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October 31, 2014 / BTM

Put Some Purpose on Your Christmas Wish List

presentI’m taking a short break from my series on Theology for Kids to share some things that I’ve been thinking about lately.

For some of you, the idea of creating a Christmas wish list at the beginning of November is preposterous. For others, this post will come way too late because you will have already finished your Christmas shopping. I’m in the first category, which means that writing a post with Christmas in the title right now is a stretch for me!

Christmas and the advent of a New Year are times to take stock of where you are going as a person and as a family. If you have children, you’ll marvel at how fast time has flown. And perhaps wonder what happened to all those Christmas presents from last year…

How did you do this past year – did you feel on top of things? Were you carried along by whatever winds blew your way or were you thoughtful and purposeful in how you spent your time? How are your children growing and changing? Are you creating opportunities to specifically talk about your faith and explore how your children are growing or understanding theirs? What key changes do you see in your kids? Where are they struggling as far as faith is concerned? Are they asking questions about God, the Bible and their faith?

Every year, my husband and I try to think of where are kids are at with their faith and our training of them, and come up with some resources that we can use as a family in the upcoming year. Then we put these on our Christmas wish lists!

Here are some recent ideas I’ve heard about from friends for your consideration. I’m thinking of adding them to my list!

 

The Fallacy Detective. Have you got some bad logic in your house? Us too. Here’s a fun book recommended by Natasha Crain. You can read her entire synopsis of the book here. The ability to think critically and logically is one of the most important skills that you can pass on to your child. Perhaps you’ll even find out that you need to brush up on your critical thinking skills!

How Do We Know God Is Really There? and How Do We Know God Created Life? by Melissa Crain Travis. The book looks at evidence for God in a child-friendly way by an experienced apologist.

The Manger, the Cross and the Tomb. by Ramon Margallo. I learned about this fun sounding book through Ratio Christi’s Parent Boosters. It’s a story about two sixth-grade kids who are challenged by a seventh-grader about their faith, and what they find along the way as they struggle with questions about Jesus’ birth, divinity, death and resurrection. It sounds like a fun read.

Friends of ours are going through Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ for Kids with their two daughters, who are aged 10 and 8. They have been really pleased with how much their kids have learned from using this book. Their daughters have even been able to get into conversations with non-believers at school based on the material that they have ben learning! What parent wouldn’t love that?! (There is also a youth edition of this book. Other great options are the Case for a Creator and the Case for Faith, both with kids and youth options.)

For very young children, W. L. Craig has a great series on God called What Is God Like that are very well done. Our nieces and nephews have enjoyed these.

If you have teens, please seriously consider committing to investing into their lives while you still have a window of opportunity. They either are or soon will face challenges to their faith. Have you prepared them? I have two previous posts that list a variety of resources that every teen should be exposed to, preferably with their parents so you can discuss them together. You can find these lists here and here.

Do you have other favorites that you’d like to recommend?

 

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