I really enjoy my boys and how "inquisitive" they are. My boys are always asking questions or questioning what they see or hear. I recently received a book "How Do we Know God is Really There? to enjoy with my family, as part of my participation in the Mosaic Review Team. Ohhh yeah, my boys interest was peaked!
About the Book:
Thomas and his father escape to their backyard tree house most evenings to watch the night sky through a telescope. Thomas is dazzled by what he sees of God’s creation, but he has questions. “Dad, how do we know God is out there?” he asks one night. “I know the Bible says He’s there. But how do we really know that’s true?” Together, Thomas and his father begin to examine the cosmological evidence for God’s existence. This is the first in an exciting new series of picture books designed to introduce kids to important questions of the Christian faith in terms even pre-readers can understand. Read this aloud with your family, and you’ll come away knowing that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1). (From the publishers website)
About the Author:
Melissa earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian Apologetics by Biola, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in general biology from Campbell University. She worked in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade studying the science, theology, and philosophy pertaining to the origins debate. She is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013), the first book in what will be known as the Young Defenders series, a collection of illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children. Melissa welcomes opportunities to speak and teach on issues related to science and faith. (From the author's website)
My Thoughts and Review:
My boys and I sat down and read the book together, although my 11yr old strayed away and didn't listen to the whole story. (I did catch my 11 yr old reading the entire book just last night) My 9yr old and 8yr old were very much into the story line, as the book is beautifully writen for "little minds" to understand the complexity of the topic. My 9yr old, who doesn't read yet due to vision issues, was very intrigued and "glued to" the pictures, which are just stunning or as my son put it "COOL". I really like how the book really is a "Father and Son" conversation where the Dad is explaining how God truly exists and shows him the "Evidence" of God's existence. I know my boys are in that age/stage where they are always wanting to grow and learn more about God, but sometimes I find it difficult to answer their questions in a manner that they understand. Melissa Cain Travis took a "complex" question that many parents get asked and helped answer it beautifully. "How do We Know God is Really There?" is the first in a the Young Defenders series, and I am excited to see more in the series as they are released!
The Hardcover book is very well made, perfect size for little hands or throwing in a bag to read on the road. The illustrations are outstanding, the look of them is almost like a Colored Pencil drawing, soft and light. The book is priced at $16.00, which some might think is a little "out of budget" but it is priced well for the many uses that this book serves.
I give "How Do We Know God is Really There? 5 out of 5 stars.
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