Parenting by the Book – Children Demand a Verdict: Answering Questions about What We Believe and Why We Believe It
Parenting by the Book
by Sylvia Cochran
Book Review: Children Demand a Verdict: Answering Questions about What We Believe and Why We Believe It
Green Key Books
Reading Level Ages 7-11
Child Demand a Verdict is penned by Christian author Josh McDowell. It meets a need Christian parents sometimes have not even recognized they had. In 77 short vignettes, the author explains in simple English why Christians do not need to fear death, why Satan is after souls, what God is really all about, how the trinity works, how we know that God wrote the Bible, and what real faith actually is.
It is an essential tool for Christian parents who are concerned about the false doctrines that have been sneaking into the church. Whereas adults may expound endlessly on the veracity of Christ’s rising from the dead on the third day, today’s children will simply cease to believe in a risen Christ altogether and instead may simplistically embrace the “good teacher” who may be one of many ways to God.
On the flipside, the Christian parent who would not know how to answer “how do we know Jesus is God?” in 30 words or less – roughly the average attention span of a first grader – and instead digresses into an extensive (and, for a child, mind numbing) dissertation on the veracity of the Bible as evidenced by the number of manuscripts preserved, this book is the proverbial lifeline.
CHILDREN DEMAND A VERDICT is highly recommended for children who are familiar with having daily quiet times, and who enjoy reading a couple of short pages on their own. At the same time, these vignettes make for perfect family devotionals and meal discussions. As a matter of fact, the odds are very good that parents themselves will learn a thing or two about the Bible they might not have known themselves.
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