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From the captivating introductory question “Why study this stuff?” to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, I am enthralled with these books. Omnibus is Latin for “all encompassing; everything.” The publishers couldn’t have picked a better title for this project that has as its goal a six-year theology, history, and literature curriculum that will literally “talk about everything” - all the important ideas from all the ages will be put on the table to explore. The Omnibus curriculum desires to enable the student to unlock the treasure chest of ideas contained in the Great Books – those which have guided and informed thinking people of western civilization. While you might associate the term with the list compiled and edited by Mortimer Adler, the publishers and editors of the Omnibus have established their own list that overlaps with Adler’s.

Omnibus is both classical and Christian. It was written from a distinctly Protestant viewpoint that is best summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Omnibus I (Biblical and Classical Civilizations) and II (Church Fathers Through the Reformation) are 7th and 8th grade texts with emphasis on the logic stage. Omnibus IV - V will cover similar time periods but with emphasis on the rhetoric stage. Omnibus III & VI will cover modern (1563 to present) times with logic and rhetoric emphasis respectively. In other words, grades 7-12 grades are covered in two, three-year rotations.

Each Omnibus is divided into two semesters with primary (traditional Great Books) and secondary (other) book selections for each. These selections and the course built around them are rigorous, very rigorous. And some parents might be concerned about some of the content. The editors are clear about several things. First, they assume that evil is to be conquered rather that evaded. Secondly, they assume that godly oversight and protection will accompany the student through this coursework. Thirdly, they see the Christian home as a boot camp where students are taught to handle their weapons - under godly, patient supervision. Lastly, since the Bible includes the same topics as these books there is no subject that this curriculum will raise in the minds of junior or senior high students that would not also be raised as he reads the Bible.

If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, let me say that these texts will instill confidence even as they make the job easier for you. In essence, they’re comprised of stand-alone guides for reading, studying and understanding these Great Books and the Great Conversation of ideas they represent. Beginning with an introductory worldview essay, a session is outlined for each day a book is to be studied. The number of weeks in a study varies with the selection. Discussion is a major part of every book study. Some days the discussion is general with an eye on comprehension but more often the focus is textual, cultural, and biblical analysis. There are daily reading assignments and almost daily writing assignments plus a large selection of optional activities. The really comforting thought is that the Teacher CD contains complete and thorough answers and talking points for every discussion or question raised.

In addition to the wonderful artwork, other excellent resources are evident. Appendix I outlines a two semester reading schedule. Appendix II is a parallel timeline of events in history, literature, and theology, with miniature art representations or a book cover. The Teacher CD-ROM includes the entire text on PDF files with answers and talking points inserted into the discussion session notes. Additionally, lesson plans, teaching tips, and midterm and semester exams with answers are included. It also includes a grading calculator - an Excel file where you insert a student’s grades. The text does not include the reading selections; you will need to obtain them separately. The editors also mention two beneficial references - Western Civilization by Spielvogel and the History of Art for Young People (we have it listed as Short History of Art) by Janson & Janson. As you look over the reading selections, don’t be surprised to note, “I read this book in college.” These are academically (and spiritually) challenging courses. ~ Janice

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1984

1984
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ISBN: 9780452262935
Grades: 9-Adult
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer Thrift Edition

Adventures of Tom Sawyer Thrift Edition
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Author: Mark Twain
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Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables
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Animal Farm (50th Anniversary Ediiton)

Animal Farm (50th Anniversary Ediiton)
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ISBN: 9780452277502
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Anti-Federalist Papers

Anti-Federalist Papers
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Antony & Cleopatra (Oxford School Shakespeare

Antony & Cleopatra (Oxford School Shakespeare
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Author: William Shakespeare
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Art and the Bible

Art and the Bible
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ISBN: 9780830834013
Grades: 9-Adult
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Autobiography of Charles G. Finney

Autobiography of Charles G. Finney
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ISBN: 9780764201561
Grade: Adult
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Bacchae and Other Plays

Bacchae and Other Plays
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ISBN: 9780140440447
Grade: 10
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Ben Franklin Autobiography & Other Writings

Ben Franklin Autobiography & Other Writings
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ISBN: 9780451528100
Grades: 9-Adult
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Beowulf (New Verse Translation)

Beowulf (New Verse Translation)
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ISBN: 9780393320978
Grades: 9-Adult
Author: Seamus Heaney
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Bondage of the Will

Bondage of the Will
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ISBN: 9780801048937
Grades: 9-Adult
Author: Martin Luther
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Boy Knight-Tale of the Crusades

Boy Knight-Tale of the Crusades
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Grades: 3-Adult
Author: G.A. Henty
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Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales
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Grades: 6-10
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
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Christianity and Liberalism

Christianity and Liberalism
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ISBN: 9780802864994
Grade: Adult
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Cicero: Selected Works

Cicero: Selected Works
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ISBN: 9780140440997
Grade: 10
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Communist Manifesto

Communist Manifesto
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Grades: 7-Adult
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Confession of Faith and Catechisms With Proof Texts

Confession of Faith and Catechisms With Proof Texts
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Grades: 9-Adult
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Confessions of St. Augustine

Confessions of St. Augustine
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ISBN: 9780199537822
Grades: 9-Adult
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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman
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ISBN: 9780140481341
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