Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) Volume 1

Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) Volume 1

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ISBN: 9781935495079
Grades: K-9

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Ten lessons lay the essential foundational truths upon which the biblical Christian worldview is built: God is truth, and He reveals His truth to people.

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Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideasideas 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. Young children must be equipped to discern among competing ideas and stand firm in the truth.

Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) introduces the concept of worldview while laying the foundational truths upon which a biblical 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 of our needs; sin separates us from God; and Jesus is the only way to God.

The statistics are disturbing. Teens and young adults who have been raised in the church are leaving and not returning later. Lots of them! Europe is filled with empty church buildings. Is America following her example? Researchers trying to find the reasons have concluded that it isn't enough to "just" take your child to church with you. It isn't enough to "just" homeschool. Parents must be actively involved in living/demonstrating/teaching the biblical Christian worldview. Worldview isn't something mystical or unknowable - it's simply the way your child (and you) looks at the world every day. Diverse beliefs about reality fill the world around us and in our emerging "global village" are coming ever closer. Christians are faced with critical questions such as: "How do we know what is true?" and "How must we live our lives in relation to the truth we come to know?" This curriculum (ultimately a four-part series) is designed to address questions like these. It is based on the biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God. It reiterates that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us.

Apologia is providing a wonderful tool for Christian parents: user-friendly, colorful texts written in an engaging, conversational style directly to the student. A tool that can be customized to any individual child or family, encouraging Bible reading and memory work, thoughtful examination and consideration of ideas, notebooking as a means of gathering and processing information, prayer and personal application. It is both a Bible study and a doctrinal study; but it is much more. It presents students with the opportunity and necessity of turning the light inward and then turning toward the One who is the Light. As such it does not hesitate to take on some difficult questions such as: Where am I building my life? What is God like? If God created the world, why isn't it perfect? Why did God create me?

Although this series is unique in many ways, there are also many points of overlap with the worldview materials that come from Summit Ministries - indeed, one of the writers is a Summit staff writer. That's good, in my opinion, as Summit Ministries has been actively pursuing the idea of worldview education for years and has developed an orderly approach to its many facets. It also means that you can expect to see a thorough and age/grade appropriate examination of all the major worldviews as well as the implications of each on different aspects of our culture.

To give you an idea how all of this works together within a lesson, let's look at lesson 6 of Who is God? (V1): "If God Created the World, Why Isn't It Perfect?" The authors obviously understand about how to "hook" an audience because the first thing you notice as you skim through the lesson is a story about a camping trip, a recipe for S'mores Clusters (yes, they sound wonderful), and a picture of a wide screen TV. Well, the camping story introduces a father-son discussion on creation while the rest of the chapter provides the biblical and theological background - The Four Relationships of Creation. And the TV? It serves as a reminder that TV shows, movies, music and internet sites are all produced by people with worldviews and that they are powerful tools that can shape what we believe.

Each Text is a beautifully done hardcover book that includes the lessons for each course. Each lesson can be covered in about two weeks, three days per week. That timetable would probably work well for a middle school student working more or less independently. However, there's a lot of flexibility here and if you wanted to do the study as a family with multi-age children it could be slowed down considerably. Lessons follow a pattern: an overview called The Big Idea, a list of the learning objectives - What You Will Do, a short story, then Think About It (thought-provoking questions). Next is a vocabulary study - Words You Need to Know - and suggested Bible memory verses - Hide It in Your Heart. (Bible verses are primarily taken from the NIV although the ICB and NLT are sometimes used. Students are encouraged to read passages in whatever version they prefer.) The heart (and bulk) of the lesson is called "Integrated Learning" and consists of a clear presentation of the lesson contents interspersed with interesting articles (e.g. Where was the Garden of Eden? in Lesson 6, V1), biographical sketches (e.g. Fanny Crosby), illustrative artwork (often reproductions of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Velazquez, Dore, Michelangelo, and others), and Make a Note of It sections (suggestions for notebooking topics). Personal application is introduced in the What Should I Do? section along with a prayer. Each lesson concludes with Worldview in Focus - which is an ongoing study using a visual model - The House of Truth - developed by Summit Ministries.

