The Ology

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The Ology

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New (New Growth Press, October 2015)

A page-turning storybook of theology for kids

In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them.

Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner’s theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older.

Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the “hidden” truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime—a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.

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A companion The Ology CD from Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Music is also available.

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Reviews

  • Raventhreads says:

    I really like this book. I love the questions, the multiple scripture references and the thoroughness of the explanations. I also love the beautiful illustrations, which is the part that makes the book so kid-friendly and welcoming. This is something that would make a great basis for a semester long class on Christian theology, and I could totally see working through that with my children over the course of 3 or 4 months. It’s something that I’ve put on my upcoming to-do list. In the meantime, I’ve put the book on my children’s bookshelf, so that the children can flip through the book and be inspired and perhaps my older children can have some of their questions about their faith answered with just some glances through the book.

  • What a wonderful opportunity this book brings to parents to help them instill a knowledge of theology in their children. Beginning with basic truths. This is a rather comprehensive book given the target audience. The following truths are examined conceptually in terms that the young can understand and which will be a springboard for deeper discussion and study.
    –God
    –People
    –Sin
    –Promise of the Lamb (redeemer)
    –Christ – comes to Earth leaving His throne in Heaven, Completely Human, Completely God, Death and Resurrection
    –Holy Spirit
    –The Church
    –End Times
    –God’s Word

    The Ology goes beyond ……

  • Rather than a book of just bible stories, this book presents bible stories and biblical messages as part of a larger story. This book makes spiritual concepts and bible stories accessible to children in a fairy tale, fantasy format. The mysterious aura of this book will be alluring to young children.

  • If you’re going to be a parent who sits and reads to your children anyway, why not sit and read a bit of theology to give them something to build upon. Through this book, anyone can learn the basics of a Christian theology. The illustrations in this book are lovely, but beyond that Marty also uses word-pictures that help to truly make the story visual for kids to get an understanding of theology. Who said, “you’re too young for theology”? That’s not the case anymore. As a parent, you might have had to scrap together a curriculum before but building on The Ology the hard work and children aligned speech is already set up for you!

  • This is a well made sturdy book intended to last through many years and readings. It is a skillful introduction to the deep and exceptionally important subject of theology.

  • The Ology starts out as a fictional story of two children finding an ancient book. We get to read that ancient book, which is many “meaty” devotionals. At the end, it shows that the children realize that this book should be read WITH the Bible, and so they go home to read it again alongside their Bibles. I think that’s awesome! Each chapter has several Bible verses to go along with the lesson. I’ve tried really hard to make sure we read from our Bibles throughout our devotionals, just to stress the importance of it, so I like that several Bible verses are listed to help us out.

  • This must be one of the most creative, interesting, and attention grabbing children’s books we’ve ever read. Who would have thought that teaching theology to a child could look like this!?

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read about The Ology by Marty Machowski simply because I’ve never really thought about teaching my young children theology. When I opened the box, I was so pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful hardcover book with thick, glossy pages and pretty illustrations. We recommend this book to children ages 3+.

  • I love the look and feel of this book – it just begs you to pick it up and leaf through it. It also calls to mind a picture of a family gathered together with The Ology and their Bibles, building a foundation for what they believe and why. The illustrations by Andy McGuire are gorgeous and they are detailed enough to appeal to a child’s curiosity without becoming too cluttered or distracting. Each theology lesson is well organized and presented in terms simple enough for beginning believers and children to understand. And the teacher in me was thrilled to see the section at the back for further research and discussion.

  • What an incredible story book! I love that it takes the truths of the Scriptures and writes them in a easy to read and understand manner for children. I wish there was a book like this around when I was a kid! Each thought is backed up with Bible verses and colorful illustrations. A lot of the principles include examples to help young people wrap their minds around an idea. The author did a fabulous job with this one!

  • Systematic Theology for kids. Seriously, how much better does it get than this?

    We are working through one section per day, which is suggested in the introductory materials. for ages 10-12, they suggest reading through the book to get a big picture overview of the theology covered here. Then, the suggestion is to go back through the book, one section at a time, looking up the Scripture references, which are incorporated into the beautiful illustrations by Andy McGuire. They can journal their way through this, listing the Scriptures, commenting on how that ties together, and also answering discussion questions.

  • If you could take the Bible and mix in some incredible illustrations, all filled with Biblical truths, then you would have a phenomenal book. Oh wait! Someone has done that! And yes, it is absolutely stunning in every way.

    The Ology: Ancients Truths, Ever New is a book that you will without doubt want to add to your bookshelf. The kids and I loved it.

