Fantastic New Apologetics Resource for Families: Cold-Case Christianity for Kids!
by Natasha Crain
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve often seen me recommend the books of cold-case homicide detective (and former atheist), J. Warner Wallace. Det. Wallace’s books, Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene, evaluate the case for the truth of Christianity and God’s existence from a detective’s perspective. They’re excellent, engaging, and wonderfully balanced between being sufficiently meaty and readable at the same time. I love them so much that Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene are two of just five books in my apologetics reading plan for Christian parents!
Earlier this year, Det. Wallace announced that he and his wife, Susie, were writing kids’ versions of these books, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Parents regularly email me to ask for resources written directly for children, but there are very few available. I’m thrilled to let you know that the first of these kids’ versions is coming out in just three days!
I had the opportunity to read a pre-release copy for review and wanted to share with you today why you need to get this if you have young kids.
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective is written for 8- to 12-year-olds and corresponds to the chapter sequence of the adult version of the book, so parents and kids can study together (I love that!). Even though 8 to 12 is the target age range, you can absolutely use this with 6- or 7-year-olds if you’re working through it with them and helping them understand the concepts. My 7-year-old son was so engaged by it that he read the first 60 pages in two days after receiving it.
So how does the book capture a young kid’s attention? It teaches the skills kids need for evaluating the truth of Christianity by first using those same skills to work on solving a skateboard mystery. Each chapter reveals something new about an old skateboard that the characters are interested in. The kids learn a new detective skill, then apply it to investigating the truth of Christianity. It’s an easy, engaging read that’s packed with value.
There’s one more level of awesomeness I need to mention: The book has a corresponding website, coldcasechristianityforkids.com, where each chapter has a free short video, activity sheet, notebook sheet, and adult leader guide to give you great conversation ideas. Kids can also earn a completion certificate. It’s the ultimate parent toolbox.
The thinking skills kids will learn from this book are critical for navigating today’s skeptical world. I couldn’t be happier that Det. Wallace and his wife have written such an excellent resource for helping families engage in these topics early in their kids’ faith development. I’ll be working through it with my own kids, ages 7 and 6, over the next few weeks, and I highly recommend it to any parent with kids in the 6- to 12-year-old age range.
For those who want more details, I’m providing a chapter-by-chapter breakdown…
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