Does your child know the key biblical teachings about God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit? What about salvation, Scripture, and the sacraments? Can he or she recite the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer?
Catechisms were once used as instructional guides to help children memorize basic Christian doctrines. In them, children had a concise handbook of important truths they could call upon at any time in confidence. Today, however, the church focuses on teaching Bible stories, which are often used to moralize children and equip them to win Bible trivia contests!
Recognizing this deficit, Starr Meade has provided Christian parents and churches with a tool for imparting doctrinal instruction to their children. Training Hearts, Teaching Minds guides families through the questions and answers in The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English. Each question and answer of the catechism has six days' worth of devotional readings for families to share together. The readings are simply written, with elementary and junior-high children in mind. They are also brief, out of consideration for children's short attention spans and for the busy schedules of contemporary families. Teaching the Shorter Catechism has never been easier!
Starr Meade served for ten years as the director of children’s ministries in a local church and has taught Bible and Latin classes in Christian Schools. She lives in Mesa, Arizona, where she is currently teaching classes to homeschoolers.
"A superb, imaginative example of how to teach historic Christian faith to our children. This is a case of the right book coming at the right time." — David F. Wells
"Provides the practical resources to infuse family devotions with meaning, purpose, and lively joy. This is a book that every family will want to have and use." — George Grant
"An excellent tool for making the Shorter Catechism live in today's world. . . . a useful guide for home and church." — Charles Dunahoo
"The supply of practical guides to the catechism for passing the faith on to our covenant children falls short of the demand. Starr Meade helps to close that significant gap. I heartily recommend this book." — Michael S. Horton