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The covers are striking—photos don’t capture the gold, silver, and copper color foil art and type very well—but it was the titles that got my attention:
How Do We Know Christianity Is Really True?
Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
What Happens When We Die?
From the start, the Big Questions series for middle graders respects their questions and offers answers with respect too. In each book, the author leads readers to think through the title question by considering related questions that lead one from another, chapter by chapter.
For example, in What Happens When We Die? the chapters are
The Problem with Heaven
What Does the Bible Really Say About Earth?
What Does the Bible Really Say About Heaven?
What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell?
How Do I Get Eternal Life with God?
What Will Happen on the Day Jesus Returns?
What Will Life Be Like When Jesus Returns?
What Will We Be Like When Jesus Returns?
What About My Friends Who Don’t Know Jesus?
In Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? the author is particularly honest about the suffering in the world. Chapter by chapter, he leads readers to think about why the world is like it is, whether God cares about our suffering—and us—and points to Jesus as the answer, now and in the future. An especially helpful chapter is “How Can God Get Rid of Suffering Without Getting Rid of Us?”
The books can be read in any order, but kids with questions about the trustworthiness of the Bible might want to start with How Do We Know That Christianity Is Really True? This one puts the focus on the resurrection and acts as an apologetics primer, helping readers learn and apply basic principles for investigating the evidences for faith. (Adults may benefit from this book too!)
Throughout the series, the author (a teacher and school chaplain) connects with young readers with a conversational tone, excellent examples to explain his points, and—perhaps most important—a deep understanding of their questions.
Books in the series are available in audiobook format too, read by the author.
Big Questions series
written by Chris Morphew, illustrated by Emma Randall
published by The Good Book Company (2021)
paperbacks, 96 pages, 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches