I still hope to post the kids’ review of What’s in the Bible? (www.whatsinthebible.com) but I don’t have the necessary equipment to do that here and now. So in an example of blog imitating life, I only thought I’d have the last say on this series.
I had high hopes for What’s in the Bible? and had been looking forward to its release ever since I heard that Phil Vischer planned to make a video series for kids that covered the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation. I was not disappointed.
The series has just enough silly to keep my kids entertained and repeating favorite lines over dinner. But it has just enough pop culture references and “just over their head” lines to keep my husband and I laughing…and repeating favorite lines over dinner.
I think what impresses me most about this series is the depth of subject matter each disc covers. This isn’t a retelling of favorite Bible stories using puppets. This series ambitiously, but in my opinion successfully attempts to help children go beyond the surface to truly understand that the Bible is not just a fun storybook. Each disc emphasizes the relation of each book to the others in the telling of “God’s story and what He’s done for us.”
Do your kids know who Jerome was? What the Septuagint is? What the word “testament” means? My kids do. And so do I, know that we’ve watched the first two episodes of What’s in the Bible? Now would my kindergarteners be able to answer all of those questions accurately today? Maybe not. But ask them again later this summer after they’ve watched those episodes eleventy hundred more times. If your kids are like mine, they’ll watch the same DVD over and over and over again. And it does my heart (and theirs) good to know that every time my kids watch one of the What’s in the Bible? DVDs a little more knowledge of God’s Word is taking root in their brains and, more importantly, in their hearts. But they’re having so much fun that they don’t even know they’re learning!
I wasn’t kidding about the stuff K and I are learning. I’m especially loving the discussions about church history (from Jesus to Billy Graham). It just doesn’t seem as dry and tedious when a pirate and a parrot tell me! My mom has a friend who is a fairly new Christian. She didn’t grow up in church. The stories that we don’t remember hearing for the first time? She hasn’t heard most of them. No one has ever explained to her how the Bible is arranged or why the Protestant Bible and the Catholic Bible don’t have the same number of books. I gave her my advance copy of the DVDs to watch. She was thrilled and finally feels like she’s beginning to understand why the Bible is so vital to her growth as a new Christian. It is breaking down a difficult book into bite-sized pieces that she can manage.
I’m not sure who the target audience is for What’s in the Bible? but I firmly believe that it would be a useful addition to every family’s library, whether you have children living in your home or not. Stick the first two DVDs in your loved ones’ Easter baskets. Prop them up with a couple of Cadbury eggs. They’ll certainly last longer and provide better nourishment than a hollow chocolate bunny. Plus you won’t get “real sick in your head from the What’s in the Bible?DVDs like you might from the bunny. (Good luck getting the “New and Improved Bunny Song” out of your head. You’re welcome.)
And guess what I heard on Twitter yesterday? What’s in the Bible? is in talks to develop a curriculum that would supplement the series. I know!! I’m seeing homeschool moms and dads, Sunday School teachers, parents looking for good family devotionals…so many amazing ways this could be used!
In case you can’t tell by now, I’m very, very excited about this series and I think once you see it, you’ll be excited too. I’m thankful that Tyndale House (www.tyndale.com) gave me an opportunity to preview the series before it was released and I’m very grateful that they gave me two certificates so that I can give away a copy of each of the first two DVDs! To win, leave a comment on this blog post. One comment per person, please. I will keep the contest open until Tuesday, let’s say 7:00 p.m. CST, and I’ll announce the winner some time on Wednesday, March 24th. Sound like a plan? Even if you’ve already purchased a copy of the first two DVDs, you’re eligible to win, as long as you promise to give them away to someone who would enjoy them.
In today’s comment, I’d love for you to tell me what question about the Bible you would like for What’s in the Bible? to tackle. Or, if you have no questions about the Bible, tell me why you would like to win one of these DVDs.
I hope you win!