Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TOS Crew Apologia - Who is God? Review!

Apologia - Who is God? Who is God?  And Can I Really Know Him
What We Believe Series
Apologia Press
Age 6-14
$39

From their website:
Who is God and Can I Really Know Him?,  introduces the concept of a worldview while laying the foundational truths upon which the evangelical Christian worldview is built: God is truth and He reveals His truth to people; He is the one true and almighty God; He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; He created everything; we are God’s children and are made to love and to praise Him; God meets all our needs; sin keeps us from God; and Jesus is the only way to God.



There are 2 basic types of Bible Studies.  Those that concentrate specifically on the Word asking specific questions about scripture and has the user write 'em on the line.  Then there are those that are based on a scriptural theme and use illustrations and modern parables to bring the reader to a point of biblical understanding that is life applicable.

Who is God and Can I really Know Him is an example of the second type.

This 252 page book contains 10 lessons.  Included is a sample lesson plan which breaks each lesson into 3 days per week for 2 weeks increments.  It's very flexible and there's no prep work!

One thing I really like is that there are no worksheets involved.  There are "Make a Note of it" activities that are to be written down (i.e. journaled or notebooked).  You can download sheets from Apologia's website for use or use a regular notebook.  In some of our sessions, we did do these questions orally. Do whatever works best for your family.

There are also "Hide it in Your Heart" scripture verses to memorize that pertain to the subject of the chapter.  At the end of each chapter, there's a special visual exercise called "House of Truth".  This helps students remember what God says in the Bible about Himself, who you are and how God expects you to live.  The first Biblical Truth covered in the book is:  God always tells me what is right and true.  As new concepts are learned, the foundations, walls, and roof of the house are constructed.  In this book, the foundation and the first wall of the house will be completed. This 'house' can be used figuratively drawn in the student’s notebook.


We had mixed feelings about this study. Building block upon block, this is a good way to begin forming strength in biblical knowledge in your youngster's lives.  But, there were several references to The Lion Witch and Wardrobe series which conflict with our beliefs concerning this subject matter.

I have included several links to check out to see if this curriculum is a good fit for you family.
Sample Lesson
Table of Contents 

Here's what other crew members are saying.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

5 comments:

  1. WE are finishing this book...this week. It has taken us into some really good conversations and helped me truly explain God to my children through the amazing stories and the context is amazing!

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  2. I just had a conversation with a woman the other day, at the little thrift store that I volunteer at, about "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She homeschools her children and they all read and loved the series. She would probably really like this book! :)

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  3. Thank you for the review. I was following and intrigued until you mentioned The L, the W, and he W. I was going to ask if you thought this might be a good study for an adult group. Now I am curious what references there are that conflict with your beliefs.

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  4. Dawnmarie - I know that for many people LW&W is a Christian allegory. For us, the characterization a of White Witch being 'good' goes against what we believe scripture teaches regarding witchcraft. So, this would not be a series that we would use in our home. As for whether or not this study would be good for adults --- it is written for ages 6-14, so, I don't think adults would find it totally applicable for their lives. I would encourage you to see if you can look at it either through a local Christian Bookstore or Homeschooling Store to see for sure. Hope this helps!

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  5. I did not review this book, but can't wait to try it.


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