    In The Ology you come across a young boy and girl that find an ancient book, possibly the last known copy in the world. They are overwhelmed with curiosity and they gingerly open this large book. And they are treated to stories and images that press upon them are al Biblical truths and about the love of a man named Jesus.

  • The author does a beautiful job of describing theology to children in ways that they can understand. As parents, our children sometimes ask difficult theology questions. I think that this book will help answer most questions a child might ask about God. I would highly recommend this book. I rate it as 5 stars.

  • By The Book says:

    Who is God? Where did He come from? Why did Jesus need to die? These are all questions that my kids asked in their growing up years. And while the Bible is the ultimate authority for answering these and other questions, The Ology by Marty Machowski is a great resource for parents and kids to discover the truth about God. With its beautiful illustrations, the short and on point explanations and the accompanying Scripture, The Ology is definitely a book to add to your family’s library.

  • Moments says:

    The illustrations in this book are amazing! They are gorgeous, soothing and full of detail; I could spend hours just paging through studying them. The layout is very well-done as well; the pages do not have a cluttered feeling or look to them and yet have so many details included. There is a main verse included in a cute text box and then where other related verses are found are included strategically among the illustrations; I love this look!

  • ‘The Ology’ is not what I expected it to be. I thought it would more like a storybook where we follow two children through the Bible/some scenarios to tackle tough Bible topics. Instead, it does takes some hard parts of the Bible and tries to explain them in a new way, with examples, and illustrations.

    I can see how it would be a great teaching supplement. A lot of the ‘chapters’ are pretty short, one or two paragraphs, but each includes a whimsical drawing with verses for further reading. The back of the book also contains a brief glossary and questions and answers for deeper discussion.

    The Bible has some really difficult concepts, some that I still struggle to fully realize at my age, and ‘The Ology’ will be a great launching place for a lot of those topics. If you have a six year old, especially a child in the 6-10 age range, I think it would be worth your while to pick this one up and see if it is for you and your family.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New is a beautifully illustrated introduction to theology for children. There is a terrific parent guide within the book that provides suggestions on how to most effectively use Ology with your children. This is truly one of the best Christian books I have ever seen for children.

    While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

  • So it is a great book for the whole family to use use and learn from. It opens the Bible up to you in a whole new way.

  • The Ology is a beautifully written and illustrated book that dives into the deep issues of theology— that is, the study of God. Sometimes the topic of theology can be intimidating for even adults, and even more so when we think about approaching the topic with our children. The Ology is written in such a way that it brings the timeless truths of who God is and tells those within a story that will intrigue children of all ages.

    The story begins when Carla and Timothy are exploring their centuries-old church and they discover a hidden door. Behind the secret passage is a paper-wrapped book with a note explaining that the book is a rare, nearly forgotten telling of who God is. The rest of the book contains 71 unchangeable truths about God and other doctrines surrounding the Bible.

  • I love this book! I’m enjoying reading it with my children and we will continue to work through it. The lessons are short enough to make it through before little ones lose interest and become a distraction. I do think The Ology is our answer for creating a solid foundation for our children’s faith, along with the lessons they’re receiving at church. As parents, we need to be teaching Scripture at home. We know that, we just have struggled to find something manageable for our family. Now we have a plan again!

  • This actually could not have come out at a more perfect time for us. Callan is getting to the point in his life where the little boy why, why, why’s now need a better explanation. And a lot of his questions surround God and religion. So this is a great start for him, and us, to grow and learn and discover.

  • Divided into ten chapters and seventy-one sections, the flexibility of the book lends to easy use and can be shared in order or by topic. Machowski uses easy to understand examples of common things children would understand to introduce concepts. He also includes a parent’s guide, glossary, numerous scriptures, and a questions. The Ology is a good source for parents, teachers and anyone wishing to share the Bible with young people. This even a good resource for adults…The illustrations are beautiful and add pleasing aesthetics.

  • I liken this as a Bible Study disguised as a storybook. It is a lovely book that would be appropriate for bedtime reading, daytime read aloud, and as a Bible study. It uses “real world” analogies to make points, and is written in an easy to read, easy to understand manner. The cover is a durable hardback, that is beautifully designed. It feels soft and smooth to the touch, yet is very durable and will hold up over time. The illustrations by Andy McGuire are amazing! I found myself just flipping through the pages, looking at the pictures!

  • This book would be wonderful to use as a devotional with your children or in your homeschooling. It’s a great book to read to your smaller children and discuss what you’ve read. I really love that everything is about God’s Word and it’s so important to share this with our children.

