April 2022 Book Club Recommendations

April 01, 2022

Our goal in the Foundation Worldview Book Club is to provide resources for you to have meaningful, literature-based worldview discussions with the children God has placed in your care. We work hard to choose books with insightful, truth-based themes. However, we know that our subscribers will have different convictions about the content they allow in their homes, churches, and classrooms. We encourage you to read the recommended books ahead of time, to ensure that the content fits within the framework you have already established in your ministry context. Please also note that by recommending a certain book, Foundation Worldview is not endorsing every work published by a particular author.

Book for Adults

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot

Ellen Vaughn

Many biographers set out to make their subject a super-human hero who accomplished feats unattainable by others. This is not the case with Becoming Elisabeth Elliot. Ellen Vaughen reports the true tale of an ordinary woman with weaknesses, sinful habits, and insecurities who did extraordinary things because she willingly submitted her life to her savior. This biography is an encouragement to remain faithful in our ordinary callings while trusting in the faithfulness of an extraordinary Savior.

Book for Children Ages 8-12

Courageous World Changers

Shirley Raye Redmond

The people our culture upholds as “heroes” are often not the people we hope our children will model their lives after. The Courageous World Changers series each contains fifty stories of women and men who followed God’s call and lived lives that fulfilled God’s command to subdue the earth (Gen. 1:28) and make disciples (Matt. 28:19-20).

In a recent webinar with Sarah Stonestreet, Sarah shared four questions, developed by the Colson Center, that should guide a Christian’s thinking. As you read through each biography, go through this list of questions with your child, asking which questions guided this person as they lived their lives.

Question 1 - What is good that I can promote?

Discussion Guide - Discuss anything good that this person saw in the world around them and sought to promote.

Question 2 - What is missing that I can contribute?

Discussion Guide - Discuss anything that this person realized was missing and sought to contribute.

Question 3 - What is evil that I can stop?

Discussion Guide - Discuss anything evil that this person encountered and worked to stop.

Question 4 - What is broken that I can restore?

Discussion Guide - Discuss anything broken that this person encountered and worked to restore.

Bonus Question - If your child has gone through Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum, ask how this person’s actions show that right and wrong are truths and not feelings.

Discussion Guide - Discuss how many of these people did things that either went against a government’s laws or against the way most people at the time lived. Point out how the goodness of this person’s actions showed that right and wrong are not determined by governments, groups of people, or individual hearts. They are determined by God, our creator.

Bonus Question - If your child has gone through Foundation Careful Thinking Curriculum,

Discussion Guide - Discuss how

Book for Children Ages 4-7

Everyone a Child Should Know

Clare Heath-Whyte

This book contains 52 brief biographies of men and women who faithfully followed Jesus and helped point others to Him.

As you read through each biography with your child, ask the following questions to help them understand how this person lived a life that was pleasing to God.

Question 1 - What things did this person do that show they loved God?

Discussion Guide - Discuss the different decisions this person made to follow God.

Question 2 - Was this person’s life always easy?

Discussion Guide - Discuss the different challenges this person faced to help your child understand that following God does not mean life will be free of pain or sadness.

Question 3 - What lessons can we learn about following God from this person’s life?

Discussion Guide - Discuss what lessons this person learned and what thing they did that you and your child can emulate.

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