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I didn't think I would like this program. Read and regurgitate is not our typical method of operation, because in most cases all that is required is shallow short-term memory at best. Dan was equally sure he would not like this program, fearing that knowing the facts of Scripture without the understanding of Scripture would result in a houseful of Pharisees. Thankfully the author was persistent, because we were pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a jewel of a product appropriate for a wide range of ages. First, let me tell you what it is; then, how I think it could be a blessing for any home.

Over 7,000 Questions and 54,000 Cross References
Balancing the Sword (BTS) includes two immense hardback books with over 7,000 questions and almost 13,000 parts (with answer keys) targeting every 2.7 verses on average. Even more mind-boggling are the nearly 54,000 cross references, averaging 7.6 references per question. BTS is designed to give you a comprehensive working knowledge of what the Bible actually says.

Answer Key In The Back!
BTS was developed around the KJV version of the Bible, but other Bible translations can be used. Where version "conflict" arises over details, alternate answers are given. Differing from the typical "touchy-feely"-type studies, BTS asks you only what the passage actually says, leaving the interpretation and application up to the Holy Spirit, you, and your spiritual leader. Answer keys provide the answer to each question.

Each Volume Contains Completely Different Questions
Interestingly, each volume covers all 1,189 chapters of the Bible, but both are completely different in questions and quotes. The two volumes combine to directly or indirectly deal with almost every key element in every chapter. Because you study from only one volume at a time, this study program allows a structured reading of the Bible twice and ultimately a comprehensive working knowledge of every book of the Bible.

Over 1,000 Illustrations
One of the most appealing features is the multitude of images that is present throughout the volumes. With over 1,000 illustrations of Biblical events, literal depictions, charts, and maps, these are very, very helpful.

Cement the Facts of the Biblical Events
From the time they could read, most of our children dabbled in Bible reading. But it wasn't until they were about ten that they buckled down to read through the Bible in a year. However, I'm a realist and I know that there were many passages that went over their heads, and many more that, quite honestly, caused their eyes to glaze over. Sure, they may have eyeballed the text, but did they really read it? If I had it to do over, as soon as I thought it appropriate, I would have assigned my children to read through the Bible with a BTS book by their side. And they would have loved the challenge of finding the right answers. In the process, they would have cemented the facts of the Biblical events, and because we talk Bible incessantly, the discussions would have had more foundation and less speculation.

A Keepsake and a Memorial
An even more exciting approach to using BTS is with younger children. I can't imagine a more valuable project than for a parent and child to slowly work their way through the Bible using BTS as a keepsake and a memorial. Even children too young to read can listen, answer questions, and watch as Mommy or Daddy records their answers for posterity. Many families routinely read the Bible aloud to their children, but were the children listening? Knowing that they will be asked to answer questions would encourage them to focus and pay more attention.

Each Hard-Cover Book is 589 Pages
Of course, this is a wonderful program for older children and adults, but what a blessing it would be for your children to absorb these truths while they are still young. Each book is a Smythe-sown hardback with 589 pages.

Bonus Software Creates Custom Bible-reading Plans
Each Balancing the Sword Set comes with free access to their online Bible Reading Planner Software. This is a versatile program with a wide range of features, that allows your family to make personally customized Bible reading plans.

You Set the Parameters
This software's simple step-by-step walk-through lets you set the parameters: You can plan a reading schedule for the entire Bible or any section or book, customize on and off days, how many reading sessions you want per day, and whether you want to plan according to a targeted completion date or a certain number of minutes reading per day. If you pick the minutes-per-day option, the program will even test your reading speed to determine how much should be read daily to fit your schedule. One fairly unique feature in this program is that instead of scheduling a set number of chapters or even verses per day, resulting in an irregular schedule, BTS actually calculates a word count so that you're slotted virtually the same number of words every day! Simply walk through the easy setup, print, and you're ready to read.
Balancing the Sword Vol 1, 589 pages
Balancing the Sword Vol II, 589 pages
Balancing The Sword Reading Planner Software (online version)

Publisher's Information
Author: Allen Wolfe
Smythe Sewn Hard cover
Balancing The Sword
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