Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review: If I Could Ask God Anything

This book has a lot of different questions that children ask, and provide parents with answers so they can sound like they know what they are talking about. There are cute questions like "Does God ever sleep?", to knowledge questions, "What is Lent?", to real life questions, "Why do people have to die?" They are answered in simple, easy to understand language, and provide good guidance for both the children and the parents.

I do have to admit that after reading the Islam book, this book did irk me in little ways. Let me give you a couple of examples. In the question, "What's the biggest difference between Christianity and other religions?," the answer was
Christianity is not just another religions that teaches about God. Christianity is a religion centered on having a personal relationship with God. This is possible because Christians believe that God is alive. God is real. God has a special plan for the world and for each person in it.
Most important, Christians believe that God loves the world and all the people in it (John 3:16). God loves you!
That's the whole answer. First of all, it doesn't really answer the question. And there is an implication that people in the other religions don't center on having a personal relationship with God, which is absolutely not true.

Another example, in a similar vein. The question is "Can I have friends who aren't Christians?" The answer:
Yes, it is possible to be friends with people who do not know Jesus. God loves all His children. God wants us to love everyone too. At the same time, it is important to remember that because we are human, we are easily influenced by others. Good friends can be a good influence. Bad friends can be a bad influence.
It is absolutely true that there can be good friends and bad friends, but it seemed irksome that that warning was put right there, again because of the implication. There can be good and bad friends of any religion.

It is a good book, but as with any book about any topic that deal with answers for children, you may want to read them first and be sure you agree with them before you read them to your child, and / or supplement them with information of your own.

Full disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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