Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal {Review}

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I was very excited to have the opportunity to participate in the review of the Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal by Stacy Farrell.

I love the writings of C. S. Lewis. I think he was a very profound writer and theologian! One of my favorite all time book series is The Chronicles of Narnia. I could read them again and again! They are wonderful stories and have deep spiritual meaning for me. 

C. S. Lewis has written many other books, Surprised by Joy, A Grief observed, another series entitled Out of the Silent Planet, Mere Christianity as well as many others.

Mere Christianity is a book that has long been on my reading list. Last year I picked up the audiobook version with the intention of listening to it. I did listen to part of it, however I found that this book is very deep and thought provoking. Exploring not just Christianity, but MY Christian faith. I found that I need to read the book and slowly digest all that is has to offer. I was continually stopping the audio and going back to listen to something I had missed. I found that I really needed to read the book as opposed to just listening to it. The book takes time to digest and I found that I needed to read a section and ponder over that before I moved on. Listening to the audiobook made that difficult for me.

I was excited to have the journal to use in conjunction with the book.  When I started this review, I requested a copy of Mere Christianity from our library. I am slowly working through the book and using the journal.

If you are unfamiliar with Mere Christianity here is a brief synopsis of the book:

The classic work commonly known as Mere Christianity is actually a four-book series which explores the common ground upon which all Christians stand. It brings together Lewis’ legendary radio talks broadcast during World War II previously published as: Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe, What Christians Believe, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality (or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity), and provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal is a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview. Although it was originally created to be a companion resource to Philosophy Adventure, it may also be used as group or independent study for teenagers or adults.

It provides 10-16 questions for each chapter which can be discussed in:

  • homeschools
  • co-ops
  • classrooms
  • Sunday school
  • small groups
  • families

 My Thoughts

Stacy Farrell has created a wonderful journal to go along with Mere Christianity. Wow! What a useful tool the Critical Analysis Journal is! As I mentioned I am using it as I read through the book. The journal is broken down into the four books that are contained in Mere Christianity along with the preface.

Yes the preface! Many times we (or at least I sometimes do) tend to skip over the preface of a book not always giving it the time it deserves. Stacy has written 10 thought provoking questions for the preface of the book!

The journal itself offers 10-16 questions in each chapter as you work your way through. These questions offer the reader very in-depth critical thinking as you read through Mere Christianity.

I am finding the journal to be a valuable resource. I plan on using the journal with Justin my oldest when he starts high school in about two years. (I might even decide use it next year when he starts 8th grade) I think the Critical Analysis Journal is a wonderful resource for any junior high or high school student.  It has a Biblical Worldview and I think by using the journal in conjunction with the book this resource would be wonderful used in a small group, Bible study or Sunday school class from junior and senior high through adult.

Using this journal gives a way for not only me but for my children to defend their Biblical world view.

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The journal is available in print edition for $28.95 or in digital PDF format for $18.95.  Readers of My Blessings From Above can save 10% if you order by January 31, 2014 by using code: 10OFFMC

Stacy has put together a wonderful resource and I appreciate all of her hard work to bring this to us!

If you do not have a copy of Mere Christianity you can go to this link and download a free copy for yourself!

Be sure to join us tonight for the: It’s More Than A “Mere” Facebook Party! There will be lots of fun and prizes and you have a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

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About Stacy Farrell 

Stacy Farrell’s worldview changed when she embarked on her homeschooling adventure in 2002.

Her background as a consultant and writer well-prepared her to teach communication skills; however, only hands-on experience (and much time spent on her knees) equipped her to mentor her sons through the character-transformation required to help them work toward their full potential.

Stacy has spoken at a variety of homeschool conferences and has published articles in leading Christian magazines. She wrote scripts for Willow Creek’s youth ministry, copy for Pastor Bill Hybel’s “Defining Moments” Audio Newsletter, and a broad range of material for corporate and non-profit clients. She also managed a law firm that specialized in civil rights litigation and constitutional law. Today, she loves to help empower students to recover territory lost by “fuzzy thinking” and low expectations. To that end, she created:

  • Philosophy Adventure™—Pre-Socratics – designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas

Although Stacy loves to write, speak, and teach, she considers her role as wife to Roger and mother to two precious sons to be her greatest work and privilege. You can learn more about her resources at http://www.homeschooladventure.com.

 

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