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Overview

Awesome Bible answers for curious kids!

If I Could Ask God Anything is a unique kid-friendly book jam-packed with clear, fresh answers to important questions about God, faith, prayer, and Christianity in language that children can understand. Using kid-friendly language, established author Kathryn Slattery tackles "toughies" such as:

  • If God is invisible, how do I know He is real?
  • Did Jesus live on Earth before or after the dinosaurs?
  • Why should I go to church?
  • When I die, do I become an angel with a halo and wings?
  • How can the Holy Spirit help me?
  • Does God stop loving me when I sin?

This book will help young readers establish a closer relationship with God as well as help parents nurture their child's mind and spirit with this well-rounded, Scripture-based guide.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781591454113
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn
Slattery
is a longtime contributing editor for Guideposts and the author of several books,
including If I Could Ask God
Anything, Heart Songs, Lost & Found, Grandma I’ll Miss You, The Gospel for
Kids,
and The
Grace to Grow
. Her writing has also appeared in such publications as Today’s Christian Woman
and Angels on Earth.
Kathryn and her husband are parents of two grown children.

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IF I COULD ASK GOD ANYTHING

awesome Bible answers for curious kids
By kathryn slattery

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Kathryn Slattery
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1602-1


Chapter One

GOD

Who Is God?

God is the Creator of everything, visible and invisible. God created heaven and the angels. God created time and space. From God's fingertips tumbled galaxies, stars, the sun, the moon, and our beautiful planet earth. God loved His creation so much that He didn't stop there. God created the oceans, the animals, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea. God created human beings (Genesis 1-2). God created you!

Every child has a biological or earthly mother and father. Earthly moms and dads are not perfect. Because they are human, they make mistakes. Earthly moms and dads can get tired and grumpy. They can have problems and get divorced. Because they are human, earthly parents can get hurt or sick and die.

The good news is that every child also has a spiritual parent, known as our Father God in heaven. God loves us perfectly and never gets tired or grumpy or sick. Best of all, God never dies.

God's children include all the people on earth. God's children include people who are living and people who have died. Do you know someone who is expecting a baby? God's children even include people who haven't been born yet (Psalm139:13-16).

Here's the best news: You are a child of God! (1 John 3:1)

Who is God? God is your Creator and your perfect Parent.

God is love. (1 John 4:8)

Where Did God Come From?

The Bible says that God is both the beginning and the end (Revelation 21:6). This is because God is eternal. The word eternal means endless. How can God be eternal?

God is uncreated. God is not limited by time and space. God existed before the dawn of time. God created time!

God is unchanging. He is the same today as He was yesterday. He will be the same tomorrow. This is a hard idea for our human minds to understand. But it is true. You can always count on God.

The Bible says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever." (Psalm 136:1)

Because God is eternal, so is His love for you.

If God Is Invisible, How Can I Know He Is Real?

There are many things we can't see with our eyes, yet we know they are real. For example, we can't see gravity, but we know it is real. How do we know gravity is real? Because if you let go of this book, it will drop to the floor with a big thud!

Are you sitting in a room that is cooled by an electric fan or air conditioner? Is the page you are reading lit by an electric light? We can't see electricity, but we know it is real.

And what about your thoughts? Until you speak them out loud or write them on a piece of paper, your thoughts are invisible. Still, they are very real.

My favorite example of how we can know God is real even though we can't see Him is the wind (John 3:8). We can't see the wind, but we know it is real because we can feel it when it cools our skin on a hot summer day. We can't see the wind, but we can see treetops swaying. We can see clouds racing across the sky. We can see whitecaps on a choppy ocean. Sometimes the wind is a gentle breeze that barely stirs the leaves on the trees. Other times it blows as a mighty hurricane or tornado. We can also hear the wind when it whistles, whispers, moans, and roars. God is like the wind.

More than anything, God wants you to know that He is real and that He loves you. (1 John 3:1)

LISTEN TO WHAT GOD IS SAYING: I am real. I created you. I love you. There is no other human being quite like you. you are special. I created you for Myself, and I have a very special purpose for your life on planet earth.

How Can I Know for Sure God Loves Me?

God is busy, that's for sure. He sends us sunshine by day and moonlight by night. He sends the snow and rain. He sends us flowers in the spring and beautiful colored leaves in the fall. God keeps the planets in their orbits and the stars in the sky. Because God does so much, it would be easy to think that He is too busy to love His billions of children. But God is not like us. God is perfect. With His perfect memory, He knows each and every person's name. Imagine that! God knows your name. God loves and cares for you a lot.

