Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book review: If I Could Ask God Anything

Since this blog is primarily about kid products, I was thrilled to get a chance to review a new book that's meant for kids- If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids, by Kathryn Slattery.

My dad's a pastor, I took numerous Bible classes in college and I've been a part of more Bible studies than I can count.  But I still get a little nervous about the idea of answering my kids' questions about God and the Bible- mainly worrying that I wont be able to remember the exact Bible scripture I'm looking for at the right time, or that my brain will just go completely blank!  This book doesn't cover all of the questions that kids ask their parents, but it comes pretty close.  The book is divided into multiple, clearly laid out sections, each with a short (usually 1/2 page) answers to questions, complete with Bible references.  There are sections on questions about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Christianity, Prayer, the Church, Christian Seasons & Holidays, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Christian Forever and Ever, and a final section called Big Questions that deals with things like "If God loves people, why do bad things happen" (and I thought she gave a pretty good answer to this tough question! 

I really like the way that the author has dealt with the questions in this book- she's direct and to the point and has Bible passages to back up her points. I thought her answers were theologically sound and on target, and written in a way that a child could understand. This book is a fabulous resource for families- when my kids do have some of these questions, I plan to use the book as a starting point for discussions- something we can read together and then go look and see what the scriptures say, and talk about other questions that come up.  I think this book would be a wonderful gift for any Christian young person in your life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers  as part of their Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


dor said...

I like this book. Thanks for the review.

Kathleen said...

Just added this book to my wish list. It looks incredible. Thank you for sharing this so I could find out about it!