Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book Review: The God Puzzle by Valerie Ackermann

About the book: The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love. The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child's attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn't working. Sunday School isn't doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.

About the Author: Valerie Ackermann has a BA in Theology and has been a full time Children's Ministry Director at Parkwood Community Church in California for over 10 years. She is also a weekly Sunday school teacher, wife, and busy mom of two boys ages 9 and 11. She has hands-on experience as a children's ministry professional, teaching and leading children of all ages. Growing up in a Christian family in the small town of Saskatchewan Canada, she has wonderful memories of knowing God from an early age. She has a passion for kids to know the deep truths of God.

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My Review:
What's the most important and most loving thing we can do for our children? I believe it is leading them to Christ. But how? It's obvious that we should be praying for them & with them and reading the Bible to them. Having a Biblically sound resource can be quite helpful in getting good discussions started, answering questions, and explaining. The God Puzzle is a wonderful tool to help parents teach their children about God & the Christian faith and instill into them a solid foundation of Biblical truths. The book consists of 36 lessons which start from "Who is God?" to "What are we Looking Forward to?" The author shows how the Bible fits together from beginning to end as one redemption story that points to Jesus Christ as our Savior/Deliverer/Redeemer.

The lessons are filled with fun activities (such as matching, crosswords, drawing, and filling in blanks) and Bible references (yes, children get to learn from God's Word itself). Each one includes "Get the Facts" (how different puzzle pieces fit together), "Read It" (read what God's Word says), "Talk about It" (questions for discussion), and "Talk to God about It" (this is where your child can write down his/her thoughts in a prayer letter back to God). The book covers creation, sin, sacrifices, salvation, the New Covenant, the Trinity, worship, baptism, communion, spiritual gifts, missions, and more. At the end of the book, you will find Appendix 1: Books and Divisions of the Bible, Appendix 2: The Names of God, and Appendix 3: Where Do I Read in the Bible when I'm Feeling____?. The book is vibrantly colorful and easy to use (no preparation time required). I really appreciate the correct theology and how the author makes it approachable and understandable for kids. I'm using this book with my 12 year old son who enjoys puzzles :). I highly recommend this book to all who have children from ages 7 to 12.

~ I received a free copy of this book via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. You can find more reviews of this book here.

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