Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God

Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God

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Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The description from the publisher neglects to mention that the question/answer format is based on the First Catechism which is a simplified version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I suppose this is because they are hoping to reach a more broad audience--outside presbyterian and reformed circles. This is a great goal, but I wanted to write a review so that some in the p&r circles might read this and know that it is a tool based on their own catechism. The great thing about this book is it offers great stories that apply the truths of scripture in situations to which young children can relate. We used the book for family devotions from cover to cover, and our kids really enjoyed the brother and sister character and their family and friends. If you want to put your children on a solid biblical foundation, Big Truths is a great place to start.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
What is the most important thing that a child can learn from his parents? Eight-year-old Caleb and his younger sister Cassie live with their dad and mom. The whole family is striving to be godly. They all regularly attend church services, and every night the parents teach the children about Jesus using the catechism. Caleb’s best friend Angus and his family attend the same church, but their other friend Daniel and his family, who recently moved into the community, don’t go to church. So Caleb and Angus ask Daniel to go to church with them. Will he be allowed to go? How will his parents react? And what will be the result? The reader needs to be aware that the authors come from a highly Reformed (Calvinistic) religious tradition. Susan Hunt is the women’s ministry consultant for Christian Education and Publications of the Presbyterian Church in America. Her son Richie Hunt is the children’s and youth minister at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dallas, GA. Bible believers from other religious backgrounds may not necessarily agree with some concepts and practices set forth in the book, such as salvation by praying to ask Jesus into your heart, total hereditary depravity, tithing, keeping the “Christian’s Sabbath,” following the Ten Commandments, and baptizing infants. In fact, many of us would prefer to instruct our children simply from the Scriptures rather than using a man-made catechism. However, putting the issue of the catechism aside, the thing I really like about this book is that the 36 stories illustrate how the truth of God’s word can be practically applied even in the lives of young children and also how important it is for parents to teach their children what the Bible says. Youngsters have a much greater capacity to learn than a lot of people think, so we shouldn’t wait until they’re older but start from the very beginning to inculcate within them both Biblical morality and Biblical doctrine. Each chapter concludes with a “Let’s Talk” section with questions about the lesson and a “Let’s Pray” section which, rather than having a written prayer to repeat, gives a passage of Scripture and just encourages the reader to pray based upon what that passage says.
MausM More than 1 year ago
As Christian parents we want our children to learn the truths of the Bible and we want them to learn how to build a relationship with God. Trying to express Biblical truths can be very difficult. This book has given a vocabulary and a setting to express Biblical truths which have lead to wonderful conversations. Some of the questions can be vague and some of the answers seem archaic in language but kids are smarter than we give them credit for and when you can explain the archaic language in kid terms then they understand the encapsulated truth. Overall I believe this book is an excellent resource for parents of grammar school aged children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago