We had heard of Drive Thru History® before but had never had the opportunity to watch an of their video series. All I thought it was is a man taking a drive to different places talking about important things in our history. Well there’s more to it than that and I’m happy the opportunity came for us to do this review. We finally got the chance to see what so many others liked about these video series. The first thing I (we) learned is that the name of that man driving around is Dave Stotts. He is the host of Drive Thru History®. He has traveled many places in the world to uncover the history behind the people, places, and events that has shaped our world and the Christian faith. His newest project Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is what I want to share with you in this post.
Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” is the story of Jesus that is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It comes packaged with an outer sleeve/jacket. Once you take off that sleeve you will find what my son says looks like the front cover of the hymnals you find in the back of the church pews. It has a hard cover and feels nice and sturdy. From there you will open it up to find three DVD’s. Two are in the front and the third one is in the back. There is an 118 page study guide included as well. On the back cover where the third DVD is located is a sample map of Israel.
The three DVD’s all have six episodes. Each episode is 30 minutes long. All together they total 18 episodes and 9 hours of video content. Some of the things covered in the episodes are the history, birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The episodes are very fun and humorous. We did not find anything boring about them. Although there are moments Dave Stotts was silly, he was serious enough for real learning to happen, and he explains the content very well. The age range for the video series is 5th grade through adult. As you can see this is something that can be enjoyed as a family.
Each week part of our daily curriculum we do is some Bible study. My son had already been learning about the Gospels when we received Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”. This was a perfect addition to what we were covering. Each week we watched up to 5 episodes. Dave kept us so engaged that it seemed the time would fly right by. We found ourselves wanting to watch more and more. Next we opened the study guide and would do a recap with the summary. Then I would pick a few question from the discussion questions for us to go over. There are also some scriptures to read at the bottom of the page. We would reflect on what we already knew through our own studies and anything new we had learned from the episode.
Throughout the study guide is some beautiful high quality photos and artwork. They are displayed on glossy paper. We have always talked about how nice it would be to visit the Holy Land someday. Since we haven’t been able to go, it was great looking at all the detailed footage and tourist attractions throughout the videos. With all of the high quality graphics we saw, I can see why this set costs $89.95. It does not look low budget or something they just threw together.
I could tell my son was fully engaged and learning a lot. He even mentioned how cool it was that we were watching the last few episodes (which covered the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ) the week of Palm Sunday, and Good Friday that led up to Easter Sunday. That brought it all home for us. Watching the last episode was bittersweet. We just didn’t want it to end. It is truly a blessing to be free to learn history through a Christian worldview. Not only would “The Gospels” be great for using as part of a homeschool curriculum, but it would be great for Sunday school or a small group study as well.
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