Current Reads-God’s Crime Scene for Kids

Current Reads-God's Crime Scene for Kids

Does anyone else get excited about teaching their kids cool new things about God and the Bible? Like not just normal excited but nerdy, way too crazy excited so you read ahead even if it will be several years down the road?

Nope. Just me. Good. Glad to know I am insane. 🙂

Okay, in full disclosure, I received this book as free gift from the author and publisher in exchange for a review.

For several years, I have followed J. Warner Wallace on Facebook and his books have been on my Goodreads To Read list for at least the past six years now but I have never actually read one of his books before now.

However, when offered the chance to check out the book for free, I jumped at the chance because I seriously did want to read some of his books!

Overview of God’s Crime Scene for Kids

First, this book is geared for kids probably in the age range of 8 to 12 years old would be my best guess. Much younger than that and I think they will start to struggle with the immensity of the concepts being discussed in the book. Also, the story line in the book will probably seem too “cheesy” to many teenagers even if it does help them understand the concept.

God’s Crime Scene for Kids is actually a story book where you follow a young man and his friends through detective school. Along the way through the captivating narrative, you and this young man, Jason, will explore the evidence for the existence of God.

In conjunction with this book is a website where parents or teachers can find videos and printable resources. While I did not go through ever single one of the videos and printables, I found the ones that I did see extremely impressive!

Overall, this is a very comprehensive course that a parent or teacher could use to aid their teaching about the proof for the existence of God.

My Personal Thoughts on God’s Crime Scene for Kids

Frankly, I was impressed.

First, I myself am a visual learner and the illustrations drawn throughout this book were tremendously helpful. If you have a child who learns by visual methods best, this material would definitely suit that learning style!

In addition, it is not only visual as far as actual pictures but also through word pictures as well. The comparisons and illustrations brought out in this story are wonderful!

Second, God’s Crime Scene for Kids is incredibly comprehensible. Obviously, for me as an adult it is a quick read but I believe that an established reader would not struggle with this book either. Honestly, I grasped some of the concepts addressed throughout the chapters better just by reading this book myself!

Finally, I appreciate that while this book does a great job of bringing it down to a younger reader’s understanding, they do not water down the truth of the Bible! There are very clear concise calls to surrender their hearts and lives to Christ and I find that to be the best point of all about this book!

The main critique I would have for this book/curriculum series is that it would require a little bit of organization for the teacher/parent.

Obviously, you can just use the book and get all the main stuff but if you really want to expand and do some of the cool stuff that kids will enjoy (such as making the detectives notebook pages, watching the videos, etc) you will need to bounce back and forth between the book and the website frequently.

Speaking as a Sunday School teacher, I do think that would be a tad frustrating for the prep work. However, it is still completely doable. Just be prepared to hop around a bit. (And be prepared to need access to the Internet…something that is harder in my rural church/area.)

Other than that, my only regret is that my kids are still several years away from being able to work through this material and I am so excited to do it NOW! 🙂

Check out God’s Crime Scene for Kids! See if it will work as a tool to teach your kids more about God’s Truth!

Your Turn

Have you read any of J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s books before?

What are your thoughts if you have completed this series with your kids?

I would love to hear your thoughts and impressions!

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Current Reads-God's Crime Scene for Kids
Current Reads-God's Crime Scene for Kids

Six Books That Will Train You How To Defend Your Christian Faith

Six Books that Will Train You How to Defend Your Christian Faith

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My mom loves to call me with computer-related questions. She assumes that because I am under 30 I will automatically know all things computer related.

Little does she realize that I have a very small grasp on technology, nor do I know how to diagnose any computer issues via a quick description on the phone.

Most of the time when she does call me, I end up googling her exact words in hopes that something will magically pop up and help me. So far, that method has not worked.

After calling me, my mom’s next step is calling the local tech wizard repair man. The guy can fix computers (and all tech related stuff) with a magical few clicks. Believe it or not, he usually can walk my mom through a few simple steps and fix her problem over the phone almost every time.

