God's Crime Scene for Kids {Book Review and Promotion Announcement}

In the world we live in today, there may be times when we come face to face with opposition against our Christian beliefs. There are hot topics that are often in debate, like for instance, whether God created the universe or if there was a big bang. I personally know what I believe is true, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be equipped with explanations as to why. Apologetics is an extremely important subject that all Christians should study at some point. Not only is it helpful when the time comes to defend your own faith, but it can also help solidify any personal feelings or doubts you may have.

This is a topic that I feel very strongly about, so I'm always on the look out for materials and resources that will not only help me in my own studies, but ones that will also help my son. I recently had a chance to read a new children's book by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace called God's Crime Scene for Kids.

In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe. In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of "Cold-Case Christianity: God's Crime Scene," "Forensic Faith," and "Cold-Case Christianity for Kids." He has a master's degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master's degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

God's Crime Scene for Kids is based on the original God's Crime Scene for adults. To be quite honest, I have yet to read that book, but after reading the children's version, it's now on my wish list. This is a chapter book that takes a fictional story written for older children and preteens, and combines it with Biblical truths about God, Christianity, and how the universe was created.

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A boy named Jason suddenly finds a mystery box in his grandmother's attic. There are a few random items in the box, and oddly enough an anonymous note that's made out to him. Not knowing who put the box there and what the contents could mean, he decides to take it to his Special Investigations course over at the Junior Detective Academy. With the help of his instructor, detective Jeffries and a few friends and fellow cadets, Jason will soon put together the puzzle pieces of the mystery box and where it came from.

What's neat about the story is that it doesn't just dive into solving Jason's mystery. This is also an apologetics book for children. It offers a secondary plotline, which involves solving the truth about God's existence. Throughout the story, Detective Jeffries provides lessons and examples that parallel both Jason's case, as well as the mystery of who created the universe. As each chapter goes on, a suspect diagram is formed and added on to with clues and facts to the existence of God and how they tie in with Jason's investigation of the mystery box.

In addition to the story, there are plenty of additional sidenotes throughout the book to really help expand children's knowledge, not only in Christianity (ex. scripture references and fill in the blank Bible trivia), but even with real life detective information and terminology. The book also offers a few interactive features. In the beginning, children are encouraged to create a Case Makers Academy notebook, using training activities and other free printables that can be found online. This notebook is something that kids can add to as they progress further into the story. Once the book is complete, they'll also receive a certificate of graduation from the Junior Detective Academy.

God's Crime Scene for Kids is a fun book that not only encourages young detectives to solve clues to the story's mystery, but also presents the evidence that God does exist. The proof is provided through plenty of examples and critical thinking. Detailed topics of discussion include the beginning of life and God's fine design, the existence of evil in the world, free will, as well as moral truths. What I find most interesting is that this book was not only written by an actual detective, but a former atheist. I think that really says a lot...don't you think?!

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