Feature Friday: History Made Visual

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

This is one of my favorite weeks to date here at The Christian Home! We have been/are showcasing products this week that are really easy to incorporate into your routine with your children as they involve things you’re probably already doing: listening to music and watching TV. Now, both of these activities have the possibility of being unproductive and simply time wasters. But, thankfully, I’ve stumbled upon products that can help you enjoy these activities guilt free and to the glory of God!

We told you about some incredible Scripture-focused music on Tuesday on our post here and now we want to share with you some excellent video resources sent to us by The Christian History Institute & Vision Video! I’ve long admired their products and they were more than generous to send me a variety of great products that they have made. First, I want to tell you a little bit about their 2019 release The Pilgrim’s Progress DVD.

I have come to have low expectations for Christian movies. They are often either high quality and low theology or low quality (not engaging to the children) with a stronger theology. Thankfully, The Pilgrim’s Progress hits the mark on all of it! My 3-year-old stayed engaged the whole time and we watched this no less than 5 times within the first few days of owning it. I have never been so thankful for a movie. It encouraged so much wonderful conversation with my toddler. My favorite part is that when Christian makes it to heaven in the end, it caused my 3-year-old to say “mommy I want to go to heaven someday. And I want you to go and daddy and bubba!” Be. Still. My. Heart.

Another favorite part was how when Christian is having his burden lifted, the Getty’s are singing “Be Thou My Vision” and at the end of one of the verses Christian shouts “I’m free!” once his burden is fully lifted. My son then fell in love with this song and often still walks around our house singing it. And following that he always shouts “I’m free!” I’m not sure there’s much sweeter when parenting a toddler. I’m forever thankful for this video for those moments it’s created in my home. Even outside of this sweetness, the movie makes me weep every time. I share my son’s love for when Christian is saved as it beautifully captures in so many ways the joy of life in Christ. I’m so thankful that there’s a movie I don’t mind being asked to watch over and over! I will caution you that there are dragons and giants in it but this only served to peek my child’s curiosity and created beautiful conversations about God being bigger than the darkness and scary things in the world. I think this is a must have for every home.

Another resource that they sent me was EVERY Torchlighter video! AND a companion workbook! My nerdy little heart is so happy. We are aspiring home-school parents (I say aspiring since my kids are only 3 & 1 right now) and one of our main goals in that is to teach our kids everything from a biblical worldview. We desire to teach them math and how it points to the fact that God is a God of order, not chaos. We desire to teach them reading and literature by utilizing the Scriptures. We desire to teach them history from a biblical perspective and giving consideration to the state of the church in each major historical event as well as introducing them to key historical figures in church history and why that matters for them to know. These DVD’s help to so easily accomplish that last goal!

They have so many videos where you can learn about various missionaries, martyrs and men and women who did great things for God. They have a number of videos highlighting men and women who are worth emulating. If you have been following us for a little bit and keeping up on our social media pages, you know our most recent favorite Torchlighter video is the Martin Luther story!

We watched this video countless times in the month of October in light of the Reformation. My son was so intrigued by the storm in the beginning of the film and that peaked his interest in the rest of it. All month he begged to watch “Martin Woofer” and his parents had no problem complying to that request. This was a fun easy task that we could do together as a family and sparked yet again great conversation with our toddler! Not to mention, these videos are only 30 minutes long so they won’t lose your kiddos interest.

I tell people all the time you just never know when or how the Lord may work in our kids hearts, so I love resources that allow me to use every opportunity to plant the truth of God and His Word down in their hearts! This video was a historically accurate presentation of the life of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. In addition to watching this video, we had a Reformation Day party where my son and his friends colored Martin Luther coloring sheets from the last resource I want to mention today The Torchlighter’s Ultimate Activity Book!

This is an excellent companion to the Torchlighter’s films. Even if you cannot afford to buy all the DVD’s or the bundle DVD today, I think this workbook is a great purchase! It would be a great gift to pair with a video(s) this Christmas as it would be a purposeful gift that can bless your home and child for years to come. Each Torchlighter featured has a chapter in the workbook with a variety of exercises from coloring pages to word searches to quizzes and more! What an excellent and easy way to teach church history to your precious children.

While my kiddos can only do the coloring pages right now, I’m thankful that I will have this resource in the years to come as they grow and develop to ever be teaching them about the great men and women of the faith. It’s helpful to see how the Christian History Institute describes all of these resources: “Our award-winning animated series brings the heroes of Christian history to children ages 8-12 and their families. Each action-packed, 30-minute episode includes additional information about the hero and an accompanying lesson plan and study guide.

If you’re not familiar with the Christian History Institute I’ll also let them tell you a little bit about who they are and what they do: “Christian History is a non-profit organization that provides Christian history resources and self-study material at low or no cost. Based out of Worcester, PA, CHI was founded in 1982 by Dr. A. Kenneth Curtis to share the lively history of the faith.The even better news is that all the products mentioned today are reduced for Christmas shopping! I’m linking all the products mentioned for you below for easy shopping! Which Torchlighter are you most interested in learning about? Share with us in the comments!

The Pilgrim’s Progress DVD

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The Torchlighter’s DVD Set

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The Torchlighter’s Ultimate Activity Book

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Be sure to follow us on Instagram for even more insights and goodies @thechristianhome! May God be glorified in your hearts and homes today.

Macy Tyler
The Christian Home

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