Hello all! It’s time for our next review! We were asked to do a review for
For The Temple. This is an audio adventure brought to you by
Heirloom Audio. It based on the original book by G.A Henty who will take you on a journey alongside John a young Jewish man who only wants a simple life with his family. He is 16 when he and his betrothed row out into the ocean. They get caught in a storm but are saved by a boat passing by.
On the boat, John meets a man named Josephus who tells him he is brave and intelligent and would like to enlist him to help fight the Romans when the time comes. After getting permission from his parents John joins the ranks of soldiers. He soon becomes a great leader and fights in many battles. He helps his people defeat the Romans in many battles. The story is not only engaging but the effects add so much more to it!
my 5th grader was enchanted with the sound of thunder during the storm, the clash of swords as the men battled, the uprising of the music as drama ensued. The actors will pull you in and make you feel as if you are right there beside them as they go on their journeys. Listening to the interactions between John and Mary’s tender moments or the scenes where John is scolding his own people for shedding blood in the Temple, you can feel your emotions matching those with the people living these lives. One particular battle scene my 5ht grader enjoyed was when the Romans were trying to infiltrate the Jewish stronghold, they were talking about how strong the wall was, he was cheering for the Jewish people not being afraid and believing in God.
We were also given a study guide to go along with the audio CD’s. It had questions to help you and your student(s) dig deeper into the material.
We did the questions orally as that is how my 5th grader learns best, he answered the questions with enthusiasm and wanted to learn more about the time period. Aside from the questions, there was more information for older readers such as the destruction of Jerusalem as pictured above and a Bible study with verses for more in-depth reading. My 5th grader hadn’t learned a lot about the Temple up to this point and loved hearing that it was used for sacrifices. He looked online to learn about why and what they sacrificed in the Temple. The story made him want to learn more about the Bible, the Jewish people, and the Romans!
Our family is giving For the Temple a huge thumbs up because it is highly entertaining and educational. Every Christian wanting to teach their child about God, his people, and the battles they fought in. This gives you an exciting, engaging, up-close look at the day to day life of God’s people. We cannot say enough about the talented cast and how they pull you right in and believe you are right there with them!
We would recommend this to everyone looking for a way to teach their children about the Bible in a way that will hold their attention and help them truly absorb the information they are learning about. Make sure to head over tho Heirloom Audio’s website and check out this and all of the other stories they have to offer!