In April, I was privileged to be able to attend the Titus 2:1 Conference. While there, I was also able to spend some time learning about Apologia’s What We Believe worldview series. I was so impressed, I picked up the first book in the series, Who is God? And Can I Really Know Him? When I got home and showed it to my daughter, she looked through it and asked if we could start it right away!
Recently, I was given the chance to review the third book in the series, Who Is My Neighbor? And Why Does He Need Me?
Why teach worldview at all? Our world has diverse beliefs about reality and,
Within this global arena of conflict and change, Christians are faced with at least two critical questions: ‘How do we know what is true?’ and ‘How must we live our lives in relation to the truth we come to know?’ This curriculum is designed to address questions like these. It is based on the biblical Christian worldview, which affirms that truth is absolute and knowable through the revelation of God. It affirms that knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom and the key to understanding the world around us. (from the Introduction)
This book, and its companion Notebooking Journal, are built around 8 questions
- Does Anyone Really Need Me?
- How Can I Make a Difference?
- Who Is My Neighbor?
- Why Did God Make Families?
- What Can I Do For My Country?
- Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
- Who Is God’s Family?
- Why Does The Church Need Me?
Each of these lessons is best done in a 3 week time frame, and the book itself gives a sample lesson plan that you can tweak to fit your family.
One of the sections I really enjoy in this book is the “Encounters with Jesus.” These are stories based on actual biblical events, written “…from the unique perspective of one of the participants while providing cultural details to help students better understand what is happening in the story.”
My youngest enjoys the activities in the notebooking journal, and the “Short Stories” are great family reading. Overall, I am delighted with this curriculum series!
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(The legal stuff: I was given a copy of “Who Is My Neighbor?” (book and notebooking journal) in exchange for an honest review.)