Our children love to play “Stump the Parents” by asking us progressively harder questions. They are seeking answers and attempting to understand life’s complexities. Dad and Mom, we should not fear their questions, even when the answers elude us. We have an opportunity to investigate alongside our children. Good reference material helps in the research, and Alex McFarland compiles a wealth of information in his book, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity.
McFarland does an excellent job including scripture and scripture references to connect his answers to the Bible. He writes, “Above the fray of human perspective and changing opinions, the Bible presents the mind of God and eternal truth…” (page 162). Rather than accept McFarland’s answers at face value, the reader can meditate on the Scripture for himself, and draw personal conclusions. My confidence in the message is higher when the author provides the sources for his statements.
I chose to cover the material by reading one question (chapter) each morning as part of my devotions. I left behind highlighted sections and personal notes which will benefit me when I review a specific topic. I have a spot reserved on my shelf for The 21 Toughest Questions, beside my well-worn copy of Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demands a Verdict.
Building disciples of our children is a privilege weighted down with responsibility. Standing ready with answers as they develop their faith is paramount. Parents, grandparents, teachers, youth leaders—are we ready with those answers? We better be, or the flow of questions may stop.
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity to facilitate this review.