The Bible says that God cares so much about His creation that He knows every time a sparrow falls from the sky (Matthew 10:29). He knew you even before you were born (Psalm 139:13-16). God even knows exactly how many hairs are on your head! (Matthew 10:30). God loves you so much that He watches over you every minute of every day and night-even right now, as you are reading these words (Psalm 139:1-10).

There is another way you can know God loves you. Sometimes God speaks to you in your heart. Sometimes He calls you by your name. Although God is big and strong, His voice is a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear God's voice calling your name? Can you hear God's voice whispering, I love you?

Even when you can't hear God's voice, He loves you. Because God is your perfect Father in heaven, He always loves you with His perfect love (1 John 3:1).

How do you know God loves you?

Because the Bible tells you so.

Who Is the Trinity?

Over the years, this three-Person understanding of God became known as the Trinity. The word trinity means "three in one." The Trinity is a way to describe God.

The Bible teaches that God is made up of three persons. (Matthew 28:19)

1. God 2. God's Son, Jesus 3. God's Holy Spirit

How Can God Be Three Persons at the Same Time?

There are many examples to help us understand how God can be three different Persons at the same time. Take an egg, for example. An egg consists of three parts: the shell, the white, and the yolk. But the shell, the white, and the yolk are all part of the same egg. Or think about the relationships that you have with three different people in your life. You may be a daughter to your parents, a sister to your brother, and a niece to your aunt and uncle. But at the same time, you are still you.

Another great example of how God can be three Persons at the same time is water. When water is room temperature, it is a flowing liquid. When water is heated up in a teakettle, it becomes steam. When water is frozen, it becomes ice. But it is always water. The different forms that water takes enable it to serve different purposes.

God, your Father in heaven, is watching over you and waiting for you to join Him one day. God's Son, Jesus, walked and talked on earth to show people who God really is and to die for your sins. Jesus is in heaven now, sitting next to His Father. God's Holy Spirit is not limited by time or space, which allows God to live in your heart. The Holy Spirit guides you and whispers God's love to you.

The reason God is three Persons in one is so He can be with you every minute of every day.

Why does God want to be with you every minute of every day?

Because God loves you. (1 John 3:1)

How Do I Know God Has a Special Purpose for My Life?

When God makes snowflakes, each one is different. Some are big. Some are tiny. Some are star-shaped and pointy. Some are lacy and round. Some are heavy and wet. Some are light and fluffy.

If God makes billions and billions of different snowflakes, think how different and special He makes each one of His children!

You are special. There is no one else on earth exactly like you. Even if you are an identical twin, you are different and special on the inside. You are special because God has special work for you to do during your life. It is work that only you can do. It is the reason you were born.

You can know God has a special purpose for your life because the Bible says He knew you and loved you even before you were born (Psalm 139:13-16). You are God's special child, created to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). No one else can do these kind and helpful acts. God has prepared them for you-and only you-to do. Your mission in life is to discover what these good works are. Talk about an exciting adventure!

Here is a hint: the good works God has planned for you to do always have to do with love. You can be sure you are discovering God's special purpose for your life when you:

-> Tell your mom and dad you love them.

-> Hug your grandma and grandpa.

-> Write your aunt a letter and tell her how much you love and miss her.

-> Thank your teacher for working so hard.

-> Invite the new kid in school to sit with you at lunch.

-> Tell your friend you're sorry you hurt her feelings.

-> Listen to your friend who is sad.

-> Pray for your friend who is sick.

-> Show love for others by helping.

-> Show God how much you love Him by trying to love others.

What Does It Mean That I'm Created "In the Image of God"?

The Bible says that human beings are created "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27).

Because you are God's child, you are like God in many ways. Because God is loving, you can be loving. Because God has a sense of humor, you can laugh. Because God is joyful, you can be joyful. Because God knows sadness, you can cry. Because God is eternal, you have a soul that is eternal. Because God knows and loves you, it is possible for you to know and love Him (1 John 4:19).

God loves you so much that he wants you to live with him forever!

God loves you so much, in fact, that the Bible says that nothing-not even sickness or death-can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39).

How Can I Get to Know God Better?

When it comes to knowing God, kids are natural-born experts. It is grownups who often forget how to believe in God and need extra help! Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16). Then Jesus gathered up the children in His arms and hugged them.

HERE ARE THREE GOOD WAYS TO GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER:

1. Read your Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. The more you read the Bible, the more you will get to know and love God.

2. Spend time with God in prayer. Prayer is talking and listening to God. The best way to get to know someone is to spend time with that person. Spend time with God, and you will get to know Him better. God is waiting to hear from you! When you pray, God listens carefully. God speaks to you in your heart, and answers your prayers with His gentle voice (1 Kings 19:12; Psalm 34:15-17; 1 Peter 3:12). Sometimes God's answers are not what you might expect. Sometimes He says no or wait. But because God loves you, you can trust that He knows what is best for you.

