As a parent, I’m committed to giving an honest, Biblical response when my children ask me questions. However, it’s often hard to balance the need to be Biblical with the need to provide answers on their level. It’s also sometimes tricky to figure out what a Biblical response is on some topics, so when I received the opportunity to review Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson, I was excited to be able to read and learn more about how to talk to my children through some of these issues.
This book covers the following topics:
- What is Sin?
- Why Do People Die? (including a section on suicide)
- What is Satan? What is Hell?
- Why Do People Get Divorced?
- Why Does the Bible Say That? (Difficult Bible Stories)
- Why and How Do Some People Sin Sexually?
- Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen?
- Why Do People Fight and Kill?
- The Good News That Should Always Be Shared
As you can see, this is a wide ranging list of topics that will help you get started talking to your children about these sensitive issues in a way that is Biblical. They also share various ideas for the information you will share for different age ranges of children, making this a book that will also help you figure out what is age appropriate for your child.
This is a really awesome book. The authors have a gentle and relaxed tone and the advice is going to help you to instill a Biblical worldview in your children as you discuss the ideas with them that are in the book. I can already tell that some of my conversations with my children have been modified as I try to follow these wise women’s advice in how to talk to my children.
My favorite chapter right now is the one on sexual sin. This chapter covers homosexuality, sexual abuse and pornography. I read this chapter right after we received some training on preventing situations in church classrooms where sexual abuse can occur. Sexual abuse was also something that I knew that I wanted to talk to my children more about while still preserving their innocence. Because of this book, instead of blundering through these conversations, I’ve been able to tell them how their bodies are the way that that God designed them, and they are special. I’ve also been able to tell them that there are places that no one but them should touch before they get married. I’ve also been able to tell them that if anyone touches them in those places or in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should flee and come and find me and tell me.
There’s much more advice that’s valuable in this book and I look forward to sharing it with my children as it’s appropriate.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a review. My opinions are my own, and I have not received any compensation for this review.