What is the difference between me and the local tech wizard?


He knows computers. He thrills to understand technology.

Me? I get a nervous rash just turning on our computer. (Yes, I realize that it is very ironic that God called me to write a blog on a computer. He is stretching me daily through the means of technology!)

Now, think about the smartest Christian you have ever met. Perhaps it is your pastor or a older grandparent. Perhaps it was a Christian speaker you heard at a conference. Think about their confidence in God. The boldness of their faith.

Did it feel a tad daunting to be around such a person? Kind of like you wanted to hide your Bible from them so they couldn’t see you stumbling around to find the Old Testament reference they just mentioned?

What is the difference between you and this confident Christian?


These mature Christians have had Biblical training from Scripture, countless Christian mentors, and hours of study from great books.

You Must Know Before You Can Share

I cannot share the proper steps for my mom to fix her computer problems because I do not have the knowledge to begin with. Neither can I share a reasonable defense for my Christian faith if I first do not know the truth myself.

The books I am going to bring before you will serve as guides and training manuals. The knowledge found in these books is not meant to serve as a replacement for your Bible. However, they will train you with what to do with a love for God and passion for His Word.

Books to Help you Defend your Christian Faith

Without further ado, here are books by some incredibly well-studied and gifted Christian leaders. I hope you check out the resources they provide to help build your ability to defend your Christian faith.

1. Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland

Jesus called believers to love God with their heart, soul, mind and strength. Today, there is very little emphasis being placed on loving God with our mind.

From his experience as a teaching professor at Biola University, J. P. Moreland does an excellent job of walking Christians through the process of reengaging their mind into their faith in God. I recommend this book first simply because it will light a fire under you to want to read the rest of the books on this list!

2. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Perhaps the biggest reasons Christians shrink from defending their faith is because they just don’t feel they have evidence to back up their faith. Well, this book will change all that!

Lee Strobel was an award-winning journalist and staunch atheist. After his wife’s conversion to Christianity, he set out to disprove her faith. Along the way, he interviews the top Christian minds of our time. What he found was substantial evidence that helped him become a passionate believer in Christ.

This book is great because it breaks down the hard questions about the authenticity of the Bible, the reliability of the Biblical eyewitnesses, and the veracity of the resurrection.

*Bonus points on this one, because there are also editions geared towards teens and young children which means you can work through it as a family if you want!

3. More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
Much like Lee Strobel’s story, Josh McDowell was a skeptic who set out to prove Christianity wrong and instead found Christianity to be the Truth. My first experience with this book was reading a first edition copy of it that my Grandpa owned. The best part about this book is how easy and quick of read it is!

Many believers I know keep extra copies of this on hand just to hand out to seekers. It is a great overview book to help a person approach the questions about Christianity in a kind and sensitive manner without compromising the truth!

This latest edition has been updated to include Josh’s son’s guidelines to approaching the younger generation. I haven’t had a chance to read this but I have heard Sean speak personally and know that Sean’s teaching is sound, practical and applicable!

4. Tactics by Gregory Koukl
If you are an introvert like myself and find that you get tongue tied talking to people about the weather, yet alone something important like your faith in God, this book is for you!

This book builds on the foundation of knowing why you believe what you believe as a Christian and helps you then share it with others who do not necessarily see life from a Christian worldview.

More than once I have used the suggestions and advice from this book to wade my way through challenging conversations about faith in God. My favorite part of this book is that Mr. Koukl focuses on the importance of winning the person NOT just the argument!

5. I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
Alright, I will be honest. This is the only book on this list that I have NOT personally read. Why am I still recommending it? Well, simply because the information from this book is core to the messages that the authors cover in their speaking engagements and I have heard them personally speak several times.

Plus, several of my friends, including a few seminary graduates, highly recommend this book and I trust their recommendations.

Also, it is on my to read list as soon as possible. (Since I have two kids under two, that could be anytime from now to 18 years from now! 🙂 )

If you have read it, I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below too!