3. Spend time with friends who believe in God. Friends who believe in God can share with one another what they know about God. Friends who believe in God can pray with and for one another. You will be amazed how much fun it is to be friends with kids who believe in God!

Do you know what God thinks about you wanting to get to know Him better? It makes Him so-o-o-o-o-o-o happy! Why does it make God happy? Because God loves you (1 John 3:1).

When God Looks at Me, What Does He See?

When God looks at you, He sees what other people see. He sees the outside. He sees the color of your hair and eyes. He sees you sitting at your desk in school. He sees you doing your homework. He sees you riding your bike. He sees you eating dinner. He sees you watching TV. He sees you talking on the phone with your friend. He even sees you when you are sleeping. God loves all these things about you.

But God also sees something else.

When God looks at you, He sees the inside of you too (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9). In fact, God is more interested in who you are on the inside than who you are on the outside. This is because who you are on the inside lasts forever and ever.

Who you are on the inside is called your soul. Your soul is made up of all your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and desires. Your soul is made up of the love in your heart. Are you kind to others? Are you honest? Do you like to laugh? These are the things that are important to God. These are who you really are. Even when your body dies, your soul lives on forever.

When God looks at you, He loves you completely ... inside and out.

God loves you so much that He wants you to live forever and ever with Him in heaven (John 3:16)!

Does God Care Whether My Body Is Skinny or Fat?

God does not care whether your body is skinny or fat. God does not care whether you are short or tall. God does not care whether your skin is brown or beige. God creates His children in all shapes, sizes, and colors. God loves all His children.

The Bible tells us that God made each of us "in an amazing and wonderful way" (Psalm 139:14 NCV). Because God made you special, you are one of a kind. Think about it. No one else has a body quite like yours! No matter what your body looks like or how it works, God loves you just the way you are.

At the same time, God wants your body to be as healthy as possible. He wants your soul to be healthy too (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 3 John 2).

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY BODY:

-> Eat foods that are good for you.

-> Get enough sleep.

-> Get lots of sunshine and as much exercise as you can.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HAVE A HEALTHY SOUL:

-> Talk and listen to God in prayer.

-> Spend time with friends who love God too.

-> Read your Bible.

-> Read books and watch TV shows that are wholesome and fun.

Why does God want you to have a healthy body and soul?

Because God loves you. (1 John 3:1)

What Do I Have to Do to Get God to Love Me?

Here is good news: You don't have to do anything to get God to love you! God loves you just the way you are (1 John 3:1). God loves you because you are His child. It's as simple as that.

God Loves You!

Does God Ever Sleep?

Because God loves you, He is always watching out for you. Because God is not human, He never gets tired or needs to sleep.

The Bible says, "The eyes of the lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them" (2 Chronicles 16:9 TLB). The Bible says, "The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers" (Psalm 34:15 NCV). The Bible also says that nothing, not even death, can separate us from God's watchful eye and His love! (Psalm 139:1-18; Romans 8:38-39).

At the same time, God understands how important it is for us to rest-especially after working hard. The Bible tells us that God worked for six days on His creation. He created the sun, the moon, the stars, and earth. He created all the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and all the animals. He created the first humans, Adam and Eve. And what did God do after all that creating? The Bible says that on the seventh day, God rested (Genesis 2:1-3).

The idea of taking time to rest is so important that God made a commandment about it: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy" (Exodus 20:8). The word sabbath means "to rest." Resting is good for our bodies. It is also good for our souls.

When you rest, there is only one thing that God wants you to do.

God wants you to remember that He loves you. (1 John 3:1)

What Are Some of God's Promises for Me?

Do you ever feel down in the dumps? Lonely? Worried? Guilty? Confused? Jealous? Angry? Everyone feels bad sometimes. It's part of being human. Because God cares about you, He knows when you are feeling low. Because God loves you, He wants to help you feel better (1 Peter 5:7). One way God helps you is through the Bible.

Remember, the Bible is not a dry, boring book. It is the living Word of God! Through the Bible, God is able to speak to you personally. In fact, the Bible is full of God's promises just for you. This is good news! Why? Because God always keeps His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9).

HERE ARE A FEW OF GOD'S PROMISES FOR YOU!

When you are lonely ...

-> "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go" (Genesis 28:15).

-> "I will not leave you ... I will come to you" (John 14:18).

-> "Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).

-> "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35, 37-39).

