Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? (Review)

How about that for a grabbing title? It is appropriate for the first of four books in the “What We Believe” series offered by Apologia Press. This first book studies the “Biblical Worldview of God and Truth”.  I eagerly agreed to review this book after reading this on the Apologia website:

“Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. It is more important than ever that young children be equipped to discern among competing ideas and stand in the truth. This is why Apologia has teamed with Summit Ministries to bring you the “What We Believe” Series. The “What We Believe” Series is an outstanding way to teach your child the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, but it’s so much more! With this student-directed, Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn how to use Scripture as a lens through which to view the world around them—to see everything the way God sees it—and know the truth.”

In typical Apologia style, the book is written directly to the student, and is very simple to use. It gets right down to business with each lesson asking and studying these questions:

  • Where am I building my life?
  • How can I know what’s true?
  • What is God like?
  • Who are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?
  • If God created the world, why isn’t it perfect?

  • Why did God create me?
  • Will God meet all my needs?
  • Why does sin keep me from knowing God?
  • Is Jesus the only way to God?

Each lesson builds on the next, and through the book, students begin “building” a visual model of the House of Truth – using the Bible as the plans, built on the foundation of God as the Rock. The components of the lesson structure are:

  • The Big Idea – the main topic of the lesson with a brief review
  • What You Will Do – learning objectives
  • Short Story – features characters about the same age as your children as they show what worldview looks like in action. One of my favorite features as so many gentle lessons are taught through the ongoing story.
  • Think About It – thought-provoking questions
  • Words You Need to Know – vocabulary and definitions
  • Hide It in Your Heart – two specific memory verses for each lesson
  • Integrated Learning – “extracurricular” articles that enhance each lesson
  • What Should I Do? – a godly character trait for each child exhibit based on what they just learned about God
  • Prayer – short prayers
  • Worldview Study – ongoing studies that teach children how to recognize and analyze worldviews of themselves and others
  • House of Truth – as each foundation and structural concept is laid, pieces are added to the biblical worldview model. The house is not completed in this volume, but will be built in the rest of the books of the series.

I found this book to be helpful not only for teaching worldview to my children, but also for equipping them to defend that worldview to others in a loving manner. I sometimes struggle with knowing how to put my own beliefs into words to explain to others.  We live out our worldview everyday, but this book provides a systematic way to go through and get concepts we may have missed. It is also very adaptable for me to use with children of multiple ages (Apologia suggests ages 6-14), as I can assign more to my older children, while involving younger children in the stories and memory.

I plan to purchase the other three books in the series, as I found it a valuable resource to supplement our homeschool Bible lessons.

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Review Disclaimer: Please note that I have been provided a complimentary copy of this resource by The Homeschool Village specifically for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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