Have you ever been embarrassed, as you tried to get your kids to watch a “Christian” film on to find out the audio was a terrible, the film work was shaky and the whole mess was poorly edited. There are plenty of “B” level productions passing themselves off as educational. As if we homeschoolers have lower standards when it comes to entertainment and cinematography. When I was offered to use the DVD set of Drive Thru History® I knew I was in for a treat. These are true professional quality films. Masterfully edited with perfect audio quality. I want to know that I am shelling out my cash for a great product and the Drive Thru History DVD’s pass with flying colors.
We are members of a subscription site and Drive Thru History is a featured product there. My son watched a few episodes in the American History series and loved it. He told me so much about what he learned with details that showed he was listening. When he continued to tell me all about them through the week, I knew we needed to add them to out future watch list.
Not a member of a subscription site? No problem, because the DVD set I reviewed was a stand alone set. This is no cheap mass produced set either. The beautiful, slip-covered set is bound like a sturdy book. Inside are housed the three DVD’s that cover the 18 part series. In the center you will find a straight forward study guide for each 30 minute episode with a short summary and discussion questions for each chapter.
We all gathered in the morning to snuggle on the couch a couple days a week and watched the episodes from “The Gospel” set, and then shared a short discussion time afterward. The series cover the life of christ and visit the locations that are mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We witnessed the route taken by Mary and Joseph and the little town of Bethlehem where their babe was born. We entered the home of a first century shepherd and learned how they keep the sheep safe at night. The desserts where Jesus prayed, the sea where the fishermen first met Him, and the River Jordan are some of the physical locations we followed all of the way to the empty tomb. We touched pieces of history and archaeological witnesses to this ancient time with Dave as our guide.
“The Gospel” DVD from Drive Thru History would make a great bible time for younger children as well as older. This set would also be perfect for children’s ministry. The videos are the perfect length for a service and the questions are beige and clear but helpful to get your kids to recap for themselves. I know so many homeschool parents are involved in Sunday School and Children’s Ministry. I love when I find a tool I can use in my homeschool and that I can share with my church class room as well. Drive Thru History is definitely one of those products.
With nine hours of high quality video, we didn’t just burn through this like some short lived Netflix series. Every one of my kids was engaged from beginning to the end. From my 5 year old to my teens, they were all captivated by the engaging retelling of the gospels though the eyes of the modern world.
Seeing the places where Jesus walked is an experience many of us will never have the privilege of having. Through the Drive Thru History series my children were inspired to dream about such places. Knowing these links to ancient history are really here in this modern age had them talking about what it would be like to visit there one day.