Monday, June 16, 2014

Philippians in 28 Weeks

 Philippians in 28 Weeks
Written by Stacy Farrell
Published at Home School Adventure Co.

About the product

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Memorize the entire book of Philippians in 28 weeks!

My Thoughts

Since my kids have started attending Awana, I find it is easier for them to memorize scriptures and etched God’s Word upon their heart.   There is time that I wish I had the motivation to do a bit more memorization myself.   I knew that Philippians in 28 weeks was available but I haven’t had the courage to get it.  However, in May I approached the author and asked if it could be possible to review it.  She agreed and provided me with a pdf copy to download.

The goal is to learn the whole book of Philippians in 28 weeks.    I was highly motivated and read the instructions before starting.  The idea is quite simple if you think about it.   The first thing you need to do is read the book regularly.  And when I say regularly, I mean daily…. every single day of the 28 weeks.   I will be honest with you – I don’t do this daily so I know that deep down it will take me more than 28 weeks to memorize.  And I realize that daily immersion of the scripture makes it easier to remember – daily immersion of the same scriptures is the first essential step in memorization.

The second step is to record.  Stacy Farrell has graciously provided special pages to copy the section on which you are putting your emphasis during the week.   This copywork is also perfect to allow your kids to practice penmanship at the same time while studying the book of Philippians.  You also have the opportunity to journal and reflect on the scriptures you are learning that week.

Step three consist in repeating the verses on a daily basis by using the cards provided.  You can carry them on you and read them over and over – memorizing slowly and surely the words in your mind and heart.  At the end of each week, you can recite aloud to someone else the cards you have completed.   In a way this step is allowing you to review the verses you have learned with someone.  This also allow you to be accountable on your challenge in learning the verses.   Come to think of it, I believe this is the step that I am missing – accountability in order to keep up with my challenge.   

Finally, before starting a new week, you have to recite the memorized verses in order to test your retention.   The author has provided useful recitation charts at the end of each chapter in order to help you with this step.  

Also included in the curriculum, you will find a log that will help you to be more accountable and keep you on track.   I will admit that I completely forgot to fill this log when I started the curriculum.   To be completely honest with my reader, I think I had too much on my shoulders when I started it.   Each morning I read my French Bible since the 1st of January.   I somewhat felt overwhelmed in doing this, my devotions as well as reading through Philippians daily.   It was just too much.  And after a few days, the reading part of Philippians was dropped.   This was not a good idea – trust me.   In order to succeed in memorizing the verses in the book of Philippians, you will have to be dedicated in reading daily through the book – no matter what is going on in your life and no matter if it has already been 6 times you read it.  Because when you think of it at the end of 28 weeks, you should have read the book of Philippians one hundred and ninety-six times.  No wonder that memorizing would be easy to do when you read it so often!   And if you make a quick math calculation, this curriculum will take roughly about seven months to complete which is perfect for the new school year coming our way in a few months!

So in order to be able to pursue this challenge, I now realize that I need to make a decision to drop all other Bible reading I am doing and find someone who will encourage me and held me accountable in doing this challenge.   Another option would be to delay the learning of this book of the Bible but when you sense that the Spirit is telling you to deepen your memorization skills in order to have more scriptures in your heart – well….  delaying is not an option I think.    At the same time, I sense that my head is fighting me on this because  I don’t want to think of myself as a quitter when I stopped reading my three chapters a day in my French bible.  It’s ridiculous I know…. and ultimately I need to make the decision and not look back.    And since learning comes with experience, I have decided to tackle this challenge the way it is suppose to be done. The only reason why I am stalling on the memorization part is that I wasn’t dedicated enough in the process of learning.

I love the way the author has presented and decorticated the scriptures in order to memorize them better.  It is an ingenious way of learning more of God’s Word and it guides you through an easy process of memorization – reading, writing, studying, saying, and repeating.     This product would make a wonderful biblical curriculum for your middle school or high school student in the fall.   I strongly recommend the Philippians in 28 weeks for anyone (students, young adults, older adults) who wants to deepen their relationship with God.  It is a great product that will allow you to memorize a special book of the Bible where you will be encourage to find joy, be humble, and always be thankful.  By doing so with your kids you can hide God’s word in your heart and be a testimony to Him at the same time.

If you want to discover how it is done, you can download the first chapter of the product on the website. 

You can order Philippians in 28 weeks in print edition (28.95$) or ebook edition (14.95$).  Two versions are available – ESV or KJV.   I personally would like to see the NIV or NLT version as well.  You can also have the option of only downloading the cards (ESV version) if you prefers this.  The price tag for the cards is 9.95$.    All these can be ordered direction from Home School Adventure Co. at

Disclaimer: Thanks to Home School Adventure Co. for sending me the above mentioned title in PDF format for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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