January 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
The Bible Recap
If we want our children to be biblically literate, we must first ensure that we are biblically literate. Doing so involves reading through the Bible, in its entirety, multiple times. The Bible Recap is an excellent companion to reading through the Bible in a year, whether this is your first or thirty-first read-through. It helps explain the cultural context, difficult passages, and areas where Christians differ in belief, all while keeping the focus on God and the big story He has written.
Book for Children Ages 8-12
Follow-Up Activity - One of the best ways to help our kids and ourselves remember the information we learn is to summarize that information in both words and visuals (symbols or pictures). We recommend that as your child reads through each section of this book, you have him or her summarize what they learned in 1-3 sentences and then draw a picture or symbol to represent that information.
Bonus Activity - If your child has gone through Foundation Studying the Bible Curriculum, along with the summary and pictures suggested above, we recommend you have your child identify in which Bible time period each event took place. Then have them explain how they can see one of the three main Bible themes present in that narrative.
Book for Children Ages 4-7
Goodbye to Goodbyes
Goodbye to Goodbyes: A True Story about Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb by Lauren Chandler and illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, is a simply retold story of Lazarus rising from the dead. Featuring vivid illustrations and paired with a simple text, this story explains the seventh and final miracle that John wrote about in his account of Jesus' life on earth, in an understandable way for young children ages 4 to 8 years.
Question 1 - Why were Martha and Mary so sad?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how Lazarus died and they missed him.
Question 2 - Have you ever felt sad when you had to say goodbye to someone?
Discussion Guide - Allow your child to share. This can be as simple as saying goodbye when dropped off at school to grieving the death of a loved one.
Question 3 - How did Jesus make it possible for us to say goodbye to goodbyes?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how Jesus defeated sin and death through His death and resurrection. Talk about how one day, in the new heaven and new earth, we will be with Jesus and everyone who has been made alive in Him. On that day, we will never again need to say goodbye.
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