I have been a huge fan of Apologia's science programs for year. This year I've read a few of their books and that made me appreciate the company even more. I've loved everything I've used by them so far, so when I was given the opportunity to review their new Bible program, What We Believe, I was thrilled. We were given the second book in the series, Who Am I?, and as soon as I opened the box I could see that it was the same high quality that you come to expect from Apologia products.
About What We Believe
From the company's web site:
I couldn't agree more! As the mother of two girls, I am not at all impressed with what society would deem appropriate for my daughters. Skin tight clothing that reveals everything, no thank you. An equal to adults attitude. I don't think so. Do what you have to do to fit in because anything goes. Uh, NO! When I saw that we were going to be getting the Who Am I? edition I knew that this was a gift from God. What could be more perfect for my tween daughter then a study that shows her who she is in God.
My daughter has been LOVING this book. We received the text, an audio version, a coloring book, and a fabulous note booking journal. Mackenzie has taken to this like a duck to water. As this is meant to be a student-directed study she has opted to do it on her own. Each day she gathers her books, bible, and supplies and goes off to be my herself. She does not like anyone to be around because she says that this is her private time with God. Doesn't that just melt your heart?
I LOVE it! It makes me feel closer to God and that we are listening to each other more. My favorite parts are the My Prayer pages in the journal. I get to write it down and then I have it to look back on. There is also a Praise Report that helps you see how God is answering your prayers and strengthening your faith. It shows you how God is working in your life. I like reading the stories about different children because it tells me about their beliefs and how God is helping them. They also list different Bible verses in there and they connect me to God like He's telling me something. It really helps me feel closer to God.
Well if that doesn't sell ya....
What did I think? I was beyond impressed. It is everything that you expect an Apologia product to be. Like the science books, this book was written in a conversational format. My daughter really enjoys reading it and she is writing her heart out in the journal. Each chapter clearly states the learning objectives, includes memory work, encourages Godly character traits, asks thought provoking questions, and introduces different world views. It is jam packed with lots of information for us to discuss together.
Needless to say, though the review period is over, this book is still well used in our house. There are four other books in the series and I am already planning which one to use next. The nice thing about the series is that you can use them in any order so you can pick the topic that best fits your family at that time.
Age Range: 6-14
Pricing: Book $39, Journal $24, Audio CD $19, Coloring Book $8
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of these products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.