“God is not something to study…He is Someone to know.”
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 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. She grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada, and now lives in California with her family.
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.
Judge this book by its cover? It looks like what it is: a teaching tool for kids. The cover matches the full-color pages, making it an appealing resource.
Reminds me of…The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People and its related study guides, all published by Zondervan.
You’ll buy it if… you’re a Christian parent seeking practical, enjoyable ways to teach your grade-school child about God, His big story, and how we fit into it. You’ve read or experienced The Story with your church and want augmenting material. You enjoyed watching The Bible (miniseries) with your family.
Why did I read this book? For Litfuse and Higherlife for review
Would I read another by this author? Yes.
My take: First there was The Story, then The Bible (miniseries) and now The God Puzzle. They all share a similar aim, and it is one I particularly appreciate: to encourage our understanding of God’s big *story* as revealed in the Bible by showing how every individual story fits into one overarching one. And more than that, how we–believer or not–fit into His story too. For Christians, this focus adds relevance to our faith. It lends purpose to our lives.
The God Puzzle is a wise resource for any parent with any amount of Christian background (a little or a lot), to be taken at any pace. Though its lessons may be appreciated by people of all ages, it’s geared for parents of 7 to 12 year olds. It’s broken into 36 lessons, so it may be experienced at a moderate pace of one lesson a week and easily finished in less than a year. The author demonstrates her understanding of the age group in her accessible approach to the material and her layout. Each chapter starts with an attention-grabbing question, then moves to interactive study with Scriptural supports, talking points and activities. The writing is engaging and solidly grounded in biblical truths.
For parents and churches intent on bestowing a big-picture, Christian worldview to their children, this book is a valuable resource.
Thanks to HigherLife Development Services for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.