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Drive Thru History

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Would you like to go on a fast-paced, exciting tour through history? Watch Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts! This refreshingly entertaining and educational series is sponsored by Focus on the Family, produced by Coldwater Media, directed by Dave Stotts (who also stars as himself), and features the voice talent of John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). Drive Thru History is skillfully tailored to present world history from a Christian worldview in a series of action-packed, adventure-filled videos.

Drive Thru History is a fun and instructive series of on-location investigations that provide many unforgettable images of the people, places, and events that have shaped our world and the Christian faith. This isn’t your typical tour of ancient ruins and dusty artifacts. The award-winning Drive Thru History program involves the viewer, bringing history to life in a way that most documentaries never seem to be able to. It has a catchy musical theme and even includes some flashy car sequences!

The cutting-edge cinematography and production quality of Drive Thru History are excellent, while the presentation is lively and fast-paced. This style maintains the viewers’ attention and is especially appealing to a young audience. Visually-oriented learners and even those who aren’t particularly interested in studying history will enjoy every minute of it. Who would have thought history could be such fun! To get an idea of what the program is like, there are several video clips which can be viewed at

While Drive Thru History seems to be geared toward pre-teens and teens, even adults and younger children will like these shows. Our whole family has watched them again and again. My 8-year-old actually asks to watch it! Since our kids range in age from 8 to 18 years, each one picks up pertinent bits of history at his own level of understanding. I personally found most of the material fresh and faith building. You will be surprised at how much you will learn along the way yourself.

Drive Thru History titles include: Rome If You Want To, Greece Is the Word, Turkish Delight, and East Meets West. (There is another one called Foundations of America’s Character that I review on a separate page.) Each DVD contains three 30-minute episodes. While any one of the DVDs can stand alone, I highly recommend getting the whole set. I think they are best watched in order. This will help you remember how the people and places relate to each other, and will give the most comprehensive overview of the history of western civilization.

The enthusiastic host, Dave Stotts, moves adeptly from topic to topic. He provides a good understanding of the Greek and Roman influence upon western civilization, as well as the influence that Christianity had on those civilizations, then proceeds to focus on Asia Minor’s role as a point of convergence between Eastern and Western civilizations. Stotts visits actual sites in Rome, Greece, and Turkey while discussing what happened at each place and why it is significant in world history and in the Christian faith.

In addition to the use of historical re-creations which bring a place or event to life, Stotts personally looks at the engineering behind Grecian and Roman architectural wonders, uncovers the mystery of the Delphi Oracle, follows in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, explores ancient subterranean dwellings in Cappadocia, shops at a famous Turkish bazaar, tours the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople, and much more.

Watching Drive Thru History is like going on an educational field trip, and it takes you to places that you may never be able to see in person. Although not a full curriculum, Drive Thru History delivers a decent general overview of the topics discussed and is a great supplement to your knowledge of world history. I especially love the way it brings the New Testament to life!

Dave Stotts’ sense of humor is a little corny and slightly annoying at times, but his hilarious antics always make our boys crack up. Despite his goofiness, Stotts packs a lot of fascinating historical facts into each DVD including plenty of links between archaeology and the Bible. He also brings up some interesting points on how ideas and morals shaped the events of the time. Drive Thru History is a lot more engaging than any textbook and is perfect for use in homeschooling, Christian schools, or Bible classes as a history of the ancient world and the early Christian church.

The only potentially objectionable content I can think of are when Dave Stotts tells about the Roman persecution of Jews and Christians which may be upsetting to young children, a somewhat gory description of gladiators in the Colosseum, one episode in which he mentions the temple prostitutes at Ephesus, and there are a few shots of unclothed statues.

SEE ALSO: Drive Thru History America: Foundations of Character

SEE ALSO: Drive Thru History: American History Series


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