beauty in the Heart?
Other Schoolhouse Review Crew members received Because You Are Strong: A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men, a counterpart aimed primarily at boys, but usable with both boys and girls, just like Beauty in The Heart. We plan on having Chris and Cheyenne work through Because You Are Strong Later this year. The regular price of the softcover edition is $14, though it’s currently on sale for $12.00, while the pdf ebook is priced at $10.