Drive Thru History®‘s Dave Stotts is our engaging and entertaining tour guide as we tour with Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation”. This series makes the perfect Homeschool Bible Curriculum. I have to say our family really enjoys watching and learning from the videos with Dave Stotts. He does an excellent job of providing information, insights, along with captivating scenery and pictures. Of course, my family also enjoys seeing the vehicles Dave drives in the episodes. We elected to watch the videos as a family – so myself, my husband, our 22-year-old son (when his work scheduled allowed him to participate), our 20-year-old son, our 18-year-old son and our 16-year-old daughter watched together.
From the Drive Thru History® website on their “About” page comes the following quote, Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts® is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of America, allowing the viewer to experience the people, places, and events that shaped our world and the Christian faith. To date, ColdWater Media has successfully produced and distributed 54 episodes.” Truly they do a remarkable job of bringing history to life.
The series contains 18 episodes which each run for about 30 minutes. The episodes provide a tremendous amount of history, Scriptural and Biblical references along with information about the lives of the very first Christians. The series essentially uses the book of Acts as a roadmap. As we started watching the first episode, we loved the way Dave Stotts took the time to set the stage of Jesus’ final days and how that impacted the disciples. We are a military family, which means we have moved around some and therefore attended quite a few churches. One of the churches we attended was a Pentecostal Church, so hearing about the day of Pentecost captured our interest.
Because our 16-year-old daughter loves to draw, the photographs and pictures used in the series mesmerized her. I appreciated how Dave Stotts took the time to explain that some of the artwork used in the series may not completely represent the actual event but assured the viewers they try to keep it as realistic as possible. It is apparent this Homeschool Video Curriculum really takes time to include majestic and incredible scenery, artwork and illustrations.
Another part of the series family loved was the inclusion of live actors and actresses portraying various scenes from the Bible as seen in the picture above. My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has spent a lot of time in the books of John and Paul. So our children grew up hearing their father speak on those subjects. So in the episode where we get to see an actor portraying Paul and speaking his words written in the Bible, they found it fascinating. Our family also loved the inclusion of maps, actual Biblical locations and Scriptural passages that are used to convey the messages in the series.
Our family also appreciated the discussion about the book of Revelation and the message included for the 7 churches including Laodicea. The description of them being “luke-warm” people rather than being either hot or cold caught the attention of everyone in the family. We also were amazed at the differences between the various sites and how much restoration had been done in some while others had not even been explored yet. Some of our children noted that the unexplored areas leave more to the imagination.
My husband appreciated the discussion where Dave Stotts showed how actual history and locations provide support for the accuracy of the Bible. He also appreciated how Dave Stotts made it clear that the book of Jude was meant to help equip Christians for living in the end days, and has as much relevance for believers today as it did at the time it was written. Another statement that caught the attention of my family was that Christian persecution during the early days of the church did not slow down the growth of the church. Also, the list of disciples and other early Christians who died for their faith led to an interesting discussion of whether Christians today would be so willing to die for their beliefs.
Along with the three DVDs which come with the set, there is also a study guide. The study guide is actually bound into the case the DVDs come with, which is great for having it all together, but makes using a bit tricky since it did not want to stay open for me. The study guide includes general information about the series, a list of the episodes, summaries of each episode, discussion questions, Biblical passages to read, side roads that include additional information, along with amazing photographs and illustrations. Possible ways to use the study guide would be to simply allow them to guide an oral conversation between those who have watched the episode or your family could choose to require the answers to the questions be written out.
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