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The most important thing parents can do for their child is to pass on the greatness of who God is and what the Christian faith is about. However, parents often feel ill-equipped and unprepared to do so. In The God Puzzle: How the Bible Fits Together to Reveal God as Your Treasure , Valerie Ackermann helps parents talk about faith to their children at home.
The God Puzzle is composed of 36 lessons that cover the Bible from beginning to end, showing how the entire Bible fits together as one seamless story. Each lesson points to Christ and what it means to have a personal relationship with Him. Although written in simple language a child can understand, parents can benefit from the lessons as well, whether they know very little about the Bible themselves or are longtime Christians who simply need help putting together everything they need to teach their children. The full-color lessons are easy to present, structured, and ordered in a way that the lessons build on one another, yet have the depth and structure of a theology textbook.
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Q & A With the Author▼▲
Q: Whom was The God Puzzle created for?
The God Puzzle was designed to equip any parent, regardless of background, to teach their children about God and the Christian faith in a way that combines deeply Biblical and ordered lessons with complete ease of use on behalf of the parents. It is a resource to bring quality Bible learning into ANY parents' hands, even if they know nothing about the Bible or Christianity. In fact, a parent who knows very little can learn right along with their child. It also makes sure the longtime Christian parents actually teach what their children need to know to understand their faith.
It is my heart is to reach the Christian parents who are not satisfied with what they are teaching their kids at home or who bounce around from one devotional to the next, struggling with knowing everything their kids are supposed to understand and/or how to teach it. I hope to connect with both the new believers and the ones who've grown up in the church their whole life who want their kids to know God through Jesus Christ and the important aspects of the Christian faith.
Q. Why do parents need a Bible study program they can use within the home?
As a full-time children's ministry director, I feel the church has invested too much into programs within the church doors and not enough into resources parents can use at home where most faith learning and observation takes place. Somehow throughout the past 200 years, faith-learning has been taken over almost entirely by church programs, leaving most parents feeling inadequate or without resources to teach their children. Well-meaning parents think their children are getting all the Bible education they need at Sunday school, and the truth is only about 10 percent of faith-learning happens in church programs.
While equipping their own programs, the church has made mostly weak devotionals available for parents to use within the home where kids spend most of their time. On the other hand, few parents have the time, knowledge or resources to use some of the good-quality materials available out there that are mostly utilized by homeschooling families. I find parents are hungry for something they will actually use and is easy, yet affordable.
Kids from Christian homes are scoring badly on Bible-college entrance exams because what we have been doing isn't working. Not only that, but too many kids are walking away from the faith when they reach young adulthood.
Q. What encouragement do you give parents who are intimidated about teaching their kids about faith?
I see too many parents in the church frustrated at their time with their kids teaching them about God. It shouldn't be that way. Teaching about God is not only for parents who are gifted teachers, or homeschoolers, or pastors' kids - it is for EVERY parent even if he or she is very new to the faith. It is our job as a church to equip these parents with a book that is deep, yet simple, affordable and engaging, and requires no prep or background in the faith to get through. That is what I set out to do with The God Puzzle.
Q. How is The God Puzzle structured to be used?
Parents can work through The God Puzzle with their kids at whatever pace works for them. It's something easy enough for a child, yet deep and structured as a theology textbook is. Faith should be able to be explained in terms a child can understand, and that's what I have set out to do with this book. The workbook is interactive, and each lesson requires a personal response to the truths presented. No preparation is required, and only a Bible and pencil are needed.
Suzanne Alberts5 Stars Out Of 5Use it in the SummerMarch 26, 2015Suzanne AlbertsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I actually ordered this product for a class project, but it wouldn't work, so I decided to keep it and use it for some summer education to help keep my son's reading & writing skills sharp, as well as reinforce any and all teachings he gets about our most merciful God.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Christian Learning Tool!December 7, 2013NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The God Puzzle is a very comprehensive workbook for parents and children. This is an excellent tool for parents in a one-on-one situation with a child or children in a family situation. Each child needs a copy of this book since it is very personalized as the child works through the lessons. The use of scripture and memorization of Bible verses is relative to each lesson, and a complete picture of the Bible is presented. Numerous questions are broached and answered in an elementary, practical and understandable manner.
