I am always excited when I can find something to go along with what we are studying. Right now we are learning about the Dark and Middle ages and reading a book about John Wycliffe.
So I was thrilled to learn that we were going to be able to review a DVD from New Liberty Videos called The Forbidden Book.
As you might have already guessed, The Forbidden Book is about the story behind the preservation of the Bible.
Hosted by Dr. Craig Lampe, this one-hour documentary gives a detailed history of the Bible from its origination to its preservation. It highlights important Christian men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale.
John Wycliffe, the brilliant 14th century Oxford scholar who translated the Bible from Latin to English in order to enlighten the masses oppressed through ignorance.
Martin Luther, who was one of the few who challenged church authority in the 16th century and lived to tell the tale.
William Tyndale, who printed the Bibles in the English language, and unfortunately, was not spared like his friend Luther.
Of course we were excited to learn more about John Wycliffe since we are currently reading about him.
This hour-long video is shot across Europe, so the viewer is able to see the historical sites that coincide with the story. I thought this brought a little life to the film and it was interesting to see the actual sites where things happened long ago.
My Thoughts: While we were hoping for an exciting and entertaining story of how the Bible was preserved through these courageous men, it seemed to fall a little short for us. Funny Bunny, who is 11, along with hubby and I, watched the video. I think I was the most captivated throughout. Funny Bunny's attention was held for the majority of the presentation, but it really seemed to drag out in places. The presentation was long at times and reminded me of what I would have watched in school in place of a lecture. It was somewhat academic. Even hubby was ready for a break after about half way through. :(
Thoughts of a 11-Year Old: The Forbidden Book is a movie about the Bible and the people who preserved it, such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. It was sometimes interesting for me to see things (like how much you paid for your sins to be forgiven) and other times I was kind of bored. I like a good, funny movie, and this was more historical. I think it is more for older kids, but it is mostly very informative.
Find Out More: You can find out more online at New Liberty Videos. The Forbidden Book is $19.95 and runs approximately 58 minutes. It's suitable for general audiences, but I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.
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