Oh Veggie Tales. Nothing could warm the hearts of children and adults like a tiny asparagus playing the role of David the shepherd or a giant cucumber starring as King Nebuchadnezzar. Nothing could fill a half hour better than a row of singing peas. Though not entirely accurate, this series was absurdly funny, and let’s face it, Phil Vischer is a genius with his writing.
When I heard that Phil Vischer had embarked an another grand project called “What in the Bible?”, I knew it had to be something good. So, of course, I’m thrilled to be part of the Race to the Finish blog tour. This tour covers every book of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. I had the privilege of taking a look at Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Before I get into the details of “Wanderin’ in the Desert” (Volume 3), take a look at this fun promo video:
If you’ve ever read through the books of Leviticus and Numbers, you know they can be… a little dry. There’s not much you can do to spice up an entire book of rules, but Vischer did a great job keeping the audience engaged with the help of some really fun characters like Buck Denver, Sunday School Lady and Preacher Man. They took on the tough task of explaining the difference between ritual rules and ethical rules, mapping out the meaning of holiness, and showing how these books fit into the big picture of the Bible. The songs were lively and fun (I especially loved the Pentateuch one on the boat — you can see it on the promo video) The information in these videos seems easy enough for kids to understand, but also informative for parents as well. For example, I love the parallel of the Israelites wandering in the desert to a really LONG time-out! The Bentley Brothers were fabulous, performing creative and fun songs to coordinate with each weeks lesson. I can see kids really liking these guys!
In the church edition DVD pack, you get the DVD to watch as a group (with 4 weeks worth of sessions), a DVD-ROM with audio and video files (including bonus out-takes), as well as Print Materials for each week. Some of the print materials include worksheets or templates for small group activities, prop lists, and take home papers. You could easily use the DVD without the print material, but it’s nice to have if you want to add a few extras each week.
Overall, I’m impressed with the content and Phil’s courage to take on the tough issues in the Bible. I’ve heard a lot of good about this DVD series, and I’m in complete agreement. Be sure to check out the others stops along this blog tour and enter the grand prize giveaway (a complete set of the Old Testament curriculum!!), click on over to the What’s in the Bible page here! Want to pick up your own copy, click here to head to the “What’s in the Bible” store (don’t forget to use the coupon in the post sidebar).
*Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this curriculum in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.