Friday, November 6, 2015

The Ology {Quick Review}

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
The Ology by Marty Machowski
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Publisher: New Growth Press
Publishing Date: October 19, 2015
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 in The 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.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy a copy today!

My Thoughts:
'The Ology' is not what I expected it to be. I thought it would more like a storybook where we follow two children through the Bible/some scenarios to tackle tough Bible topics. Instead, it does takes some hard parts of the Bible and tries to explain them in a new way, with examples, and illustrations.

Not for my Baby Girl, or at least for a few years. When I picked it up I thought it said for kids as young as four, but I really couldn't recommend it to any child younger than six. However, I can see how it would be a great teaching supplement. For example, if teaching your child about how one small sin is still a sin and breaks the whole law, you could read the verses in the Bible, but use 'The Ology' to help break the concept down. A lot of the 'chapters' are pretty short, one or two paragraphs, but each includes a whimsical drawing with verses for further reading. The back of the book also contains a brief glossary and questions and answers for deeper discussion.

Although this book may not yet be for my family, I'm keeping it on the shelf for the day that we are ready for it. The Bible has some really difficult concepts, some that I still struggle to fully realize at my age, and 'The Ology' will be a great launching place for a lot of those topics. Because it wasn't quite what I expected and because I wish it would go even deeper into some of the topics, I am only going to rate this one with 3.5 stars. If you have a six year old, especially a child in the 6-10 age range, I think it would be worth your while to pick this one up and see if it is for you and your family.

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