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DESCRIPTION: Your indispensable go-to guide for hiding the Word in the heart of your home – with joy and ease! Watch as the Scriptures come to life before your eyes, creating a lasting impression for the next generation.
This one-of-a-kind resource makes Bible memory doable – with proven memory tips and tools, engaging games and activities, quick family demo’s, 90 memory verse cards, and more! 230 pages.
Praise for The Well-Versed Family
“What a delight it is to recommend this book to you. I cannot think of a greater gift to give our children than the Word of God tucked up in their hearts. In an ever changing world we can know that God loves us, that He is in control, and He has given us His Word as a rock to build our lives upon. You will love this book!” —Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith; Author, The Storm Inside
“To memorize God’s word is one thing, to memorize and apply is another. Caroline helps equip moms and dads with the most powerful parenting resource of all – God’s word!! Through strong parental involvement and modeling – of which I am a big fan, Scripture moves from head knowledge to heart transformation. This “spiritual home schooling” resource is a must for every family.” —Jim Weidmann, Executive Director of Heritage Builders; “The Family Night Guy”
“This book is innovative, inspiring, and doable; three characteristics I love when it comes to any parenting resource, but especially for Scripture memory. This is sure to become your indispensable go-to guide for hiding the Word in your hearts. Your family will be blessed by this helpful tool!” —Karol Ladd, Best-selling author of over 30 books, including The Power of a Positive Mom
“This is a must read for every parent! It’s highly motivational, intensely practical–and most of all truly biblical! My friend, Caroline, writes from her parental experience–and from her heart.” —Dr. Gene A. Getz, Renewal Radio; Author, Life Essentials Study Bible
“What parent doesn’t fear for his or her children, living as we do in a society where so many of the games they are invited to play are lethal? In this book, Caroline Boykin shows us how we, as parents, can provide a powerful antidote that will be with our children to protect them for the rest of their lives. What’s more, parenting, as this book describes it, is not just about helping our children grow. It is also an unparalleled opportunity to deepen our own intimacy with God as we disciple our children.” —Jim Petersen, IVP of The Navigators (Ret.); Author, The Insider
“Caroline Boykin is a gifted writer who clearly and winsomely convinces you of the value of memorizing Scripture. Then she gives you an easy to implement plan to hide God’s word in your heart. I would have loved to have had Caroline as my mother! I highly recommend The Well-Versed Family to anyone who genuinely desires to develop an intimate relationship with the Lord and impact those around them.” —Edwina Patterson, Founder, Redeeming the Time
“I LOVE this book! My copy is nearly falling apart with use. As a new Christian mom, I had little know-how for spiritually training my children, but I desperately wanted to lay a solid foundation for their faith. Caroline’s book was my answer to prayer! We are learning verse after verse and growing closer to God and to each other in the process.” —Stephanie B., Mom of two young children
“Thank you so much for coming to McKinney Fellowship Bible Church. I really enjoyed it and your book. It’s been so good with our family (especially me!). I have 3 boys and the oldest (age 4) is the one who last month wanted to ask Jesus into his heart. Best moment ever for me to be able to do that with him!! He has memorized over 12 verses since February. My sister-in-law found your book on a blog. He has had some speech difficulties and is working on it so hard, but this memorizing has been so good for his confidence! As soon as I got the book and read a few chapters I bought one for each of the moms in my community group! It has inspired us all!” —April H., MOPS Mom
“I have been so blessed by your book and I am thankful that God is using you to remind His people of this lost practice. I wanted to cry by the 5 or 6th page- because I have been so casually about memorizing scripture. I know that you said it’s never too late – but I can’t help feel sad for my older children that could have had His word hidden in their heart – if I would have done this years ago. …life changing information.” —Shelli M., Northwood Church Mom
The Well-Versed Family Story
Tucked inside my jewelry box is a prized possession. It isn’t made of gold or silver or set with gemstones. Nope. It’s not more than a small piece of hand-cut card paper, yellowed over a span of 45+ years. The smudged blue ink reads:
“And be not conformed to this world;
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable
and perfect will of God.”
The handwritten Romans 12:2 verse card is the last remaining relic of its kind; one of dozens my grandpa gave me throughout my childhood. And it represents a priceless investment in my life: early Scripture memory.
My earliest memories are learning verses while perched on my grandpa’s knee. My devout grandparents and mom loved God and embraced the Word – and carried a trove of Scripture in their hearts. From the time I could speak, they taught me line after line, verse after verse, from the King James.
SQUISH! Like a handprint in wet cement, those verses made an impression on my young heart…
…and overtime, they became my life-lines. Atop sunny peaks and in dim valleys, they have been the guiding voice in my ears, “saying, This is the way; walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21). I’m living proof of Billy Graham’s quote:
“The Word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress.”
Given that my well-versed home schooling was so life-shaping, you might assume that Bible memory was automatically a top priority with my own little ones. Um. No. It took a Pocahontas Barbie dispute between my 3- and 5-year-old daughters, sending me into Help me Lord! prayer-mode. Before I could say Amen, a verse flashed through my mind…along with a nudge to teach it to my kiddos – then and there:
“A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Using a few hand motions, my girls could recite the verse within minutes. We talked about what the words meant and how they could help us from escalating arguments. Easy. Peasy.
And what’s more, when my head hit the pillow that night, our little Proverb came soaring through the heavens (sssssszzzzz), piercing my heart like a heat-seeking missile. (Hmm. I needed that.)
A few days later we learned another verse. Then another. And another. The results were crazy-good! My little girls soaked in the Scriptures like sponges. And each memorized line fanned a flame in my own heart. I was hooked!
So I set out in search of a good resource. Something doable. I searched…and searched. But I found virtually nothing to help me integrate Bible memory into our home life.
Driving home empty-handed from the bookstore (before Al Gore invented the internet. Yes. I’m that old!), I looked up for help – and there it was. A verse in the sky:
“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.”
Our next memory verse!
And so it went. Verses began showing up everywhere: in the garden, at the grocery store, on the playground, around our home.
Bible memory became a delightful treasure hunt. Other families joined our quest. Doors of opportunity opened for me to speak to local church groups. And kindly folks, including my husband and daughters, encouraged me to put the message to print. Thus, The Well-Versed Family.
Beyond Well-Versed Learning
Put your ear to the Bible and you can hear the heartbeat of God. Thump-thump, thump-thump. The Word is alive and active. It penetrates our core. It comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Scripture changes us from the inside out. And that is the essence of well-versed living.
So remember friend, God gave us His written Word so that in Christ (the Living Word) “you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! [Christ has] overcome the world” (John 16:33).
May the Lord give you, and me, and our families grace for well-versed living today!