Are the children in your life asking questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, Christianity in general, etc...and you are unsure on how to answer them? This book, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity by Alex McFarland will help guide your discussions with them. There are 280 pages (including notes at the back) in this book. There are six parts: Questions about God, the Father; Questions about Jesus, the Son; Questions about the Trinity and the Holy Spirit; Questions about the Bible; Questions about the Church; and Questions Parents Ask and My Questions to You.
Alex first explains on how to answer the questions that the kids ask you. For example, he mentions that "When giving an answer to a spiritual question, it's much more constructive to dialogue with your children rather than to give a monologue-which they may see as a lecture. In other words, talk with your children, not at them"(pg.9). Each chapter starts out with a quotation, either from the Bible, from an author, from a book/movie. There are key concepts in each chapter. It has a question recap along with some answers and a hope-filled answer. There are also boxes that give you more information on the subject of the chapter. Might be more info about certain terms, a place, something to do with your family (like setting up a family Bible study).
I think this book would be valuable to every Christian who has children or works with children. It is easy to understand and interesting. I was a bit worried about how Alex would answer certain questions/topics but I was fine with what he wrote. I also like that he gives suggestions on how to apply what was being talked about throughout the chapters. Very well written, two thumbs up.
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in return for my honest review.
I have been looking for a book like this for a few months now. My kiddo is about to be 6 and has been asking a lot of questions, why did Jesus have to die? When can I get baptized? I will say, truthfully a few questions had me stumped. I would answer to the best of my ability, but I wasn't as confident as I should have been. Having read The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity by Alex McFarland, I will say, it has offered me a lot of things to think about, and given me the direction I need to go to be able to speak confidently when it's needed on these subjects.
This book drew me in. While reading this book, I broke one of my reading rules, I highlighted, the pages. The pages now looks like a neon yellow, stripped zebras. I only highlight school books, and only when I wanted to remember the important things for a test...well, this was for a far more important subject.
Alex McFarland was able to present his book with humor and many personal stories on how this book came to be. I also enjoyed the quotes that were presented before each chapter. They were fitting. The chapters flowed together and they touched on some hard topics, even for some adults. However, the subjects were brought down to a level (not dumb-down by any means, I want to make that clear), so that a parent could discuss it with a child. It was very easy to understand what was being presented. Everything discussed in each chapter was also backed up by scripture. Not one or two verses, many, and they were brought from every portion of the Bible.
It was great to see/read about the comparisons between things of the Old Testament and the New Testament. How the time of Joseph and then of Moses was so important to the time of Jesus thousands of years later and that of the crucifixion. The Key Concept section with the Question Recap and the Hope Filled Answer was a nice addition to each chapter. It helped bring the chapter all together.
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.