Review: Firmly Planted, Books of Moses, Part 2


Great Bible studies are a treasure.  They feed your soul, bring you closer to God Himself, and equip you to face the challenges of this fallen world.  Bible study time is our favorite time of day in our family.  I was excited and privileged to be chosen to review a Bible study called Firmly Planted, Books of Moses, Part 2 (Family Study Guide and Student Book) by Real Life Press and written by Heidi St. John.  

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Firmly Planted, Books of Moses, Part 2 and all of the Firmly planted books are 10 week family studies that conveniently target both younger children and older teens and adults.  This study begins at Genesis 37 and covers through Numbers 14.

  • Week 1: Joseph Sold Into Slavery
  • Week 2: Joseph Saves His Family
  • Week 3: Moses and the Burning Bush
  • Week 4: The plagues
  • Week 5: Crossing the Red Sea
  • Week 6: The Ten Commandments
  • Week 7: The Tabernacle
  • Week 8: The Golden Calf
  • Week 9: Choosing the Levites
  • Week 10: Exploring the Promise Land

We recieved this review as ebooks that I easily downloaded into my iPad under my Kindle app.  I enjoy the ebook format.  I tend to take my iPad or my Kindle just about everywhere I go.  This makes importu read alouds or Bible study quite doable.  15 minutes while waiting at the bank to see a manager can turn into productive time.  Plus, ebooks don’t take up any space on my shelves and they are never lost.  However if ebooks aren’t your think you can also purchase this study as a traditional paper book.

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Each week you cover just one lesson and that lesson is stretched out over 4 days.  You begin with a Bible passage found in the study guide. Every lesson features a Seed which is a summarization of the main point of the lesson.  The next section is Planting the Seed which is where you will find the memory verse. This is broken up into two parts with a simpler memorization for children ages 4-11 and a more difficult challenge for anyone over 12 years of age.  You’ll find something called Watering the Seedling which is a short story lesson.  This was always my children’s favorite part.  You’ll find a daily study with discussion questions which are great for the younger children.  However if you have older children or kids who are ready to go further you’ll find help in the Digging Deeper section.  The final section, Taste the Fruit gives your family opportunity to apply God’s word to your own lives.

Obviously this is a pretty detailed study.  I won’t hesitate to say it is very well written and easy to follow.  It can be challenging, especially if you strive to apply the teachings to your family life.  It is engaging and appropriate for just about every member of your family no matter the age.

Student Book is an awesome full color book.  Printing pages was easily done from my computer.  This is one place where personally I prefer to just buy the workbook instead of printing.  Something about it coming already bound and ready to go just makes life easier for me.  Printing however works just fine too.  This book is full of fun stuff for younger children as well as challenging sections for older children in what is called the Upper Class pages.

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Every week as you move through the Student Book you’ll have your children writing definitions for vocabulary words.  There is a recommended nature study.  An opportunity for oral responses to questions. There is copywork, coloring pages, mazes and such more.Firmly Planted.1JPG

How We Used This

I used this with my 3 oldest children ages 4-9.  We sat together each morning as I read through the lesson and readings for the day.  We practiced our memory verse.  Then we moved on to whatever activity or workbook page we needed to complete.  When we were out and about I often pulled up the study on my iPad so we could rehearse our memory verse or review a concept.

Final Thoughts!

If you are looking for a great study that the entire family can take part in then you’ve found it.  This resource does a fantastic job of parsing things out so young and old can discover God’s word together.  I can’t think of anything a family could do that isn’t more rewarding.  I’m looking forward to working through the entire series with my family.  I think we are going to make one big change though.  We are going to move this particular study into the evening so Daddy can join us too.  In fact, I may even see if he is interested in leading us in this one.

A fun and engaging whole family Bible study, thank the Lord for this one!

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