Monday, April 4, 2011

The Well Versed Family: Review & Giveaway!

Lately, I’ve been feeling really convicted about teaching the Little Farmhands to memorize scripture.  Here at the Good Old Days farm we focus a lot on being physically healthy, but it is just as important to be spiritually healthy, too!  The Little Farmhands know tons and tons of Bible verses set to music… I know for a fact that the oldest Farmhand knows at least 150 scriptures set to music (We have some great CD’s that I’ll be telling you about later this week!)… but if anyone ever asked them what a certain verse says, they would have to sing the answer.  That’s good and we will continue to learn scripture songs, but they’re ready for the next step!

So for the next week and a half or so we are going to have a Scripture Memory Theme here on the Good Old Days Farm blog!  I’ll be sharing some excellent resources that have really helped our family to imprint scripture in our minds and hearts.  I’ll also share some of our favorite tools and techniques for memorizing as well as suggest some Bible Verses to help you and your family get started!

I’ve known it was important for my children to memorize scripture, but for some reason it never occurred to me that this is something we should do together as a family.  I stumbled across Caroline Boykin’s book “The Well-Versed Family” while looking for resources to help me teach my children.  Just as the subtitle “raising kids of faith through do-able scripture memory” promises, this book makes scripture memory do-able!  It was just what I needed to get started!

Caroline Boykin makes a compelling case in the first half of her book for the need to memorize scripture.  I love the title of the first chapter!  “What’s Down in the Well, Comes Up in the Bucket!”  She gets this title from Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  Poorly guarded and polluted wellsprings (hearts and minds) leave our children defenseless against temptation.  She outlines many benefits to memorizing scripture and shows exactly how memorizing helps us to know God.  You will be inspired and challenged by Boykins’ vision for making Scripture memory a passion rather than just another project or (as she puts it) “a holy hobby”!

The second half of “The Well-Versed Family” is full of practical tips to help children memorize.  Suggestions like coming alongside your child and memorizing the scriptures with them have changed the way our family approaches memorizing!  She also gives suggestions for incentives, review techniques and helping children to understand what the verses actually mean.  She includes memory verse games and activities (such as Bible verse card games and games like “verse scramble” and “I Spy…. a verse!”), 84 scripture memory cards on perforated pages (yay!  Because I always have a hard time knowing which verses to pick to get started!) and 5 simple, but very memorable family devotions explaining how scripture memory relates to real life.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about visiting her grandparents when she was about 9 years old.  They had a goal to help her and her sister memorize 100 verses from the Bible.  One hundred verses sounds like a lot (and it is more than many people memorize in a lifetime!) but they did it!  Boykin talks about what a wonderful gift those verses were and how now that her grandparents are deceased, those verses continue to bless her. It inspired me to give the same gift to my children! 

“The Well-Versed Family” was easy to read (even for this sometimes sleep-deprived mommy!), but hard to put down.  If you are considering starting (or reviving!) a scripture memory program in your home, I strongly recommend this book!

You can read more about “The Well-Versed Family” (including testimonials about how this book has inspired other families!) by visiting the Well-Versed Family website or preview it on Amazon

You can purchase “The Well-Versed Family” at Tate Publishing for $12.99 for the paperback edition and $7.99 for the ebook downloadable edition, or you can purchase it through Amazon for $12.73


Win an autographed copy of “The Well-Versed Family”!
Caroline has donated a copy for one of our blog readers!
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Giveaway closes at midnight on April 12, 2011.  Open to US Residents Only.  Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win!
This is not a paid review,  It is my personal opinion based on reading “The Well-Versed Family.”  A big thank you to Caroline Boykin for donating a copy of the book for the review and the giveaway!


  1. WOW. I love the title of the first chapter. I have been known to tell my children that I do know what is in their heart, by what comes out of their mouth. I have also told my husband that while we are in a heated discussion....the words have been sharp at times. YIKES.

    When the kids were younger I made memory verse cards on colored 4x6 index cards. If the verse was about your went on a pink card and I had heart stickers on it. If the verse was about your foot steps....I had foot stickers on it. (you get the idea) I also had the cards laminated so all the sticky hands could touch it while they were learning it. One of ways that we memorized our verses was to put a "jingle" behind the verse. We sang or rapped everything. It was fun and the verse "stuck". To this day....the verse that the kids remember the most is "The Lord will command HIS angels, to take good care of you...Psalm 91:11". We had one that was afraid to sleep alone, and thunderstorms were just too much. As everyone grew up....this verse is now used on school field trips as they are riding the bus and so forth. They will come to me and tell me mom....I'm nervous about something. I simply ask them what HIS word says. What does Ps. 91:11 say? They will smile and quote the verse. It is awesome.
    Hope you enjoy your memory verse time! :)
    Angelina Woods

  2. Hi there! I am a recent follower. This book looks great!

  3. fan of yours on fb. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  4. follow on gfc joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  5. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.
    1 Peter 5:7
    Jeremiah 29:11 :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  6. Just heard about this book yesterday and just came across your blog this morning! Here is a great verse for the family to memorize. Psalm 139:14 I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Thank you!!

  7. Yay! I finally figured out how to follow your blog by e-mail! Yes, this has made my day and I am super excited! (lol doesn't take much to excite me!)

  8. I also follow with google friends connect

  9. I like good old days farm on facebook

  10. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. My husband is in the Air Force and deploys frequently. This is a Bible verse I cling to all the time. I know if I trust in God He always has a plan and He will direct us on the path that goes according to His will. This is the Bible verse I will be teaching my son as we prepare for this next deployment. Thank you for offering this book in your giveaway!

  11. I like the Good Old Days Farm on Facebook!!

  12. Hollie Miller WoodApril 12, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Oh, its Hollie Miller Wood on Facebook!

  13. Just subscribed to your blog! Looks very interesting! Got to you via the Laundry System post! Thank you! krista [at] pmpizza [dot] com

  14. Proverbs 17:5 “He who rejoices in calamity will not go unpunished.”
    1Cor 13:6 “LOVE does NOT delight in EVIL.”

  15. I posted the giveaway on twitter.