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Sword Study: II Timothy (Level 4) (Inglese)

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5.0 su 5 stelle A Wonderful Age-Appropriate Bible Study! 30 agosto 2013
Di Stacey - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Tammy McMahan and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Timothy II Sword Study" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

The Sword Study of II Timothy by Tammy McMahan is ten weeks of Bible study suitable for the whole family! The workbooks are available for purchase separately so you can customize your family's experience based on the ages of the children involved. But each week, each family member studies (and memorizes) the same Scripture at their own age-appropriate level.

Level One is designed for 4-7 year-olds. The lessons have three basic parts: "Pray", a hands-on component called "Color and Do" and an application portion entitled "Read and Learn". The level one workbook contains engaging illustrations, various age-appropriate exercises, challenges and fun puzzles.

The Level Two workbook is designed for children aged 7-10 years. This book also contains prayer and application components. Investigative study is introduced with this age group where the topics are examined from an "aerial view", a "street view" and an "under the rug" view. The activities are meatier. The questions are more thought-provoking and biographies of Christians are presented.

Level Three is geared toward 11-14 year-olds. The format is similar to Level Two, but there are fewer drawings, more advanced questions, tools like Strong's Concordance are introduced, and there are fun activities like ciphering, charting and word puzzles.

Level Four is intended for ages 14 and up. This workbook contains investigative study is the "aerial view", "street view" and "under the rug" format. There is a prayer component and an application component like the other workbooks as well. The questions at this level are basically the same as Level Three in content. They are just worded in a more mature fashion.

The Level Five workbook is the same study guide as Level Four, but it also contains additional helps like background information, in-depth devotional and investigative study, guided prayer using the A.C.T.S. model, memorization, family gatherings and answers to key activities.

This is a wonderfully flexible Bible study that can be customized to engage all age groups. What a wonderful way to spend time as a family.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle this review is for all levels 10 settembre 2013
Di Yoni - Pubblicato su
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The Sword Study is designed to be synchronized to speak to many age ranges either at home or for the church. The Shelby Kennedy Foundation has created this study material to help, as they say it, “ages 4 to 104.” The Sword Study is organized into age levels, and each one focuses on the same material at a different ability to read and understand. There are five levels for each study, being ages 4-7, 7-10, 22-24, teens and adults, and parents/study leaders. I received a copy of their II Timothy set to review. Here’s what I found…

Level 1: Ages 4-7

This level is designed to be an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching, and other learning tools. The activity book opens with a fun child-themed font and simple message that, in my case, the parent can share with their child. There’s a place to write in their name, starting date, and ending date. Afterward, there is a letter to the parents on how to use the activity book. While rated ages four through seven, it could be easy to be more hands-on with younger ages or allow older ages to work more independently.

The workbook is broken into days for completion, starting with a Pray section, Color and Do, and Read and Learn. In the course of one day, children learn how to work on their habit of talking to G-d, get hands-on experience with reflecting the main lesson, and correlate biblical passages to practical application and memorization. These lessons are designed to be short in nature, but allow a deeper conversation to follow.

In the case of my two-yar-old, he quite enjoyed coloring along while his mother read the material to him. My five year old would pick it up much quicker, but still need to be read to. Each page reflects a separate day, and I could see this being used as scrapbooking materials down the road. Overall, this level of the workbook seems to be quite appropriate and excellent material to use.

Level 2: Ages 7-10

From the beginning, this workbook is definitely thicker and more academically-styled in an intro to elementary school fashion. This is more independent as well. Each week has an introductory story that will be investigated. Over the course of two weeks, one chapter will have been completed. Then, each day of the week involves studies to fully understand the material for the week. Each day begins with prayer, writing out verses, and reading through the book. At the end of the study, there is a review to apply the material learned for the day. At the end of the chapter, there is a chapter review and summary. This workbook will be completed in ten weeks. It looks a bit intense, but would work great in a Sunday School setting or homeschooling environment.

Level 3: Ages 11-14

This level is designed as an intermediary level between levels two and four. I did not have a copy of this level to review, so I can’t provide my personal experience reviewing the material. The one-sheet from the media company, however, indicates it is a more difficult version of Level 2.

Level 4: Teens & Adults

Reviewing this level, it brings me back to my youth group days. This workbook is a create selection for small groups of high school and college age students. This level involves dissecting the material a bit more, as well as learning some of the Greek and Hebrew in the text. This would be great in a Sunday School setting for Campus Missions or the like, but not necessarily for home study with adults.

