DeWitt, Dan. Why God? Big Answers About God and Why We Believe in Him. B&H Books, Nashville, TN. 2019. 32 pages.
Kids love to ask questions. Some of their questions can seem silly while others surprise adults by the seriousness of the questions. At times, parents can even find themselves stumped by a child’s question. Still, asking questions ought to be encouraged by parents to their children. For Christian parents, this should especially mean encouraging kids to ask questions of the Christian faith and using Dan DeWitt’s new children’s book Why God? Big Answers About God and Why We Believe in Him is a great way to offer that encouragement.
A Story on An Important Topic
With colorful illustrations by Christine Grove, Why God? shares the story of Thomas, his dog Dorothy, and his sister Hope as they go about their day encountering and asking questions. Some questions they ask are silly while others are more serious in subject. The question at the center of this story is a question of belief in God which is asked because Thomas has a friend in school who does not believe in God. His mom overhears Thomas and his sister discussing this and later that day she uses their work in the garden as an object lesson on seeing why God does exist and why it is important to believe in Him!
Accessible and Authentic Apologetics for Children
What Dan Dewitt, who is a professor of apologetics at Cedarville University, has done in Why God? is make apologetics accessible to kids and in an authentic manner. He poses the big question of why to believe in God and provides an answer in a way kids can understand. He does this within the framework of a story that is relatable to kids. Whether it is Thomas asking both silly and serious questions or the fact his friend at school doesn’t believe in God, children who read this book will be able to see themselves and their stories in this story.
For Both Parents and Their Kids
This book is not just for children, though. The back page of the book features a “Parent Connection”, giving parents a Bible passage to read and questions to think about with their kids. So if you are a parent struggling to answer your children’s big questions about God and life or want to be better resourced, then let Dan DeWitt’s Why God? be a guide for you. Let it equip you in how to answer questions so you can encourage your children all the more to ask these important questions. Let Why God? be the answer to (one of) your kid’s questions.
I received this book from B&H/Lifeway Bloggers Program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.