Building Christian Character Book
Here is a complete set of tools to help you "Build Christian Character" in your child. I say complete, because it combines a strong foundational study of both positive and negative character traits (Honor/Dishonor, Humility/Pride, etc.) with charting activities to track your child's progress. Therefore, it has both a Bible study component as well as a "application in real life" component. There are three parts to this curriculum: the Guide, the Instruction Booklet, and the Charts.
The core of this curriculum is the Guide. It is a comprehensive study of character traits, presenting both the positive and negative sides of each character trait, or lack of it. There is significant teaching in this book and it is meant for instruction by the parents or self-study for older children. It is some of the most in-depth teaching on the elements of Christian character I have seen. This book can stand on its own and can be used as a great foundational study of Christian Character even without the charts (no longer available). Karen and I have used this in our home. We have found the Guide to be very helpful as a devotional.
Building Christian Character was completely revised and expanded in 2006, and the guide is now 364 pages in length. Chapters include Honor/Dishonor, Honesty/Dishonesty, Active Obedience/Disobedience, Responsibility & Faithfulness/Irresponsibility & Unfaithfulness, Good Stewardship/Bad Stewardship, Taking Initiative/Waiting to be Told, Humility/Pride, Kindness & Generosity/Meanness & Greed, Nonviolence & Nonresistance/Violence, Patience/Impatience, Sobriety/Foolishness, and Victory & Joy/Sulking & Pouting. The Instruction Booklet for this course is now available (#61804), however, the Charts are not.
Category Description for Building Christian Character
This excellent character study includes an in-depth Biblically-based study of character as well as life-application components. This approach emphasizes that character accomplished by our own power ends in poor results while character from the Holy Spirit reaps Godly results.
The core of this curriculum is the Guide (364 pages, sc, and spiral bound). Extremely in depth, the guide defines aspects of Christian character and development with emphasis on how character relates to relationships, responsibilities and attitude. It is a comprehensive study of character traits, elaborating on the traits in terms of works of the Spirit and works of the flesh. For example, the author discusses elements of good stewardship such as being constructive and productive, conserving, being reliable, and faithful. In contrast, bad stewardship involves being wasteful, destructive, unreliable, and unfaithful. The Guide uses Scripture (NIV and NKJV) as the basis for character instruction, while also preparing the child for a relationship with God. Chapters build on each other and include Honor/Dishonor, Active Obedience/Disobedience, Responsibility & Faithfulness/Irresponsibility & Unfaithfulness, Kindness & Generosity/Meanness & Greed, Nonviolence & Nonresistance/Violence and Patience/Impatience.
There are several elements to this curriculum although the Guide can be used as a reference on its own. The Instruction Booklet guides the instructor through practically teaching character traits and assessing traits demonstrated in students daily activities and school. It includes a pictorial overview of how to use the character charts. The charts are sold separately, but the book is necessary to use the curriculum charts. The Character Keys are handy references - two laminated, 3-hole punched cards which summarize each of the character traits according to works of the flesh or works of the Spirit. ~ Ruth