6. Understanding the Times by David Noebel and Jeff Myers
This last recommendation is nearest and dearest to my heart. As a former Summit student and staff worker, I have had the privilege of seeing the authors of Understanding the Times live out their Christian faith boldly and brilliantly.

Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews is a concise overview of all the major worldviews that are vying for the world’s attention and belief. If you can buy only one book on this list, this is the book I recommend. Written so you can open it up to any section and study that particular topic, I find it the most overarching resource available to Christians who are learning how to defend their Christian faith.

You can use it as a Bible study aid, a family conversation starter, a Sunday School curriculum, etc. By far, the best bang for your buck in my honest opinion!

Once you Know you must share

In 2 Timothy 4:1-2 Paul encourages Timothy (and us as believers in the following generations), “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

It is imperative that we are training ourselves to spiritually be ready to defend our Christian faith. We will never be ready for every conversation or challenge that comes our way. (Kids especially have a way of throwing hard curve ball questions when we least expect the questions!)

God promises that the Holy Spirit will give us the words we need to say in the moment we need to say them. However, I believe that God does give us the right words in the hard moments is by training us leading up to those moments.

And how can He train us if we are ignoring the tools placed before us?

Final Thoughts

As Christians, it is only a matter of time before we will face questions about our faith. Rather than let that scare us into silence, let this truth fuel us to study and grow in our knowledge and passion for our faith. 

The enemy of our souls likes to test us through doubting thoughts. With our minds and thought life planted firmly in the truth, we will be able  refute other’s false claims and reassure ourselves against doubt.

Finally, we will be able to train our children and other believers so that they too can know how to defend their Christian faith. What a beautiful legacy!

Your Turn

Take a moment and leave a comment below letting me know if you have read any of these books!

Also, please feel free to leave book recommendations of your own! I love to hear what others are reading!

Finally, please take a moment and share this post with other Christians who might be struggling with the practical side of defending their Christian faith!

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Six Books That Will Train You How To Defend Your Christian Faith

Current Reads-The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel

As Christians, can we defend our faith from the world’s critiques? Are there too many objections to our faith to make it a valid belief system? In his book The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel goes on a journalistic investigation to determine answers to eight of the biggest objections to the Christian faith.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a copy of this book at a garage sale. I really enjoyed The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel and we own the The Case for Christ Study Bible. Thus, when I saw another book by Lee Strobel, I knew I wanted to read it too!

Book Overview

Christians face LOTS of criticism for their faith in God. Lee Strobel decided to face several of these objections head on to see if it is reasonable for a person to have faith in God.

During his investigation, Strobel interviewed several Christian thinkers of our day including Ravi Zacharias, William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, and J. P. Moreland just to name a few.

Lee Strobel ask the experts hard questions regarding the following topics (and more):

  • suffering in the world
  • the existence and necessity of hell
  • the claim that Jesus is the only Way
  • science and the Christian faith
My Thoughts

Well, to be honest, this book is probably now one of my top reading recommendations for new Christians (or for Christians who want to know more about why they believe what they believe.) Throughout the book, Lee Strobel does a fantastic job of digging through the challenges to Christian faith and finding solid answers.

From my own personal experiences, the questions he asks the experts are all questions that I have faced from non-believers when I share my faith with them. After reading this book, I feel much more prepared to give coherent answers to the questions they pose. Plus, it is nice to know I have a book that I can point them towards for the answers!

If you are Christian who sometimes wonders if your faith has reasonable answers to back up the Bible’s claims, definitely take the time to read this book! You will not be disappointed!

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Thought of the Week-July 7, 2017

“Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.” ― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Yesterday, my 18 month old lost a button off the back of her shirt. I didn’t notice it missing until after lunch time. That left a whole six hour time frame of when she could have lost it! My Mommy alert kicked into high gear. This was a tiny, shiny red button. It was total choking hazard 101!

