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God Has Big Plans for You, Esther (Discover 4 Yourself Series) Review by Maggi Beardsley

By Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt
Precept Ministries
7324 Noah Reid Road
Chattanooga, TN 37422

This book has it all! Just gather the children and some colored pens or pencils for a rich, meaningful, engaging Bible study. The big message of this book is that God is in control of everything. God Has Big Plans for You, Esther is just one of the inductive Bible studies written for children ages 9 to 12.

This inductive Bible written in narrative form follows three young people--Max, Molly, and Sam--as they encounter great adventure in Washington, D.C. As they explore the capitol they uncover the story of Esther. Using this study, your children will learn to read a Scripture passage for its content and context. They learn to look for keywords. Sometimes there is a crossword puzzle for fun. They learn to look for the "who, what, when and where" questions. There are sketches throughout the book to hold the children's attention.

The book is meant to be a five-week study book. It is divided into days instead of chapters. Some days seem to have more to do in them than others. For our family, we tried to do an entire suggested day in one sitting, but sometimes we were unable to. The 11 and 10-year olds could have done this study on their own. The Bible portions that they read were in the back of the book. One of my children loved this feature because it meant that all he needed to bring to study was his box of pens. My daughter liked to have her Bible side-by-side with the book so that she could reference both at the same time.

This study uses the New American Standard Bible translation. For our family that was fine, but some families prefer different versions of the Bible. This is our third study in this series. The second grader gobbles up the studies as eagerly as the older ones, but she needs more time to investigate and write down the information. My children love this study. They would do more than one day's worth of reading if I didn't have other subjects for them to complete. Among our children, we have everything from super Bible student to just barely touching the surface--this study worked for all of them.

I highly recommend God Has Big Plans for You, Esther.

Product review by Maggi Beardsley, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2011