BOOK REVIEW: Case for Christ for Kids

Lee Strobel’s popular Case for Christ book has been adapted for kids along with most of his other Case for books. However, unlike the original version this one takes a unique angle in that it addresses the young reader directly.

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Strobel sets scenarios for kids and asks them to imagine they are a part of it. In fact, it is such a conversational tone you can almost hear Strobel read it in your head.

He looks at some great apologetic material that kids should have in their repertoire including the various views of Jesus: a nice guy, good teacher, fictional person and Son of God. He lists Bible verses where Jesus made claims about himself to get our kids thinking about who Jesus thought he was. He also looks at the miracles of Jesus and how they support his claim to be the Messiah.

In his examination of Jesus’ claims Strobel looks at Old Testament prophecy, particularly Isaiah 53. He points out the mathematical improbability of one man fulfilling all the predictions in the Old Testament.

He does an excellent recap of the Gospels from a look at who the authors were, the differences in their stories, the embarrassing facts that lead us to believe they are truthful and the purpose the writers had when documenting the life of Jesus.

One thing I was glad to see in this book is Strobel’s examination of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He doesn’t hold back from kids the medical reality of crucifixion. This knowledge is important as our kids will undoubtedly face the “he didn’t die on the cross” challenge to the resurrection.

I love that he gets the reader to consider the change of behaviour in the disciplines following Jesus’ death and resurrection. He presents the reality that these early Christians believed so strongly that they were willing to die for it – and many did.

He also builds up their apologetic about trusting the Bible. Strobel points out that the authors pointed to witnesses that were still alive, therefore they could be asked about the truthfulness of what was written. He also shoots down the idea that the stories were legends because the accounts were written so soon after Jesus’ death.

There is a wonderful section at the end of the book that has four “everyday” stories of children sharing their faith in Jesus with others. Strobel includes questions at the end of each story that encourage a child to be honest with themselves.

All in all the book does well with fun graphics, a scattering of Bible verses that support the evidence, and questions posed to help the budding apologist start to think and consider what they feel and believe. However, I was disappointed in the way he wrote in the second person rather than the third person, which is the usual style of books that kids are used to reading.

I recommend adding this to your child’s bookshelf if you have a boy aged 8-10.

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