Old Testament Bible Series
Ages: none specified...many ages can benefit from this resource, but I would suggest 3-12
Wizzy GIZ-WHAT?!?! What can possibly come out of something called WIZZY GIZMO? Can it be legitimate? "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" As a Member of the Home and School Mosaics review team, we were generously given a product of our choice and then were able to download some of the others if we chose to do so. I chose The Wizzy Gizmo Old Testament Bible Series Book Two: In His Image to review because we were just about to start our Worldview series on a similar topic. I had NO IDEA what was coming!
Before we move on, let me share with you a little more about Wizzy Gizmo...if you are like me, you are probably just scratching your head, perhaps a bit perplexed...from their website:
We are parents, pastors, worship leaders, Sunday School teachers and Homeschoolers who are committed to equipping our children for life, by planting them firmly in God's Word; and we want to help you do the same. Why? Because we believe that, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
Learn more about Wizzy Gizmo and the team that is creating these materials. These links were informative and fun to read.
Some of these points are probably covered in the above mentioned links, but here are some of the things we LOVE about Wizzy Gizmo: In His Image
The story is wholesome. There is nothing inappropriate to censor out while reading. It is funny too...which I love...you will need to see Qwacky's nose blasting incident in Chapter 2 for this. I just love the sweet feel of this book.
The illustrations are colorful and fun, but are not overwhelming. The characters are also fun! Qwacky and Pepe, Wizzy Gizmo, the children...The many different personalities were blended together well. This would be a great book to use as Bedtime Bible Stories. Read a chapter each night and leave your children wanting to know each night what happened next and eager to come back the next evening to find out.
Vocabulary words are in bold type within the text of the book and then there is a glossary in the back. Words like Cacophony, askance and inerrant are sprinkled in the text...which also makes me think...this book does not dumb down the Word to a child's level, but teaches them and allows them to reach for greater understanding...I LOVE THAT!
As you read along, doctrinal issues like Trinity, ex nihilo, and inerrant are brought up within context and explained. These do not feel forced to meet a certain criteria, but has a "when you walk along the way" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) feel to them. This is how I would explain these things to my children as they come up. Besides being introduced in a natural manner, your children will learn theological truths like: God created everything out of nothing, the Bible is without error and God sustains all things.
There are comprehension questions after the story is done. This is a valuable resource and reinforces what the Bible says and teaches, not what the story was about.
In the book I received, you get to see many instances of what it means to be made in God's Image while stepping through Genesis chapter 2. The story leaves you wanting more...so I look forward to seeing many more Wizzy Gizmo books coming down the line. I HIGHLY recommend Wizzy Gizmo!
I got the chance to review the other items too and one product I would like to share with you is the Fast Track Bible Pack New Testament Card set. This is a set of 5 x 9 cards that are really a survey of the Bible books. Right now, only the New Testament cards are available, but the Old Testament cards are in the works. On each card, you have a Bible book summary, key chapters and verses, theme and doctrines covered. This is such a FANTASTIC tool in an easy to understand/teach manner. When I saw a sample, I had to have these. They are sturdy, colorful and very helpful. I cannot say enough about these. At $14.99 for the set, they are an affordable Bible Study Tool. You can find ways to use these cards for different ages here as well as see an example of the card for yourself.
One last thing to share that I am excited about, Wizzy Gizmo is continuing to produce tools to help us in our Christian parenting. At some point, these will be a product that you will be able to purchase, but they are works in progress. 52 Bible Verses Every Kid Should Know caught my attention when I was poking around the website. These are fun devotions that focus on a verse and then give some simple instruction so that it can be applied. There is a worksheet available to print. Let me tell you, I will be spending more time in here in days to come. I love that the verses seem to have themes: Thanksgiving, Confession, Christmas...I look forward to seeing this become finalized. Justin, from Wizzy Gizmo, says that these will be a baseball card size. Wizzy Gizmo also has a Weekly Devotional in the works that looks like it will focus on the names and attributes of God. It is not quite ready yet, but you can subscribe to their newsletter to find out when it will be ready. Justin said these will be similar in style to the Fast Track Bible Pack cards. It looks like Wizzy Gizmo is really helping families by providing great Training Resources for Kids to support us as we teach them to walk in the way they should go.
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And...for a GIVEAWAY...Receive one copy of either the Fast Track Bible Pack New Testament Cards OR the Audio Drama by leaving a comment about why you think this would be a great resource in your home. This giveaway will end on November 7, 2014!
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