Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Ology {A Book Review}

The 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.

Kolbie running her hand across the picture for "Breaking One Law Breaks the Whole Law"

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely!

  • It is Biblically sound. Before I even looked at the book, I gave it to my husband to view. He is an Adult Ministries Pastor and has a Bible degree with a Theology minor from Moody Bible Institute. I wanted his insight and perspective. My husband was very pleased with the people who endorse The Ology on the first page within the book. While their names didn't mean much to me, Mike said they are very well respected and wouldn't endorse anything that strayed from the truth of God's Word. Mike also looked through the book, enjoyed it, and is considering adding it to our church's bookstore.
  • It is beautiful. I have always loved 'coffee table' books. I enjoy reading them, running my hand across the words and pictures, and turning the thick pages. The Ology holds the same quality; nice hardback book, the illustrations are wonderful, the layout is terrific, and it holds a timeless element not just with its content but also within its presentation. 

Want to purchase The Ology? You can find it here:
**I received a complimentary copy per my honest review.**

About the book: 
The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
 (New Growth Press, October 2015) 

A page-turning storybook of theology for kids 

In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them.

Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner's theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older.

Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the "hidden" truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime---a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.

A companion The Ology CD from Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Music will also be available.

About the author: 

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series, which includes The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, and the Gospel Story Curriculum, as well as the Advent devotional and curriculum Prepare Him Room. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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