Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who is God - A Review

Product: Who is God . . . and can I really know Him

Price: $39

Age Range: Elementary

Authors: John Hay and David Webb

Where to Purchase: Apologia

Other Products: Other homeschool products including science and worldview

Brief Intro: from the website
Who is God and Can I Really Know Him?, introduces the concept of 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.

Sample Lessons

Table of Contents

In-Depth Look:

My daughters and I have used several Bible study guides over the years.  Some we have liked and some we have not liked as much.  Some we have learned from and some not so much.  I have been hoping to find something that would accomplish both, that my daughters would enjoy and yet also learn from.  Something more than fluff, with lessons that would stick.

So when the opportunity came up to review this book, I put my name on the list, hoping to be picked.  When the book came in the mail, I was impressed.  It looked so official.  A big, heavy, hard-back book.  Reminds me of a college textbook.

If you like Apologia, it is a good guess that you will like this book.  It is all about establishing a godly worldview.  To know what you believe and why you believe it.  And also to help your child prepare to defend their worldview while speaking to others who don't share the same worldview.

Its official title is "What We Believe - Biblical Worldview of God and Truth - Volume 1 - Who is God? - And Can I Really Know Him?".  It is the first in a four book series.  Books 1 and 2 are available now.  Book 3 later this year.  Book 4 next year.

It is broken into 10 lessons, each building brick upon brick, precept upon precept. 
Lesson 1 - Where am I building my life
Lesson 2 - How can I know what's true
Lesson 3- What is God like (part 1)
Lesson 4 - What is God like (part 2)
Lesson 5 - Who are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit           
Lesson 6 - If God created the world, why isn't it perfect
Lesson 7 - Why did God create me
Lesson 8 - Will God meet all my needs
Lesson 9 - Why does sin keep me from knowing God
Lesson 10 - Is Jesus the only way to God

The guideline suggests a schedule of 3 days a week for 2 weeks for each lesson.  Following this schedule, it would take about 20 weeks to cover the book.  It also has suggestions for keeping a notebook along the way.  Each lesson has several sections called "Make a note of it" with questions and thoughts for the children to record in their notebook.  It will help bring the points home and make them more personal; and it will also make a nice keepsake.

We decided to use the book 4 days a week, but in smaller chunks than the suggested schedule.  We tried doing the suggested amount for a few days.  But it was too much for my 9 year old.  It was hard for her to pay attention that long and to retain what she was hearing.  So after a few tries, I decided to slow it down.  I want her to enjoy it and to learn from it.  And taking it slower has helped accomplish that.

Each lesson has several different aspects to it.  It comes at the message from several different avenues, helping different learning styles and helping to hold the younger ones' attention.  Here are some of them.
- An ongoing  "Parable" of sorts about two young boys named Jeremy and Ben.    Jeremy uses life examples to help his friend, Ben, learn about Jesus.
- Quotes to ponder.
- History lessons.
- Recipes.
- Prayers.
- Articles of interest.
- Memory verses.
- And the "Make a note of it" sections for the notebooks.

The book is full-color, has lots of pictures, a nice easy-to-read print size, interesting sidebars.  It is a very nice looking book.  It flows nicely and is easy to use and read.

Aside from appearance, it has great content.  If you use this book, you will get a thorough look at a biblical worldview.  It isn't just a cute story with a little moral lesson at the end.  It is an in-depth study of "God and how we can really know Him."

I am enjoying the study.  I have a feeling that I am going to learn quite a few things myself.  I know what I believe, but also like the idea of a "refresher" course on why I believe it.

I am reading the lessons to my 12 and 9 year old daughters.  Both are listening and learning and asking questions.  I'm sure my 12 year old will get more out of it.  But my 9 year old will learn enough for it to be worth the time.  Besides, I plan to keep the book and can go through it again in a few years.  We will learn things we missed and review what we have already learned.

My 9 year old's favorite thing: The neat extras such as the optical illusions page.

My 12 year old's favorite thing:  The ongoing saga, "parable", of Jeremy and Ben that intertwines throughout the lessons.

Here are some pictures to show how nice the book is inside.

Do I like this book?  YES!

Would I recommend this book? YES!

To see more reviews, check here.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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