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Theres no mistake...God is seeking you.
Friends, teachers, and the world in general will tell you that Christianity and faith is a lie. Atheism and Eastern religions are more fashionable. The culture tells you to look and act certain ways or people will think youre a loser or weird. If you say you believe in God, you can expect people to be in your face, doing their best to tear down God, the Bible, and your belief in Christ.
By now, you may even have a few doubts everything seems so crazy and pointless, how can you believe God really does care about what is going on with you? Or if God is in charge of this chaos called life?
You arent the only one with questions! Find great answers to 15 popular faith questions and discover why the world is such a mess, why you can believe in Christ, and why God wants a relationship with you!
For ages 13 to 17
Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis - U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators.
Bodie attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS (in 1996 and 1998 respectively) in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders.
He conducted research for his masters degree through a grant from Lockheed Martin and developed a New Method of Production of Submicron Titanium Diboride. The new process was able to make titanium diboride cheaper, faster and with higher quality. This technology is essential for some nanotechnologies.
During his years at SIUC (a secular college), he continued his personal study of biblical apologetics, and even began teaching this topic to a junior high church class. While at SIUC, he was the president of one of the few Christian RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) called Christians Unlimited, and was also an officer in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After earning his masters degree, he accepted a position of Visiting Instructor at SIUC and started in the fall semester of 1998. He was only 24 years old when he began teaching undergraduate engineering courses at the university.
After working for SIUC for a couple of years, Bodie accepted a position as a test engineer through Aerotek Engineering to work for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois at the Peoria Proving Ground.
While working at Caterpillar, he taught apologetics to junior high and high school students at his local church, which was a natural outcome considering his love for science, history, and theology. He did this until taking a position with Answers in Genesis in 2003. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher on a host of topics, including fall of Satan and related events.
Bodie was saved when he was nine. As a youngster, he was active in baseball, football and basketball. His hobbies also included hunting and fishing, which are almost unavoidable pursuits while growing up on a farm in Western Illinois.
Dr. Tommy Mitchell has been a speaker and writer for Answers in Genesis since 2005. He has degrees in cell biology and biochemistry, as well as a medical degree. Once an evolutionist, now a creationist, he feels extremely passionate about sharing the vital creation/gospel message with the world, especially with influential teens.
Alyssa LiljequistAge: Under 184 Stars Out Of 5August 6, 2012Alyssa LiljequistAge: Under 18The Answers Book 4 Teens Vol 1 by Bodie Hodge, Tommy Mitchell, with Ken Ham answers questions that teens may wrestle with. These range from "Who has the most evidence - creationists or evolutionists?" to "Come on, why would God punish the whole world for one guy's mistake?" to "Why would God ever want to save someone as messed up as me?". Throughout the book, there are colorful drawings and pictures.
In the introduction, they give definitions for 16 words including "atheism", "secular humanism", and "creationists". This book could be a helpful resource for teens who are not believers or for new teen believers. For those who have read through the Bible, studied apologetics, etc., I doubt you will learn much from this book.
I was also really surprised that this thin book (95 pages--with illustrations) has a retail price of $14.99. I think it is overpriced. There are better apologetics books out there. However, if you're looking for a quick read, this isn't a bad choice (though I'd recommend trying to buy it on sale).
~I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
Daniel MountAvery's Creek, NCAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Appropriate for its audienceMay 21, 2012Daniel MountAvery's Creek, NCAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is based off The Answers Book, which was published over twenty years ago intended to introduce Christians and seekers alike to the concept that the Bible can be trusted. At 208 pages, the original was an easy read in a book-reading culture. But this is an increasingly post-book culture, where attention spans have been shortened to a 140-character tweet or a 160-character text message, it has become harder for teens to handle even that light of a read. So a team of Answers in Genesis writers recently prepared a condensed and briefer version for teens.
It hits the high points of key apologetics questions like how we can know God exists and why God permits evil. It also covers common questions about the authority of Scripture and the authenticity of its creation account. (It's about a 70/30 or 60/40 split with general apologetics / Creation-specific apologetics.)
The book's grunge-influenced graphic design and illustrations are, quite likely, indeed exactly what is cool today. But they're cool today in the same way that mullets or big hair were cool in the '80s. It's the current fad, but undoubtedly today's teens will look back on it in twenty years and say, "I thought that was COOL then?" That said, it's undoubtedly exactly the course the book's graphic designers needed to take to reach their target audience. (The book is targeted more to government school students than home-educated students, particularly in questions 10-12.)
The Answers Book for Teens offers a clear and cogent apologetic for Christianity and for the accuracy of Scriptures in a way appropriate for its audience.
Review copy provided; a positive review was not required.
WriterRani5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book for TeensMay 1, 2012WriterRaniQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I received this book I was disappointed when I saw so many illustrations and just a little bit of text. I was very surprised and pleased when I started reading the questions and answers.