    I love this book! I think it’s well written and the illustrations are so amazing and really add to this book. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • When we received The Ology, my boys were excited and we found it to be a gift that is going to be a treasure in our family. It is beautifully illustrated and starts with a story about children around their ages of ten and eight who are exploring an old church and find a hidden door, what fun, open the door and down the staircase they go. There they find a package marked “open and read”.

  • This book is beautiful! This book is designed for children six through preteens and I cannot wait to read it with my littlest one when she gets a bit older. The beginning is written in story form with the intent to rope a child into the book. The rest of the book is written mostly in Bible study form, but at a level that is enjoyable for children in that age range. It is such a treasure to have in our house now and can definitely be used a resource to refer back to when needed or desired, not only as a great story book!

  • The Ology is a storybook designed to share Biblical Theology with children in a clear way. The book is in no way ‘babyish”, but it is written perfectly for 1st-6th graders. Jr. High, Senior High, and even adult-aged readers can gain quite a bit of knowledge and insight from TheOlogy. Younger grade schoolers will benefit from an adult reading to them, while an older grade school student will enjoy learning and reading on his or her own. My younger children (ages 1 & 3) are enjoying it too, but I’m teaching them more based on the pictures provided with each truth. “Think Theology, Talk Theology” is a section located at the end of the book and lists discussion questions for each segment (an answer key is included, too). All in all, the book is over 250 pages and will get years of use.

  • THE OLOGY is a very good book. I like the way it’s written. It’s simple, but in a complex way. The story about the two children discovering the ancient book in the old stone cathedral is very interesting. I especially like the part of the story where as soon as they pick the book up it turns into a book that even a child can read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn theology at a young age. Very interesting book and story. Beautiful illustrations and many issues are discussed in a way anyone can understand.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    Story and devotional time is so precious to me. It is a great chance to cuddle up with the kiddos and share God’s love with them. I am constantly on the hunt for new Bible story books and devotionals. We have been loving The Ology by Marty Machowski.It has such a charming premise.It is a Theology book for everyone! It will help them learn about God’s truths. So my kids felt like they were learning along with them!! Each chapter goes over a truth from God. There is scripture to support each truth, some verses given, and some you need to look up. I always find this a great way to get to know your bible, by practicing looking up verses! The language is simple yet doesn’t talk down to you. The kids have learned so much from this book, but to be honest so have I!

  • What a refreshing take on biblical truth, and facts. Makes it a whole lot easier for children to learn what they knew to know. This book breaks down the different aspects of the bible making it so much easier to learn.

  • Excellent book for home and church.
    “The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New” is a 224 page, illustrated systematic theology primer geared for “children”, but as I was going through the book, I felt that this was more than just a children “primer”, but a book that even adults, yes, adults can benefit from as well.

    Filled with beautiful illustrations and relevant Scripture, “The Ology” helps de-mystify the world of systematic theology and although this is not a book that would be of help for someone going through seminary, it can definitely help children, the new Christian, the maturing Christian and even the “mature” Christian in understanding basic Biblical principles outside just the bible stories.

  • What a delight to find this new book, The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski, teaching essentially the same basic Christian Doctrines as might be found in most Protestant Churches, but in a new and refreshing way, with stories children can relate to and absolutely gorgeous illustrations (that might also serve as a nudge to their memories).

  • I love the short chapters, and the illustrations are spectacular. Not only does each page of text contains Scripture, each illustration also has other Scripture references to expand and make the book useful to read over and over with children as they grow older. As a former elementary schoolteacher, I look for these possibilities when looking for teaching material. While the book was written for children, its usefulness expands well into the teen years and adulthood. I’m very impressed with what Marty Machowski and New Growth Press has done with this book.

  • The Ology is a gorgeously illustrated book written for children but truly it’s a delightful treasure for anyone! It begins with 2 children exploring an old church and they stumble upon an ancient copy of this book- The Ology. While reading the pages they learn truths about God, heaven, salvation, resurrection, end times and so much more.

    I enjoyed the way the author explains the Bible in an easy to understand manner. Bible verses support his words and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. There are 71 lessons, each with verses to read and questions to ponder. My girls, ages 12 and 17, and I used this book as a gentle Bible study/discussion time. It would make a lovely family gift!

  • This book was definitely not what I expected. A large book with lots and lots of topics. This book would be a homeschool mother’s dream book. Lessons for every day. The interesting aspect of this book is that it is Biblical, doctrinal truths explained for a child to understand. The artwork is tastefully done, inviting a child to explore the book more. Definitely a great resource for any children’s bookshelf. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  • The Ology is a beautifully illustrated book with biblical truths on each page. I loved the illustrations and how the story points straight to God’s truth. Kids will love this book. It would be a perfect family devotion book, the chapters are short and the verses are right there on the pages. This would be a perfect Christmas gift for a family with young children.