Apologia has given us a valuable course of study. I have to admit it's courses like these that make me wish I could start my homeschooling all over again. How blessed today's generation of homeschoolers are! Although the course could be completed with just the Text, a Bible and a notebook for each child, Apologia has prepared some additional user-friendly tools. Designed to be a keepsake record of the child's spiritual growth through each course, the Notebooking Journals provide subtly colored, graphically designed (i.e. attractive and appealing) space to keep notes from the course content, vocabulary, memory verse records, reinforcing activities and mini-books, practical applications, course reviews and thoughtful responses. These are probably most appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students as there is a fair amount of writing involved. The student is the author of this journal and a nice feature is the author's biographical page at the end - all ready for the student to supply his information. [May I just add a "Wow!" here - these journals are amazingly and lovingly prepared.] The Coloring Books may appeal more to the younger set but there's enough detail to bring out the artist in anyone. The to-be-colored pictures serve as review and reinforcement; sometimes depicting characters from Bible stories or biographical sketches and sometimes asking a question of personal application. You'll want a set of high quality colored pencils like Prismacolor Scholars. The MP3 Audio CDs provide course content that can be downloaded to computers or iDevices. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
Bible
Grade Start
K
Grade End
9
ISBN
9781935495079
Author
John Hay & John Stonestreet
Format
Hardcover
Brand Name
Apologia
Weight
2.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.25" x 8.75" x 0.75"
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I wanted to incorporate some Biblical knowledge in our homeschool and this sounded perfect.
Shannon M on Jul 22, 2020
We want to give our kids a good foundation for the whys of the faith and not just ask them to believe because we said so
Katie C on Apr 28, 2020
I wanted to incorporate some Biblical knowledge in our homeschool and this sounded perfect.
Shannon M on Jul 22, 2020
Look forward to teaching a biblical worldview to my young kids!
Christina K on May 7, 2020
We want to give our kids a good foundation for the whys of the faith and not just ask them to believe because we said so
Katie C on Apr 28, 2020
I would like for my child to get to know God better!
Billie S on Apr 10, 2020
We are using this in place of Sunday School during the quarantine.
Ariel S on Mar 31, 2020
This has such great reviews. Great for a family resource to add to our curriculum.
Leah P on Mar 3, 2020
This book helps my child with dyslexia to read and being able to understand God's Word.
Jerdwetta H on Aug 30, 2019
school required
Luisa M on Aug 15, 2019
Possibly use for Sunday school.
Dee J on Jul 30, 2019
I chose this item because I would like to grow our relationship with God, and I felt like this series would help us to grow in our knowledge of who God is and what we are to Him.
Valerie T on Jul 10, 2019
I want help my children know and love God more deeply.
Kenna F on May 30, 2019
my kids needed a new Bible curriculum and this looked good
Sara H on Feb 6, 2019
Homeschool curriculum
Kellie D on Sep 6, 2018
would like to read the book as home bible study with the kids
Nadine L on Jun 7, 2018
It was referred by Summit Ministries
Nea D on Apr 17, 2018
great bible curriculum for any age
User on Nov 30, 2017
We use Mystery of History and we really like how it ties everything to God and the Bible. Looking forward to learning and delving deeper into God and His Word alongside my children.
Cherisse C on Nov 2, 2017
Christian curriculum highly rated
Melissa R on Aug 9, 2017
For a Sunday School Class
Ida S on Jun 16, 2017
Came highly recommended
Holly W on Jun 5, 2017
I want to teach my kids a biblical worldview. Cathy Duffy gave the "What We Believe" series a great review, so I thought I'd give it a try.
User on May 19, 2017
We actually started with Volume 2 and loved it - wanted to get the Volume 1.
Jennifer P on Feb 11, 2017
I want to put a good biblical foundation in my children's minds while they are still little.
Samantha C on Jan 20, 2017
Highly recommended by a fellow homeschooling mom who has used the series for years.
Erin M on Dec 30, 2016
A wanted a meaty Bible curriculum for my 11 year old. It was surprisingly hard to find, but I've been very pleased. Buy the notebook if you can swing it.
sarah jean j on Sep 17, 2016
It was a required text for a class
Denise H on Sep 15, 2016
To teach my children about God.
Kathleen S on Sep 6, 2016
Top rated by Cathy Duffy
Bisram j on Aug 28, 2016
Our homeschool co-op is using this curriculum.
User on Aug 25, 2016
Strong biblical text and multi-age friendly.
Kendra D on Aug 23, 2016
"Great Bible devotional and curricula for my boys"
Aileen R on Aug 19, 2016
I've hear many good things about this book.
Aracely M on Aug 4, 2016
Saw it in Family Magazine
Dominick B on Apr 27, 2016
To study with my youngest two children as a good intro to Biblical worldview.
Karin O on Feb 9, 2016
homeschool and sunday school use
Sara B on Jan 23, 2016
This is absolutely one of the best age-appropriate theology and worldview-formation resources I've come across. I highly recommend it to every family.
Robert T on Jan 2, 2016
This looks to be a great next step in our Bible Studies.
Janet A on Dec 18, 2015
I like how the author breaks down each topic. The stories in each chapter build on each other, throughout the book. I ordered this book for our co-op class. This book would be an excellent resource for a student to work through individually, along with the workbook. But I found it to be difficult to teach out of for co-op. To me, this book was written to work through daily. The workbook compliments it wonderfully. But I would not suggest if for a once a week co-op class.
Julie B on Nov 1, 2015
Recommended by Ratio Christi.
Eric A on Oct 25, 2015
Look forward to teaching a biblical worldview to my young kids!
