If you’ve been in the homeschooling community for any length of time, you’re probably already familiar with Dave Stotts and his Drive Thru History® series. You won’t need convincing that this is one of the most entertaining ways to learn about the past and that their most recent mini-series, Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels,” should be on your curriculum list to buy. But, if you’ve never heard about Drive Thru History® then read on.
First of all, let me introduce you to the host, Dave Stotts. This is Dave.
He’s not always this serious. In fact, he is oftentimes funny and sometimes even a bit goofy (car-B-Q anyone?). And he’s always got some wheels with him. That’s the “Drive” part of this series of history videos. He actually drives around the place he is telling stories about. In “The Gospels” his ride’s name is Steve McQueen, borrowed from a local guy. But don’t let his lightheartedness fool you – he knows his history!
“The Gospels” is the fourth video series from ColdWater Media. The others are “Ancient History,” “American History,” and “The Holy Land.” They are all well done and informative and make a great addition to our homeschool.
For this series we did something a little different. We watched these after dinner as a family. My husband was so impressed with them that he wants to watch all the others, too. So obviously these are not just informative, they’re extremely entertaining as well.
The Special Edition of “The Gospels” is a three DVD slip-covered case.
There are 18 episodes that follow the life of Jesus of Nazareth using the first four books of the New Testament, the Gospels.
In each episode, Dave takes us directly to the geographical area where it all went down. He shows us archaeological evidence supporting what the Bible says happened, as well as historical documentation about the events in the Gospels. Step-by-step he leads us around Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives, tracing the same paths that Jesus walked with his followers.
Somehow, I timed it perfectly so that we watched episode 16 on Good Friday. That was, of course, the most serious and emotional episode. There are actor portrayals of the crucifixion so please be mindful if you have sensitive children. We finished the last two episodes on Resurrection Sunday, a fitting end to an amazing journey.
The videos themselves are well worth watching, but this special edition adds even more. Inside the DVD case is a study guide with beautiful pictures that give a summary of each episode along with a set of discussion questions to dig a little deeper into the episode. Recommended readings from the Bible and “Side Roads” of additional information are also included.
I have loved all the Drive Thru History® series, but this one is my favorite. I’ve heard that Dave is going to continue the story with a series on Acts next. Can’t wait for that one!
So whether you are looking to add a little something special to your history lessons, or you just want a masterfully done show, Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is one you won’t want to miss!
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