December 2023 Book Club Recommendations
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. Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, Foundation Worldview will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase.
Book for Adults
New Morning Mercies
While Foundation Worldview never recommends using devotional books for your daily time in Scripture, New Morning Mercies can be a helpful supplemental resource to to point you to the gospel. Each day is a new meditation on how the gospel should fame our view of everyday life. As we head toward the new year, this is a great resource to have on hand.
Book for Children Ages 8-12
The Promise and the Light
Fearful shepherds, a humble teenage girl, and a clumsy carpenter in Bethlehem – the Nativity story from the Bible we all know and love is brought to life in intimate detail by Katy Morgan, helping the reader to consider what might have happened in the lead up to the advent of Christ and the salvation of the world.
Question 1 - This book is a creative retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth. What parts of this retelling are biblical, and what parts are simply creative additions from the author’s imagination of what could have taken place?
Discussion Guide - Read Luke 1:1-2:21 and Matthew 1:18-2:23. Discuss any things mentioned in the biblical text that were also mentioned in the story. Then, have your child share two or three details that were included in the story by creative license (descriptions of Mary’s family, Joseph’s brother joining the zealots, etc.)
Question 2 - In this creative retelling of the Nativity story, both Mary and Joseph’s brothers struggle to understand the promises of God. Have you ever struggled to understand God’s Word? If so, what have you done to find answers to your questions?
Discussion Guide - Allow your child to share his or her thoughts. If your child has gone through Foundation Studying the Bible Curriculum, discuss several strategies for sound biblical interpretation and how they can help us correctly understand God’s Word.
Question 3 - Jesus didn’t come to earth in the way that most people expected Him to come. Why is it so significant that, in His first coming, Jesus came as a baby rather than as a conquering king?
Discussion Guide - Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and discuss how Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest because He can sympathize with our weaknesses. He has been tempted in every respect yet is without sin.
Book for Children Ages 4-7
What Is Truth?
Join Sebastian and Gregg on a thrilling intellectual adventure in Elizabeth Urbanowicz’s captivating children’s book, vibrantly brought to life by Miranda Duncan’s illustrations.
Our two charismatic characters guide young readers on a playful exploration of ‘truth,’ a word filled with profound meaning. With a blend of real-world examples and interactive participation, children are invited to discern what’s real and what’s not alongside their new friends. From acknowledging that grass is indeed green to laughing about the absurdity of flying puppies, Sebastian and Gregg make understanding truth an exhilarating journey.
Aligning these discoveries with biblical teachings, the book instills an early appreciation for truth in the hearts of young readers - because truth is what is real, and knowing what is real truly is important!
Question 1 - What is truth?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how truth is what is real.
Question 2 - Continue playing the game modeled in the book, giving your child different sentences and having him or her discern whether or not they are true.
Question 3 - What might happen if you did not know the truth?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how knowing the truth is important. If you didn’t know the truth about the time school started, you might always be late. If you didn’t know the truth about the right medicine to take, you could get sick. If you didn’t know the truth about which side of the road cars drive on, you could get run over.
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