Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity by Alex McFarland

Title: The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity & How to Answer Them Condifently
Author: Alex McFarland
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 280
Publication Date: August 2013

Synopsis:
Ready or not, your child has questions!

Choose To Be Ready.

Not a theologian? Think again. When kids ask seemingly impossible-to-answer questions about evil, suffering, and the end of the world, every parent wants to respond with confidence. Author Alex McFarland can help you be prepared. In this book, he'll show you that
  • how you answer is more important than what your answer,
  • kids welcome the words "I don't know--let's find out,"
  • most tough questions aren't as tough as they seem at first glance, and
  • God's Word can be trusted to guide your children through their times of doubt.
The easy-to-follow discussion points, charts, and activity ideas will help you answer virtually any of the tough questions your children will ask about God, Jesus, the Trinity, or prayer.

If you've got kids, your going to get questions. This resource will help you be ready to prove the answers.
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.

This is a Too Read!
5 out of 5


About the Author:
Alex McFarland is a leading Christian apologist and author. He has spent two decades training youth in a biblical worldview and has spoken throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Alex is frequently heard on radio and TV broadcasts presenting evidence for the Christian faith.  His STAND series of books are designed to help students grow in their understanding of scripture and spiritually thrive.  Visit his website: http://alexmcfarland.com/




Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest opinion.

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