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Training Hearts, Teaching Minds

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We've had a daily devotion time with our children ever since they were old enough to sit up and point to pictures on a page. While there are a fair number of options for the six- to twelve-year-old crowd, most are worldly, weird, shallow, or boring. Training Hearts, Teaching Minds is none of those.

Using the well-known Westminster Shorter Catechism, compiled over 350 years ago, Training Hearts, Teaching Minds provides a means of studying sound Christian doctrine and in fact can be one of the best methods of teaching why we believe what we believe to young children. Each week a new question is presented and for six days the devotional uses brief readings and pertinent Scripture to explore how God's Word answers that question. I loved that Pearl was looking up and reading the verses, and I think that to get the full benefit of this program, it is best started when your child is a competent reader.

Because only the Bible itself is without error, you or I may not agree with every aspect of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Although few will quibble over the doctrine of the Lord's Prayer or the Ten Commandments, some, depending on their theological bent, may object to the handful of questions pertaining to the sacraments. Keep in mind that this is primarily a tool to discuss a widely accepted historical document, and if you find yourself uncomfortable with the leaning of these few questions, use this as a prime opportunity to explain to your children how these great men of long ago came to the conclusions they did.

With over 100 questions, you'll find this book will serve your family for nearly two years. If you desire to daily teach historical Christian faith to your children and have been looking for a book with a theologically sound foundation, Training Hearts, Teaching Minds is for you. If your children don't know how to explain with Scripture what they believe, or worse yet, if they don't even know what they should believe, we strongly urge you to add this book to your daily routine. Each actual lesson is only about ten minutes long, but the benefits will last a lifetime.

Author: Starr Meade
Pages: 349
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2000
ISBN: 978-0875523927
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Made In: USA
Consumable: No

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

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Solid curriculum! October 3, 2011
Reviewer: Jennifer Slemmer from Lacey, WA United States  
We do a lot of memory work in our home and I was looking for something that would walk us through the tenents of our faith in a methodical and clear way. I have always appreciated the Catechism, but the language was a bit daunting. I saw this as a recommendation on your site and found what I was looking for! I LOVE that this book uses the Modern English version.

The devotions are so short - this helps me not skip doing our devotion in the morning. But once we get going, we often read two. The kids get to take turns looking up the one or two verses in each reading. Even my 3 year old is learning the questions and answers. LOVE IT!!

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Rich Truths about God in Small Bites September 27, 2011
Reviewer: DD from Birmingham, AL United States  
Having done most of the younger devotionals like Everything a Child Needs to Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor and Discovering Jesus in Genesis by Hunt we have been thrilled to find this catechism devotional for our children.  We have paired it with our children doing a Bible drill to find the multiple verses that support each truth about God and his Word. It has spurred thought provoking conversations in our family quiet times and yet doesn't take more than a few minutes.  Our children are 9 & 11 but I think this could be used with a few years younger and then cycled back to be used again with teens and young adults.  There are 107 weeks so this is at least 2 years of devotionals if you follow it strictly.  Effective and full of rich truth!

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Outstanding! November 15, 2010
Reviewer: Misty Marr from Buckeye, AZ United States  
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds is an outstanding way to familiarize your children and yourself with the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is full of great doctrine.  This book doesn't contain fluff, it it pure teaching.  Since each section is short, it is easy to comprehend.  This book can be used by the husband during family worship, by the mom during homeschool or by the individua1l child.  We will be using this over and over

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Great family catechism October 19, 2010
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Buckeye, AZ United States  
This book was very helpful in taking our family through systematic catechism.  I like how a full week is spent talking about and further explaining each question.  I was surprised how easily even my younger children memorized each answer.  I recommend this book.

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My teens argue over who gets it November 5, 2008
Reviewer: Kimberlee B. from Middleville, MI  
This Family devotional based on the shorter catechism has become such a main source of Biblical foundational truths that my children (in their teens now) argue who gets it when they start their own families!

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