This book is very educational in a colorful and enjoyable format. Some activities involve crossword puzzles, word searches, fill in the blanks, etc., and are fun and add a sense of play to the study. Colorful examples are used as appropriate illustrations, visuals that a child can relate to with ease. At the end of each lesson are sections entitled (1) Read It, where Bible verses are listed, (2) Talk About It, where a discussion time and questions are listed, and (3) Talk To God About It, where the child can reflect and write his or her own prayer letter to God.
Any elementary age child, even junior high children, should be able to understand the information provided in this book, and to participate in the activities provided. I would use this with a child over a period of time so as not to overwhelm him/her with too much information too quickly. A lesson each week would be ideal, emphasizing the lessons during the week to keep the child in tune with the lesson learned for that week. I found this book helpful as an adult, having had a limited exposure to a relationship with God as a child.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the publisher and LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
TammimaineAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Basics of Life for Kids I want to welcome my hDecember 4, 2013TammimaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I want to welcome my husband, David, to Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage today with his review of The God Puzzle. David is a graduate of Zion Bible Institute (now Northpoint Bible College), and a former Children's Pastor.
I enjoyed reading The God Puzzle. As a former Children's Pastor, I not only appreciate Valerie Ackerman's credentials, but her heart and knowledge in teaching/reaching children with the Gospel at their age level.
I was very pleased to see the connection with Answers in Genesis and the sound teaching in the book.
This book hits on the very basic principles of Scripture and the daily Christian life, not only geared toward the book's ages (7-12), but new believers would benefit from this book's information, as well.
I believe Valerie Ackerman poured out from her wealth of experience and self into this book and pray God will bless her with her future endeavors, including much success with this book that I enjoyed reading and will use with my kids.
**The God Puzzle by Valerie Ackerman was provided for us free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great resource for parents to teach kids about GodDecember 3, 2013Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The God Puzzle" is an in-depth Bible study for kids ages 7-12 written by Valerie Ackermann, a full-time Children's Director for over 10 years who also teaches Sunday School and is the mother of two young boys. Her hand-on experience has given her the tools and information she needed to create a resource for parents who want to teach their children about God.
"The God Puzzle" leads kids on a journey through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 36 lessons. The target ages are 7-12 but younger children will need guidance to complete most of the activities. This is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their children and develop a habit of doing Bible study together.
The content is amazing and will foster a love of reading the Bible early as children can see the connection between God and His Word. Children will be encouraged to seek God's treasure and teach them the importance of God's Word and why they need to know what the Word says to them.
If you are looking for a resource to help your children discover the secrets God wants to reveal to them, "The God Puzzle" is a perfect fit. Lessons offer a variety of activities from Scripture reading, word search, questions, thought-provoking questions and statements and much more. It's not a book study but rather a topical study covering such things as sin, how to study the Bible, missions, our purpose, etc.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Nurturing a ChildÃ¢â¬â¢s Foundational Truths of FaithNovember 16, 2013richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The God Puzzle is made up of 36 lessons arranged in an easy to use workbook format. It is designed for use for kids ages 7 - 12. The success of the program hinges on involvement of parent and child based on the Old Testament principal in Deuteronomy 6:6-7. "These commandments _are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them_" Each lesson involves parent and child.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Encourages Thought Provoking Questions That Lead to Conversational Response and a Deeper Understanding of the Lesson
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Fun Word Search Puzzles and other exercises that Aid in Retention , Assimilation, and Application of Biblical Truths
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Author: Valerie Ackermann
Located in: Fairfield, CA
Submitted: May 21, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a busy mom like most of you, as well as the Director of Children's Ministries at my church. I love painting, being outdoors, cooking and time with the people I love.
What was your motivation behind this project? I saw parents struggling with family devotions-they were leaving most of it up to the church. But running church programs, I see the gaps. I wanted to provide a no prep tool that any parent could use from a mature believer to a new Christian parent. I also wanted something deep, not watered down, that helped kids really get the big picture of Jesus throughout Scripture.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope parents feel equipped with a tool they will actually use. It can be done in any time increment, one day here, one day there. Or it can be incorporated into a more rigorous homeschool program.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I love giving kids the right answers. They are deep thinkers and it is so crucial to give them the right answers as their lives foundation is being set. I loved seeing kids get it through doing these lessons.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Wayne Grudem, Ann Voskamp, Elisabeth Elliot, John Piper, Jennie Allen and so many many more.