Topic | Balancing the Sword

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    Has anyone used this bible study? We recently finished up SCM’s Jashubs Journal and are looking for another bible study to use as a family. Karen Andreola recommended Balancing the Sword and it looks very appealing. Thanks for your thoughts or any other bible study suggestions.




    We love it. My husband uses it for family bible study. It is nice cause you can pick and choose books or chapters. We read a chapter, then discuss and then follow up with the questions in the book. A child that reads can easily use it for their own bible study time also.

    What would you like to know about it?


    Shanna, this might be exactly what we’ve been looking for! 🙂

    In addition to using this for our family bible study, I was thinking of having my 13yo do it indepedantly as well. Maybe we would be in the book of Genesis as a family (for example) and he might be in the book of John. Do you think that would be doable with this study?

    Also, is doctine covered at all? For example, salvation, sanctification, etc. Do you feel that this study helps your family to “KNOW” God more?

    Anything more you would like to share about it would be great. Its not cheap, so we are considering and praying with care. 🙂

    Thanks bunches & have a great day, Shanna!


    Yes, you could easily have people in different areas.

    Have you seen a sample? Just in case you haven’t I will give more details.

    I’ll tell you about how we would do Matthew 1. We would read Matthew 1 and then my husband would re-read and we would discuss each verse. Then he would read the questions from BtS on Matthew 1. For Matthew 1 there are 3 questions.

    1. How many generations were there between Abraham and David? Between David and the Babylonian captivity? Between the Babylonian captivity and Christ? (Ge. 11:26; 12:1, 3; 1Ch. 1:27; 2:15; 6:15; 9:1; Jer. 23:5; 33:15 – 17; Mt. 22:42- 45; Lk. 3:23-28)

    2. What did Joseph first consider doing to Mary when he learned she was pregnant? (Ge. 38:24; Lev. 19:20; 20:10; Dt. 22:12-24; 24:1-4)

    3. What does Emmanuel (a.k.a. Immnauel) mean? (Ps: 46:7,11; Isa 7:14; 8:8, 10; 9:6-7; Mt. 28:20; Jn. 1:14; 20:28; Ac, 18:9-10; 2Co. 5:19, 1Ti. 2:16

    I love how it cross-references other parts of the Bible not just the particular passage you are reading.

    Answers are in the back…

    1. 14 years, 14 years, 14 years {v. 17}

    2. put her away privately {v. 19}

    3. “God with us” {v. 23}

    It has beautiful black and white pictures and maps throughout. As well as quotes from people through-out history. For anyone quoted there is a biographical sketch in the Appendix.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.



    We have this too. Maybe we SHOULD be neighbors then we could use each other’s resources. Can I borrow your Truthquest Guides? LOL 😀

    We haven’t used this resource yet we are finishing up some others before we start with BS. But what I remember from the preface is that BS questions focus on what the text actually says instead of the interpretation of the scripture. It looks to be a very thorough study guide for the whole family or the individual.

    Thank you Shanna for sharing how your family uses BS.



    Shanna, thank you so much for the sample – this will surely help with our decision making process! I would love to have you as a neighbor also! 🙂

    Shelly, I would be more than happy to let you borrow our TQ guides! I think I really like the fact that Balancing the Sword lets you interpret the scriptures instead of interpreting them for you. 🙂

    I love it too. We are really enjoying it. Hightly recommended!

    I love it because it is fact focused.


    Oops, I forgot to ask an important question. Which volume do you suggest we start with? I’m assuming we start with Volume 1, am I correct? Also, what is the difference between the two volumes?



    The only difference in the volumes are the questions, pictures and quotes. It doesn’t matter which one you start with. You can use both at the same time or one before he other our switch out between them during you study.

    It is expensive but it is one of those investments that you will for ever have be using over and over again throughout the years.

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