November 2023 Book Club Recommendations

November 06, 2023

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

What God Has to Say About Our Bodies

Sam Allberry

As our culture spirals into confusion over gender and sexuality, it is vital for us as Christians to help our children understand the inherent goodness of God’s design for their bodies. In this book, Pastor Sam Allberry takes a comprehensive look at what the Bible says about our bodies and what that means for how we view ourselves and others.

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Book for Children Ages 8-12

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic

Jennifer Trafton

Persimmony Smudge lives a boring life on the island in the Middle of Everything, where only her imagination enables her to cope with a lost father and endless mundanity. But when life on the island is threatened by an unknown danger, Persimmony, together with Worvil the Worrier, Theodore the Potter, and one extremely annoying king, will seek to save it– if they aren’t too late.

Question 1 - Persimmony longs to be a hero, but she is stuck with the reality of what other people think about her and the fact that she is extremely normal. What does Scripture say is true of our identity if we are in Christ? How does this reveal the purpose for our lives, even if they feel very normal?

Discussion Guide - Read Genesis 1:26-28 and discuss how God created us in His image and gave us the job of stewarding and ruling over creation. Then read Ephesians 2:1-10 and discuss how even though we are fallen, God has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus and created us to do good works, which He prepared beforehand.

Question 2 - Worvil worries constantly about what might happen in this story. What does the Bible have to say about worrying and how we can deal with our anxieties?

Discussion Guide - Read Matthew 6:25-24 and discuss how we can trust God to supply our needs. Read Philippians 4:4-8 and discuss how we are commanded not to be anxious but instead to pray, give thanks, and focus on what is true and good.

Question 3 - The giant beneath the mountain is a source of awe and beauty for those who encounter it, even though it is also terrifying. This is similar to accounts of people who encountered God in the Bible (Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, etc.). Do we have a biblical fear of God, or do we view Him as our buddy?

Discussion Guide - Discuss what it means to fear God - to have a holy reverence, awe, and love for Him. Discuss practical ways that your family can demonstrate a biblical fear of the Lord.

Book for Children Ages 4-7

Tori Comes Out of Her Shell

Jayne Clark

Tori Turttle has moved to a new town and is scared others won’t like her. She decides hiding in her shell is best, until she learns that she is never truly along, as there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Question 1 - Why did Tori hide in her shell? Have you eve felt scared of being alone like Tori?

Discussion Guide - Discuss how Tori was afraid others would not like her. Discuss any times you or your child have felt scared of being rejected by others.

Question 2 - Read Genesis 3 with your child and ask how hiding and feeling alone first began.

Discussion Guide - Discuss how Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God was sin. Sin always separates us from God and from one another.

Question 3 - Read Ephesians 2:14-22 with your child and ask what Jesus has done so that we never have to be alone or lonely.

Discussion Guide - Discuss how Jesus paid te penalty for our sin and reconciled us to God and to one another.

Question 4 - Tori came out of her shell once she realized God was always with her. Then she looked for someone she could reach out to and encourage. Who is someone you can reach out and encourage when you are feeling scared or lonely?

Discussion Guide - Discuss others your child can reach out to. Then discuss how looking for ways to help and encourage others takes our eye off of ourselves and fixes them on loving God and loving others.

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