Our Small Group has done the first 5 DVDs of this series and LOVES them. Ray Vander Laan takes you to the places of the Bible to give cultural and historical context to bring the stories we've heard to a whole new light. He then very passionatly gives practical aplication to the concepts he teaches. The only downside to the DVDs is that they are rather costly. Most only have 5 sessions, but the book that accompanies them adds to the info and sparks discussion. If you can get past the 80s clothes in the first 5, this is definitely a series I'd recommend for bible study, church, family (although some concepts are for a mature audience- sexual rituals, zealots, etc) or even homeschooling.