(The legal stuff required by the FCC: I was given this CD to review by FrontGate Media. While I was given the CD for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Do you have kids who ask a ton of questions? I've always heard that the most inquisitive kids grow up to be wise adults. So, while the questions may be incredibly annoying after a long day at work, cooking dinner, washing dishes, handling laundry, helping kids with homework, and everything else that fits into your day -- find comfort in the fact that you are raising an intelligent child.
Many of these questions revolve around things we say or do, and children want to know why? The questions also come, however, when reading the Bible. Think about it -- even as adults we question what we read in our ability to fully understand. Its not easy stuff. Now, imagine being a kid! Sometimes I find myself having to explain simple things that I know as an adult, but kids just haven't encountered yet.
So, when I was asked if I'd review the new book, 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, by Kathryn Slattery, I was elated. After all, this would not only give the kids something more to read, it would give them the answers to questions better than I could.
When first skimming through the book, I learned that its actually a devotional. It is broken down by month and day. However, it also has a listing of the questions, by subject, in the index at the end of the book.
A letter from the author says that the book is to help kids increase their "faith vocabulary," help them "better understand and share the message of God's love with others," and "establish a deep and lasting personal relationship" with God. I nod my head as it seems like a good idea. We all need to work on these things every day -- so having a devotional that guides you is definitely a bonus to your life.
The kids in my life that I shared this book with are 8 and 10 years of age. They have a great thirst for knowledge on God and I thought this would be perfect. However, as we dug into the book, I began to realize that, while it is full of knowledge, it seemed to be a bit much for the young kids.
As an adult, I enjoy learning from the book. I do believe, however, that it is more appropriate for teens, rather than young kids. I say this because I found that even if I read to the boys or helped them read through it, I would still have to elaborate on a few things or try to break them down a bit more. Some of the questions are tough and many talk about subjects and concepts that young ones do not fully grasp just yet.
A few of the questions this book answers are:
- How can I know for sure that Jesus was really resurrected?
- What are the Ten Plagues of Egypt?
- Why does the word Selah appear in the margins of Psalms?
- Why do some Christians put fish-shaped symbols on their cars?
- Why is taking care of our planet important to Christians?
- Who is William Wilberforce?
- Why do people hurt other people?
Tough questions that aren't so easy to explain to kids. The author does a good job, I just feel that some of the content is still a bit too difficult to grasp for young kids. So, if you are looking for something to help your older kids start the new year off right -- and begin a deeper walk with Christ, this may be your perfect choice.
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