Apologia “Who is God?” {review}

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I have used many books from Apologia over the years (I even reviewed one earlier this year). Here’s the thing you need to know about Apologia–the books they publish are top-notch in every sense. Although science curricula is what got them into the homeschool market, the company is fast becoming a leading provider of homeschool curricula, parent resource books, conferences, and even online classes.

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Overview

Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) is the first book in the What We Believe Biblical worldview series. With four books in all (two already out; 1 releases this Fall; the next in 2012), this series is sure to be something that lays a really solid foundation in many areas that contribute to a worldview. This book focuses on ten lessons:

  1. Where Am I Building My Life?
  2. How Can I Know What’s True?
  3. What Is God Like? (Part 1)
  4. What Is God Like? (Part 2)
  5. Who Are The Father, Son & Holy Spirit?
  6. If God Created The World, Why Isn’t It Perfect?
  7. Why Did God Create Me?
  8. Will God Meet All My Needs?
  9. Why Does Sin Keep Me From Knowing God?
  10. Is Jesus The Only Way To God?

The book is published by Apologia and written from a Biblical, non-denominational perspective by John Hay and David Webb from Summit Ministries. The quality of this large hardback book is excellent as well, it’s identical in size and binding to the Apologia Younger Explorer’s science books and includes 252 pages.

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Our Experience

Before receiving this for review, I actually came across the 2nd book in this series first. I was so intrigued with it, I knew I wanted it, but I also knew that a solid foundation really must start at the beginning.

I’m using Who Is God? (And Can I Really Know Him?) as our homeschool morning devotional. The book’s introduction includes a well-written explanation of how to use the book including lesson structure, a sample schedule and notebooking info. I don’t stick to most schedules very well, so I didn’t really use this section, but it might be helpful to many families to see how it might look in an average week. We just ‘do the next thing’ each day and pick up where we left off.

The other really neat thing in this section is a ‘secret code’ to allow you to access loads of ‘book extras’ for the text–from notebooking pages/worksheets to teacher helps and even visuals for important graphic lessons used throughout the book. I love that there’s so much added value right there at my fingertips!

We read a short section of the book each day and then discuss it. The great thing about this book is the variety it provides. Each lesson has a “Big Idea” which starts the chapter with a figurative introduction to the lesson. Each chapter also includes a memory verse and lots of historical and scientific sidebars, as well as thought-provoking questions, notebooking assignments and vocabulary. The meat of each lesson is written in a way kids can understand, yet doesn’t overly simplify the deep truths presented. There’s also an ongoing story of two friends with differing worldviews that really helps the kids see how this applies in real life.

My Opinion

I really like this book, and have a good feeling I’m going to like the whole series. My kids are the perfect age for this and it’s such a great discussion generator. We had lots of good talks as a result of our daily reading and I think it created an awareness on the importance of worldview that wasn’t there before. I’m delighted to recommend this to any Christian family who wants to build a strong foundation for God and truth.

Product: Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him

Company: Apologia

Description: A Biblical Worldview Curriculum; 1st in a series of four

Ages: 6-14

Price: $39

Sample: See a 17-page sample HERE

Available: Apologia website

Additional resources: In the most recent catalog, there are options to buy coloring book, notebooking journal and audio MP3 CD to go along with this text. Watch for them on the website this spring.

Other Products: Many other products published by Apologia including Science, Geography, Worldview and more.

Visit The Review Crew Blog to find links to MORE REVIEWS of this product from Apologia.

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This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are all mine.

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Leah March 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

i’m so glad to see a review on this! i’ve seen it in the apologia catalog but wasn’t sure if it was something i was interested in purchasing. i’m glad to see the age range listed and i think i’ll be checking into it for my little one next year! thanks!

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Meredith July 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I am looking at the Who is God? Curriculum for my kids aged 6-10 and I was wondering if it’s an asset to get the notebook, or just an added expense…?
Thanks for the great review!

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Melissa Morgner July 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

Meridith, so glad the review helped. The notebook wasn’t out when I used it, so I’d recommend looking at the samples on their site to see if it looks like a good fit. I do like the notebooks Apologia creates and think they are well done. But I also think the book works great all on it’s own. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by Half Dozen Mama!
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Erin Gross July 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Hi Melissa, Thanks for the lovely review. My oldest two are 7.5 (rising 2nd grader) and 5 (rising K’er) … would it be better to wait a year, in your opinion, before starting with Who Is God? It looks so good but perhaps it is a bit too much for my 5yo? I have a newly adopted 5yo as well, but he does not speak English yet, so perhaps if we waited he would be able to glean a little something in a year. My other is too little. ;) I’m grateful for your advice. Erin

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Melissa Morgner July 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Erin, Thanks so much for stopping by! While I think this is a wonderful resource, I would wait maybe even a couple years to use it with your kiddos. And then I’d go through it super slowly! I used it with a 7 and 5 year old, but they were along for the ride and didn’t soak as much in as the older ones.

What I’ve learned, from my own mistakes I might add, is that when I chose a resource that was wonderful, but too advanced conceptually for my kids, it fell somewhat flat with them, even though I loved it. There will be plenty of time to use this and the whole series. I like to get the most ‘bang for my buck and my time.” Holding off a little while will let all your kids be ready for it.

You might try one of the neat books by Susan Hunt (Big Truths for Little Kids or the Genesis or Exodus study) or a new one that looks neat “Get Wisdom!” by Ruth Younts. I also have loved the Egermeir story Bible for that age. I think laying a foundation of the story of the Bible and memorizing scripture is the most important thing you can do at this age. There will be lots of time for ‘deeper thinking’ as they mature.

Also, there’s a lesser known, but wonderful resource called “Thoughtful Bible Study for the Family,” which I reviewed a while back. Here’s a link: http://halfdozenmama.com/thoughtful-bible-study-for-the-family-a-review/

Hope this helps! Thanks again for visiting HDM!

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