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xiii
Note to Parents....................xiv
Who Is God?....................1
Where Did God Come From?....................2
If God Is Invisible, How Can I Know He Is Real?....................3
How Can I Know for Sure God Loves Me?....................4
Who Is the Trinity?....................5
How Can God Be Three Persons at the Same Time?....................6
How Do I Know God Has a Special Purpose for My Life?....................7
What Does It Mean That I'm Created "In the Image of God"?....................8
How Can I Get to Know God Better?....................9
When God Looks at Me, What Does He See?....................10
Does God Care Whether My Body Is Skinny or Fat?....................11
What Do I Have to Do to Get God to Love Me?....................12
Does God Ever Sleep?....................13
What Are Some of God's Promises for Me?....................14
Who Is Jesus?....................21
When Was Jesus Born?....................22
Why Was Jesus Born in a Stable?....................23
How Did Jesus Get His Name?....................24
What Is the Song of Mary?....................25
What Was Jesus Like When He Was a Boy?....................27
Did Jesus Ever Do Anything Wrong?....................28
Is Jesus' Last Name Christ?....................29
What Makes Jesus So Important?....................30
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?....................31
Did Jesus Live on Earth Before or After the Dinosaurs?....................32
Who Was John the Baptist?....................33
Who Did Jesus Say HeWas?....................34
Why Did Jesus Do Miracles?....................35
Did Jesus Really Feed Five Thousand People with Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish?....................36
Did Jesus Really Walk on Water?....................37
What Other Things Besides Miracles Did Jesus Do to Show Us What God Is Like?....................38
What Did Jesus Look Like?....................39
What Did Jesus Wear?....................40
Did Jesus Have Any Brothers or Sisters?....................41
Who Were the Twelve Apostles?....................42
What's the Difference Between a Disciple and an Apostle?....................45
What Was the Transfiguration of Jesus?....................46
Why Does Jesus Love Children So Much?....................47
Who Was Judas Iscariot?....................48
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?....................49
Did Jesus Know Ahead of Time That He Was Going to Die?....................50
If Jesus Is God's Son, Why Didn't He Save Himself from Being Killed?....................51
What Are the Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross?....................52
What Happened to Jesus' Body?....................54
What Was the Resurrection of Jesus?....................55
Why Is Jesus' Resurrection So Important?....................56
How Can I Know for Sure That Jesus Really Was Resurrected?....................57
What Was the Ascension of Christ?....................58
What Is the Great Commission?....................59
What Is the Second Coming of Christ?....................60
Why Couldn't Jesus Just Stay on Earth Forever?....................61
Can Anyone Believe in Jesus?....................62
How Do I Get to Know Jesus?....................63
Who Is the Holy Spirit?....................65
How Does the Holy Spirit Help Me?....................66
Is the Holy Ghost Really a Ghost?....................67
What Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?....................68
What Is the Most Important Gift of the Holy Spirit?....................69
What Is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit?....................70
What Is the Bible?....................72
How Did We Get the Bible?....................73
How Do I Know the Bible Is True?....................75
What's the Difference Between the Old Testament and the New Testament?....................76
What's the Difference Between a Jew and a Gentile?....................79
Why Does God's Name Sometimes Appear as "Lord" in the Old Testament?....................80
What Are the Ten Commandments?....................81
What's the Greatest Commandment?....................83
What Is the Golden Rule?....................84
What Are the Psalms?....................85
Why Does the Word Selah Appear in the Margins of Psalms?....................86
What Is the Shepherd's Psalm?....................87
Does the Old Testament Have Anything to Say About Jesus?....................88
What Are the Four Gospels?....................89
If the Gospels Are All About Jesus, Why Are They Different?....................90
What Are the Epistles?....................91
What Are the Beatitudes?....................92
What Is a Parable?....................93
Why Do Some Bibles Have Red Letters?....................94
Which Bible Is Right for Me?....................95
Is It OK to Write in My Bible?....................96
What's the Point of Memorizing Bible Verses?....................97
What Is Christianity?....................100
Why Do Some Christians Carry Signs That Say "John 3:16" at Football Games?....................101
What's the Biggest Difference Between Christianity and Other Religions?....................102
What Is the Apostles' Creed?....................103
What Does the Word Catholic Mean in the Apostles' Creed?....................104
What Is Faith?....................105
What Is Sin?....................106
Does God Stop Loving Me When I Sin?....................107
Why Do I Still Sin, Even When I Don't Want To?....................108
Why Did Christians Invent Hospitals and Orphanages?....................109
What Can I Do to Help People in Need?....................110
