I love cute little children’s programs that direct and encourage kids in the ways of the Lord. So, of course I accepted the offer of reviewing the DVD, THEO: Teaching Children God’s Word from Whitestone Media.
About THEO: The DVD THEO is an animated series that guides children through Biblical truths. It is created by Mike Joens, who has produced and directed segments from both “McGee and Me” and “Adventures In Odyssey.” The main character, Theo, is an English theologian. He discusses sin, the character of God, salvation and godly living in a way that is easy-to-understand and causes children to want to learn more about the Christian faith. Bringing some humor to the DVD are mice, Belfry and Luther!
From the THEO website:
Theo Presents is designed to serve as a multi-media resource tool that will help men, women and children fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, to go into all the world and make disciples and to teach those disciples Godʼs Word. The multi-media outlets include a DVD series, curriculum, books and audio CD series. Each of these facets are designed to work with one another or individually.
Theo was created to reach kids of all ages. The lessons and teachings of Theo can be used for Sunday school lessons, Christian school curriculum, missions, evangelism and homeschooling. The overall purpose of Theo Presents is to provide as many tools as possible to help present the Gospel to many kids and audiences around the world.
Our Thoughts: We received “Saving Faith” and “Good News” and were impressed with both! In fact, after opening the package, we watched both episodes twice! “Good News” explains and guides you through the steps of salvation. “Saving Faith” discusses the fact that without faith it is impossible to please God. During this episode, Theo goes to his bookshelf which is full of books and boxes. He pulls out a box labeled Abraham and begins to talk about Abraham’s faith and how he obeyed and followed where God led him. My daughter quickly noted that Jonah did the exact opposite of Abraham!
The only thing we didn’t like is that the episodes are short, ranging from 5 to 10 minutes each. We wanted more of Theo and his two, little friends!!! Perhaps this is part of the reason why we watched the episodes multiple times in one sitting. While we would have preferred longer shows, I can definitely see how the shorter episodes can be helpful for settings like Sunday School, VBS, or Children’s Church where you may not have a lot of time and need to get to the message of the story quickly!
I must admit that when I saw all the boxes on Theo’s bookshelf, I couldn’t help but wonder what other boxes he would take down and open and what other stories he will tell! Other episodes include: “Loving Obedience,” “Forgiveness,” and “The Armor of God.”
More Info: The THEO DVD (which contains three episodes & bonus material) can be purchased directly from the Theo website for $14.99 or via Amazon.
Digital downloads of the episodes are available on the Theo website for only $4.99 each. “Good News” (shown below) is available as a free download:
Theo – Good News from Theo Presents on Vimeo.
And, if that weren’t enough, there is also a curriculum available to coordinate with the episodes and free coloring pages! Plus, be sure to check out the free THEO app for your iPhone and/or iPad! You can also follow Theo on both Facebook and Twitter!
~Giveaway is Closed~
So, would you like to win a THEO DVD? I have the awesome opportunity to give away not one, but TWO copies to my readers! How cool is that!?!?! The first and mandatory entry is to leave a comment telling me which THEO episode you are most interested in seeing.
Optional (Additional) Entries: The following are additional ways that you can enter to win. However, you MUST complete the mandatory entry above. (Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!)
- Follow Mama Jenn via Google Friend Connect (see right sidebar on blog) AND/OR subscribe to Mama Jenn via RSS and/or via email and leave a comment letting me know that you do. Leave a comment for EACH follow or subscription. (max 3 entries)
- Follow @MamaJennBlogs on Twitter AND/OR @TheoPresents on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know that you do. Leave a separate comment for EACH follow. (max 2 entries)
- Tweet about the giveaway and leave a comment letting me know that you did. You can copy/paste/tweet this:
@MamaJennBlogs is hosting a giveaway for TWO @TheoPresents DVDs. Enter to win here: http://bit.ly/oNMQvl
The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, September 23rd! Giveaway is for US residents only. Winners will be randomly selected and emailed. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and a way for me to contact you in case you win!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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