July 2024 Book Club Recommendations

July 08, 2024

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

Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters

Abigail Shrier

Irreversible Damage is a must-read for parents of girls. Though the author does not write from a biblical worldview, she outlines the social contagion of Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria among girls and what parents can do to protect their daughters.

Book for Children Ages 8-12

The Green Ember

S.D. Smith

Heather and Picket are two ordinary rabbits living in Nick Hollow, yet their happy life is constantly overshadowed by threats of war in the Great Wood and the cruel wolves and Birds of Prey that threaten their borders. When disaster strikes, brother and sister must join with the cause of the Mended Wood if they are to survive– a cause that seeks to establish the rule of the true rabbit king over Natalia. But as the secrets of their family's past and the royal crown come to the surface, Heather and Picket must choose whom they will trust, or if anyone can be trusted.

Question 1—Throughout the story, we see the importance of Heather and Pickett sticking together as a family to succeed. We also see that when they remember their parents' love for them and goodness toward them they are motivated to be brave and courageous. How is this message different from the message many books and shows give about family?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how many books and shows portray families as holding the main character back from being their true selves. In this book, the characters learn how to be their best selves by leaning into the love of their family.

Question 2 - What begins happening to Pickett as he feels sorry for himself?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how Pickett focuses only on himself and his anger. He is blind to the good around him and the many things he has to be grateful for.

Question 3 - The vision of the Mended Wood is central to many of the characters’ motivations in this book. They do not become discouraged by the here and now because they are focused on fighting to achieve the Mended Wood. How is this similar to what a Christian’s focus should be in this life?

Discussion Guide - Read Romans 5:1-5 and Revelation 21:1-4. Discuss how Christians are to view even suffering as something that will prepare us for the hope of the True Mended Wood, when Jesus returns and ushers in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Book for Children Ages 4-7

God’s Go-Togethers

Sam Allberry

We find many go-togethers in our world, things like shoes and socks, buckets and shovels, hot dogs and mustard. God also created many go-togethers to make our world work just as it does - light and dark, land and sea, male and female. Join Ethan and Lila on a beach day adventure where they discover the beauty of God’s design.

Question 1 - What are some go-togethers that you enjoy?

Discussion Guide - Discuss things that your child uses or enjoys that go together, things such as shoes and socks, basketball and hoop, bathing suit and pool, etc.

Question 2 - Read Genesis 2:18-25 and ask, “What truth does this passage reveal about another go-together God created?”

Discussion Guide - Discuss how God designed men and women for one another. In marriage, one man marries one woman and together they can start a family.

Bonus Question 1 - If your child has gone through Foundation God’s Good Design Curriculum, ask, “Why is it that we can trust God’s plan for us as male or female is good?”

Discussion Guide - Review the truths from Unit 1, Lesson 5 (designers understand their design best) and Unit 2, Lesson 1 (God is good, therefore, His design is good).

Bonus Question 2 - If your child has gone through Foundation God’s Good Design Curriculum, ask, “Why is it that sometimes humans do not like the idea of being male or female?”

Discussion Guide - Review the truths from Unit 2, Lesson 2 (because of sin, feelings can trick us) and Unit 3, Lesson 9 (because of sin, we often reject or ignore God’s good design).

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