Why Is Taking Care of Our Planet Important to Christians?....................111
Why Do Some Christians Put Fish-Shaped Symbols on Their Cars?....................112
Is There a Way to Tell Christians Apart from Other People?....................113
What Is Prayer?....................115
Do I Need to Use Special Words When I Pray?....................116
Do I Have to Kneel When I Pray?....................117
What Is the Lord's Prayer?....................118
Why Do We Say "Amen" at the End of Prayers?....................119
What's the Difference Between "Saying Grace" and "Saying a Blessing" Before Meals?....................120
Is It OK to Say Grace in a Restaurant?....................121
What's a Good Bedtime Prayer?....................122
Can I Know for Sure That God Hears My Prayers?....................123
Can I Know for Sure That God Will Answer My Prayers?....................124
Can God Actually Talk to Me?....................125
Is It OK to Pray for Help on a Test?....................126
What Does It Mean to Pray "in Jesus' Name"?....................127
Is It OK to Pray Out Loud with Another Person?....................128
Is It OK to Pray with a Friend over the Phone?....................129
What Is a Prayer Journal?....................130
What Should I Do When I Can't Think of What to Pray?....................131
What Is Intercessory Prayer?....................132
Is It True That When Jesus Was on Earth, He Prayed for Me?....................133
Do Miracles Still Happen Today?....................134
What Is the Church?....................136
Why Is the Church Called the "Body of Christ"?....................137
Does a Church Have to Have a Building?....................138
Why Does God Want Me to Be Involved in a Church?....................139
Why Are There So Many Different Kinds of Churches?....................140
Is It OK for Me to Invite a Friend to Visit My Church?....................141
What Is Baptism?....................142
What Is Communion?....................143
Why Do We Sing Hymns in Church?....................144
What's the Difference Between a Pastor, Priest, and Minister?....................145
Is it True to Be a Missionary, You Have to Travel Far from Home?....................146
What Happens When Someone Is Converted to Christianity?....................147
What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?....................148
Help! What Should I Do When I Think a Church Service Is Boring?....................149
Why Do We Mark the Passage of Time with BC and AD?....................151
Why Do Christians Observe Special Seasons and Holidays?....................152
What Is Advent?....................153
What Is an Advent Wreath?....................154
Is December 25 Really Jesus' Birthday?....................155
Why Do We Give Gifts at Christmas?....................156
Why Do Some People Spell Christmas "Xmas"?....................157
Are Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus the Same Person?....................158
What Is Lent?....................160
What Is Holy Week?....................161
Why Do Some People Wave Palm Branches on Palm Sunday?....................162
What Does the Word Hosanna Mean?....................163
What Is Good Friday?....................164
Why Is Easter So Important?....................165
Why Do We Say "Alleluia!" at Easter?....................166
Why Do We Celebrate Easter with the Easter Bunny and Painted Eggs?....................167
Why Is Easter Always on a Different Date?....................168
What Is Pentecost?....................169
What Is All Saints' Day?....................170
What Kind of Holiday Is Halloween?....................171
Was There Really a Saint Valentine?....................172
Why Do We Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Shamrocks?....................173
What Is Christian Fellowship?....................175
Is It True That Christians Can't Have Any Fun?....................176
What Does the Bible Mean When It Says My Body Is the "Temple of God"?....................177
What Does It Mean to "Put on the Armor of God"?....................178
What Does It Mean to Be "Salt and Light" of the World?....................179
What Is Tithing?....................180
What's the Difference Between Fasting and Dieting?....................181
Does It Matter to God How Much Time I Spend Surfing the Net and Watching TV?....................182
What's Wrong with Horoscopes?....................183
Can I Have Friends Who Aren't Christians?....................184
How Do I Tell a Friend About Jesus?....................185
Why Do People Have to Die?....................187
What Will Happen to Me When I Die?....................188
Are There Really Angels?....................189
When I Die, Will I Become an Angel with a Halo and Wings?....................190
Is It True That I Have a Guardian Angel?....................191
Are There Really Demons?....................192
Is the Devil Real?....................193
Is Hell Real?....................195
What Is Heaven Like?....................196
If God Loves People, Why Do Bad Things Happen?....................198
Why Do People Hurt Other People?....................199
How Can Anything Good Come out of Pain and Suffering?....................200
Do People Who Never Heard of Jesus Go to Heaven Too?....................201
Can I Believe in Science and Still Believe in God?....................202
Does God Still Love People Who Choose Not to Believe in Him?....................203
The Most Important Prayer in the World....................204
Make Your Own "God's Promises for You" Promise Teller!....................206
"God's Promises for You" Promise Teller....................207
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  • Posted May 21, 2010

