About the Author
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Christ Devotional, The Case for Christianity Answer book, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Visit Lee’s website at: leestrobel.com
Rob Suggs has been involved in three successful children's Bibles as writer, illustrator, or both. He and his wife, Gayle, have two children and live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids – along with a growing number of little grandkids.
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The case for faith for kids / by Lee Strobel with Rob Suggs.
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Introduction Any Questions?
Hey, do you like questions?
Questions are cool. They come in several fl avors. Of course, there are the boring questions:
Who was the thirteenth president of the United States?
What is the state bird of Montana?
Then there are those corny questions called riddles:
Why did the chicken cross the playground?
Answer: To get to the other slide.
There are also the head-scratching, noggin-tickling questions:
Why do people drive on a parkway but park on a driveway?
Why does 'after dark' occur after light?
Why are whales still chubby after all that swimming?
Why don't sheep shrink in the rain?
Why do cameras have round lenses but take square pictures?
Why does night fall but day break?
Why is one of the hottest dishes called 'chili'?
Why are many people afraid of heights, but no one is afraid of widths?
Those questions probably have answers, but who cares? They're more interesting the way they are, don't you think?
Then there are questions that do have answers. For example, do you ever stand on the beach and wonder how the moon way up there causes all those waves way down here? Or how long it would take to travel to another galaxy?
You could get those answers without much problem.
That's why there's science. The kind of science called physics would tell you about the moon and tides.
Astronomy would tell you about how long to plan for an intergalactic vacation.
Big-league questions Then there are those questions that everyone wonders about at some time or another:
How did this world get here?
Is there a God?
Which religion is true?
In case you're interested, a book called The Case for a Creator worked on the God question. Another one called The Case for Christ covered questions about Jesus,
such as: Was he really the Son of God? Could he really have risen from the dead?
This book is filled with big-league questions about believing in God and following Christ. Even a lot of Christians wonder about these noggin-nibblers:
If God is good, why does he let bad things happen in the world?
Do miracles happen or does science prove they are impossible?
Is Jesus the only way to get into heaven? What about other religions?
If I have questions or doubts, does that mean I'm not a Christian?
Herbivorous: an animal that only eats plants. They're vegetarians no burgers for them!
Why ask in the first place?
Those are some brain-drainers, and that's a . . . well,
a no-brainer. People ask these questions all the time,
and why shouldn't they? The answers are very important.
It's only natural that folks would wonder.
One more question: Should people who already believe in God ask for answers? If they wonder, for instance, whether God is really fair, does that mean they don't trust God enough? Should they just ignore the tough stuff and go on believing in God?
No, because questions are too pesky to let us do that. They have a way of hanging around like stray cats in your neighborhood. If you pay even a little bit of attention to a stray, he'll keep showing up at your door. If you pay a little attention to an important question, it'll keep showing up in your mind.
Here's an example. Don't think of a green-striped hippo.
Go ahead try not to think of a massive, blubbery,
herbivorous, four-toed aquatic artiodactyl mammal with lime green racing stripes. Here is some blank space for you to spend not thinking about that.
See? Before, it was easy not to think of one. But once you read those words, green-striped hippo, there you go. The more you try not to think of one, the more he makes himself at home inside your brain.
Artiodactyl: hoofed mammals with an even number of toes. Animals like cows, deer,
sheep, camels, goats, and hippopotamuses.
(Even green-striped hippos!)
Table of Contents
Introduction: Any Questions? 7
Part 1 Case for Faith
Chapter 1 Why would a Good God Allow Bad Things? 17
Chapter 2 Does Science Mean Miracles Can't Happen? 37
Chapter 3 The Big Five 45
Chapter 4 Can other Religions get us into Heaven? 59
Chapter 5 Can I have Doubts and Still be a Christian? 73
Part 2 Off my Case
Chapter 6 Q and A 95
Chapter 7 Soccer Mom 105
Chapter 8 The Great Ticket Scam 115
Chapter 9 PFD means "Pretty Fat Dummy" 125
Epilogue: The Beginning: Where to Next? 133
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a reworking of Strobel's well received The Case for Faith. Rob Suggs is a well known author in his own right and has done a good job of making this book "kid friendly." It covers five subjects that are considered problematic for faith. These are the presence of evil in the world and God's good nature, the coexistence of science and miracles, the person of Jesus, the claims of other religions, and whether Christians are allowed to have doubts. The explanations are clear and children will be able to benefit from reading this book and discussing it with their parents or older siblings afterward. The whole family can get involved using the different versions.
After finishing the Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, I decided to read The Case for Faith for Kids by Lee Strobel with Rob Suggs. This short book, 90 pages was obviously written for children, it was basic It covers five subjects that are good to focus on as they relate to the Christian faith. It looks at the problem of evil or (the presence of evil in the world and God's good nature), science/miracles, the person of Jesus, Christianity vs. other religions, and whether Christians are allowed to have doubts. The explanations are clear and well done. I read this book to see if I wanted to read through it with my eldest son. There are many questions and activities interspersed throughout which can be fun and informative. It help the child to think through the topics. I really enjoyed this little book and would give it a solid 4 or 4.25 out of 5 stars. I'd highly recommend this little book.