Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Nature of God - Wildernesss Discoveries and Ocean Adventures by Peter Schriemer

Recommendation:  Highly Recommended

This set of 6 DVD's and 2 books are a fantastic and fun resource. In Wilderness Discoveries you are taken to explore the eco-systems around Lake Michigan. With high-quality footage you get to see bugs, plants and animals up close and learn how an eco-system works together, why these particular animals live there and understand how God has specially created and equipped each one to bring Him glory. In Ocean Adventures you explore the coast of Hawaii and see the beautiful things God has created and learn how to be a good steward of His creation. The books compliment the DVD's which are each about 30 minutes in length, but the DVD's provide more information and are highly educational and entertaining. Peter Schreimer (the creator, writer and host of this series) also hosts "Critter Quest" on the Smithsonian Channel.

Positives: The DVD's were very high quality, my kids felt like they were watching something on the Discovery Channel, except that they were hearing about how God created everything. I loved that in each DVD they begin by talking about an attribute of God that we see manifested in creation. Each DVD also contains a Family Viewing Guide with questions to follow-up with. The books were excellent with high  quality photographs. My kids especially loved the "Crazy Cool Facts" on each page. There are Scriptures used throughout the book and a sampler DVD is included which will only wet your appetite to get the DVD's (of course)! I appreciated how the idea of stewardship and caring for God's creation was addressed but not overdone.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Romans 1:18-20 tells us that God's character, his invisible attributes are clearly seen through creation. Ask your children what they see and learn of God from His creation. Each DVD gives an attribute of God and a short thought on how creation reveals this attribute, expand on it. Use other Scriptures as well that tell us of the glories of God in creation.

Age Level: 3 years old and up

I received a free copy of these materials from Zonderkidz Publishing in exchange for this review.

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