    If I Could Ask God Anything

    The book consists of answers to 180+ questions broken up into eleven categories: God, Jesus, Holy spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons and Holidays, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Christian Forever and Ever and Big Questions. Most of the answers are about one page and in some instances could have been longer. Many of the answers are good with bible verses included and would be useful as a starting point in in discussions with children.

    My eleven year old daughter has been concerned about how God speaks so I suggested we read the section "Can God actually speak to me?". In my opinion the author gave an excellent answer to this question but my daughter raised her eyebrows after reading the answer to "How do I really know Jesus walked on water". I think she found the statement Yes Jesus really did followed by a retelling of the bible story with a verse completely inadequate in answering the question.

    I had some major issues with her treatment of some topics, the biggest of these being her views on heaven and the soul which tended to make me grind my teeth when I came to them and in particular her sloppy use of the bible in relation to this. There are numerous times when she writes about our souls living in heaven with God after we die and uses John 3:16 to illustrate this. John 3:16 only talks about having eternal life. The author makes the very common mistake of reducing our hope in Christ and Jesus triumph over death to the idea that a little bit of us that is eternal will go to live in heaven where Jesus is now, when in fact the resurrection of Jesus points to the time when all creation will be made new, us included. In the bible it says that the current heaven and earth will pass away. Some of the passages in revelation which she uses to talk about heaven actually refer to the new earth and new heaven. It is in this new creation that every tear will be wiped away our hope is not in leaving the physical to inhabit some spiritual realm but in the redemption of the whole creation.

    I also feel that Jesus divinity was not well explained or stressed. The only section that explicitly names Jesus as God is in the question "Who is the trinity?". In the rest of the book it is not mentioned at all and Jesus could almost be considered just a very special human.

    Lastly have a think about what you might say to the question "What's the major difference between Christianity and other religions" I was surprised to see that there was no mention of the fact that in Christianity God stoops down to rescue us and completely bridges the gap as contrasted with other beliefs that centre on how we can try to make our own way to God (or perfection). Also what about the fact the Christianity is based around an event that happened in history, that there is good reasons to believe actually happened.

    I can't recommend this as a resource for answering your kids questions about God, mainly because of the issues above. I believe we need to be very careful in giving a good example to our kids of how to use the bible, and we also need to show them that there are good reasons to believe that Christianity is not a lie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    Very helpful!

    I recently read IF I COULD ASK GOD ANYTHING awesome Bible answers for curious kids by Kathryn Slattery. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. This book is about answering Bible questions most asked by kids. It is separated out into sections like prayer, the Bible, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The questions are real questions any new Christian may ask, they are short and to the point. They are answered succinctly enough get the answer going, and are cited by the Bible.

    I feel like this is a good book. It is simple enough for children and parents to read together, but could still be used and understood by teenagers and adults new to their faith or just wanting to find "simple" answers to "simple" questions. Some questions are not all simple of course, but the book isn't afraid to answer more difficult questions as well. I think that this book is helpful and a resource that can be used for many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2010

    Answers for Kids to the Big Questions

    If I Could Ask God Anything is a fabulous book for children! It answers Bible questions even the most curious of kids would think up!

    Kathryn Slattery does an excellent job answering a wide variety of questions in a simple and understandable form.

    Questions include: Why did Jesus have to die? What is Baptism? Can I Know for Sure God Hears My Prayers? etc.

    I absolutely recommend this book for anyone with children looking to understand the Bible and God's truths in more depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    If I could Ask God anything!!!

    If I could Ask God Anything! By: Kathryn Slattery
    ISBN: 978-1-4003-1602-1

    Contents of this book.

    God- Who is God?
    Jesus-What Makes Jesus so Important?
    Holy Spirit-Is the Holy Ghost really a Ghost?
    The Bible- What are the Ten Commandments
    Christianity-What is Faith?
    Prayer-Do I have kneel when I pray?
    The Church-What is Baptism?
    Christian Seasons/Holidays-What is Holy Week?
    Being a Christian Here and Now-What is Tithing?
    Being a Christian Forever and Ever-Is Hell real?
    Big Questions-Why do people hurt other people?

    These are some of the questions in this book. This book has a wealth of information to understand the bible more clearly.

    Our Children ask alot of questions. We don't have answers to all of there questions. That's why we have books like these to help us with answers to there questions. This book brings clarity to some of the questions they have.

    This is how I used this book:

    Every morning I asked a question to our 7 year old son and our 4 year old daughter listens in too. I tried to let him answer before I read him the answer. Most of the time he knew the answer but this book gave him clarity and more understanding what the question was asking.

    My 7 year old was pondering everything I was reading to him and he would then ask me another question from a question.

    This book allowed his heart to examine what we were reading and want to learn more about who God is.

    I would recommend this book for all ages as a child is never to young to learn about Our Mighty God.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Wonderful Resource for Parents!

