My son and I have read a section in this book for the past month. It has provided us with much fodder for conversation. Not just about the grace of God but about how people treat each other, how we can handle hard events in our lives, how to react under pressure and much more.
We have both enjoyed it. My son is nine years old and just starting to think more deeply about things and he often comes up with interesting thoughts and questions about the things he learns about.
The format of the book is to introduce the story and how he managed to connect with different people. We then learn about the person and what happened in their life, and then are shown how God's grace was active in their lives.
Each chapter concludes with two questions, one of which has a reading of scripture and a question about it. These questions were often the catalyst to discussion. I can't say my son connected with every question, but he always thought about them which was good. :)
Nine Chapters which are
- On the Case
- The Orphan
- The Prodigal
- The Professor
- The Evangelist
- The Executioner
- The Hero
- The Thief
- Dream Come True
So what do I think about this book?
It's a great book for talking about what God's grace means in a practical sense for children. I liked how Mr. Strobel put a face to what grace can look like. From being adopted as a child, to being forgiven, and to the ability to react under pressure and stand as a witness for Christ.
It would be good for an older child to do through on their own say .. in the 12-14 year old range, or for a family discussion time. I could like to see the rest of the books in this series and go through them with my boy.
About the Author
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado.
Jesse Florea has written and edited for Focus on the Family for over 20 years. As editorial director for youth publications, he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, and he co-hosts the “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast. Jesse has written or co-written more than a dozen books, including the best-selling devotionals The One Year Devos for Sports Fans and The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs and enjoys hanging out with his two grown children.
Received: Soft Cover book "The Case of Grace for Kids".
Author: Lee Strobels with Jesse Florea
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