By now, I’m sure you know how much I really enjoy Apologia products – and the most recent review product I received from them is no different. Journeys of Faithfulness by Sarah Clarkson is a book geared for ages 12 and up (although a mature girl could work her way through it as well) for moms and their daughters. In 232 pages girls will read accounts of Mary and Martha, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Esther and Ruth and using historical fiction will see how God can and does love girls just like them – they will dig into God’s Word and hopefully come away with a much stronger knowledge of their relationship with Christ.
If you’re like me, you may be leery of handing your daughter, a fictionalized historical account of Biblical women and stories – however put your fears to rest. Unlike other books Sarah Clarkson does not add to or take away from God’s Word but makes it come alive to His daughters. In fact I felt more emotion in relating to these women of the Bible, than just reading the Biblical accounts – because sometimes we don’t get to ‘see’ all of what they are going through. We meet Mary and Martha and we know their story but do we really know them?
After reading the story you and your daughter will work through a devotion – either alone or together. I prefer to do it apart and then come together for discussion, or if your daughter is very private have her leave her thoughts in a journal where you can read and leave comments and vice versa. After the devotional reading that relates your daughter’s modern life to that of the Bible woman’s life and to God there is the Bible study. The Bible study has 3 to 4 Scripture readings with some things to think on or put into action – there is plenty of space to write under the Scripture reference or you can use the included journey journal pages. Of course, you can also use the idea above of using a separate journal that is shared by both mother and daughter – what a great way to not only strengthen the relationship between the Lord and your daughter but also you and her?
With Christmas around the corner I think this would make a great gift for any young lady who is needing to get more out her relationship and how the Bible and God relates to her life. I really want to continue on in this study with my 10 year old and hopefully again when my second daughter gets old enough. If your daughter isn’t grounded in the above characters you may want to go over them with her before giving her the book so she can decipher what is historical and what is fiction and how it does tie together. This book is definitely one that each young lady who yearns to lead a life pleasing to the Lord can glean so much from. You can purchase the book at Apologia for $13.00 and they also have a sample chapter and table of contents available so you can preview before you buy.
If you’d like to see what other homeschool parents thought of this book then please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.