God's Timing was perfect. Forensic Faith For Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy came in the mail at just the right time.
You see, we are studying apologetics in our homeschool co-op and one girl was interested in taking the course, but the reading was just too hard.
I was so excited to tell her about the book and asked her if she wanted to read a chapter to see if she liked it.
She said down and read a chapter. And kept reading. She loved it!
When she left, she wanted to take it with her, but I told her I still had to review it myself.
A few days later, I sat down to review the book and couldn't stop reading. It was enchanting, delightful, and engaging. Okay, I love mysteries whether cozy mysteries for grown-ups or easy reading mysteries for kids.
I loved the people in the story. I love how they handled weaving in apologetics and I loved the little Corgi. Yes, I'm just a kid at heart. But, I'm also a pastor's wife with a deep desire to see children walk confidently in their faith. Forensic Faith For Kids is a great way to teach children the whys behind their faith.
Alright, let me tell you a little about the book.
It is written as a story with a boy who is a part of a detective club with a police detective leading it. At the club, they investigate their faith and other mysteries using the same principles that detectives use to solve their cases.
Daniel finds a lost dog and brings the mystery to the detective club to solve. In addition, two girls meet a church visitor who has doubts about Jesus. The girls wonder if the detective club can help solve this mystery, too. Yes, they can!
There is more to enjoy than this amazing book. You can visit Case Makers Academy online. I went to the website to watch the videos for each chapter. I loved "meeting" the authors and hearing from them. There were also worksheets to download. I let Martha know all about the academy so she could start her own notebook when I lend her the book.
Now, we have just started the notebook and I am really impressed with the resources to make the notebook, play, and discuss the material. Here's what I mean by that. The first week, for the Introduction, there is a cover to download, color, and use as the cover of Martha's Forensic Faith Notebook. The second week for Chapter One, has a worksheet on chapter one for Martha to fill out. There is also a simple game for us to play together. While we played, I asked her the discuss questions from the Teacher guide. The questions were perfect! The Teacher Guide also reminded me to reinforce the lesson that we have evidence for our faith, though not all of our questions are answered.
This is a great way to introduce children to apologetics so they can share truth with other children who struggle with doubts about Jesus and Christianity.
Your children may struggle with doubts themselves. That is normal and nothing to be afraid of. If your child, struggles with questions, consider this as a great way to open the door for conversation with him or her.
All of my children had questions about Jesus and the Bible as they moved through the preteen years. Thankfully, we had wonderful resources to answer those questions. This book is going on that resource shelve and will most likely find it's way under several loved ones Christmas trees this year.
I highly recommend this book to you!
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Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!