Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Books of the Bible at a Glance {review}

We have approached Bible readings in our homeschool in different ways over the years.  Most recently, we have fleshed out the lessons in the workbooks from a children's ministry program at our church, but those lessons always seem to hop around.  My eleven year old has transitioned from this program into a traditional middle school youth group, so I though we might do a general overview of the Bible this year at home.  When searching for Bible reading plans for middle schoolers, I found a Bible reading schedule that is intended to give a solid overview of the Bible by covering at least a portion of every Book.  I thought this would be a good idea for sixth grade, so when we were given the opportunity to review Books of the Bible at a Glance, from Teach Sunday School, I knew it would be a great complement to our reading plan.

Books of the Bible at a Glance

I received a PDF file of printable guides that are essentially "cheat sheets" for every book of the Bible.  Each guide is laid out the same:
  • Book Title
  • OT or NT book #
  • Author
  • Year(s) written
  • Timeframe that the book covers
  • Claims to fame - brief information about the person or event for which the Book is most prominently known 
  • Famous stories from the book
  • Famous Verses 
  • Important Points about the book
The purpose of these Book-By-Book Bible Printables is to help give placement and context, and to show the big picture of the entire Bible.  Especially in children's programs, many reading plans hop around between Old and New Testament, only hit popular people and stories, and leave so much out.  These guides are meant to give a solid overview from beginning to end.  

As I had hoped, these summary sheets work really well with our straightfoward Bible reading program.  We started by printing off the first couple of Books and going over the page before starting the chapter.  Every few days as we read another passage, we can review the cheat sheet and key points covered, so that we still have the right timeframe and context in our minds.  

While they are appropriate for all ages, I think upper elementary ages through adults will get the most out of them.  I can see these being especially useful in group settings (Sunday School, Bible Study, Junior Church, Youth Group) before doing a book study, because you can pass these out to help put a book into context before studying it.  It could aid in placing Biblical events on a history timeline.  For anyone new to studying the Bible independently, these would be especially useful for placing things in context and understanding how the Bible fits together.  For independent studies, you can keep these with your notes during devotions.  If using the Most Famous Verses for memory work or copywork, you may choose your preferred version, but the included verses make choosing selections easier.  Essentially, they are very versatile and can be used in many ways.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these!

To find out more about these Printable Books of the Bible "Summary Sheets" you can check out their website or social media, and of course, read more reviews to find out how crew members are using them in their homes!

Books of the Bible At-a-Glance { Teach Sunday School Reviews}

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