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God is pretty clear about it – teaching Scripture to a child is a parent’s job.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deut. 6:5-9

However, very often, the task of teaching a child how to hide God’s Word in his heart is too easily relegated to grandparents or Sunday School teachers. But I also don’t think forcing a kid to memorize Bible verses he doesn’t understand is the scenario God had in mind in Deuteronomy 6 either. (Thankfully, because that sounds very ‘un-fun’). Rather, God intended the parental task of teaching Scripture in the home to be heart-filled, conversational, consistent, and a high priority in daily life.

So, as part of our Core Curriculum for motherhood, we think every mother should have some resources in her pocket for teaching Scripture to her children. Check out the following resources in our Book Fair, and let us know what you think! Plus, we’re giving away one of these resources to a lucky reader of HiveResources.com.How can you win one of these books? Simply share this article on facebook and come back and leave us a comment telling us you did so! (Be sure to tell us which book you have your eye on). For non-facebook users, simply leave us a comment. Giveaways ends at midnight!

Don’t Make me Count to Three: A Mom’s Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline by Ginger Plowman

Don’t Make Me Count to Three, written by Ginger Plowman, is a cornerstone book for mothers seeking to apply Scripture to child-rearing. Plowman is the founder of Preparing the Way Ministries, author of multiple parenting books, and a homeschooling mother.

 

Book Summary: Obedience with a happy heart comes only when a parent targets the child’s heart in discipline, teaching the child the importance of God’s Word and how to obey it! In her book, Plowman encourages mothers to set aside the easy habits of threatening, yelling, or counting to three by providing real-life tips for connecting Scripture with discipline and instruction.

What I liked about the book:

 

  • This book emphasizes the high calling of motherhood, yet remains realistic in its view of  a mom’s daily life.
  • This book emphasizes the need for combining instruction with discipline. (Ie: Good parenting doesn’t just tell the child what not to do, but what the child should be doing instead.) After reading this book, I discovered that not only was I teaching my children what Scripture says, but I was also teaching them how to obey what Scripture says.
  • This book is an anger-management tool for moms. If you struggle with frustration over your child’s behavior – buy this book immediately! Plowman’s practical advice gave me a new (and biblical) vocabulary for correcting my children. (It even has a chart called “Wise Words for Moms” – how cool is that?)

 

What I didn’t like about the book:

 

  • Don’t Make Me Count to Three isn’t exhaustive enough! At 135 pages, I felt like I was just getting started on the re-education of my tongue.

 

Hive Resources gives “Don’t Make Me Count to Three” top tonors – three honey combs! If you do anything this week buy Ginger Plowman’s book along with Tedd Tripp’s book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart.”

 

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of...by Bruce Ware

Big Truths for Young Hearts, written by Bruce Ware, is a must-read for any parent who struggles with answering their child’s difficult questions about God. Ware is a seasoned father, renowned theologian and currently serves as professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

 

Book Summary: Raising children to know and love God means raising children to know and love Christian theology. Following the basic outline of the systematic theology courses he teaches, Ware summarizes the great doctrines of the faith for young hearts with surprising clarity and simplicity covering subjects such as God, the Trinity, creation, the human condition, Christology (Christ), pnuematology (the Holy Spirit), salvation, the church, and the end times.

What I liked about the book:

 

  • Despite his credentials, the author writes from the perspective of a father. Why is this a big deal? His book is a practical tool giving parents biblical answers to their child’s questions about God, life, and even the afterlife.
  • Despite his credentials, the author uses illustrations and word pictures to successfully intertwine divine truth with the realities children face everyday. Why is this a big deal? Sometimes it is difficult for young minds to grasp concepts such as the Trinity or atonement. For example, Ware utilizes Legos as a way to illustrate the concept of creatio ex nihlio (God created the world out of nothing). He uses the example of a mother and daughter baking a pie together to explain Christ’s role in creating the world. It’s heavy stuff made simple.

 

What I didn’t like about the book:

 

  • Despite being a treasury of simplified illustrations and applications, at times I wondered if this book was better suited for new believers rather than children or youth. In his introduction, Ware writes that these chapters originated from bed-side chats with his two girls (at the time – ages 6 and 2). However, I’m unsure if a two-year-old could grasp the level of this book.

 

This concern aside, “Big Truths for Young Hearts” provides parents with a wonderful starting point for engaging their kids with Christian truth. Hive Resources encourages all mothers to make this book part of their core curriculum for teaching Scripture application. So, we give it three honeycombs!

 

My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts by Susan Hunt

My ABC Bible Verses, written by Susan Hunt, is an easy-to-use tool for teaching your child God’s Word that reads like a storybook. Hunt is the former director of women’s ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America, a pastor’s wife and a grandmother.

Book Summary: Using everyday situations to help children apply Scripture to daily life, My ABC Bible Verses helps children memorize God’s Word and learn the alphabet at the same time. Perfect for 3-7 year-olds, this book follows the story of brother and sister duo, Missy and Bill, and their parents who teach them to hide God’s Word in their hearts so they might love God and love others.

What I liked about the book:

 

  • This ABC book reads like a storybook, following the daily life of two children and demonstrates how they apply Scripture. Why is this a big deal?  By nature, stories are attention grabbers, providing children with real-life examples of how God’s Word transforms lives. For example, the author connects verses with situations such as disputes over toys among friends, honoring parents, speech, poor attitudes, and sharing Christ with friends and neighbors.
  • The verses in the book build on previous verses. Why is this a big deal? The best way to approach God’s Word is by letting Scripture interpret Scripture. This approach to learning God’s Word lays a foundation for subsequent Scripture memory.
  • This book emphasizes the provision of God’s grace to live out his Word. It also emphasizes the Holy Spirit’s role in convicting of sin and bringing memory verses to mind. Why is this a big deal? It provides children with a framework for understanding who God is and how he works that spills over into the call of Christian conduct.

 

What I didn’t like about the book:

 

  • By nature, the book is limited in its selection of Bible verses (its 26 verses correspond to the 26 letters of the alphabet). Why is this a big deal? The author is pressed to find verses to correspond with rarely-used letters and the result is mixed. For example, the author uses the KJV of Matthew 18:3 to correspond to the letter “X” (“eXcept ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”) And because the language of the KJV is often difficult to understand, this verse doesn’t have the same impact had the author used an easier translation (NIV) or selected a different verse.

 

Letter “X” withstanding, “My ABC Bible Verses” is a powerful asset to mothers seeking to apply Scripture to discipline. And because the book provides children with real-life Scripture application, it would make for a wonderful birthday present as well as an excellent tool in the Sunday School room. Because “My ABC Bible Verses”  is such a sweet resource for moms, Hive Resources gives it three honeycombs!

 

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway to win a free copy of one of today’s books! Share this article on facebook and come back and leave us a comment telling us you did so! (Be sure to tell us which book you have your eye on!) For non-facebook users, simply leave us a comment. You have till MIDNIGHT tonight!

If you don’t win today, don’t lose heart! You’ll have another chance to win a “must-have mom” resource tomorrow! See you then!

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