Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The God Puzzle by Valerie Ackermann

The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love. The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child's attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn't working. Sunday School isn't doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.

What makes The God Puzzle unique?

      - ready made discussion questions for parent to ask their child in each lesson

       - can be done at any pace that works with your 
family . . . every night, once a week, 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there . . . it fits into realistic family life
- puts the pieces together for a child to understand God, the Bible, and the Christian faith
- in each lesson the responds to the truth so they understand their relationship to God is personal and life transforming
- any parent, whether they know nothing, or a lot about God can start teaching their child today with no prep
- deep theology put into language a child can understand
- deeply Biblical, each lesson points to Christ
- put in an order that starts with creation, and teaches the Bible as one story that all points to Christ
- child stays engaged by filling in blanks, crosswords, drawing, matching and using their Bibles as they learn
My review:
   This is a really neat book, and thought it is much below my age level, it looks like a fun way to learn about God and the Bible.
  The book is a fairly large book, coming in at 217 pages. It is loaded with information, word searches, questions, crosswords, and other learning tools. The idea of the book is to pull all the Bible together so kids can better understand it, through their own life experiences,  and the author does a great job of it.
  It seems geared for individual study, but I would think it could be used in children's church and Sunday School also. It is for ages 7-12, but after reviewing it, I feel it may be better for 7-10, but that is just my personal opinion.
  It is a great tool to help kids learn, and I'd highly recommend it.
About the author:

Valerie Ackermann has a BA in Theology and has been a full time Children's Ministry Director at Parkwood Community Church in California for over 10 years. She is also a weekly Sunday school teacher, wife, and busy mom of two boys ages 9 and 11. She has hands-on experience as a children's ministry professional, teaching and leading children of all ages. Growing up in a Christian family in the small town of Saskatchewan Canada, she has wonderful memories of knowing God from an early age. She has a passion for kids to know the deep truths of God.

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Thanks to Lifuse for the review copy.