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  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875523927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875523927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starr Meade served as director of children's ministries for ten years at her local church and taught Latin and Bible for eight years in a Christian school. She is a graduate of Arizona College of the Bible and has authored a number of books, including Training Hearts, Teaching Minds. Starr and her husband live in Arizona where she currently teaches home school students and is mother to three grown children and three grandsons.

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That background contributes to an excellent, very helpful volume.
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Excellent book and great devotionals explaining the questions and answer to the shorter catechism.
Denise R.
We use these devotions for our family worship time and I highly recommend this book.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2000
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I wish this book had been available 25 years ago! It is subtitled "Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism" and that's exactly what it is-brief devotions for parents to use in family worship. Starr Meade teaches Bible and Latin at Redeemer Christian School in Mesa, Arizona, and is experienced in directing children's ministries. That background contributes to an excellent, very helpful volume. Meade tackles one Catechism question per week. But this is not first and foremost a study guide on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is first and foremost Bible devotions based on the Catechism. Training Hearts, Teaching Minds provides brief readings that direct parents to related Scriptures and suggest questions to ask children so they may consider what God's Word says about that Catechism theme. At the same time, the Scripture readings are guided by the Catechism so that readers can learn the full-orbed Biblical system of faith and practice. The strength of this book is that it helpfully blends catechism learning with Scripture reading. For six days, Monday through Saturday, these devotionals reflect on different facets of the Catechism question of the week. This provides a practical solution for parents who want to catechize their children but don't know how to start. By using this book, you can work as a family on memorizing one question a week. You can review the questions on the Lord's Day. If you and your children memorize one question a week, you will have memorized the whole Catechism in approximately two years. That sounds doable, doesn't it? Fathers can integrate these readings into daily family worship. If you don't know how to have family worship, this book can help you start: (1) use the Scripture and catechism meditation; (2) sing praises; and (3) pray.Read more ›
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
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In June of this year, My brother was in a house fire. My wife and I cared for his 7-year-old daughter while he recovered in ICU. We decided to use this book to give our niece some foundational training in the Christian faith. After 13 weeks fighting for his life my brother died. Immediately after the funeral, we skipped to Question 37, "What benefit do believers recieve at their deaths?". Once our niece moved away her school guidance counseler asked her, "How are you dealing with the death of your father?". Her immediate response was, "Question 37." She proceeded to assure her that question wasn't the only question she knew. She is now teaching the questions she knows to her teachers!
This has really shown me the benefit of teaching the catechism. Teaching it prepares our young ones to make sense of this world. I highly recommend this book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Dinardo on January 29, 2001
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"Those of us who care about passing on the baton of historic Christian truth must awaken to the importance of faithfully imparting its doctrines to our children... Children need a grid through which to sift all that they see and hear. We must provide this for our children while they are still young. Doctrine cannot wait until children are teens, because adolescents are making major life decisions. The theological framework on which to base those decisions, the biblical worldview, must already be in place."
So writes Starr Meade in his book Training Hearts Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism, a book that provides short devotions on the questions and answers contained in the Shorter Catechism. There are six devotions (Monday thru Saturday) along with highlighted scripture references for each of the 107 catechism questions and answers (642 devotions in all), making the book an excellent resource for `dinnertime' devotions with your children.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. Larson on August 29, 2002
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One of the shortcommings of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is that when compared with the Heidleberg Catechism and Luther's Shorter Catechism one can feel as thought they have just exchanged the warmth and vibrancy of the Christian faith for a list of words and their definitions. This has often made the catechism difficult to use in the context of discipling young children.
With this book, we should all be extremely grateful to Starr Meade for this very helpful devotional. The author covers each question from the Westminster Shorter Catechism over six lessons. This enables families to take an entire week to reflect and think about how each question is drawn for the Scriptures and how they might apply to our lives and Christians.
As a pastor, I am always looking for material that can encourage families in their devotions. This is a welcome volume. My only quibbles are that each lesson is very short and I would like to have see more Scripture used for each study. But these last comments shouldn't dissuade anyone from buying this book.
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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful By J. Gilbertson on January 20, 2007
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Just a note to say that this book is a Presbyterian catechism, not a Baptist one. The main difference I see is that of baptism and the Lord's supper being "effective for salvation." That, and it teaches that infants should be baptized. I don't want to start a discussion of the merits of one view over another. I just wanted to point out the differences to those who may be considering buying the book. I wish I would have known this before I bought the book.

I am considering purchasing:

http://www.amazon.com/Scriptural-Exposition-Baptist-Catechism/dp/1599250527/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1/104-6073377-0082326
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