Apologia Educational Ministries has come out with a beautiful new collection of books with their iWitness Books! We had the chance to read and review iWitness Biblical Archaeology, Old Testament iWitness and New Testament iWitness.
Each of these 60+ page books are softcover with beautifully laid out pages. The pages are covered in beautiful pictures and the writing is not the same old boring writing you find in other books. These books are like notes put together, with handwriting fonts mixed in with the pictures.
Old Testament iWitness goes over the Old Testament of the Bible. This book helps us to understand how the Old Testament is different from the Hebrew Bible, who wrote the ancient books and how were they collected. After the introduction, we are learn about the prophets, covenants, the scrolls and the books of the Old Testament. I have to honestly say that my favorite part of this book was reading about the prophets and books of the Bible.
The New Testament iWitness gives you the information of the New Testament and then lets you decide for yourself what you want to believe. I have to say, I was intrigued! I had to pull out my Bible while reading this book and follow along with what they were talking about. I was happy to read more about the gospels, since those are my favorite parts of the New Testament. Then to find out about the different books that were rejected from the New Testament and the criteria that was required for the books to actually become a part of the Bible made me even more interested in this book.
Now, I do have to say I have a favorite of the three books. That favorite would have to be the iWitness Biblical Archaeology. This book takes events from the Bible and gives you the archaeology to back it up. If you ever had a doubt about the truth of the Bible, this will change your mind! You are taken on a trip to find Noah’s Ark. You get to find the false findings, you use the clues from the Bible and see why those weren’t the actual ark. You travel through the history of the Bible and finish with the life of Jesus Christ Himself. Seeing the proof in pictures and reading while comparing these facts, it puts the Bible into a whole new light.
All of these books are written to be able to be read to all ages. The reading level on them is for ages 11 and up. Moe Man loved to listen to me read, as did the other two, but found that he had a hard time reading it himself due to the handwriting fonts used. However, I was constantly looking for my books since the boys were always taking them and looking at the pictures. Ray Ray would be all over the books and always asking me about the pictures. I would have to stop and explain what we was looking at, and we would then be able to develop a conversation about the history of the Bible from there.
I loved to use these as discussion starters by starting out reading a small section at a time during our circle time. Not only did this open up talk about the Bible with all the kids, it made me slow down and think more about what I hadn’t learned yet.
Apologia Educational Ministries has all three of these books for sale on their site for $14.00 each. I can say from first-hand experience that the customer service at Apologia is real, and they are friendly! I loved talking with them and plan to do business there again!
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