As a father, I\’m always looking out for wholesome programming for my children. My kids have enjoyed VeggieTales, so I was intrigued when I heard that VeggieTales creater Phil Vischer, had developd a new series: \”What\’s in the Bible?\”. When I got my review copy, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn\’t expect to like the series this much!
The new episodes feature muppet-like puppets, animation and interaction with Phil personally. The characters are varied including, a \”Sunday School lady\”, an anchor man \”Buck Denver\”, and more. Phil and the characters teach the storyline of the Bible.
In the Beginning, focuses on what the Bible is, and the first half of Genesis. Let My People Go covers the call of Abraham through the end of Exodus. The varied segments, enjoyable characters, unique settings, and the fast-paced teaching combine to capture the attention of kids. Several puns are appreciated by older viewers as well. My kids were spellbound.
More important in my estimation is how the emphasis is on the Bible’s overall story, rather than the heroics of the Biblical characters. The DVDs don\’t hone in on how much faith Abraham had and the suffering of Joseph. Instead they tell the larger story, the meta-narrative, of the Bible. This is the \”story of redemption\”. Important themes are also addressed. Salvation, redemption, atonement, forgiveness\”“ these basic Christian doctrines are explained.
At times, difficult questions (like canonization and the Apocrypha) are explored in a somewhat simplistic manor. But the fact that the show would address such matters gives insight into its aim. These DVDs aren\’t about simple entertainment, they aim to instill an affection for the \”story of redemption\” in the hearts of our children. I recommend them highly.
My thanks go out to Tyndale House for providing me with an advance review copy of the DVDs. I was not obligated to give a favorable review.
Don’t forget to enter my free contest for a gift certificate for a free copy of both of the first 2 DVDs in the What’s in the Bible series. Contest closes Friday night, 3/19.
One more thing, you can download coloring sheets for the characters in the DVD here.