Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Case for a Creator for Kids

Lee Strobel tackles tough questions about the roles of God and science in the creation of the world. Strobel does an admirable job of showing how scientific discoveries in cosmology, physics and biology all point to God as the intelligent designer of the universe.

Strobel uses clear analogies and kid-friendly arguments to explain how the Big Bang theory and the order of the universe correspond to the Genesis account of creation. He then uses logic and probability to show how Christians physicists use gravity and the “cosmological constant” as further evidence of God's hand in creation. Then, Strobel tells 8-12-year-olds how our DNA provides still more biological evidence of God as our Creator.

However, as in his other books, (The Case for Christ; The Case for Faith) Strobel doesn't stop at providing evidence for his arguments. Instead, he explains how a relationship with Jesus is essential,and he invites readers to try it for themselves. He says, “. . . try an experiment. Try that faith out. Ask God to speak to your heart. Ask Him to come into your life, just as a good friend would come into your home. See what happens.”

This book, like the others, includes black and white cartoon drawings, questions and places to write notes, and boxes highlighting verses, definitions and important quotes. Strobel also references many well-known scientists.

What I Like: I really appreciate how thorough and scientific Strobel's arguments are. He puts scientific principles into kid-friendly language, and uses clear, logical analogies to illustrate his points.

I also like how clear Strobel is about his faith. He unequivocally believes the God of the Christian gospels created the universe and all that is in it. However, he leaves the precise details open for debate. Therefore, this book is a perfect launching point for discussions about Creation, regardless of whether you think more like Ken Hamm, who supports “young earth creationism” (answersingenesis.org), or whether you agree more with Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, who wrote The Language of God.

What I Dislike: Nothing

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 8-12, although this book is more technical and the arguments are a bit more complicated than Strobel's other books for kids.

Publisher Info: Zonderkidz; 2006; ISBN #: 978-0-310-71148-3; Paperback; $7.99

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Special Info: View our other reviews of Lee Strobel's books for kids here.

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Tanya said...

This is a very helpful review! Thank you.

Erin said...

I am glad you found the review helpful! I really enjoyed reading the book and I learned a lot. Let us know what you think of the book too! Thanks! Erin