11 November, 2015

A page-turning storybook of theology for kids {{Book review}} | The Ology

In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them.

Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner's theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth inThe Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older.

Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the "hidden" truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime---a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.

*My Review*
"The Ology" is a wonderful way to introduce God to children. This book is a Children's book, so it's geared for early elementary (6-9), but it's also good for upper elementary(10-12). I absolutely love the way this book uses everyday life analogies to help children understand the bigger picture. 

One of my favorite parts in this book is "God Is Three in One". Our church was having a study on the Trinity, and how hard it is to comprehend. This book refers to the Trinity as a "jigsaw puzzle".  

It says "When you put together a jigsaw puzzle, You have to figure out how all the different pieces fit together to make a picture. God can e like that. The truths that the Bible tells us about God are a little bit like pieces of a puzzle. The more we learn about God, the clearer our picture of HIm will be,the more amazing He becomes to us, and the more we love him" 

I love that there are plenty of Scripture for that specific story. A great way for children to learn their Bible verses.

Since we homeschool we COULD use this as a Bible curriculum, but since we already have that through the school we go through, we may add this in with what we already have.

This book would make a great gift, or would fit perfectly in a church classroom or in a church l.ibrary

*About the Author*

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series, which includes The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, and the Gospel Story Curriculum, as well as the Advent devotional and curriculum Prepare Him Room. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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