Investigate! Understanding God
The Christian Faith
by Sophie de Mullenheim
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Pub Date 18 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Lion Hudson Ltd, Lion Children's Bks
Join two children, Sophie and Thomas on their investigation to learn more about God.
Through searching questions, this engaging non-fiction book explains the Christian understanding of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Find out about God as revealed in the Bible, including discussion about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospels. Discover how Christians ask, seek and relate to God in the world today. Also provides a useful quick reference for children learning about Christian faith.
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Average rating from 8 members
This review is based on a 23-page sample that I received from the publisher.
From the list of contents I see that the chapters are all about frequently asked questions about Christianity, such as Does God exist? What is the Trinity, and so on. Also, the first comic talks about Communion so we know that this is from the Anglican point of view.
The information given is biblically based and that is the most important thing to say about any books about Christianity.
However there was a particular passage that I was not quite satisfied with regarding the reason why God does not show himself to us directly. In fact he has shown himself directly in the person of Jesus Christ when he walked the earth. So I feel that the discussion there was not complete though I get where the author is coming from.
The cartoons, comics and illustrations make the book more interesting for children but this title is more suitable for older children though.
I find that the comics and cartoons sometimes do not add well to the information and may even confuse the reader. But that is me reading as an almost senior adult! So it is best if someone with Bible knowledge could read the book together with the children to start with.
I thought this book was done very well. It focuses on key questions of Christianity. The book is designed to fit a graphic novel format. I would recommend this book for middle-level readers. The text and ideas are complex.
I know it is not easy to explain God to kids, but it is important that they know God as soon as they understand. Who is God? Who is Jesus and The Holy Spirit? What is Trinity? All explained painstakingly easy for kids, though in general. Painstakingly, because I know how hard it is to explain the unseen and untouchables to children. Mostly who see less problems nowadays (you have your parents who will provide, so who needs God? They said).
From the few pages I got as a sample, the author explained easily who God is. This book is useful by a catholic or any general christian little readers who is curious about God (or parents who want their kids got a general idea of who God is.)
It is so important to be clear in the words or terms that are used. The subtitle of this book is “The Christian Faith” but this is not correct. Within the first two pages, it becomes clear that this book is really about understanding God from a Roman Catholic point-of-view. The use of the term “Christian” is misleading. While many would group all denominations that claim a belief in Jesus Christ as “Christian”, in reality that is not correct. Those purchasing this book based on the term “Christian” may be expecting that it will discuss faith from a Protestant point-of-view. In the spirit of full disclosure, the distinction should be made. Furthermore, a review of the Table of Contents revealed the topics being discussed leave out certain topics that would be considered critical from a Protestant belief system versus a Roman Catholic belief system. In its current form, I would issue a huge caution to anyone purchasing this book. Be sure it lines up with the desired belief system of the recipient.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher and Net Galley but the thoughts expressed are my own.
I was disappointed not to receive a complete copy of this book to review. However, the pages I read gave a good, basic understanding of Christianity for younger readers. This would be an excellent book to have in a school library for children (or even their teachers) to refer to. I liked the way it gave historical as well as Biblical evidence and tackled scientific evidence for and against God too. The format it was presented in is one which would appeal to children, with short text boxes broken up with questions, cartoons and illustrations.
I would have liked to give five stars but I am reluctant to do so when I have not read the whole book.
I received a free sample of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Still not entirely sure what age range this series is aiming for and if it's not reductionist and self-defeating, but it does a better job than the previous book (Investigate! Understanding Religions) of making the ideas work by giving identifiable characters and a plot that makes the info sections more memorable.
This book was well written. It gives an understanding of God and Christianity. You will see how Christians seek and relate to God in our present day. It could be use as a reference for children too. This would give parents a chance to discussions about God with their children.
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