Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan and Richie Hunt

The book Big Truths for Little Kids is a nice devotional book for parents to read with their children. It is centered on catechism (learning the answers to repeat back to specific questions). Each segment has a set of the catechism questions/answers for children to learn and then a story (a series throughout the book) in which the child/children are faced with a situation where they need the answers to the catechisms as a part of their normal lives.

The stories are sweet, and the follow-up questions for discussion and Bible verse and prayer suggestion are a great accompaniment to making this an easy daily devotional for you to do with your young children. My youngest child is almost 8 and I'd say this book is just on the border of being too "babyish" for her (her words). It's a good book for younger children though (toddler through 6 or 7).

I have mixed feelings on the focus on catechism. On the surface I'd say flat out that Scripture memory is much more important than memorizing the proper answers to these questions. On the other side of that, I had to learn the catechism (although the form in this book is much more child-friendly wording) and I can still remember a lot of it to this day. Kids are good at memorizing, they just are. And having ready answers on the tops of their heads is not a bad thing. So -- I don't see a harm in having them learn the catechism, as long as it is not taking the place of Scripture or given more weight than Scripture.

I'd recommend this book--it's a great devotional tool to use with younger kids!

I received a free copy of this book as a part of the Homeschool Book Review Program of Crossway Books. I was not required to write a positive review.

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