Level 5: Parent or Study Leader

Reading through this level, I feel the content is more aptly-rated for Study Leaders, but the verbiage is directed toward parents. There are leadership instructions on how to cover the material and lead weekly services that culminate the material learned throughout the week in the first part. The second part is much like an adult study book, helping make this a learning experience for the coordinator as well. I was afraid it would be very programmed, but instead it is quite interactive.

The Sword Study, in my opinion, delivers on its promise: making a study series for the whole family. The way the material is written does not market it toward churches – there is far too much reference to reviewing it as a family. That said, I believe the best environment to use this material is one where a church leader would train a group of parents on how to use the study guides with their families. It’s not a cheap study, either, running anywhere ten to thirty bucks per level, depending on the level and market you’re shopping in.

Do I recommend it? Actually, I do. I think this study can help families, provided that the parents are extremely organized and focused with the lessons. It’s not an easy task, but definitely one worth pursuing.

Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Homeschool Family Review of the II Timothy Sword Study (all five levels) 9 settembre 2013
Di Emily Rachelle - Pubblicato su
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As homeschoolers, my family often does devotionals in 'assembly' before starting the school day, and there's been many times we've shared devotion books. The Sword Study fit into our schedule nicely, especially since everyone except Eddie and I had our own books. (Nicholas, the youngest in the family and almost twelve years old, used the Level Two book instead of Level Three.) So far, we've completed Week One. We did the study as our individual devotions throughout the week, and did a review together on Wednesday and then the weekend. There were some rough patches - it's hard to review together when each book has slightly different material, and getting used to the process takes patience and good listening skills in each member, which our family is sometimes lacking in if we're being completely honest. However, I think as we settle into a routine with these books we'll find our rhythm and the remaining nine weeks will run rather smoothly.

My personal thoughts on this study were mixed. (Note that I'm talking about the Level Four book here, the one I used.) I love that the books get you to dig deeper than most devotionals that just skim over the surface or talk about the same words/passages I've heard half a dozen sermons over. I also that it was great that several questions were ones of opinion or personal thoughts - every individual could have a different answer, but there would be no wrong answers. Those questions applied to how the passages read affected you, not what they're teaching or the history behind them. You do learn a bit about history and the context of the passages, though. That was another cool thing - there's a lot of cross-referencing that helps you grasp the concepts and the context so much better than a lot of studies I've used.

The only thing I didn't like about the Sword Study was how involved it is. It's not a bad thing; this book just takes a lot more time to complete each day's work than I had planned for. I'd advise someone starting out on the study to allote at least ten more minutes than you think you'll need, and be prepared to adjust your schedule as the study progresses and you figure out your rhythm.

Now I'll share a snippet from each of the other family members doing this study with me - after all, it's a Bible study for the whole family!

Mom: (Level Five) I think it's well-designed. It allows everyone in the family to contribute. However, I don't always know if I'm leading correctly because it's all based on my interpretation. There's very minimal direction given or answers given in the teacher's book. If I'm not confident in my understanding of the day's study, it's difficult to lead the rest of the family in their study.

Eddie: (Level Four) I like it. It's very thorough and it provides a good overall light of the entire material covered. I like how it refers to other passages, but not how it uses non-KJV passages. (Note from Emily: I was planning to mention that... it would be helpful to have the KJV instead of the couple different translations used.) I think it works as a better personal devotion than as a family study.

Jon: (Level Three) It's good. It's engaging. It's a little too easy for me, since I'm at the top of the age group for my level. I think fourteen-year-olds would do better at Level Four. It's pretty easy, but it makes you read through the book all the way for the first couple of days, which is good. It makes you dig deep every day. The ACTS prayer model is good. It helps you focus on the actual aspects of prayer. I think there should be a little bit more than memorization or reading - actual studying. (Note from Emily: That's found in Level Four.) It doesn't take too long, which is nice, and it can be done at any time of day. It gets you thinking about God and His Word.

Nick: (Level Two) There's a lot of writing involved. Sometimes you have to read the whole chapter or the whole book. As for learning anything, some days I feel like I am and sometimes I feel like I'm not. It works well as a family devotion.

