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In the cellar of an old stone cathedral, two children discover an ancient book called The Ology. The beautifully illustrated storybook ushers them into a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder in which they discover life-changing truths about God, themselves, and the world around them. The first illustrated systematic theology book designed especially for grade-school children, The Ology includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy learning about God together.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)|
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-R. Albert Mohler, Jr.,
President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
I love good children's books, and this one is truly beautiful, both in its words and pictures. Machowski meets children where they are and tells them the greatest story of all. The best part is, its true!
-Dr. Joel R. Beeke,
President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Ology has quickly become my favorite introduction to Christianity for children. Machowski has brilliantly written this systematic theology as a story - the great Story. He writes with a profound simplicity that children will understand, yet with a depth and beauty that will move adults to worship. And he makes the gospel crystal clear. This book is a wonderful resource for family worship or children's devotions.
Chair & cofounder, Desiring God
Appealing, truthful, and comprehensive, Marty Machowski has written The Ology as a systematic theology accessible to children. I can see parents reading this book while their children snuggle beside them or sit on their lap and listen. Little ones will enjoy looking at this beautifully illustrated volume as their parents read it to them. It's also the kind of book you can read to your children again and again. When they are old enough, they'll want to read it on their own. Can you ask for more in a Christian book for children?
Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Associate Dean for the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
I love Marty Machowski's books, and even better, so do my children. The Ology is another beautiful and creative book meant to expose children to the deepest and most important truths. I am reading it with my children, and would encourage you to do the same.
Reformed Book-lover5 Stars Out Of 5The OlogyJune 20, 2016Reformed Book-loverQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent tool for introducing and reinforcing biblical doctrines for anyone who is not mature in the faith. The material is wisely, interestingly, and orderly presented.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Great book on theology perfectly written for kidsNovember 16, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I saw this book was about to be released, I knew this was one I wanted for my own children. I had read some great reviews on it from some authors that I trust and they had so many good things to say. In fact, the reviews in the front of the book are from some well-known theologians, pastors, and authors.
Many people hesitate to teach their children theology, thinking that it is too deep for them to understand. I have long held the idea that it's not too deep because even as adults we are still learning theology and will never fully grasp all of it in our finite minds.
The book has a parent guide that in the very front of the book. I appreciated this because as a homeschooling family, we are easily able to incorporate this book into our daily studies. It's tailored for elementary students, children ages 6-12. However, my 5 year old has learned a lot from it. It does say that teens and adults can use it to help lay a solid biblical worldview. For that matter, adults will find this book very enjoyable to read. I also really appreciate how it encourages the readers to check out a few more books as your child ages. I definitely want to get the companion album that goes with this book. How neat to be able to teach theology with music.
The sections of the book are:
1. The Ology of God
2. The Ology of People
3. The Ology of Sin
4. The Ology of the Promise and the Law
5. The Ology of Christ
6. The Ology of the Holy Spirit
7. The Ology of Adoption into God's Family
8. The Ology of Change
9. The Ology of the Church
10. The Ology of the End Times
11. The Ology of God's Word
The chapters are short in each section and the author highly recommends you take the book one chapter at a time and really discuss the chapter throughout the day. There is Scripture included on the pages that you can memorize, but surrounding the pictures on the opposite page is extra Scripture verses that you can use to go deeper into the subject.
Another thing that I found extremely helpful for my children is the Glossary. It tweaks some important Bible Words and some big words we hear most often and it explains them in a way for children to understand.
Following that page is a Think Theology, Talk Theology page. Each chapter has two questions that you can ask your child to help clarify any concepts they may be confused on or have difficulty understanding.
This book will be one that we will be using in our family for many years and I will definitely be purchasing this to give to others for gifts. It is especially important for our children to know what they believe and why and I'm so thankful for this book written for children.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and New Growth Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Lis PNew EnglandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Theology for Littles and Bigs, Wrapped up in a gorgeously illustrated package!November 12, 2015Lis PNew EnglandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Theology? For children? Really? Theology is a hefty topic for anyone, but teaching it to children is not an unheard of proposition.
For Centuries various denominations have taught their children Theology via Catechisms. But often lists of questions and answers and verses to back them up aren't the most memorable things on earth, especially for those who are memorization challenged.
What a delight to find this new book teaching essentially the same basic Christian Doctrines as might be found in most Protestant Churches, but in a new and refreshing way, with stories children can relate to and absolutely gorgeous illustrations (that might also serve as a nudge to their memories).
Each of 71 lessons is covered in one or two double page spreads. The text on the page is the story, accompanied by one or two Bible verses that back up the truth being learned. A beautiful illustration on the facing page is surrounded by Scripture References that take the illustration deeper and further.
There are a number of layers to using the book, from simply reading the story and the verses, to discussing the illustrations, and for older children and adults, looking up the extra verses, and maybe even choosing one or two to memorize.
For those who are visually oriented, these beautiful illustrations may be just the thing to help them remember the concept, and maybe even the verses that back it up. Nice!
I can see using this book for years to come, whether with my own children (Aged elementary to high school), or as a part of our Sunday School lessons, and going through it more than one or two times.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5Biblically refreshing!November 12, 2015CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Biblically Refreshing. The Ology, By: Marty Machowski
What a refreshing take on biblical truth, and facts. Makes it a whole lot easier for children to learn what they knew to know. This book breaks down the different aspects of the bible making it so much easier to learn. The book breaks down to 71 different areas that are important part of the bible and biblical truths. I love the beautiful, detailed pictures that are in each and every section. It has a glossary that is great to use. I do believe one of my favorite parts of the book is the question and answer section at the end of the book. This is a must have book for any family with children. It would also make a wonderful gift. Be sure to order your copy today. 5 stars!
LeAnne5 Stars Out Of 5Biblically Sound! Wonderful resource for children & familiesNovember 11, 2015LeAnneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Ology by Marty Machowski is a storybook designed to share Biblical Theology with children in a clear way. The book is in no way 'babyish", but it is written perfectly for 1st-6th graders. Jr. High, Senior High, and even adult-aged readers can gain quite a bit of knowledge and insight from TheOlogy. Younger grade schoolers will benefit from an adult reading to them, while an older grade school student will enjoy learning and reading on his or her own. My younger children (ages 1 & 3) are enjoying it too, but I'm teaching them more based on the pictures provided with each truth. "Think Theology, Talk Theology" is a section located at the end of the book and lists discussion questions for each segment (an answer key is included, too). All in all, the book is over 250 pages and will be a great family resource for many years.
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.*
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