Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
Author: John Hay and David Webb
Series: What We Believe, book 2
Major Themes: Bible Study, Christian Non-fiction, Christian Living
Synopsis: This textbook is a study of our purpose in life and how we should view ourselves and live for God.
I like to read something inspirational to the children every morning as we begin our homeschooling day. Over the last year and a half, I have read them a page or two each day from the first two books in Apologia’s What We Believe series of textbooks. We just finished Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?, the sequel to Who is God? (the books can stand alone). This book calls itself a Biblical worldview of self-image.
There are eight lessons in the book; each has 15-20 sections. Each lessons starts out with a section about The Big Idea covered in the lesson, then tells the student what they will do in the lesson. This is followed by a story (there are two continued stories in the book, the first about a couple of boys in a Russian village learning to accept who they are, and the second about a boy in the Middle Ages who becomes a page to a knight). Then there are several sections that talk about us and how we feel about ourselves. The lesson wraps up with a story about a child somewhere in the world whose parents follow a particular religion (Hinduism, Mormon, New Age, Communist). Many of the lessons wrap up with an addition to the House of Truth that was begun in Who is God?.
Lesson One talks about why we are here—why God put us where we are. We have a job to do! Lesson Two talks about what we should do with our lives—how we should use the talents and abilities God has given us. In Lesson Three, the focus is on our minds, what we think about and what we should think about. Lesson Four talks about our feelings—should we let our feelings drive us? What should we do with our feelings? Lesson Five gives tips for making wise choices, and Lesson Six gives advice for running the race of life. Lesson Seven challenges each of us to grow the Fruit of the Spirit, rather than of the flesh. The final lesson focuses on who you think you are.
There is a lot of truth in Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?. The activities that are suggested help to cement the concepts in your mind—but I think it would be good to go through this book a couple of times! This book is an excellent resource to help young people develop a Godly view of themselves and others.
Read Aloud—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 13
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15
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Keywords: Bible Study, Christian Non-fiction, Christian Living