As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received Beauty in the Heart from Doorposts to review. Doorposts started providing Bible based parenting and character training materials 20 years ago. Their newest offering is Beauty in the Heart.
Beauty in the Heart is a study of Godly beauty for young women. It is written for girls as young as 10-12. I used this Bible study with my 14 year old, 9th grade daughter. Even though it is written primarily for girls, boys can also use Beauty in the Heart. This study will help boys learn the difference between true and false beauty. Something that is very important in the world we live in today. Some of the questions have alternate questions for boys, these are marked, and the alternate questions are in the back of the book.
Doorposts Beauty in the Heart Review
Beauty in the Heart, 128 pages long, is divided into 10 sections. Each section has 7 days worth of studies. So if the student does a lesson 7 days a week, this study will last 10 weeks. Abby has been using the study for 5 days a week. As of this writing, she has finished Day 3 of Study 4. The studies are not a devotional. There is not a lot of reading text in the book. This study mainly tells the student where to read in the Bible, then has them answer questions. This is more of an adult style of Bible study, with the subject matter and questions geared toward girls.
Some of the things the girls will learn in the Beauty in the Heart Bible study are, how to use a concordance, perform a character study, use marginal study notes, find the original word used in a passage and how it is used in other passages, and how to use free Bible study tools on computers and mobile devices. And much more. You can view sample pages on the website.
Abby has been working through this study independently, but I have looked over the book and read many of the questions. I do like how the study is broken down into days. It is set up in such a way that the girls can work by themselves, and really be in control of their own Bible study. There is a two page introduction, but beyond that, there is nothing directed toward the parent. While a separate teachers manual isn’t really needed for a Bible study, it would be nice to have an answers section. Obviously, the answers that are to be written in the students own words wouldn’t have the answers listed. It would be helpful if the factual questions had an answer section, though. Whether you want to check their work and give them a grade, or if the girls want to check their own answers to make sure they understand the lesson.
From Abby – “Overall it was a good study, I liked how they had us use the concordance. I would have liked more life application, though.”
I agree with Abby. Overall it is a good study for young women. I think it is suitable for women of all ages. I just might give it a go myself, after Abby finishes it. Permission is given to make copies for personal and household use. Making this perfect for households with several young women.
Beauty in the Heart is available on the website for $14.00.