Beauty in the Heart
Girls are growing up fast. They have many of the same peer pressures we did when we were their age. The importance of clothes, makeup, and hairstyle has not changed much. Sure the styles have changed (a lot) but not the peer pressure. How does a girl balance what the world says and what God has to say about beauty? Doorposts has released a new Bible study called Beauty in the Heart . . . A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women by Pam Forster. This tool will help girls learn what true beauty really means.
It is not easy watching my daughter change from a little girl into a young woman. There was a time when she was more of a tomboy and dressed like one. I looked forward to the day she would look like a girl. Now that her body has changed; her appearance is important to her; and boys are noticing her; well, I am not so sure I want her to look like a girl anymore. It is also hard for me to balance the appropriateness of clothing choices and allow her some freedom at the same time. My daughter and I received the Beauty in the Heart at the perfect time.
Beauty in the Heart is a unique Bible study meant for ages 10 and up. It is more than just reading Bible passages and answering questions. It also teaches different methods of studying the Bible. There are 86 lessons with 45 additional ideas for study. It is possible to turn this study into a Bible course for a full school year by expanding upon the total 131 lessons already provided.
Pam Forster suggests having the following items to complete the Beauty in the Heart Bible study:
- Bible (several versions)
- A Nave’s Topical Bible
- Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
- Colored pencils
- Bible atlas
- Bible dictionary or commentary
We do not have a Nave’s Topical Bible or the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. There are other study tools Pam suggests such as websites and apps. BibleStudyTools.com offers an online version of both the Nave’s Topical Bible and the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance for free. Amazon offers free Bible apps for Kindle Fire. I downloaded the Bible Gateway, Olive Tree, and Bible.is onto my Kindle. Olive Tree has a bit of a learning curve for me and I am still trying to figure it out. The other two do not have all the things I was hoping to receive for free.
The colored pencils are for marking verses in the Bible. My daughter just received a new Bible and did not want to mark in it so we skipped that part. In retrospect, we should have printed off the Bible passages from BibleStudyTools.com.
There are ten topics utilizing six different study methods in the Beauty in the Heart. The topics are:
1. Beauty in Submission: An Inductive Study of 1 Peter 2:11-3:9
2. Beauty in the Heart: A Verse Study of 1 Peter 3:3-4
3. Beauty in Trusting God: A Character Study of Sarah
4. Beauty in Humility: A Book Study on the Book of Esther
5. Beauty in Modesty: A Verse Study of 1 Timothy 2:9-10
6. Beauty in Serving: A Word and Topical Study on Good Works
7. Beauty without Discretion: A Verse Study of Proverbs 11:22
8. Beauty under Pressure: A Chapter Study of 1 Samuel 25
9. Beauty in the Gates: A Book Study of Ruth
10. Beauty in Review
Each study has seven daily lessons. Each day includes instructions for Bible reading and answering questions. A number of the pages in the book have highlighted marginal notes. The notes provide instructions for looking up references using both online and offline resources and ideas for additional study. This was not only helpful for my daughter but me as well since I did not need to make any lesson plans.
When I sat down with my daughter to begin the Bible study, her first words were, “Have I done something wrong?” I explained it was important to me for her to realize where her beauty comes from and it is not from clothes or mascara.
As my daughter with through the Beauty in the Heart, she discovered she prefers the inductive study method the most. She likes reading the scriptures; asking and answering the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions; discerning what the scripture means; and then applying the principle to her own life.
I must say this Bible study sure did bring on some lively discussion between my daughter and me especially about modesty. I will not go into any details.
It surprised me to discover Beauty in the Heart is not just for girls. There are alternate questions in the back of the book for boys to answer. A couple of those questions are:
“What can women do to adorn themselves inwardly?”
“In what areas do you need to submit to God’s changing work in your life?”
Overall, Beauty in the Heart is an excellent Bible study. I like it because it provides instruction on the different ways to study God’s Word. I recommend it to those who want to go beyond the basics this includes girls and women alike.
Doorposts is offering sample pages of the Beauty in the Heart for you to download. The sample includes Study 3 on Beauty in Trusting God, which is the character study of Esther.
Beauty in the Heart is currently available for $14. Doorposts will begin shipping the paperback book on August 29. Until then, you may pre-order Beauty in the Heart and receive a free PDF copy of the Bible study as an instant-download. Use the coupon code “beautystudy” at checkout. The offer ends on August 31.
Please feel free to read what the other TOS Review Crew members have to say about the Beauty in the Heart Bible study by following the link attached to the image below.