Monday, September 9, 2013

Sword Study (II Timothy) by Tammy McMahan Book Review

Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
  • Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
  • Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
  • Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
  • Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
  • Level 5 is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages. 
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study.
The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy. I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information visit
The Shelby Kennedy Foundation exists to help families strengthen their personal relationship with the Lord.  They do this by coming along side parents as they disciple their children through in-depth study of the Word of God, Scripture memory and prayer. For more information visit
My review:
I was given level 5 of the Sword Study: A Family Centered Bible Study on II Timothy for Each Age Level.  This study book is for the parent/leader.  There are 10 weeks of study.  Each lesson begins with a short introductory story for the week with 5 days of study.  Each day students begin by praying, reading and writing and then do an investigative study with application.  Each day is concluded with a guided prayer with ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).  Each week kicks off with a Family Bonfire which gets the family prepared and ready for the upcoming week.  Every Family Bonfire has a great outline for reading Scripture, Worship, Family Discussion Questions, Bible Memory and a Closing Prayer.  There are also several diagrams and interactive worksheets to fill in. 
This looks like a powerful and well thought out Bible study for families to enjoy together.  I'm very impressed with the depth of the lessons and that all age levels will be able to participate in their own way.  This product is very well endorsed by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Revive Our Hearts radio host), Kirk Cameron (Actor, Speaker) and Joni Eareckson Tada (Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends).  This is a great tool for bringing families together, searching Scriptures, applying God's Word to daily living and praying for guidance to live the Spirit-led life. 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this study by Glass Road Media for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

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