Christina K on May 7, 2020
I would like for my child to get to know God better!
Billie S on Apr 10, 2020
Is there a teacher’s edition?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. The textbook is both teacher and student friendly. There is a notebook/ journal that can be bought to go along with the text. It provides a lesson plan and other things typically associated with "teacher editions." If you like to have worksheets, coloring pages, additional resources to explore, and mamory aids like crossword puzzles, buy the notebooking journal to go with the text. If you prefer to discuss topics together, go at your own pace, and chose activities that don't require worksheets, the textbook is sufficient.
My oldest is 6. Will she get enough out of this program yet? I want something more in depth than what we used this past year.
User on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am using it with my 6, 8, and 10 year olds. It gives really good instruction and depth. The kids enjoy the stories and illustrations that go with it. We pace ourselves and do not rush through the chapters (just 10 lessons in the whole book, so meant to take time with). That is good because for the parts that are heavy on content with fewer stories/illustrations, it seems better to take smaller "bites." I have my 10 year old doing more of the suggested reading/writing with it, and the 6 year old I have doing only maybe drawing a picture to go with it or something like that. I think your daughter would get something out of it! And you could circle back around to it in a few years and it would probably be a good thing to re-do at a later time. Hope that helps! (I just asked my six year old what he thought and he said he likes it, he likes the stories in it.) :)
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This is exactly what I was looking for our curriculum! Not preachy, no religion. This reads like a story and promotes great easy conversation with my kids. They enjoy it and it shares truth in such a gentle obvious way. 10 stars!!!
December 4, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love this book
My children learned so much from this book. It was very understandable for both of them they are in 2nd and 3rd grade. I would recommend this book!
March 16, 2016
Great for the whole family
My kids ask me when we get to do Bible study because they all enjoy "Who Is God?" so much. There are a variety of different activities to mix things up from day to day, and we can pick and choose what extras we do. I recommend this Bible study to anyone wanting to develop and grow their Biblical worldview.
November 11, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
We read the Bible daily but my eleven-year-old son still had questions about God He is finding these answers in Apologia's "Who is God?" As we are studying my child is learning to build his own "house of truth" based on 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?For those who want to learn a Biblical worldview about God and truth this is a worthwhile study
February 28, 2014
We began using the �Who Is God?� study last school year and would definitely say that it was the best find of our year! My children are currently 13 11 9 and 6 and we have all equally enjoyed our Bible study time using this curriculum Right off in Lesson 1 my kids were challenged to really think about whether or not they have built their lives on the rock and we had a fun time putting to memory the �Seven Ways To Build On The Rock� which were taught in the lesson I bet I could still go around the table and have the kids recite these seven ways without any difficulty even though we learned that eight months ago! Each lesson includes a short story (which builds with each lesson using the same characters and which we have all found to be very entertaining) vocabulary words inscription memorization suggestions prayer a worldview study and an illustration of the house of truth that you are building as you continue learning throughout this series The �House of Truth� is a house built on the truths of the Bible The truths that are learned in each lesson are displayed on the foundation walls and roof of the House of Truth The Foundation is �Knowing Loving and Obeying God My Rock� and each Biblical Truth (such as #1 �God always tells me what is right and true�) is laid onto this foundation We�ve tried to be creative in recording the information that we�ve learned in each of the lessons ~ my kids have typed up some of the prayers found at the end of each of the lessons to place in their notebooks they have written out some of the �Hide It In Your Heart� verses for handwriting/copywork we�ve completed some of the curriculum�s journal suggestions they have each written out definitions and quotes we once illustrated some of the lesson�s inscriptions each of the children have drawn illustrations of the �House of Truth� and each stone laid and we have sometimes typed up lists of different things we�ve learned (for example the �Nine Ways We Can Glorify God� which we learned in Lesson 7) This school year I also purchased the �Who Is God� coloring book and the kids have all enjoyed coloring pictures that coordinate with the lesson while I read aloud and then we also add these pictures to our notebooks I really have found that my very mature 13 year old daughter reaps from this study as well as my 6 year old not-as-mature-baby-of-the-family Obviously what my 13 year old walks away with is very different than her littlest sister but there really is a lot for everyone to learn from this course In fact during my last home school assessment my assessor who is also a Christian retired public school teacher stated that she was going to buy this book for herself! She stated that she had never learned how to be equipped to answer these kinds of questions herself and that neither her church nor obviously the public school system taught her to consider her worldview and how to answer questions regarding her faith So I kindly wrote down the title of this curriculum and the website for Rainbow Resource
November 30, 2011


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