May 2022 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.
Book for Adults
The Gospel Comes with a House Key
If we want our children to understand the truth of the gospel, we not only need to share the gospel with them in words, we also need to live it out before them. However, all-too-often, we allow culture, rather than Scripture to dictate the norms in our home, buying into the lie of self-sufficiency through Western isolated individualism. In this book, Rosaria Butterfield outlines how Christians can share the gospel with their neighbors and their children through practicing “radically ordinary hospitality.” Be sure to catch our webinar with Rosaria Butterfield as we look at raising kids in a home with biblical hospitality.
Book for Children Ages 8-12
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
An impossible quest across Giant country, two English school-children, and a pessimistic Marsh-wiggle. These unlikely heroes will set off to find the long-lost Prince Rillian through four signs from the great Lion Aslan, defeat the evil witch holding him captive, and save Narnia before it’s too late.
Question 1 - Aslan gives Jill multiple signs to memorize that will guide her and the others along their way, but she soon forgets them. Why do you think this causes so many problems for the travelers, and how could it have been avoided? In our lives, why is it important for us to know God’s Word and follow it, rather than assume we know better? (John 15:7-11; Hebrews 4:12-13)
Discussion Guide - Discuss how so many of the difficulties that Jill, Scrubb, and Puddlegum faced could have been avoided if Jill had remembered the signs. Read Hebrews 4:12-13 and Psalm 119:9-12. Discuss why it is important to read and obey God’s Word.
Question 2 - The Queen of Underland almost captures the travelers by convincing them that everything they have ever believed is a fairytale. However, Puddlegum holds onto the truth, and his bravery reminds Jill and Scrubb of reality. What things do we need to put in place in our lives to remember and hold onto what is true? (1 Peter 5:8-11; Colossians 2:6-8)
Discussion Guide - Read Colossians 2:6-8 and 1 Peter 5:8-11, and discuss how easy it is for us to believe lies. Discuss the importance of reading God’s word, memorizing it, and surrounding ourselves with others who can remind us of the truth.
Question 3 - Puddlegum is a very strange character and the children often do not understand why he does certain things. However, throughout the story, Puddlegum remains faithful to the ways of Aslan. Is there anyone who you know who the world views as a bit odd yet is a faithful example of following Jesus? What things have you learned from this person?
Discussion Guide - Discuss people you know who may not fit in with the world but who faithfully follow Jesus. Talk through things you have learned from that person and ways your family can show him or her love.
Bonus Question - If your child has gone through Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum or Foundation Careful Thinking Curriculum, ask,”The Queen of Underland attempts to keep the travelers and Rillian in her kingdom by telling them that they have imagined everything about Narnia and that only her world is real. Is the Queen making an objective truth claim or a subjective preference claim?”
Discussion Guide - Discuss how the Queen is making an objective truth claim. She is claiming that their memories are false. Discuss how Puddlegum helped the others realize her claim was false by pointing to the evidence of the truth of Narnia.
Book for Children Ages 4-7
The People of God: God’s Plan for His Church
What is the church and why are Christians part of it? Those may seem like simple questions. Yet, many Christians do not know the biblical answers. In this book, Sarah Morrison lays out for little ones a biblical theology of the church and what it means to be part of the body of Christ.
Question 1 - What is the church?
Discussion Guide - Read through the first two pages and discuss that church is not a building and it is not a weekly worship service. It is the people of God.
(As an aside: If you attend a church where children are immediately shuffled off to a children’s program and they never experience worshiping with the entire body of Christ, we would highly encourage you to begin keeping your children in for part or all of the service at least once a month.)
Question 2 - Why do we meet together as a church at least once a week?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how God wants us to meet together as a church. He has commanded us to. Explain that this is why your family chooses not to go to sports competitions or other events on a Sunday morning. You are obeying God’s commands. And God’s commands are always for our good.
Question 3 - Who are the leaders in our church and how can we encourage them.
Discussion Guide - Discuss how God has given us leaders in our church who are responsible for teaching and shepherding us. Explain that this is a serious responsibility. Spend time praying for your church’s leaders, and then discuss practical things your family could do to encourage these leaders.
(As an aside: If you attend a church where none of the pastors know you by name and know details about your life and family, we would encourage you to either intentionally get to know the pastors, so that they can shepherd your family, or that you find a smaller church.)
Question 4 - What gifts has God given you to serve the church?
Discussion Guide - Discuss with your child the gifts that God has given him or her. Then discuss how your child can begin serving the local body of Christ in practical ways using those gifts.
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