September 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
If we want to help our children understand that Christianity is true, we must help them see that Christianity lines up with reality. Why Believe is a book that provides solid, scientific, and scholarly reasons to believe that Christianity is true. Even if you do not plan to read through the entire book, this is an excellent resource to keep on the shelf for the day our children bring up questions about the truth of Christianity.
Book for Children Ages 8-12
What Happens When We Die?
Death can be a scary topic to talk about, even for Christians. What Happens When We Die? covers a host of questions about death in an age-appropriate manner. It explores what we are told in Scripture, as well as some popular misconceptions about death and the afterlife.
Each chapter is titled with a question about death or eternity. We recommend that you read through this book with your child, stopping after each chapter to discuss the question posed in the chapter title. After you have finished reading through the entire book, you can discuss the following questions.
Question 1 - How is what we learned in this book about heaven similar to or different than what you believed about heaven before we read it?
Discussion Guide - Discuss any beliefs about heaven that were similar and any beliefs that changed. Be sure to discuss the passages of Scripture these beliefs are rooted in so that your child understands they come from Scripture, not just the author’s ideas.
Question 2 - How is what we learned in this book about hell similar to or different than what you believed about hell before we read it?
Discussion Guide - Discuss any beliefs about hell that were similar and any beliefs that changed. Be sure to discuss the passages of Scripture these beliefs are rooted in so that your child understands they come from Scripture, not just the author’s ideas.
Question 3 - How should thinking about eternity affect the way we think about and live life on Earth?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how our suffering here is temporary compared to eternal life with God (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Discuss with your child whether he or she has turned from their sin and trusted in Christ. Then spend time thanking God for salvation and praying for family and friends who are not yet Christians.
Book for Children Ages 4-7
What Is Heaven Like?
Jesse is excited about an early morning fishing trip with his dad to celebrate his 6th birthday. However, during this trip, he learns a whole lot more than how to catch fish. He learns what heaven is like.
Question 1 - Is it easier for us to see when we are swimming underwater or when we are on top of the water?
Discussion Guide - Discuss how it is easier to see when we are on top of the water. Then discuss how Jesse’s dad said that heaven will be like seeing on top of the water for the first time, finally seeing everything clearly.
Question 2 - What are some things that you enjoy doing and some things you do not enjoy doing?
Discussion Guide - Discuss the things your child enjoys and does not enjoy doing. Then discuss how Jesse’s dad said that in heaven, all the work God allows us to do, we will enjoy.
Question 3 - What are some things you look forward to doing in the new heaven and new earth?
Discussion Guide - Let your child share a few things. Then discuss how we will be with God forever, we will have glorified bodies that never et old or sick, and sin and death will forever be destroyed.
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