Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who is God? - Review

Who is God? And Can I Really Know Him?

Authors: John Hay and David Webb

Apologia –

Price: $39.00

Age: Upper Elementary through High School

We were excited to receive Who is God? from Apologia. It was at a time when we were between Bible study programs and looking for something to add. Throughout the year we have been studying apologetics, so this fit right in.

The structure of the book is based on the premise they we are building the house of truth. Throughout the chapters, we add onto the house step by step until it is complete. The steps for building our house include:

1. A Foundation of Wisdom

2. Biblical Truth 1 – God always tells me what is right and true

3. Biblical Truth 2 – God is the only true and almighty God

4. Biblical Truth 3 – God is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

5. Biblical Truth 4 – God is the Creator

6. Fellowship Wall – My relationship with God when I believe that Jesus is God’s Son and my Savior

7. Biblical Truth 5 – God created me to be His child and to give Him glory

8. Biblical Truth 6 – God created me to need Him for everything

9. Biblical Truth 7 – Sin causes separation and disharmony between me and God

10. Biblical Truth 8 – Jesus dies to restore fellowship and harmony between me and God

Each of these steps is presented at the conclusion of a chapter. Each chapter includes a lesson, a story, questions for consideration, vocabulary, memorization, notebooking activities, prayer and worldview study. You can view a sample lesson and the table of contents on the Apologia site.

My boys, ages 11 & 13, have really enjoyed the story that goes along with each lesson. The story is framed around two boys (one Christian and one seeking) who spend a summer together exploring both nature and God. The stories help put the concepts into easy-to-understand, real-world terms.

We have not taken part in the notebooking activities even though we read through them and discuss. This is due to the fact we have extensive lapbooking going on for our history study. If we didn’t, I would have used the notebooking activities as well.

When you purchase the book, you will receive a link and a password to access additional materials for the text. These include teacher pages for each lesson, numerous notebooking pages for the lessons and graphical representations of the House of Truth. I really appreciate the effort that Apologia puts into making sure their textbooks are comprehensive, engaging and provide parents with ample resources to make learning successful. The vivid images contained throughout along with explanatory content that students really enjoy makes this one of my favorite Bible based studies I have done with the boys.

I highly recommend Who is God? and look forward to seeing what the three other texts in this series have to offer.

To see other reviews by the TOS Homeschool Crew click here.

*** I received a review copy free of charge as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew for my honest opinion.

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