The second diaper I ever changed in my life belonged to my firstborn child.
The first diaper I ever changed was a few months earlier, when I was still pregnant with my oldest daughter, Kelsi. My twin sister insisted that I change a diaper on one of her children so that I'd have a general idea of how to change diapers when I brought my newborn home from the hospital! I know, it's shocking, but I had no hands-on experience with babies or very young children. I knew almost nothing. I'll even admit that I asked my husband if he would be willing to change our newborn's diaper in the hospital for me so the nurses wouldn't find out that I didn't really know how to do it! Ha! (He had helped watch his niece off and on for quite a while when he was a young man, so he knew how to do the diapering thing better than me!)
Maybe this was a good thing. It forced me to pray - a lot! It also forced me to keep my eyes open for women who obviously knew what they were doing because they were experiencing positive, successful results. Knowing almost nothing made me unafraid to ask other moms questions, and to learn from them.
We made it through the diapering stage in our home, worked diligently on first-time disobedience when the girls were toddlers, and as they grew, we began educating the girls at home. I was still always on the lookout for godly, biblical materials that would help Elmer and I raise the girls up with a godly, biblical perspective on life - and that they would hopefully dedicate themselves fully to doing God's will and live a life of service and love to the King. I would ask other moms whom I trusted to share with me what materials they were using to introduce their children to God's Kingdom.
A godly woman in my life, Michaél, introduced me to a series of Bible teaching books for children. If I am remembering correctly, she had seen a sample of these books in her church library or church bookstore. I don't remember exactly. I was intrigued, because this nifty series of books was going to fit in perfectly with our in-depth study of the Old Testament that we were doing!
Herein is Love is not a catchy, flashy, "busywork" type of Bible curriculum for children. It doesn't have photos or pictures in it. But lest you think it might be boring, it isn't. The commentary is enjoyable and understandable to read with children. It would make a wonderful morning or evening family devotional. It includes ideas for songs, crafts, projects, research, and more. It has so many great ideas to use to teach the Bible that it makes it "easy" to have fun and interesting Bible lessons in your own home.
There are two main parts to each lesson:
Here is some additional information about Herein Is Love:
The beginning books of the Bible are essential to our understanding of God's redemptive story. Nancy Ganz, author of Herein Is Love, creatively focuses our attention on the events that bring this story to life. The series has the richness of well-written literature and the depth of understanding inherent in a commentary. The result is a series of books whose details live and sing. They help parent and child understand the Christ-centered Word, and they are enjoyable reading for both. Your own faith will be strengthened while reading to your children, and your children will be encouraged, lesson by lesson, to believe in the Lord Jesus.
"Herein is Love is a sensory storehouse. The book brims with shimmering sights, sensational sounds, savory smells, tingling touches, and tantalizing tastes of life in the ancient Near Eastern world. Better yet, it is full to overflowing with faith in the true and living God of the Bible. Use it. You, your children, and your students will sense God and His Messiah marching through history. Ganz marinates you in His magnificent, marvelous grace. You may experience one minor problem. You'll need multiple copies to minimize parental and sibling rivalry to see who reads it first! Herein is Love will titillate the senses and touch the heart."
---Dr. George Scipione, Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary President
If you would like to take a look at one of the chapters in these books, you may view a sample chapter.
The entire Teacher's Guide for all of Here is Love: Genesis can be downloaded for free! Just scroll down to the "Herein is Love" section toward the bottom of the screen.
This blog posting is not a product review; I purchased this series of books on my own. We've used them in our own home, and I've actually bought a complete set of the books for each of my girls. There are some excellent books that may not be "in print" in years to come, so once in a while, I've started to purchase books that I know they will enjoy using with their own children some day, or in teaching Bible classes to other children. This is a series worth purchasing for leading your family now - and in the future!
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