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Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics [Kindle Edition]

Elyse Fitzpatrick , Jessica Thompson

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The Honest, Loving Answers Children Need to Hear

What should you say when your five-year-old asks about his dying grandma? Or when your seven-year-old wonders if the devil is real? Or when the sixth graders in your Sunday school class are talking about a tragedy they heard about on the news? When it comes to the dark and tragic aspects of our world, it can be hard to know what to say and how much.

Mother/daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson will carefully walk you through difficult conversations, one topic at a time. Speaking from personal experience, informed by child development research, these two moms offer practical insights and age-appropriate guidance.

Talking about tough topics may not be as hard as you think, and, more important, you'll see how these conversations can lead to meaningful discussions of God's unchanging goodness.

"I love this book! I will recommend it again and again. It is street-level theology for children that drips with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Parents, read it, live with it, share it daily with your children, and not only will they learn and grow, you will, too."--Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries

"This is a scripturally rooted and profoundly wise guide for parents who desire to weave gospel truths into the answers to their kids' toughest questions. I highly recommend this book. It takes the pressure off of parents to have all the perfect answers, reveals the radical nature of God's grace, and weaves the 'scarlet thread of redemption' through every answer."--Jeannie Cunnion, MSW, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child

"These hard questions aren't random--children wonder about these issues, and they impact our everyday lives. Now talking about these questions doesn't have to be overwhelming for lack of resources. I'm so thankful for Elyse and Jessica's hard work, precision, and focus on Christ in this book."--Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

"Martin Luther once said he measured his ability as a preacher by his ability to communicate the gospel to the young. This book is filled with such gospel truth, so simply articulated. No one has helped me connect the gospel to parenting more than Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson."--J. D. Greear, PhD, author of Ready to Launch: Jesus-Centered Parenting in a Child-Centered World and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

"As a mother of seven, I'm always interested in grace-filled, Bible-based answers to the tough questions of this life. Elyse and Jessica do a beautiful job of balancing truth with grace, while offering parents practical, solid answers to topics that many parents cringe over. I'll be looking at this great guide again and again, not because it contains all the answers, but because the authors humbly point parents back to the only source of truth that's ever existed: the Bible."--Heidi St. John, author and speaker

"This is a great book to help answer the big theological questions of little children."--Pastor Mark Driscoll

"Elyse and Jessica have written a must-have book for parents and those involved with ministry to children. It provides helpful, gracious, wise, and faithful answers to some of the most difficult questions children can ask about the Christian faith.."--Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest and seminary professor

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About the Author

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a nationally sought after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Conference. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed co

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764211870
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING Reference Book for Answering Children's Tough Questions 2 Aug. 2014
By Dr. Bob Stouffer - Published on
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I am a Christian.

I am GREATLY blessed with children and grandchildren.

I have served as a PK-12 educator for the past 34 years.

Kids can ask some pretty tough questions.

Kids in strong Bible-believing churches and homes want to make sense of their faith when difficult situations come there way.

As adults, we MUST allow them to sometimes doubt their faith and question the seemingly irreconcilable difficulties in our world. On certain indisputable matters of faith, we adults must be rock-solid in our certainty about the truth of God's Word. But there are certainly mysteries of Christianity which we do not fully understand, nor are able to completely explain to children. And we must allow them to see us wrestling with these issues right alongside them. If we are too certain, dogmatic, or Pharisaical with our answers, our children may not embrace the faith we know should be central to their way of living.

How, then -- as a parent, grandparent, and school administrator -- should I answer their questions about sin, death, Satan, judgment, hell, divorce, adultery, marriage to an unbeliever, doubt, homosexuality, sexual abuse, pornography, natural disasters, violence in the home, war, terrorism, and the Gospel?

I am pleased to report that two authors -- Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson -- have GREAT responses to ALL of these matters in their new book -- Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics (Bethany House, 2014).

I was inspired by the wisdom of this mother-daughter writing team! Each chapter includes (1) an introduction to the difficult topic, (2) commentary saturated by Bible verses, (3) actual words by which to answer the difficult questions of pre-schoolers, children ages 5 to 10, and young people ages 11 and older, (4) and a chapter-ending summary of the key ideas.

I found these authors' words to be solid doctrinally and philosophically.

Anyone who is a parent/grandparent knows that these roles are challenging. The Bible does not address every cultural issue with which we are confronted in contemporary culture.

How encouraging that Elyse and Jessica have provided readers with practical advice in answering questions and discipling the next generations with a biblical worldview.