After several deep breaths to keep myself from panicking, I started a thorough search of our house. As I searched it occurred to me that I had seen the button as I rubbed her back before nap time on the couch. Sure enough, underneath the couch cushions was a bright shiny red button. Whew! (Let’s not talk about all the other stuff I found under that cushion! 🙂 )

However, it made me start thinking. When I view something that could cause harm or death to one of my children, I react immediately. It is my job as their mother to protect and keep them safe from dangers, especially dangers they cannot see for themselves!

It is amazing how often I remove dangers from her life that she will never know or notice. But what about sin? The consequences of sin is death! Am I treating sin in my own life (and the lives of my children) with just as serious of concern as I did when I knew that button posed a potential choking hazard? The simple answer to that is No.

Therefore, as God has been prompting me, I have been praying that He will reveal sin in my own heart and life. And He has definitely shown me areas that I need to surrender back to Him. Thankfully, He walks beside me and lovingly guides me through the painful process. God’s love is indeed amazing and rich!!

This next week, let us seek after God and ask Him to pinpoint sin in our lives that needs addressing.

God desires us to live fully for Him and that is impossible if we continue to cling to sinful ways. Let’s seek to weed out sins through the Holy Spirit’s help.

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Current Reads-You Lost Me

Six kids regularly attended Sunday School with me at our small country church. Of those six, I am the only one who still attends church.

We host a Vacation Bible School each year to reach out to kids within the community. Our average number of attendees has been about 60 kids. Of those who have regularly attended each VBS program when they were of the age to, only about 5 still attend a church regularly.

There are at least 15 solid, Bible-believing, active churches within our county that has a population of over 7,000 people. (I live in a very rural area of America-I know!) Each of these churches has similar issues/concerns of watching the younger generation (19-30 year olds) walk away.

As one of the young people who has watched all my church friends walk away from church and faith in God in some fashion or another, I am constantly trying to find ways to help myself understand why I stayed in the church and they didn’t. And to find ways to reach out to them in hopes that they will come back someday too!

The issue of young people leaving the church is not just something affecting my local county and church. It is affecting churches and denominations of all sizes. And that is where David Kinnaman’s book You Lost Me comes in. Mr. Kinnaman is more well known for his book unChristian which was addressing why young people who were not raised in church would not consider coming to church. You Lost Me addresses the demographic of young people like myself and my friends who were raised in a church but have later strayed.

The biggest reason this topic interest me now has to do with the fact that I am a parent trying to raise my child to have a loving, saving relationship with God. Watching so many people walk away from not only church but their faith in God makes me want to do all I can to ensure that my own precious children do not become a part of that sad demographic. It is truly my daily prayer that my children will love and serve God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength!

Okay, enough about why I wanted to read this particular book. Now about the book itself! Mr. Kinnaman, as president of the Barna research group, held extensive surveys and studies and interviews of Protestant and Catholic individuals who were raised in the church. From all of the surveys and interviews, he compiled the information for this book. Some of that information surprised me, some didn’t, some angered me, some saddened me. Pretty much every piece of information was relevant so far as I have seen it happen among young people my own age.

You Lost Me is an excellent book to start discussions. As I read this book, it made me stop and contemplate several areas of my growing up years within the walls of church. And it gave my husband and myself several evenings worth of talking points as we mull over different ways to effectively influence our own kids’ love for Christ. If you want a book that will start a group talking, get this book! It will do that.

Whenever I pick up books that are along the lines of the topic of why young people don’t attend church, I tend to do so with much hesitancy. Why? Mostly because they just end up bashing church in general or promoting a watered down Gospel to attract more people. You Lost Me was none of those things. Mr. Kinnaman does a phenomenal job of addressing concerns and issues without making churches out to be villains who must hide their Biblical beliefs.

This book has given me a new hope and prayer for my generation. Plus it has given me many ideas and actionable ways to address the issues behind why young people leave. I don’t want to give away much more than that because the book says it so much better than I could and I want all you to go read it and prayerfully discuss it for yourself!

If you have read  You Lost Me, let me know what your thoughts were! I would love to hear them!

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