My Conclusion: Honestly, I think we covered everything. Four stars :)
5.0 su 5 stelle Something for EVERYONE! 9 settembre 2013
Di Jennifer C. Mcilwain - Pubblicato su
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Endorsed by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Kirk Cameron and Joni Eareckson Tada, The Sword Study, from The Shelby Kennedy Foundation, is an incredible discipleship resource sure to revitalize your family's time in God's word. The foundation exists to help families strengthen their personal relationship with the Lord. They do this by coming along side parents as they disciple their children through in-depth study of the Word of God, Scripture memory and prayer.
he Sword Study series was originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee. Tammy McMahan and her husband Mark (authors) have been committed to the foundation and its programs both nationally and locally since it first began in 2009. Tammy now serves as the Vice-President and author of the family-centered Sword Study Bible study series. Mark and Tammy home school their five children on their small farm near Wilmington.
Thanks to the generosity of Glass Road Media and Management, I was sent the complete set of study materials of the latest installment in The Sword Study series: 2 Timothy.

The study is arranged for the in-depth study of one book of the Bible for five days each week. The daily study consists of devotion, investigation of the scriptures, and guided prayer following the A.C.T.S. model. Each days study takes approximately 20 minutes.

Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
Level 1 - Ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
Level 2 - Ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
Level 3 - Ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
Level 4 - For teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
Level 5 - For the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages.
Our family consists of my husband and myself and our three children, ages 15, 7 and 4. My husband and I have struggled with consistency in family Bible study/devotion due to the differences in our children's ages. The difficulty comes in finding a way to go beyond a very shallow look at scripture but have something that reaches the age difference and level of understanding in our children. What an answer to our dilemma as well as that of many other Christian families The Sword Study series provides!

The beauty of this age appropriate and synchronized in-depth discipleship tool is that it can be utilized in your church as well. Along with the daily guide, a weekly "Family Bonfire" time is provided to celebrate your family's growth and make family discipleship a reality instead of the struggle it sometimes can be. I really appreciate the emphasis on prayer that is provided as well the concentration on scripture memorization. The entire family memorizes the same passage each week. The passages memorized correspond to what is being studied throughout the week. Bible memory cards in four different translations (KJV, NKJV, NASB and ESV) are provided.

I can't think of or recommend a better or easier way to get your family in God's word than through this amazing resource.The series contains studies focusing on 1 John, 2 Timothy, 1 Peter and Colossians to date.
5.0 su 5 stelle Finally, age graded Bible studies for the entire family 9 settembre 2013
Di Joan N. - Pubblicato su
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Have you wanted to study the Bible together as a family but have been unable to find age graded materials for your entire family? Have you wanted to incorporated an intergenerational Bible study at your church but didn't know where to begin?

This study series may be exactly what you are looking for. The Sword Study is a collection of age appropriate studies for the whole family. It includes materials for those age 4 through adult. The same book of the Bible is covered in each guide but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the specified age.
Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of Greek and Hebrew terms.
Level 5 is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background material to lead a group of all ages.

I looked at the II Timothy study. It covers ten weeks with five studies per week. Each day starts with an "On My Knees" with a short written prayer, a short portion of II Timothy to write out, and then a longer portion to read. The Investigative Study follows, including questions about the passage. Suggestions to apply the study follow, then an A.C.T.S. Prayer time and sometimes a "Digging Deeper" section.

Each chapter in II Timothy is studied over two weeks. There is a chapter overview at the beginning and a chapter summary at the end. Once a week the family gets together for a review and discussion (see notes on the Parent Guidebook below). It is suggested this get together should be on the weekend as it includes fun ideas for food and activities.

Notes: The Parent Guidebook contains 60 pages of ideas for leading the study with your family. It includes a "Getting Started" section giving an overview of that week's study. Then there is "Get Ready!" for each week, including a few notes, a summary, and some creative ideas for family weekend activities related to the study. Next is an outline for the weekly family meeting with Scripture to read, worship time, discussion questions to ask, call for prayer needs, recommended Bible memorization for the next week, and a closing Scripture and prayer. This section also contains answers to the crossword puzzle and other activities of the studies for children.
The preschool study does require some reading and other help from someone older.

Yes, this study will take time and dedication from parents. You may have to miss a television program or two. But the family fellowship and the intentional discipleship is certainly worth it. Parents have been given the responsibility of shepherding their children's relationship with Jesus. This material will help you do that.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.

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