An If I Could Ask God Anything Devotional
Categories: Bible study, Christian nonfiction, children's nonfiction, devotional
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Format: hardback review copy
My Rating: 2-stars
Age Range: children of all ages, everywhere
How do I know the Bible is true? What does it mean when the Bible talks about the kingdom of God? How can God be three persons at the same time? Help the kids in your life find answers to the questions they ask and deepen their faith along the way with 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids, a unique daily devotional full of biblical answers to curious questions about God, the Bible, and Christian faith.
365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids is a tremendous tool for every Christian home! Through a daily devotional, questions about God, the Bible, and faith are answered in a loving way that points children to God’s plan and His love. Parents will appreciate the thorough research and accuracy for this wide range of theological, historical, and faith topics. In addition to faith topics, this devotional addresses topics such as Christian traditions, the historic growth of Christianity, how to become a Christian, and what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. A helpful and complete index of questions includes the following topics: time; God; God’s promises; Jesus; God’s Holy Spirit; the Bible; the Old Testament; the New Testament; Christianity; prayer; the Church; Christian seasons, holidays, and traditions; being a Christian here and now; and eternity.
Each devotion is written so that it can be read and enjoyed on its own at any time, and many include a “Want to know more?” cross-referencing section at the bottom of the devotional for the extra-curious child who wants to learn more. At the end of the book, a special section called My Notes and Prayers offers several lined pages for the thoughtful young reader to write his or her thoughts and prayers.
365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids will help you nurture and grow your child’s faith, as well as naturally and gently, day by day, grow the child’s knowledge about what it means to be a Christian.
Engage the minds and hearts of the curious kids in your life for Jesus every day with 365 Bible Answers for Curious Kids.
Pros: This is a fantastic idea! Having a devotional that answers children’s questions about God and the Bible can truly help provide a well-rounded education about what it means to be a Christian and to follow God. There are varied subjects that are examined and explained at a level that children can comprehend. In addition, at the bottom of many pages is a resource to find additional information on that topic that can be found on other days within the devotional. There are some really good answers to the questions children have.
Cons: Unfortunately there are a few sections that have some theological errors with some being more problematic than others. First, the section from September 7 through September 10 addresses praying for pets. There is nothing in the Bible that endorses this idea. This is pure subjective use of Scripture to justify something that God is silent about. The only being made in God’s image are humans and therefore God encourages us to pray for one another. While we can pray for comfort for ourselves during a time of illness or the loss of a pet and we can thank God for His provision of the creatures we love there is no example of anyone praying for animals in the Bible.
Second, I find the blending of Christianity with Roman Catholicism the most problematic in this book found on the pages for October 7, 8, 10, and 17. There are more specifics that can be addressed for this section but my primary point is that there are reasons Protestants broke away from the Catholic Church.
Roman Catholic doctrine violates orthodox Christian beliefs. Some of the orthodox beliefs are as follows:
- There is only one God, and no one is to serve no other gods (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8).
- Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1, 14; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4).
- Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
- Salvation is by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2; 5:1-4).
- The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
- God is a Trinity (Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14).
- Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:25).
All true Christians believe in these things and will not violate them. The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church violates #1 and #4. Their doctrine promotes placing Mary and the Saints on a level with God by making prayers to them, therefore, they violate the commandment to have no other gods before God. Scripture only affirms praying to the triune God of the Bible. In addition, Roman Catholicism places Mary as a Savior by claiming she is the mediatrix (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 969) and claims that she makes atonement for the sins of man (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, page 213) among other things.
Furthermore, Catholicism denies that salvation is by faith alone which is proven by its own writings and dogma. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism, and the observance of the Commandments (CCC, par 2068). Clearly, the Roman Catholic Church has added to the Scriptures the requirement to be baptized and to observe the commandments in order to be saved. Certainly, every Christian shows evidence of salvation by being baptized and by following the commands of God but no one can earn salvation through these means. Salvation is by God alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The Catholic Church has never repudiated their statement from the Council of Trent which states, “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema" (Council of Trent, Canons on Justification, Canon 9).
As a reviewer for FrontGate Media, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to FrontGate Media, the author, and publisher.