    Highly recommended!

  • The Ology – Ancient Truths Ever New is a theologically sound primer that introduces children between the ages of 6 and 12 to core Christian doctrines and abstract theological concepts. The Ology uses creative examples, illustrations and analogies to make these concepts easy to understand.

    The book is written so that it’s adaptable to the wide range of needs of the children within that age group – for example, you can read the stories aloud to younger children, and older children can research the corresponding Scripture passages within each section.

    The entire framework of The Ology is built around an engaging story that sets the framework for the lessons that follow.

    The Ology is a unique treasure of a book that parents and children alike will treasure for years to come!

  • My children love hearing the stories of those beloved Bible characters like Adam and Eve and Noah. These are great stories and ones that I love teaching my children…but what about the big picture? They know that God created the world, but really who is God? They know that Jesus died and rose again, but do they understand why that’s significant? What about concepts like sin and the holy trinity? What have they learned about church and why the Bible is important? While I love for my children to know those beloved stories, I do want to introduce them to the big picture too. But how can I do that at a young age? Where do I begin to teach them?

    If you’ve been asking yourself these same questions, the new book ‘The Ology’ is a great place to start.

  • This book was more than I was expecting, it was way more detailed and in-depth than I thought it would be, really digging in and explaining a lot more,which is certainly a good thing! It is beautifully illustrated and would make a great devotion book or would be good for homeschoolers to use for religion class. The nice thing is that it can appeal and work for quite a vast age range which is very much appreciated. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • This is a great book. A must have.

  • WORD Up! says:

    “The Ology” by Marty Machowski is one of the most beautiful storybooks I’ve ever seen. It is a durable hardcover with substantial pages. The illustrations are a beautifully muted watery color. The font is elegant and makes you feel like you are reading an ancient and precious book. This book is truly a treasure. It will give me a basic knowledge of systematic theology that I can share with my future grandchildren. And it will teach those future generations those basic principles at an early age so their theological knowledge will be rock solid by the time they get to be my age. I wish someone had ready this book to me when I was little.

  • When I saw this book was about to be released, I knew this was one I wanted for my own children. I had read some great reviews on it from some authors that I trust and they had so many good things to say. In fact, the reviews in the front of the book are from some well-known theologians, pastors, and authors.

    Many people hesitate to teach their children theology, thinking that it is too deep for them to understand. I have long held the idea that it’s not too deep because even as adults we are still learning theology and will never fully grasp all of it in our finite minds.

  • There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of books available that explain about the Bible. But very few are as well done as “The Olog’y” by Marty Machowski.

    Taking all the “important” parts of the Bible and explaining them in terms young children and adults alike will understand, Machowski has done a magnificent job in compiling a beautiful book that would make a wonderful heirloom piece for the family for generations to come!

    The illustrations by artist Andy McGuire are absolutely amazing. Intricately detailed pencil drawings in brilliant colors help to explain the story that accompanies each picture, plus additional Bible verses are scattered around that will just help magnify the lessons being taught.

  • “The Ology” is a wonderful way to introduce God to children. This book is a Children’s book, so it’s geared for early elementary (6-9), but it’s also good for upper elementary(10-12). I absolutely love the way this book uses everyday life analogies to help children understand the bigger picture.

  • Mozi Esmé says:

    The book is neatly organized into 71 chapters that logically walk kids through the major tenets of the Christian faith. The table of contents allows you to easily jump to a topic if needed.

    The Relatable Writing. The chapters include object lessons or anecdotes that make it easier for a child to relate to the topic. For instance, in describing the animal sacrifices, it says, “They were a little like cleaning your room by shoving everything under the bed. The bed covers the mess but the mess is still there,” and describes the need for Jesus’ ultimate cleansing sacrifice.

    I suggest the book be read by parent and child together. I see this as an opportunity to explore and discuss slight doctrinal differences more deeply with my child. Great resource for Christian parents!

  • We read one truth every day. I would read the title (“Sin Spreads like a Disease”) and the corresponding paragraphs. Then my daughter would find the listed scriptures in her Bible and read them out loud (usually 5-8 scriptures). Then we would discuss how the scriptures went with the topic and talk about any questions my kids had. I guarantee you we will be using this book for years to come. It is a great treasure to use with your children. I highly, highly recommend this book.

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