Saturday, September 17, 2011

Deeper Roots Publications - Who I Am In Christ

Yippee!  I'm back on the TOS Review Crew this year! 

For my first review, I was sent a complimentary copy of Who I am in Christ by Deeper Roots Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no compensation.

So, here's a little about it from their website:

"Second in the Deeper Roots Discovering series, Discovering Who I Am In Christ book 2 is an exciting new addition that will help 7th or 8th or 9th grade believers understand their personal identity in Christ. This life changing principle is the main focus of these studies."

It is available as 197 page, Softcover Student Workbook - $19.95 and as a 229 page, Spiral Bound Teacher's Guide - $28.95 - You can download a PDF Sample here  This course is designed to last for about 1 year.

Who I am in Christ is ideally suited for your 8th grade students.  So, the 8th grade product tester at Bentz Testing Laboratory was assigned this one.

The Student workbook is designed with 9 lesssons and a Summary Lesson as the finale.  Each lesson is broken into 5 days of study, and includes a "Study Sheet" for review, as well as periodic Tests.  Individual lessons cover new definitions of "Who I am in Christ" i.e. - Sinner or Sain, A New Creation, Adopted...  Additionally, there are 8 spotlights on unreached people groups included. (since we are studying the Eastern Hemisphere's 10/40 Window - this was a favorite feature!)

My "tester" enjoyed the lessons, especially the unreached people groups, and the memory challenges (did I mention that tester loves to do Bible memorization?!).  However, the publishers have left quite a bit of space to be used for "journaling" and "reflections".  That not being one of his favorite activities - and he had plenty of left over writing space, if you know what I mean...

If you are a busy mom (like me) - you may find you need to pursue a more "independent" type of study with your middle school student.  We modified this to fit our schedule, and he worked independently and reported back to me for more discussion. The workbook gave us plenty of topics to discuss together, after he had done the lesson.

The Teacher's guide is full of additional learning opportunities (videos, field trips, etc.), but since my time is limited for "teacher prep" - we didn't utilize many of these ideas.  It seems to be written to a "classroom", even though it says "Homeschool Edition".  We don't have "Bulletin Board" space in our schoolroom, but - you could use these ideas with your coop or Sunday school class.

I love that Deeper Roots has developed a Bible curriculum especially for the middle school and up students that focuses on moving students form "Biblical knowledge to spiritual application"

We jumped in with Book 2 - Who I am in Christ, but they also have Discovering our Amazing God - Bk 1, Discovering Christlike Habits - Book 3 and Discovering Christlike Character - Book 4.

Check out what the other members of the crew had to say about it here.


  1. This sounds like a wonderful resource. Sometime, for us, the independent studies work well, too.

  2. We also like the independent studies for the older kids. It is nice to see that there is curriculum to help them with their spiritual application.