No, mom, it's not a bad thing. This kind of sword fighting involves memorizing Scripture, the "sword of the Spirit," to fight temptation. The book is really a devotional with a full year of material. Each week a new Bible verse is learned. The Bible verses are the response verses that children can use when faced with certain temptations; the temptation is listed below the Bible verse. (The book recommends making memory cards with the temptation on one side and the Bible verse on the other.) The child learns that when he faces this particular temptation, recalling this Bible verse will help him overcome the temptation. Each day during the week the student reads a segment of the Bible which relates to the memory verse, discusses the segment, and practices "sword fighting" by drawing memory cards either alone or in competition. To make it more fun, memory cards can be cut out in the shape of a sword. Devotions that really penetrate!