The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently

The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently

by Alex McFarland


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The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently by Alex McFarland

University apologist, director, and popular speaker Alex McFarland has spent the last two decades answering questions about Christian worldview and the Bible from children, teens, and parents. In The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity, he summarizes questions today’s children and teens are asking about God, the Bible, and the problem of evil.

Alex’s experiences have taught him that how adults answer questions about God is as important as, if not more important than, what kids ask. He provides parents with teaching strategies that will help them reach their children intellectually and spiritually. Today’s kids and teens are looking for authenticity, integrity, and straightforward truth. Alex comes alongside parents and gives them tools to effectively answer not only their children’s toughest academic questions but also the questions that plague their hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589976788
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theology Lessons on the Front Steps 1

How to Answer a Question 5

Part 1 Questions about God, the Father

1 Why Does God Allow Evil? 15

2 Why Does God Allow Suffering? 23

3 Why Is God So Unfair? 31

4 How Do We Know That God Loves Us? 41

5 Why Doesn't God Make My Life Easy? 49

Part 2 Questions about Jesus, the Son

6 Is Jesus Really God? 61

7 Did Jesus Ever Sin? 71

8 Why Did Jesus Have to Die on the Cross? 85

9 Why Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven? 93

10 When Is Jesus Coming Back? 105

Part 3 Questions about the Trinity and the Holy Spirit

11 How Can God Be the Only God If There Is Also Jesus? 125

12 When I Pray, Who Is Listening-God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? 133

13 Will the Holy Spirit Leave Me If I Keep Sinning? 143

Part 4 Questions about the Bible

14 Is the Bible Really the Word of God? 155

15 Are the Miracles in the Bible True? 165

16 How Can I Understand the Bible? 179

17 This Guy at School Says the Bible Contradicts Itself-Is That True? 193

Part 5 Questions about the Church

18 Why Are Christians Such Hypocrites? 207

19 Why Do Christians Judge Everybody? 219

20 If Church Is Boring, Why Do I Have to Go? 231

21 Why Don't Most Churches Care about Pollution and Global Warming? 243

Part 6 Questions Parents Ask and My Question to You

22 Questions Parents Ask 255

23 What Will Your Family Legacy Be? 263

Notes 273

What People are Saying About This

Monica Cole

I applaud this book for presenting an easy-to-understand explanation of a biblical worldview for children and for their parents as well. This excellent book should be in every Christian home.

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The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DawnMHamsher More than 1 year ago
I give the book 3.5 stars. What I liked: It helps answer faith questions for teens and adults. I used it to answer questions that my 14 year old daughter had and also an adult friend. This book is a good resource, but not one that I could just pick up and read the whole way through. Instead, I've used it to look up specific hard questions. Each section title is a tough question followed by the answer, which is backed by Scripture. Some questions the books helps answer are: --Why do bad things happen to good people? --How can a loving God let people go to Hell? --Is Jesus real? What I didn’t like: The layout/flow in each section is annoying -- You get to reading about a tough question and then it is interrupted with a box of related text, so you have to skip the box to continue reading. The boxes interrupt the reader’s flow. The boxes have good information in them, but why stick them in the middle of text? It just makes reading harder and more confusing. Some of the author’s explanations are a little advanced and might not translate well to younger children. Overall: Good resource. I am glad I have it in my library because it has come in handy! I could only give it 3.5 stars, though, because of flow.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
This easy to read book is the perfect apologetic book for parents, young adults and all readers alike. Written in a simple question and answer format this books presents some of the most challenging philosophical, spiritual and even science based questions that are asked by young people and adults alike. The answers presented are thourough yet easy to understand. This book is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to share their faith or defend their faith. This is a much needed book for today's generation of believers and secular readers alike. As a blogger, I won this book from an online contest from Tyndale.
DaniDyer More than 1 year ago
The Book as a Whole and the Author Alex McFarland is a well-known author with Focus on the Family. I have heard his names plenty of times around my home church. This book was a little unsuitable for me, as I don't have children. I do have a niece and nephews though, so the book is not totally impractical. I enjoyed how McFarland organizes the book. Each chapter is a different topic. Within each chapter, McFarland covers the topic in three different way: a small childs point of view, a teens point of view, and the adults point of view. 21 most common questions about Christianity are covered. My Favorite Parts The back of the book for adults was my favorite. Because as I said before, I don't have children. What I Got From The Book I got a few of my own questions answered through out the book. I recommend this book if you have kids in your life or even if you have questions that seem unanswered. McFarland breaks everything down in really easy to understand terms. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently by Alex McFarland This book is an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers and anyone who has asked or had children who have asked the tough questions about God. This is an excellent way to study and learn where to find the answers in the Bible and how to answer these questions. It is a good resource including good explanations and verses to help you to learn and equip yourselves for the inevitable questions that will or have been asked. I love how Alex McFarland says this isn't a book to read verbatim to answer your children but is a way to be ready for those questions. He wants you to delve into maybe why they are asking a question so you know what is motivating the child. Is it curiosity or something that has happened to cause them to question such as loss. It is a very informative and plain language book that helps in your quest to be able to help your children and others when it comes to questions about God and Christianity. I would recommend this book for all households and church libraries. I wish I had this book when my children were younger and asking these questions. This book is one that I would even think about giving to young adults and adults if they have questions like Why does God allow evil? I found when reading this book that many of the questions were ones that we all at one time or another have asked and this is a good study book to help you with those questions. I think this would be a good book to use in new Christian homes and bible studies. I would give this book 5 stars and hope that everyone would read and put in the home and church libraries. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for providing me this free copy of the book for my honest review.