Last year I was blessed to review a wonderful book by Sarah Clarkson (Read for the Heart). This fall I am doubly blessed to have received another of Sarah's books for use in our family's homeschool. This is truly an inspired book, and Sarah's love for the Lord and desire for young ladies to grow in His grace can be found on every page.
Journeys of Faithfulness is a 232-page book for girls age 12 & up that shares about the lives of Mary, Martha, Esther, Ruth and Mary, mother of Jesus. Divided into four parts, with three chapters in each part, this book is a perfect fit for young ladies who are seeking to grow in their walk with the Lord. Each chapter contains a reading selection about one woman's life, a devotional, a Bible study, and a place to journal or take notes. I can see this being a valuable resource for any family raising daughters, and from the perspective of a homeschool mom, it was the perfect fit for daily Bible assignments.
Sarah takes the Bible and works to make it read more like a novel - which is very appealing to girls between the ages of 12 & 18. Of course, she had to add some details that aren't provided in the Bible text, but I found that Sarah did an excellent job of this! Of course, each family will need to decide for themselves how much "addition" to God's Word they are comfortable with...but I can say that Journeys of Faithfulness does not add any more detail than, say, the average devotional or Bible study.
I have four daughters, and for other reviews I have had more than one of them use the same product in order to complete a review. But this time around, I really felt the Lord leading me to have one of my daughter's (my 16-year-old) use this book for her daily Bible curriculum. From day one, her response was very, very positive. And she has said over and over again that she "loves" reading Journeys of Faithfulness. She was able to give me her honest opinion, un-influenced as it would have been if she had been "sharing" this book with her sisters. And since she is my middle-child, it's always good for her to do something all by herself that allows her to express her own opinion. Here is what she had to say ~
"I really like that Journeys of Faithfulness is not focused on the men of the Bible. Most curriculum I have completed were primarily about men. There's nothing wrong with that; it was just nice to have a book about women written for young women (since most Bible studies with a female focus are written for older women). This book gives a picture of what life was like for women during Bible times. And she adds a ton more detail than is found in the Bible - which I really, really love! It's a great book, and Sarah is a great writer. I was never bored reading it and it's very entertaining. I just love it!"
Each devotional segment reflects on the previous chapter's subject matter and relates it to modern day issues. The there are some questions to answer and Bible verses to study. It's very easy to use, and provides an excellent option for Bible lessons within the framework of the homeschool.
Journeys of Faithfulness can be purchased from Apologia Ministries for $13.00.
Be sure to check out the Apologia website to find out about the many resources they offer for homeschool families - www.Apologia.com
And you can read what other reviewers have to say HERE
Disclaimer ~ I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions shared here are solely my own.
Lord bless you and your family as you travel this homeschool road together!
Day 237 done :)
Jan L. Burt