    If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids by Kathryn Slattery is a really wonderful book and a great resource for parents. In this book, the author supports answers to every question with scripture. The book answers questions about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Church, The Bible, Christianity, Christian Holidays, the Hard Questions, Being a Chrisan here and now and Being a Christian Forever.

    While my own child is too young to ask most of these questions, I know this book will be a handy guide as he grows in his understanding of the Lord. While parents may know the answers to these questions, this book has answers in the language that speaks to kids...not at them. I even learned some things while reading answers about Christian Holidays.

    I would recommend this book to any parent or child looking to have answers regarding the Christian faith and life. Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Answering the Hard and Easy Questions!

    I was given the opportunity to review 'If I Could Ask God Anything-Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids' by Kathryn Slattery as part of the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze book club. This is a wonderful book that answers all sorts of questions that children have or may have when it comes to learning about God and the Bible.

    This book is set up wonderfully! All the questions are broken into eleven groups; God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons and Holidays, Being a Christian Here and Now, Being a Christian Forever and Ever, and Big Questions.

    Each of the questions asked are explained and always backed with scripture taken directly from the Bible in which is sometime listed or you can look it up yourself as a reference.

    This book can be used for more than when those certain questions come up, but you can take this book and use it as a Bible Study to sit and do along with your own child or perhaps in a Sunday school children's church class!

    I know in the years to come, I'll be using this book in my own home with my children. This book is recommended for children of all ages. I would say whenever your child starts asking the questions, it's time to start looking to this book as I know each child matures in their own time.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Great for youth, new Christians

    While I grew up in the church, I didn't necessarily appreciate religion until my mid 20s. That said, I've read a host of books on Christianity and religion while 'catching up' with my spirituality. I ordered this book with the intention of it helping me to better understand some concepts. While it's geared towards children, I thought that since I often pull out a children's Bible for some things, that this book may serve the same purpose. It didn't, but that doesn't mean it isn't a great book.

    I think it's perfect for K-8 and primary school in general - especially Christian schools. It would also be a great resource for Sunday School teachers, home-school co-ops and the likes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

    Enjoyed by the Whole Family

    When I received a copy of IF I COULD ASK GOD ANYTHING by Kathryn Slattery from Thomas Nelson, I was expecting it to be more of a child's book. I was afraid it was going to put faithful doubts into the minds of children, but after reading it, I was happy to find it was answers to questions that are more factual. It is presented as a book that answers children's questions but I found it to be more of a reference book. It is also a good book for adults to read to children in order to answer the questions commonly asked. This book of knowledge is written so that anyone of any age can enjoy its contents. Many of the questions, such as "Why do some Christians put fish-shaped symbols on their cars?" were questions I had often wondered myself. Other questions, such as whether or not is okay to pray with a friend over the phone, were geared toward a younger sect. It includes quotes from the bible to back up the answers to the questions. I found the book to be very informative. I had no idea why the word Selah is in the margins of Psalms. I would not have known to where to look up the answer, but this book gives the reader not only the answer to this, but also to many other puzzling bible questions. Although it is a biblical reference source, it is also a page-turner. I found myself getting out my bible to look up the bible citations to read further. So far, my parents have also read it, and found it greatly informational.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Well put together, do not really see the point

    If I could ask God anything by Kathyn Slattery is a book for parents, Sunday School teachers or anyone else that is around children. The book is designed to be a "go to" resource to equip them to answer questions such as: "What is Faith?" "Why are there so many different churches?" and "Who is the Holy Spirit?" As a parent and Sunday school teacher myself, I can really appreciate such a publication. The answers I found to be biblically accurate and she doesn't lend herself to any particular doctrine. However, I'm not really sure if this book is best served as a book for adults to use to speak to children, especially when we already have the bible as THE best resource to find things out about God and our faith. I think maybe perhaps this book might be good for children to use on their own, in fulfilling their own curiosity when an adult isn't present, which should RARELY be the case. So yes, this is a good sound resource complete with scripture references to back up the answers she gives but in the end I just don't see it's purpose when the answers are given to us in the bible for which we could use to give the answers to our curious little ones. If in the case where I as an adult did not know the answer I think the child would best be served with some time spent with me in the Word learning how to search out answers to our questions. I don't see the need for a "middle man" or If I could ask God anything for that matter.

