Thursday, November 1, 2012

RECON {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Time is short. The time we have our children, before they head out in to the world on their own, passes far more quickly than we can really comprehend.

Oh, I know; when they are babies and toddlers, even early elementary age, high school graduation, college, and moving out on their own, looks a very long ways away. But before you know, it you're standing on that threshold. Suddenly you realize, you only have a few short months before it's time to force your arms open, and let them walk away. And in that instant, you know there is no way to actually prepare your heart for that. (I'm going to alert you: it is the hardest thing about parenting! There; I've warned you; because no one ever warned me! ;-) ).

I thought my oldest would be the first one to move out, move on...but I've been blessed with a couple of "bonus years"! He's still in the shelter of our home, under our roof. I wonder, though, for how much longer.

As you know, my daughter graduated last spring. She, also, has delayed her departure...but not for much longer. When her braces come off, her plans are to move back to Florida, where she plans to find a job (and I hope will attend college!). So, now we are down to probably 3 months at the most...

As her mother, I know she will face battles in this life. It has been my goal for her whole life to help her (as well as her brothers) prepare for those battles.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.~Ephesians 6:11-13, KJV.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.~2 Corinthians 10:3-6, NKJV.

Recently we were given the opportunity to review a Bible curriculum, to assist in the preparation of those battles. It is specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors, but is also beneficial for the college aged young adults, as well.

The RECON curriculum is designed to assist your young adult in his/her walk with the Lord, and prepare to minister to others, particularly on the college campus.

The Dedication reads:
It is probably true that no one likes to be labeled. Despite this reality, this workbook is dedicated to Generation Y, our next group of heroes in the spiritual battle for Earth's future in a "Plan B" world. This Millennial generation will be the one that sets the tone for the next several decades, and it is them I salute as they enter into the fray following our Commanding Officer. 

Some of the topics you will cover:
  • Is this Life or What?
  • Life at a Glance
  • This is Your Time
  • It's Time to Trust God
  • Life is War
  • Walk in the Spirit
  • The Law is Good
  • The Leading of the Spirit
The Bible is our "Strategic Intelligence Manual." The first few lessons have Explore After Class activities; later lessons have DOG T.A.G. (Time Alone with God) activities. Boot Camp begins in lesson 10.

It is suggested to do four lessons a week, with a minimum of two per week. The instructor could read directly from the teacher's manual, while the student fills in the workbook while following along. Discussion can follow.

The website has a lot of resources to utilize, as well, such as a devotional; enlisting (registering) to gain access to a directory of cell groups at various colleges and universities. Jen hasn't done this, yet.

We didn't actually use this as intended. Jen decided she'd rather go through it alone, so I turned the teacher's manual over to her. She reads from the manual, and fills in her workbook as she goes along.

This is what she has to say: I like RECON. It is pretty neat. I am using it at night for my personal devotions, and am doing more than one day's assignment at a time. I think it would be really great for a Bible study group or Sabbath school class for youth. There isn't really anything I don't like about it. 

I imagine she may enjoy it even more, if she could go through it with some of her friends from Florida! Perhaps when she moves back there, some of them will join her in this course.

*I will admit, I have not investigated thoroughly enough to see how closely this information aligns to our doctrines as Seventh-day Adventists.*

Cost: Print version. Student Workbook--$12.99; Teacher Manual--$21.95.
License & PDF download of the Recon Curriculum. Includes Student Workbook and Teacher Manual--$200.00.

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Be sure to read what the rest of the Crew has to say about RECON.

Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.

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