As I father of two young girls (ages 9 and 5) I have been trying to share the truth of God's Word with them each day. Some days are more productive than others. All too often it seems my the lack of productivity is due to a lack of planning.
Bruce A. Ware's Big Truths for Young Hearts was written to help parents teach theology to their children. In fact, the book flows from Ware's experience in teaching his own daughters. His daughters Bethany and Rachel wrote the foreword to the book. It really challenged me, "Will Emma and Molly have the same positive reflection on my efforts and my life?"
In the book, Ware systematically tackles the truth of historic Christianity as presented in the Bible. He presents each topic in such a way that children can understand them working through the book a chapter-a-day. Starting with God's self-revelation through beautiful flowers and the stars at night, Ware works through 10 major sections of theology. The sections include:
God's Word and God's Own Life as God
God as Three in One
Creator and Ruler of All
Our Human Nature and Our Sin
Who Jesus Is
The Work That Jesus Has Done
The Holy Spirit
Our Great Salvation
The Church of Jesus Christ
What Will Take Place in the End
On average each section covers 6 topics covering about 3 pages, each fully grounded in scripture. Each topic ends with 2 questions for review and a key scripture passage to remember.
Ware is able to present Biblical truth in an understandable way without watering-down the Word of God. He does not shy away from discussing topics such as penal substitutionary atonement, propitiation, or the heresy of modalism. Due to Ware's faithful teaching, this book should serve adults as much as it does children. If you know anyone reading The Shack, get this book in their hands!