One of my favorite products that I look forward to reviewing whenever it is available is anything from Drive Thru History®. This time, we had the pleasure of reviewing Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation”.
About Drive Thru History®
Drive Thru History® is hosted by Dave Stotts, a man who has traveled to more than 30 countries over the span of his career. He is married and has four children and has created five series under the Drive Thru History® name:
Acts to Revelation,
The Holy Land,
American History, and
We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing “The Gospels,” and last year we also got to review Drive Thru History Adventures, a website that has three of the series, Bible History, American History, and Ancient History.
About “Acts to Revelation”
This series contains 18 half hour episodes on three discs:
Episode 1: The Gospel Shared at Pentecost
Episode 2: The Church Grows in Jerusalem
Episode 3: The Gospel Spreads to the Gentiles
Episode 4: Saul of Tarsus & the Road to Damascus
Episode 5: Paul’s First Missionary Journey–The Island of Cyprus
Episode 6: The Journey Continues–Pamphylia, Galatia & Asia Minor
Episode 7: The Jerusalem Council & Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
Episode 8: The Second Journey Continues–Philippi & Thessalonica
Episode 9: A Road Trip to Athens
Episode 10: Ancient Corinth
Episode 11: Paul’s Third Missionary Journey–Ephesus
Episode 12: Paul’s Final Trip to Jerusalem & Caesarea
Episode 13: Adventures at Sea: The Island of Malta
Episode 14: A Final Journey to Rome
Episode 15: The Martyrdom of Paul & Peter
Episode 16: John and the Island of Patmos
Episode 17: The Seven Churches of Revelation
Episode 18: The Book Closes on the New Testament Period
During this series, Stotts travels to Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Rome and Patmos. At one point in time at the end of the first disc, Stotts honestly expresses that he can’t travel to where he had planned because there was reports of ISIS activity up ahead. He made a small joke and said, “So, I’ll be heading back that way again,” referring to the area opposite of ISIS activity. As always, I appreciate his humor and his honesty about some of the activity in these areas.
These CDs come in a case that also includes a thick booklet which includes study guide questions for each episode, a summary for each episode, and gorgeous pictures as well as “side road”.
Each episode has five study guide questions such as “What was the Tullianum in Rome?” and “Do we know who wrote the Book of Hebrews” for Episode 15. The “side road” gives additional factual information on the subject matter. One of the most interesting was for Episode 17 and details the Pergamum Altar (“Throne of Satin”) that was deconstructed by German archaeologists and reconstructed in Berlin because “Hitler saw great supernatural powers in pagan artifacts.”
I’m planning to hold onto this set and use it again for the girls when they’re in high school. I can foresee this series working well as a church history supplement as well as an early history supplement. It would also make an excellent Bible study for teens or a church group.
How We Used “Acts to Revelation”
I had been planning on watching this little by little with the girls, ages 8.5 and 10, but I got sick one weekend, and while I was lying in bed with a fever, I decided to watch some episodes. Cuddle Bug (8.5 y.o.) snuggled into bed with me, and we watched half the series that way. After that, we watched an episode every other day.
This series is excellent for history buff, those who want to know more about religion, and those who want to travel. Cuddle Bug and I enjoy all three of the above, so we happily wiled away the hours as Stotts traveled throughout the Holy Land.
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