Economics for Everybody: A Timberdoodle Product Review and Giveaway

Bookworm is well ahead of his age when it comes to his obsessive interest in politics and economics.  He has been wanting to study economics for quite some time, but most of the textbooks available are for high school or even college level students.  The solution came in the DVD series, Economics for Everybody by R.C. Sproul Jr.

About Economics for Everybody

Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, and the World ($42.75) is created by Sproul, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries as well as a professor and lecturer at Ligonier Academy in both the Bible college and D.Min. programs.  He is also the founder of Highland Ministries.

This product is part of Timberdoodle’s 12th grade curriculum and counts as 1/2 high school Economics credit.

The product includes 2 DVDs containing 12 lessons as well as an approximately 240 page workbook.

The DVD lessons are each 15 to 27 minutes long, and they’re engaging to watch.  Sproul appears framed by a grey screen, and throughout the presentations, historical clips are shown which add to the interest in the presentation.  However, some of the historical clips such as victims of the Holocaust may disturb sensitive viewers.  To Sproul’s credit, the lessons that contain graphics that may disturb some are clearly marked both on the DVD and the workbook.

The workbook has directions for using the course as a course for middle school or high schoolers, or as a church class, or for families and individuals.  For middle school and high school students, a textbook is recommended.  There are several economic textbooks listed as a resource, so you can choose the one you like best or that you can find most easily.  This flexibility is appreciated.

For each lesson, the workbook gives an extensive lesson outline as well as several multiple choice, short answer, and discussion questions.  There are also sources available for further study.

This course is unabashedly Christian; Sproul references Biblical passages throughout his presentations and in the workbook, and the theory of economics that he presents is from a Christian worldview.

How We Used the Course

At his age, Bookworm is a bit young for the full-blown course, so we didn’t search for a textbook for him to use.  Instead, we watched the DVDs and discussed them.  Bookworm was interested in the information, and enjoyed watching the DVDs.

I thought this course gave him a good, general theory of how economics work.  The course to me seemed more like a general overview of the principles of economics rather than a course that got into the nitty gritty of economics such as you may find in a personal economics course.

The Giveaway

Timberdoodle has generously offered to give one lucky family their own copy of Economics for Everybody.  To enter, simple leave a comment stating why you’d like to win this.

For one additional entry, follow Mom’s Plans on Pinterest and then leave a comment here that you did so..

This giveaway, which is open to U.S. residents age 18+, ends on November 12th at 11:59 p.m. PST.   The winner will be chosen via


  1. I haven’t had my girls go through an actual Economics course yet. I have actually been looking at this one to use with them. I would love to win.

  2. I follow you on Pinterest.

  3. A friend has borrowed my copy, and I’d love to be able to tell her to just keep it. She’s done a lot for my family.

    My 17 year old is really wanting to actually use this course all the way through, but neither of us wants to ask her to give it back.

  4. love to win this love to see there thinking and practices.

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  6. We would love to win a copy of this course to use with our youngest, who is in High School.

  7. I would love to win this course. My son is in 12 grade. He is currently doing government for 1/2 credit. I am planning on having him do economics for the second 1/2 of the year. This course looks great and it looks like something he would enjoy.

  8. I was never taught anything about this type of thing in school. I would love to use this to make sure my kids aren’t left in the dark.

  9. I am home educating our three children and believe that an economics program is an essential part of their education. I especially appreciate that this teaches from a biblical perspective and would be honored to use it in our homeschool.

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  11. rosepetalsinthesea says:

    I’m following via Pinterest. Thanks for the giveaway! – HilLesha

  12. I would love to win this because as a homeschooler, an economics curriculum that is Biblically based would be great to have. I also think it looks interesting to watch myself! 🙂

  13. I followed you on Pinterest

  14. I never took Economics & would love to learn along with my kids, so I think this would be a great benefit to our homeschool.

  15. Kristen Varner says:

    I am working on my finances and faith. I enjoy reading self improvement books. I feel like this book would help me succeed at goals I have made.

  16. Kristen Varner says:

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  18. Followed on Pinterest!

  19. I have one getting ready to enter high school, and one of the things he’s very interested in is finance. But he hates math. I’d love to use this course to help him tie them both together!

  20. I’d like to win this for my 16-year old granddaughter who is homeschooled. This would be wonderful for her.

  21. I follow you on Pinterest.

  22. This will be a good resource for my daughter when she starts high school

  23. This would be great for me to use for my older son.

  24. violet taylor says:

    my kids are showing a great interest in economics and making money and i would love to be able to teach them!

  25. violet taylor says:

    i follow moms plans!

  26. This would be great for me to use for my niece.

  27. Janet Boyanton says:

    It would be useful for my niece who is homeschooling.

  28. It sounds like an interesting read.

  29. I followed your PInterest page (genamayo).

  30. I have an upcoming high schooler and this is definitely on our “must do” list!!

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