Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God [NOOK Book]


Equips parents to guide their young children through all
major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day

Sure, it's easy to teach your children the ...

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Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God

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Equips parents to guide their young children through all
major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day

Sure, it's easy to teach your children the essentials of
Christian theology when you're a theology professor. But what about
the rest of us?

With Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you
guessed it!) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents
of children 6-14 years of age to teach through the whole of
systematic theology at a level their children can understand.
Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and
shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.

The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting
several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for
parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this
non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their
children's primary faith trainers-and perhaps learn a few things
themselves along the way.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"A theologically rich resource to aid parents in training their children. Anyone who wants to help children grow in their love for Jesus and understanding of the Bible needs this book."
Mark Driscoll, Founding Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington; Founder, Resurgence; Co-founder, Acts 29; author, Death by Love

"This is a great book for children and their parents on the classic doctrines of the faith. I heartily recommend it to every parent!"
Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

"My conversion and discipleship as a young girl were significantly influenced by my parents reading to our family a book that taught biblical doctrine to children in a systematic way. The church today must be intentional in passing on to the next generation the core and precious beliefs on which our Christian faith rests. To neglect that responsibility is to leave those who come behind us vulnerable to every wind of (false) doctrine and to risk their rejecting our faith altogether. Big Truths for Young Hearts is a rich resource for parents, teachers, and others who care about helping the next generation know and love God and his ways. In addition to being a theology course for children and young people, it is also a great refresher course for adults."
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

"Imagine a respected theologian devoting himself to training a new generation of pastors and scholars in the seminary classroom. Now imagine him driving home at night to teach that profound theology in simple terms to his children at their bedsides. Now imagine this father compiling those bedside conversations into a book available to all pastors, parents, and children alike. Imagine no more. My friend Dr. Bruce Ware has done it."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

"I praise God that this book has been written and that a person of Bruce Ware's theological stature has taken seriously the potential of theological training in the first two decades of life. Although this tool can serve different instructional venues, I cannot help but see the gift this is to Christian parents and to dads in particular who are charged with the spiritual instruction of their children. The foreword alone is worth the price of this book and more than enough inspiration to follow Bruce's example in the faithful instruction of his two daughters. What Christian father would not want to be remembered by his adult children as a man who loved the gospel and who faithfully imparted the truth on which they now firmly stand. Dear brothers, imagine the impact on future generations if our children could grasp what has taken some of us decades to understand. Take this beautifully written, Bible-saturated, God-centered, theologically comprehensive summary of the truth and teach it diligently to your children, and until your children leave your home talk of it when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
David Michael, Pastor for Parenting and Family Discipleship, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433523144
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 615,573
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

BRUCE A. WARE (PhD, Fuller Theological
Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal
articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's
Lesser Glory
, God's Greater Glory, and Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Solid book of Christian doctrine for parents and tweens

    In Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware talks about the basics of the faith for young people. I hesitate to say children, because I think of children as 10 years of age and younger. The topics that Mr. Ware covers are God's Word, the Trinity, God as Creator, Human Nature and Sin, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, and the church. He covers all the bases. All the subtopics are important ones that young adults need to understand. The short essays address the questions well and thoroughly. They would be more easily read independently than aloud. If you wanted to read them aloud as a family, I would read ahead and consider where you wish to pause and discuss. I would also read while encouraging your children to stop you when they don't understand so that you might pause and address their questions. This book might also be a good reference for you as a parent if your children ask questions that you aren't sure how to answer or can't remember the biblical references for (as often happens to me). You could also use it to guide your family worship and ground your children in sound doctrine. It is important for them to know what they believe and understand God's Word. It is easy to get carried away by emotions and experience and the scripture says that Proverbs 22:6 NIV Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. That is our hope as parents--that if we teach our children, then they would choose as adults to walk with the Lord. And it is our responsibility. I have been pondering the question of how much we should teach our children and want them to learn and understand. How much can they understand? Sometimes we expect too little of them, but we can also expect too much. This is a book that will help you answer a lot of tough questions kids can face about God as they grow up and want to understand. What we and our children believe about God, the Bible, and who God is will help us all when our hearts fail us. Doctrine--what we believe about God--matters. This is a book about doctrine. It isn't a Bible story book. It may be a book that you will pick up with your fifth grader and realize that it is not connecting with them. So, you set it down for a year or two and come back to it when they are older and more mature--emotionally and intellectually. I find that is the case with many good and helpful books. It is also a book that may help you understand how to explain the basics of the Christian faith to someone who doesn't believe in God when they have questions. I find that often books written for children are very helpful. This is a book with much potential, whose purpose depends on the person in whose hands it is. For my family, it will probably be a reference more than a read aloud devotional. I may also hand it to one of my children to read if they have specific questions. I know many families for whom I think this book would be a great fit for family worship times and devotionals. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Big Truths for Young Hearts from Crossway Books for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Great book.

    Our whole childrens' ministry at our church is going through this book. Great turnout so far.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Wonderful Book!

    As a Children's Director I recommend this book to have as a resource in your own personal library and as a parent it is a must have. Using this book with your children will give them a true understanding of our GREAT GOD.

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