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||Review by: Deborah Deggs Cariker
ROOTED AND GROUNDED (GRADES 10, 11 OR 12)
A Guide for Spiritual Growth
Upper Level High School Curriculum or Youth & Adult Discipleship Groups
Written by: Howard Lisech, Bonnie Lisech, and Jan L. Harris
Edited by: Rick Madsen
It didn’t take me but about a minute, browsing through the stack in my friend Pam Bowen’s arms, to realize that everyone needed to know about Rooted & Grounded. Pam, from Conroe, a veteran homeschool mom of high degree, discovered the curriculum – teacher’s guide, student’s guide, and tests & answer keys – at the Texas Home School Coalition homeschool conference held in Conroe, Texas in August, 2001. She was excited about it and her excitement was contagious. When she heard that I was reviewing for Eclectic Homeschool Online, she said, “Well, then you need to see this!” She then promptly edged the spiral out of her stack; I pulled it loose, and was quickly and thoroughly convinced.
Published in 1999 by Deeper Roots Publications & Media, this curriculum is complete and much needed! (I’m glad they’ve prepared a middle school version!) I’m so eager to tell you about this that I don’t have the words to start. (Debbie? With no words? Better pay attention to this, folks!)
study. It’s a Bible study, personal growth challenge, geography lesson, and world history all rolled into one. The best aspect of Rooted & Grounded, in my opinion, is how the writers involve you in eternity. You will believe that your thoughtful prayers can make a difference – uh, because they can. I’ve read books that tell me how to pray and that I should pray, but not one that convinced me I could have an eternal impact on any particular group. Rooted & Grounded is different.
Also, this is not just a “read the Bible and regurgitate a formula answer” kind of text. This will make you think – and pray – and perhaps even cry as you examine your own heart. You’ll find not just “what” questions but “why” questions that will cause you to hit your knees for some “knee-mail” with your Savior. Critical thinking skills are tantalized as you compare; writing skills are honed as you explain; heart attitudes are refined in the Refiner’s Fire as you pray.
Consider what you’ll be teaching and what your teen will be learning: The Doctrine of Sanctification, A Pure and Holy Life, Servanthood, Forgiving Others, God Knows You, Submission and Obedience to Authority, The Attitude of Christ, and other heart-provoking topics. Meet the people of Bosnia and Norway and Afghanistan, of Tibet and Bolivia and China through the Unreached People Profiles and Maps.
Consider the typical lesson in this atypical book: a prayer reminder with a geography lesson on a country and a people group; learn where the country is, its population and capital and its brief history. Read your scripture for the lesson and get the theme of the lesson. Then dive into scripture after scripture, which is good for all instruction and reproof and correction, and watch your heart change. Hit some vocabulary along the way and compare Bible versions. Then, compare your life to the perfect Life. How might you need to change? (Hope you’ve got a clean journal.) The Prayer Suggestions will help. I appreciate the wisdom of the authors as they share their desire for the students who use this curriculum to “spend this school year becoming an oak tree” instead of a weed. They issue this Bible study as a personal challenge to grow in Christ. “As you dig deeply into scripture,” they say, “allow your roots to become firmly fixed and grounded in God.” They hope the assignments will be more than (ho-hum) homework, but a “real opportunity to learn to know God better.” Their prayer is that each student will allow the Holy Spirit to change him/her to be more like Jesus.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if this curriculum engendered a spark that produced a wildfire of missionaries into their new-favorite part of the world. This could easily be a Bible study for potential missionaries, for those destined for the field full time or part time. Mainly, it’s a challenge for high schoolers and young adults to get real with Jesus and get on with His plan for their lives. The book causes introspection that should lead to purging by the Holy Ghost and growth in Christ.
Rooted & Grounded will leave you not just knowing what you believe but why you believe it. You’ll be able to really give a reason for your hope. That’s what the world is looking for: real believers who believe that what they believe is real enough to cause someone else to believe!
And, if the thought of you or your children personally being on a foreign mission field scares you, then at least be willing to participate with those who will go – who already are there – in foreign missions with your prayers. Yet, also consider this: you DO have a mission field. Everyone does. A classroom… an emergency room… a receptionist’s desk… a bank office… your sofa at home… We must be aware of and be working in our mission field, wherever that may be. Let Rooted & Grounded help you “…continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him…” (Colossians 2:6-7)
The Rooted & Grounded spiral bound Teacher’s Guide ($37.50) contains daily bible study, review answer keys, teacher’s helps, a sample lesson plan, and Bible passages. A prayer reminder for an unreached people group is included before each lesson in its 256+-pages. The spiral bound Student Workbook ($21.95) contains daily Bible study, weekly reviews, memory work suggestions, writing assignments, and the prayer reminder for unreached people groups in its 257 pages. The 39-page Unit Tests and Test Answer Keys is $3.95.
Rooted & Grounded is available from Deeper Roots Publications 2100 Red Gate Road; Orlando, FLA 32818. Ph: 407.293.8666 . Email: DeeperRoots@aol.com Web: www.DeeperRoots.com
A veteran journalist, Deborah Deggs Cariker is a 6th year homeschooling mother of two and Assistant Editor of the EHO Product Reviews Department. Cariker and fireman husband, Bill, make their home near Conroe, Texas. Copyright © 2002 Eclectic Homeschool Association