March 2024 Book Club Recommendations

March 11, 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

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Jeremiah Burroughs

We often view contentment as as second or third-tier Christian virtue. However, contentment is vital if we are to seriously fight temptation and live lives that honor God. In this Puritan classic, Jeremiah Burroughs delivers a series of short sermons that explore what true biblical contentment is and how we can go about developing it in our lives.

Book for Children Ages 8-12

The Monster in the Hollows: The Wing Feather Saga

Andrew Peterson

By the Maker’s hand, the Wingfeather family has made it across the Dark Sea of Darkness and to the haven of the Green Hollows, home to the only warriors in Aerwiar able to keep the Fangs at Bay. The only problem is that Kalmar now looks exactly like the Fangs the Hollowsfolk have been fighting for nine years, and they are not of a nature to be forgiving. As the family tries to overcome the Hollish suspicions and make a life for themselves in Ban Rona, they must determine whom they can trust… and who is the real monster of the Hollows.

Question 1 - Janner is forced to confront Grigory Bunge in the middle of the story since it is the only direct way to protect his family. Why is standing up for the weak and helpless so important?

Discussion Guide - Read Psalm 82:2-5 and Matthew 25:34-40. Discuss how God calls us to defend the weak because God is just. Defending the weak reflects God’s character. And whatever we do for the “least of these,” we have done for Jesus.

Question 2 - Bonifer betrays the children and Anniera itself to Gnag, saying that he did it “all for love.” Clearly, his actions were not loving. What does the Bible reveal about how living in sin distorts our perspective of what is true?

Discussion Guide - Read Romans 1:18-31. Discuss how this passage reveals that when we exchange the truth of God for a lie and serve the creature rather than the creator, our thinking becomes futile, and our hearts are darkened. Talk about how this clearly happened to Bonifer, in that he believed his actions of betrayal were actually done out of love.

Question 3 - Esben gives Kalmar a beautiful reminder as he’s dying that Kalmar is still the King of Anniera and beloved of his father even though he is broken. How can this be a reminder of God’s great love for us and what Jesus has done?

Discussion Guide - Read Romans 5:1-11. Discuss how God sent Jesus while we were still sinners. We could do nothing to earn God’s love, mercy, and grace, yet He has freely given them to us because of who He is.

Book for Children Ages 4-7

God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender

Marty Machowski

Can girls become boys? Can boys become girls? Does what we like or do determine our gender? Join Maya and her classmates as Mr. Ramirez helps them understand the truths God’s Word reveals about the good gift of gender.

Question 1 - What is gender, and who designed it?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how gender is God’s good of being a boy or a girl.

Question 2 - Can humans decide or change what gender we are?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how God chose what gender we are and that gender is in the special code that makes up every part of our bodies. We cannot change that.

Question 3 - Why do we sometimes get confused about gender?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how, because of our sin, we want to go our own way instead of God’s. It is only through repenting of our sin and turning to Jesus that God’s Holy Spirit can empower us to follow God’s good design for us.

Bonus Question - If your child has gone through Foundation Biblical Worldview Curriculum, review the game played in Unit 4, Lesson 2, God made boy image-bearers and girl image-bearers.

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