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Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? Review by Courtney LarsonJohn Hay
Apologia Educational Ministries
1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220
Anderson, IN 46016 US
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? is the first volume of the four volume What We Believe worldview series. This series is written for ages 6 through 14, and is designed for multi-level use. This book was published by Apologia in partnership with Summit Ministries, a well-known Christian ministry that is focused on teaching young adults a strong Christian worldview. A big gap in worldview materials has been the availability of materials for elementary age students, even though children are often hit daily with incorrect, unbiblical messages from various media sources. Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? will begin to give these children the filters they need so they can view the world with a Christian worldview and sort right from wrong, fact from fiction, and truth from lies.
This book is divided into ten lessons, and is written directly to the student. Each lesson is designed to be flexible, though there is a sample schedule provided that shows how to divide the lesson over 6 days, stretched over 2 weeks (doing the program 3 days per week). There are several sections and activities in each lesson, including short stories, questions designed to get your student thinking, memory work, and vocabulary work, in addition to the main lesson. Notebooking is encouraged to reinforce what the student has learned, and there are notebooking pages available on the Apologia website (a code to access the information is included in the text).
Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? isn't a Bible study, though there is plenty of Bible in the book. Instead, it teaches the student about who God is, and that God is truth, which is the foundation of a Christian worldview. The lessons cover questions such as: "What is God Like?", "Who Are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit?", "If God Created the World, Why Isn't It Perfect?", and "Is Jesus the Only Way to God?", along with 6 other topics.
I think this book is absolutely wonderful. Teaching students Bible stories isn't difficult, and there are plenty of resources available for that. Teaching worldview is often overlooked, though, and I feel that it is just as important. If children are taught to think about the messages they receive, and to filter them through a Christian worldview, I really think their understanding and faith will be stronger as they grow into young adults and are faced with dealing with unchristian, or even anti-Christian messages from the media, their colleges, and friends and acquaintances they meet along the way. I highly recommend adding Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? to your student's schedule, and I look forward to the release of the remaining three volumes.