Sunday, April 18, 2010

If I Could Ask God Anything

I live with questioners.  From the time they wake in the morning to the time they are finally making it back up the stairs to their rooms, they are challenging my wisdom . . . in a good way.  My brain is overworked.  Kathryn Slattery's If I Could Ask God Anything is a book waiting to come to the rescue when I just can't answer another question. 

Answering almost 200 inquiries that kids might ask about God, this book is a good resource.  She covers some theological questions such as "Who is God?" and "What is the second coming of Christ?" and some "kid-normal" ones, such as "Does God ever sleep?" and "Is it okay to pray for help on a test?"  She touches on topics like baptism and communion in appropriate ways without making denominational preferences so that you can have that discussion with your child.

I especially appreciated the answers to questions about the apostles and the discussion of various holidays.  I found those most useful.  My favorite explanation was in answer to "What will happen to me when I die?"  Slattery compares death to being an unborn baby, happy with his warm, safe home in the womb and not understanding that the world he will be entering is full of wonderful things like rainbows and laughter and ice cream.  She says, "He might even have the mistaken idea that what was about to happen to him wasn't birth but death."  What a beautiful, understandable explanation.

If I Could Ask God Anything is a friendly resource to have nearby for parents and kids to read as they grow and have questions.  While it may not be any better than other question/answer type books, it's not any worse, and it's organized quite well.  I intend to keep it in our personal library.

*A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.*


Karen said...

Sounds like a great book...I will suggest it to my DIL...

the shoafs said...

Oh wow....I"m thinking I need to order that YESTERDAY! Thank you for sharing...seriously, I'm ordering a copy tomorrow.

Amy in Peru said...

hey! I just posted my review too. we are NOT in agreement! :)
but I don't hold it against you ;)
I still like you...

amy in peru

hope you can bring yourself to forgive me... ;)

GlowinGirl said...

Amy, you are too funny! :) I can handle a little disagreement, and I can forgive you, I guess. After all, I'm right. (grin)

me said...

I just got this book to review also. Looking forward to reading it!

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