- Paperback: 74 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492399655
- ISBN-13: 978-1492399650
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning to Speak Life: Fruit of the Spirit Paperback – July 20, 2013
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About the Author
Carlie Kercheval is a university graduate turned homeschooling mom of three. She has been blessed to be married to her best friend and college sweetheart since June 2000. She is passionate about educating families and married couples how to speak God's life giving words (from the Bible) into their circumstances. She is also the founder of several Christian websites that encourage and equip many thousands of readers each week.
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I believe this book will bless everyone, not just families with children; but singles, couples, aunts and uncles, those expecting, youth ministry leaders, etc.
The first study guide, Fruit of the Spirit (2013), takes the familiar Galatians 5:22-23 passage and provides lessons covering each of the nine virtues listed by Paul. Each lesson has a relevant Bible verse to memorize, prompts to define each “fruit,” confessions to recite, role play guidelines, “Silly Sayings” (i.e., tongue twisters), a short story showing the virtue in action, discussion questions, family project ideas, a sample prayer, and a “Digging Deeper” section to encourage more study.
While it might look like a lot of content, there’s not much that I think is really usable. The heart of each lesson lies in the role play and short story sections, and unfortunately both felt like they were thrown together without much thought about what lessons they’re supposed to promote. Also, the “confessions” made me uneasy. I’m not a fan of teaching by catechism, and it struck me as a bit presumptuous of the authors to compose such statements.
When it comes to engagement, the lessons need even more help. The “Silly Sayings” are poorly written in an unamusing sort of way. The copywork would be better labeled as “busywork,” a half-hearted attempt to provide something for the kids to do. And “digging deeper” just means looking up additional Bible verses linked by the key words. I would’ve preferred to see coloring and word game pages, ideas for journaling, art project instructions, song lists, and practical applications and solid research prompts for teens and older children.
Yes, the LSL curriculum is flexible enough to be easily molded to fit the unique needs of your family, but I’m not sure that’s a positive selling point in this case. Parents would buy the guide primarily to have something ready-made. In addition to the weaknesses mentioned above, the content is unapologetically targeted at preschool to early grades. Families with older children will have to supplement a lot, raising the question of whether this premade study is worth the bother. Teachers, however, focus on specific age groups and generally plan on supplementing their lesson materials. So I can see the guide’s potential for use in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School (VBS), and children’s Bible classes at Christian elementary schools.
Other books in the $9.99-$14.99 range are larger, in both word count and physical dimension, and far more thorough. Consider "Our 24 Family Ways (Clarkson) or Step Into the Bible (Graham). This book is *much* smaller than those, with far less content.
Families looking for a devotional type option should be aware that this book is not divided by day, but each chapter is more of a quick-view idea guide for the week. Many of the ideas are very, very basic, with little to no specific guidance for how to expand or implement them (role play, family projects). Some definitions are poorly worded (peace) or aren't actually defined (goodness).
All that said, if viewed as an idea resource rather than a devotional, I did feel that the book has helpful ideas upon which a family could expand, if they are willing to invest some time. I think this would be a great resource if priced more in the $4.99-$6.99 range, or if the variety of ideas were expanded and alternate suggestions included.
I see that this book has recently dropped to $8.99. While that is an improvement, I still feel that it is too high for a book of this kind.