Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of GodBruce A. WareCrossway / 2009 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club5 Stars Out Of 5June 14, 2010Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club"Big Truths for Young Hearts" is an excellent foundational book on theology for tweens and teens. I'd also recommend this book to new believers. The author did an excellent job of explaining complex topics in an understandable manner and without talking down to the reader (or listener).The book felt like a Bible study with all the relevant verses included. I liked how the author gave a balanced, whole-Bible view of the topic and gave the verses so that the reader could see for him- or herself what the Bible said about the topic. He often gave useful analogies or explained hard ("Christian-ese") words in common language. He gave the generally agreed-upon, Biblical overview of various concepts, but he did mention when there was disagreement on the details (like immersion baptism versus infant sprinkling baptism).At the end of the section for each topic, there were two questions to test if the person understood what that section taught. There was also a suggested memory verse related to that topic.The book covered 60 topics that built on each other. The topics included how can we know about God; what is God like; what is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit like and how does the Trinity work; why did Jesus have to die for us; why do bad things happen; what is the church; what happens when we die; and what will happen in the end.Like I said, I was very impressed by this book and plan on using it with a 12-year-old friend who recently came to know Christ. I'd highly recommend it to parents, youth group leaders, and new believers.
JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5January 2, 2010JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleThe doctrinal quality of the titles published by Crossway never fail to amaze me, and Big Truths for Young Hearts has only served to cement my opinion. Theologian Bruce A. Ware has penned a work that attempts to capture the bedtime conversations he had with his own adult daughters (now grown), so that parents can step up to the plate in equipping their own children to understand the great, fundamental truths of the faith.Wares text is filled with scriptural references, and all of the doctrine he puts forth is grounded firmly upon the Word of God. Though the text is Reformed in nature, and Ware teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, hes careful to hold only to what the scriptures state and avoids extra biblical standards. Ware takes care to point out that varying points of view exist on baptism, though he puts forth a case for baptism by immersion. He also notes that believers differ on matters of spiritual gifts and briefly touches upon both positions without adding value judgments.A firm foundation based upon the clear teachings of Gods Word prevents confusion and the adoption of fallacious beliefs concerning the nature of God, salvation, the trinity, and the final destinations of those who die. With solid doctrinal understanding of Christian doctrine on the decline, Big Truths is my first recommendation for families in which any member of the family large or small is in need of instruction.
Chris JordanDuluth, GAAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5August 19, 2009Chris JordanDuluth, GAAge: 35-44Gender: maleWe have used this for evening devotions for my children. I have 7 children ages 11 months to 11 years. At times the material is a little "heady", but with futher explanation you can break it down for the younger children. They have learned much from this material and have been able to understand some deep theological concepts. This book is not only a good for children, but will teach adults some doctrines that they may not have grasped yet. Bruce Ware is a gift to the evangelical church. Thanks Dr. Bruce Ware for sharing with us these teaching that you shared with your children.
James Koffman5 Stars Out Of 5August 7, 2009James KoffmanThis book was recommended to me by a Director/Teacher of a orthodox protestant Christian Church Camp.We have just begun using this book as a the forum for home reading and doctrinal study with our 11, 12 and 13 year old. It is meat, not milk, but presented in a very palatable way for anyone wanting to begin to come to terms with key doctrine. For kids, it is excellent.For parents who desire to give their chidren a foundation for THEIR OWN faith, this book is great.
Rev. Doyle Peyton5 Stars Out Of 5April 22, 2009Rev. Doyle PeytonWell written,unique, concise but thorough, practical and insightful. Would make a great weekly parent/child devotional. A fine adult theological primer.