The God Puzzle, written by Valerie Ackerman, is a book about God for children. I requested this one thinking of Mr. FullCup. He is the Christian Ed. Director at our church and is always on the lookout for new, good curriculum.
The God Puzzle is designed to show children how the Bible fits together. So often curriculum is hit and miss, with more missing than hitting.
The book can be used in a Sunday School class, Bible club, Children’s church, Bible study, or even in a homeschool setting. It says it’s designed for children from age 7-12, but I would recommend using it with younger children. It seemed to be a little young for 12 year olds.
If you’re familiar with CEF’s (Child Evangelism Fellowship) Wonder book, this is very similar.
From the Litfuse page:
The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love.The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child’s attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn’t working. Sunday School isn’t doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.
What makes The God Puzzle unique?
– ready made discussion questions for parent to ask their child in each lesson
– can be done at any pace that works with your family…every night, once a week, 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there…it fits into realistic family life
– puts the pieces together for a child to understand God, the Bible, and the Christian faith
– in each lesson the responds to the truth so they understand their relationship to God is personal and life transforming
– any parent, whether they know nothing, or a lot about God can start teaching their child today with no prep
– deep theology put into language a child can understand
– deeply Biblical, each lesson points to Christ
– put in an order that starts with creation, and teaches the Bible as one story that all points to Christ
– child stays engaged by filling in blanks, crosswords, drawing, matching and using their Bibles as they learn.”
(I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.)