Monday, June 28, 2010

Case for Faith for Kids

The Case for Faith for Kids by Lee Strobel, is an excellent introduction to Christian apologetics for kids. Filled with kid-friendly analogies, expert testimonies, and factual information, The Case for Faith for Kids shows kids how to live out 1 Peter 3:15, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."

Strobel begins by helping kids understand "five reasons God makes sense even with science." He explains how God makes sense out of creation, the fine details of life (biology), right and wrong (a moral code), Jesus, and our personal experience.

In Chapter Four, Strobel relays an excellent discussion with Ravi Zacharias about why all religions are not equal. After explaining why Christianity is true, Zacharias counsels readers, "When speaking of matters that are important to people, such as belief in God, we need to be gentle and understanding. . . It's important to tell the truth--we just should do it gently. We need to show people we really do care about them. We need to build strong friendships so that we'll have the chance to sit down and talk over these life-changing ideas with them."

Chapter Five assures readers they can have doubts and still be a Christian. In fact, Strobel tells kids questioning faith and searching for answers can build up faith, just like exercise builds stronger muscles. He also illustrates the clear distinction between faith (defined as a commitment to trust) and feelings, (ideas based on emotion).

In his Epilogue, Strobel explains how to establish a relationship with Christ, and challenges readers to learn more about God, seek to please Him, and invite friends to join in their journey of faith.

The book has cartoon illustrations, questions to think about, and boxes highlighting important Scriptures or ideas throughout, as well as blank pages for your own "Case Notes."

What I Like: Everything! This book is perfect for young people whether they are Christian or not. Non-Christians won't feel patronized or preached to, and Christians will gain solid foundations for their faith. Christians, especially, will learn how to talk about their faith in compelling, yet respectful ways.

The tone is intelligent, but also fun and conversational. Faith is presented in easy-to-grasp, engaging terms.

What I Dislike: Nothing

Overall Rating: Excellent!

Age Appeal: 8-12, but I even found it extremely helpful and practical.

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2006; ISBN: 978-0-310-71146-9 ; Paperback, $7.99

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Special Info: Check out our review of The Case for Christ for Kids here. Look for our upcoming review of The Case for a Creator next month.

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