    This book was provided to me by Tommy Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    A Must for Sunday School teachers

    Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has recently issued a 2nd edition of Kathryn Slattery's book If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids. This children's book is a compilation of questions concerning basic Christian doctrine, practices, and the church year along with accompanying answers. Reading the questions, it is easy to imagine children asking these questions. Slattery provides clear answers addressed directly to children with appropriate reference to scriptures. Frequent insets provide additional information such as how to read the Bible or a more extensive list of scripture references. Some pages include graphics with a continuing theme of God loves you (1 John 3:1).
    This useful resource belongs in every church library and will be a welcome resource for children's ministers and Sunday School teachers. Slattery's clear biblically based answers will prove useful as a springboard for answering questions. This resource is also highly recommended to parents who desire to instill Christian faith in their children. It is designed more as a reference book than a devotional book although it could be used as such. Upper elementary children may find this book useful for personal reading and reference.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneezebook review bloggers 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."

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    If I Could Ask God Anything

    I read this book, hoping to find a little help answering some questions my daughter had about Easter. Not only did I find the answers to those questions, I found so much more. Geared towards children, I think it should be a parent/child thing. The answers to the questions are written in kid friendly language and are backed by scripture. I think looking up those scriptures with your child can be an excellent bonding experience.

    I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone with curious children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    If I Could Ask God Anything

    This book is a must have for children and parents alike. When children go their "why" stage this book will be key in getting the correct answers to your child in a manner that they can understand. It will keep you from becoming frustrated in trying to explain God and his will. This is not an easy thing to do and its very important to give the right answer the first time. To sow that seed in your child to aid their faith. I will have a copy for me and for my church's classroom. Kids want to know the ins and outs of everything. Especially what they can't see and touch. This is the perfect resource for that!

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    If I Could Ask God Anything

    I received this book last week and have been reading bits and pieces over the last few days and I have to say this is a great little book! This book is geared for the myriad of questions that children ask when parents may find the answers hard to explain in terms they will really grasp and understand.

    The book is broken down into sections (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit,The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons & Holidays, Being a Christian, and Big Questions), as well as the Contents section which lists each individual question that is covered, for ease of finding the answers you're looking for. There are answers for everything from Who is God? to What did Jesus wear? to Why do people have to die?

    This little book is a great read for all ages. Whether you have children of your own or not, you never know when you might suddenly be inundated with questions from curious kids!

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Evidence That Demands a Verdict (for kids)

    Every parent can relate. Out of the blue, your child asks you a spiritual question.

    "Who is God?"

    Or, "Is it OK to pray for help on a test?"

    Or even, "Why do people have to die?"

    These are three of the 180 questions that Kathryn Slattery tackles in bite-sized, one-page replies intended for "curious kids." This book is a worthwhile read for curious adults as well.

    Separated into 11 logical categories-God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, The Bible, Christianity, Prayer, The Church, Christian Seasons & Holidays, Being a Christian Here & Now, Being a Christian Forever & Ever, and Big Questions-kids and adults alike are reminded that "God loves you" (1 John 3:1).

    It reminded me a bit of a kids' version of Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands a Verdict. If you or your child is already a skeptic, there's nothing in this book to convince you otherwise.

    But if you approach life from a perspective of faith, then you'll find a great deal of encouragement in the simple answers and extensive Bible quotes.

    Full disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    If I Could Ask God Anything- By:Kathryn Slattery

    In the book ,"If I Could Ask God Anything." Mrs. Slattery explained the answers to many questions that children may ask. The book is broken into eleven chapters with several questions in each chapter. Some of the questions are simple questions that young children may ask like, "Does God ever sleep?" or "Is Jesus' last name Christ?" Which is good for Sunday School classes and there are some geared more towards the youth group age, like "Help! What should I do if I think a church service is boring?"and "Is it true that Christians can't have any fun?"I think this is a great book for any Christian parent or sunday school/ youth leader to keep on hand. Some times you can't remember where the answers are, it is nice to have a resource like this with the scripture documented to help you find it in the Bible. It also talks about Baptism and Communion things that new Christians whould find helpful. I really enjoyed this book, and I will be using it with my Sunday school class, the youth group my husband teaches, and our one year old son as he grows up. Thanks so much Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading to review for free.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    If i could ask god anything by kathryn slattery

    ok this is a nice Q&A book geared to children. its more for the high age group i think more for 5+ (mainly because younger one ask why alot...lol) but it covers alot of the questions that arise like "who is God?, Jesus?, Holy Spirit?" of course not all of them are theological, ie.."what did Jesus wear?, is Jesus' last name Christ?" , and what i think every kid goes through at least once (maybe even some adults too), "Help! What should I do when I think a church service is boring?"

    i think itll be an interesting read for children and parents alike. it will help parents to explain somethings in a way that kids will understand and parents may not feel so put on the spot. kuddos kathryn , i really enjoyed this book and im sure many others will too.



    (the book "If i could ask god anything" by kathryn slattery was provided by thomas nelson publishing at no cost for a honest review)

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