Each question was one that many teens have and the answers were very complete and thought provoking. My favorite question was the last one. "Why would God ever want to save someone as messed up as me?" It is also the most important question. Many people young and old think that they are unable to come to God. They don't realize that that is when God wants us the most.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure- I received Answers Book for Teens for free from Master Books. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I'm disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
HaelieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Got questions? God's got answers!!!January 23, 2012HaelieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Straight-forward, power-packed book that meets teens right where they are and prepares them for the tough, mind-boggling days ahead.
I was on a good path in my teen years, but I must say, I think I needed more grounding at that time of "why" I believe what I believe. If I had been given a copy of the book AB4T: Answers Book for Teens: Your Questions God's Answers I believe I would have been a bit more prepared for what awaited me on my journey of life and faith. Not that I would have been perfect in my navigation of young life, but I would have been more grounded in the what's and why's of my worldview that God created the world and gave us His Word to guide us as we live in it.
In AB4T, Bodie Hodge, Tommy Mitchell, and Ken Ham pose fifteen common questions asked by people who are seeking to learn the truth about God or even to challenge one who believes in God. These questions are not for the shy at heart. They hit hard to the heart of what our culture questions and struggles with about God and the Bible. They are not just common among young people; I would say they are just as common among believers, doubters, seekers, and skeptics of ANY age.
A couple of the Questions are:
Q2 - If God is really so great, why does He let so much pain and bad stuff happen in the world, like earthquakes, floods, and wars??
Q5 - With everything I hear about God not existing...how can we even know that He does exist?
Q9 - Should people from different races marry each other; or is that wrong?
Q13 - How can we be sure Jesus is the only way to get to God?
Q15 - Why would God ever want to save someone as messed up as me?
The authors use Genesis 1 & 2 as their complete basis for answering these tough but real questions. In their introduction to the book, they explain why they wrote it and specifically why for teens.
"I've worked with teens for years...and there is a big misconception about them (and hopefully you will agree)...they are much smarter than we often think! The young people I've worked with are intelligent and bright.
Yeah, I'll admit, some are smarter in some areas than others...but the point is they are much brighter than people give them credit for. So with this book series, we are not going to be afraid to answer the questions they have without a 'bunch of fluff,' but with solid biblical answers that 'have some meat to them' and challenge the secular religions like atheism and evolution that are forced on them in many settings---like movies, schools, and so on."
~ Bodie Hodge - Answers in Genesis
So, with your interest piqued (I pray), I will wrap up this review by not only letting you know that I suggest getting a copy of this to give to a teen in your life---but I also suggest to read it yourself before giving it away. Teens face and ask the same questions we adults ask (even if only internally). You may just find some solid, foundational, biblical answers to some of the questions you yourself have wrestled with for many years.
Got questions...God's got answers!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
HeatherAKAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Resource for Your Teen (and you!)January 22, 2012HeatherAKAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Geared toward teens, the Answers Book For Teens is an excellent resource for any searching soul; one seeking out God and the other looking for Biblical answers to defend our faith.
At only 95 pages, this is an easy one-day read; a wealth of Biblically based wisdom. I felt it was very well put together and the 15 questions are applicable to the questions many people have today. Bible references are included in every answer and give the reader confidence to boldly stand on the Scriptures in defense of the authority and complete accuracy of God's Word.
Questions raised include the following topics (my paraphrasing): Believing in the Bible vs Evolution, Pain/Suffering/Natural Disasters, Age of the Earth, Evidence of Creationists vs Evolutionists, Knowing if God Exists, Punishment Since Adam's Sin, Reason for Noah's Flood, Population of the World From Two People, Are There Different Races, What the Bible Has to Say About Sex, Homosexuality, Are God and the Bible Illegal in School, The Only Way to God, Dinosaurs/Dragons, and Why God Would Want to Save Me Regardless of What I've Done.
In a world where so many people believe that "sin" for one person may be perfectly fine for another, this is the type of book that exposes the lies Satan tries to instill in our hearts. If anyone hears something often enough, they are bound to start believing it if they don't have the Ultimate Truth to stand on. Bodie Hodge, Tommy Mitchell, and Ken Ham have put their life's passion into this book, reaching out to this promising generation. Our teenagers today are the next generation of law makers, parents, educators, missionaries, government, business owners, workers, caretakers, social agenda promoters, and those who will choose to share God's plan of Salvation with others...or not.
In addition to being a resource for your teenager, this is a great conversation starter. Read the book first (you'll enjoy it too), then give it to your teen to read. Talk to them about it, question them about it and about their thoughts on each subject, read God's Word together, and spend time in prayer together. If this is something new for you, use this as a beginning to keep communication open. If your child is in a public high school, they are being taught evolution and secular humanism (there is no God, only natural/material things; nothing supernatural). If you are a homeschooling family, don't become lax in your dedication to teach them how to defend their faith. AB4T is a resource you won't want to miss out on.