Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Are You Ready For The Tough Questions? A Review

Have your kids started asking tough questions about the Bible yet? You know the ones- why does God allow suffering, why are Christians hypocrites, why is Jesus the only way to heaven- those. Then this is a good book for you.

The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently by Alex McFarland is a great resource to have in your home. Like the title implies there are 21 questions that all kids will ask- I have been asked many of them- but there are also more questions mixed in there. And these answers are not just for your kids but for other adults as well. I don't agree with McFarland on every answer that he gives but he gives a good foundation for you to start from. Every answer starts with the scripture to answer it and then builds from there with character and event references and sometimes his own opinion. And depending on the age of the child or the depth of the question they ask, this book gives you foundations for the "long, drawn out, in depth answer" or the "short and sweet" answer. With every chapter the author directs you back to the Bible and in the last chapter reminds you that that's where all the answers are- the Bible. It would be a great thing to take away from this book that although it is a great resource that I do highly recommend, the ultimate answers are in the Bible. For these questions and for others. McFarland simply points you in the right direction.

On Good Reads, I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 simply because I do feel that at times the authors opinion is a stronger statement in the answers than the Biblical resources. But it is few compared to the many Biblical answers and it is always in the going further in depth sections. I also realize that there are readers who will not by a book written by an author of another denomination (let's face it people there is really only one church and that is God's church) but this book is non-denominational and I can't find where there is really a huge discrepancy to make a big deal over. And if you find one, then don't use that section simply look in the Bible yourself for an answer that goes more with what you think.

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