The Ology

The Ology

by Marty Machowski


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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 Ologygives 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 Ologyis 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 Ologytakes 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 Ologyis 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 Ologyto 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.

  • A beginner's book of systematic theology in the form of a beautifully illustrated storybook
  • Clearly explains life-changing theological truths with everyday examples and simple language that kids can understand
  • Takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies
  • Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, with built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together.

The Ologyis a book of systematic theology written especially for six-year-olds through preteens. The author, who has six kids of his own, has intentionally created a vivid resource, full of analogies and word pictures that help kids grasp difficult theological concepts and understand how each truth is connected to the larger redemptive story of the Bible. Built-in adaptations and activities help parents with younger or older kids make the material accessible and engaging for the whole family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942572282
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Sales rank: 154,906
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 6 - 11 Years

About the Author

Author Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the gospel-centered children's ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also the Executive Editor for Children's Resources at New Growth Press.

Marty Machowski is passionate about teaching the gospel to children through family Bible study time as well as kids Sunday school, so he writes for both audiences. He explains, "As parents and children's ministry workers, we must make sure that every child in our care knows the gospel of Jesus Christ and where they stand in relationship to the gospel." His kids Bible materials, The Gospel Story for Kids products, are designed to do just that.

Marty Machowski, who studied Industrial Design in college, learned to combine the creativity of art with the discipline of mechanical engineering. He reflects on how his background specifically prepared him for his current ministry as an author. "Thinking up the hundreds of object lessons for the Gospel Story for Kids curriculum used problem solving creativity I learned as an industrial designer. It was exciting and challenging to create fun games and object lessons for kids which communicated the biblical concepts of the weekly lessons."

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Marty has been deeply influenced by C. J. Mahaney's Living the Cross Centered Life, Edmund Clowney's The Unfolding Mystery, S. G. De Graff's Promise and Deliverance, and Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. If you enjoy these ministry and thought leaders, you may enjoy Marty Machowski's Christian books.

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The Ology 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
A Resource Guide for Parents – Multilayered Teaching of Biblical Truths for All Ages
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
purplesquirrel More than 1 year ago
Theology? For children? Really? Theology is a hefty topic for anyone, but teaching it to children is not an unheard of proposition. For Centuries various denominations have taught their children Theology via Catechisms. But often lists of questions and answers and verses to back them up aren't the most memorable things on earth, especially for those who are memorization challenged. What a delight to find this new book 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). Each of 71 lessons is covered in one or two double page spreads. The text on the page is the story, accompanied by one or two Bible verses that back up the truth being learned. A beautiful illustration on the facing page is surrounded by Scripture References that take the illustration deeper and further. There are a number of layers to using the book, from simply reading the story and the verses, to discussing the illustrations, and for older children and adults, looking up the extra verses, and maybe even choosing one or two to memorize. For those who are visually oriented, these beautiful illustrations may be just the thing to help them remember the concept, and maybe even the verses that back it up. Nice! I can see using this book for years to come, whether with my own children (Aged elementary to high school), or as a part of our Sunday School lessons, and going through it more than one or two times. Thank you to LitFuse Publicity for sending me a free copy for review. I was not required to give a positive review, but I was quite happy to give my honest opinion.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Biblically Refreshing. The Ology, By: Marty Machowski 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. The book breaks down to 71 different areas that are important part of the bible and biblical truths. I love the beautiful, detailed pictures that are in each and every section. It has a glossary that is great to use. I do believe one of my favorite parts of the book is the question and answer section at the end of the book. This is a must have book for any family with children. It would also make a wonderful gift. Be sure to order your copy today. 5 stars!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski and published by New Growth Press is a unique book of bibles stories and bible concepts woven together in a fairy tale theme. Rather than a book of just bible stories, this book presents bible stories and biblical messages as part of a larger story. Two children come across a mysterious old volume- reminiscent of the back drop of the popular film, The Neverending Story. Yet unlike a fictional land with mythical creatures and dwarfes, the children find themselves inside the bible stories as the ancient and unacceptable tomb suddenly is easily understood by the young children. 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. Unlike traditional bible story books or devotional books, there are not too many traditional biblical pictures. The illustrations are more abstract or mystical in nature. Unlike the text which is well grounded in scriptural, the illustrations have a New Age taste. Other illustrations are allegorical- illustrating theological concepts through simple drawings. For example, the idea of sin is represented by a vanilla ice cream cone crawling with slimy earthworms. I found this a power and effective representation of sin that reaches out to young readers. If I had to suggest one change, it would be the cover illustrations. The busy and eclectic cover with the elaborate drawing of the crown almost seems reminiscent of the imagery of the Catholic Church and the reference to the giant squid entwined around a rocket might not be readily understood. Personally, I think if the cover was designed more simply as a replica of a vintage old bible, it would be more suitable. With so many children's bibles and and spiritual books on the market, a cover like this might make parents and educators confused. I don't feel the cover does this book justice. Aside from the cover, once the reader actually explores this book, I feel parents as well as children will find this book to be a comprehensive resource for teaching children about God's message, As a blogger for Litfuse Publicity I received a copy of this book published by New Growth Press for the purpose of writing this review.