Read this book! You will be inspired and equipped with excellent counsel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions and think that it ... 18 July 2014
By slpleslieanne - Published on
Prior to reading Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, I had heard about another book previously written by them, Give Them Grace. As most of you know, I am not at the point in my life to be answering Mason's tough questions since he is only 8.5 months old. However, from seeing friends raise children, I have seen and learned that the time passes quickly and it will not be long before our little fella will be asking tough questions and Matt and I will need to try to answer them.

I really love Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions and think that it is well written. The first thing that I discovered and loved about the book is that Jessica, the main author, tells upfront that she does not have all of the answers. She is honest about how hard it can be to answer your kids' tough questions about life, death an all in between.

In each section of Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions, a difficult question is presented such as: What is Sin? Who is Satan? What is Hell? Why do People get Divorced? and many more questions. The authors give scripture to support answers to the questions. There is a section of each chapter where answers are provided for Preschool age children, age 5-10 and 11 and beyond. I LOVE that component of the book because it will help me as a parent to be aware of what my child may be able to understand.

Lastly, I love that the book points to the parent and explains the importance of being aware of these situations before the questions may be asked especially related to death. Don't wait until a death occurs in the family to talk about it with your children. Talk about it when you are able. Also, don't take the book word for word. Your 6 year old may be better able to understand the preschool type explanation and your 5 year old may be a bit more mature, etc.

This book is an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, etc to talk to their children about tough situations.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review.**
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reference Book 28 July 2014
By ErikaRae - Published on
Recently I finished the book, Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and daughter Jessica Thompson.

I chose this book because of the authors. I have read two other books by Elyse Fitzpatrick (Because He Loves Me and Give Them Grace) and one of the same by Jessica Thompson (Give Them Grace), and I appreciate the gospel/grace message they use throughout their writing.

This particular book addresses 8 tough questions/topics parents most likely will face with their children:

"What is Sin?,"
"Why Do People Die?,"
"Who is Satan? What is Hell?,"
"Why Do People Get Divorced?,"
"Why Does the Bible Say That? Difficult Bible Stories,"
"Why and How Do Some People Sin Sexually?,"
"Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen?," and
"Why Do People Fight and Kill?"

After an explanation of each topic, the authors give three different answer summaries, based on age, to help the parent explain on the right level. The first summary is for the preschool age, the second is for ages 5-10, and the last is for ages 11 and up.

After finishing the book, I found it a quick read, easy to understand, and a good refresher on each topic. For me, I'd already thought through the majority of these questions and found answers myself, however, this is a helpful book for many parents who may still have questions regarding the above-mentioned topics, or for those parents who are not sure how to explain deep thoughts to different ages.

Also, this book can be handy as a reference book: when a question comes up from a child, just pull the book off the shelf and find the authors' answers, along with Bible reference right there.

Overall, a helpful, succinct book to read for now, then keep as a reference for later.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, of which I've given above.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Rambles of a SAHM 8 Sept. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Chances are if you've got kids you've been faced with answering some pretty tough questions. How do you go about answering the really tough ones? You know the ones . . . why do people die? what about homosexuality? rape? incest? and on and on and on. What's a parent to do in an age of political correctness and the glorifying of sinful lifestyles?

The mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson take a candid look at some of the hardest questions that parents face and give solid advice on how to approach the topics with your children. From the beginning of the book they make it clear that it is impossible to give children answers without understanding the answers yourself.

Remember how your parents would sometimes answer "because I said so". Have you ever given that answer? I know I have! I usually wind up giving that answer when I myself don't quite understand why I'm giving the answer I'm giving. As parents that are trying to give godly answers to these hard questions it is important that we first understand the biblical reasoning behind the answer.

Each chapter addresses a touchy topic. The question is asked and then the authors begin by stating what the scriptural context is. They also address what the enemy would like us to believe. The suggested answers are also divided up into age group appropriateness. We all know how awkward it can be to start answering something and realize that we have given our preschooler way too much information! Another thing they talk about is the follow up questions. This is a very thorough book for being so small. I really liked how each chapter ended with the 'In A Nutshell' segment. This small section really helped to solidify what was presented.

If you have kids or grandkids or even if you just work with kids, you need to get this book. Is every sticky question addressed in the book? Of course not, but it does give a great jumping off point for changing your thinking about how to answer tough questions. This is a great resource that you can turn to again and again when those tough questions get asked at any age.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help for hard questions 19 July 2014
By PhillipCole - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Though I do not have kids of my own, I interact with them at my church, and they need to know answers to tough questions. Explaining sin, death, disasters, and other theologically deep concepts can be hard, especially if you aren't sure what words to use. Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson hope to help with that in Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions.

Each chapter covers a particular topic that a child might ask about, and does a simple, but thorough job of explaining it. Background information is given, along with scripture references, so that the adult knows about the concept well enough to discuss it with the child. After that, a section covers ways to talk to children in 3 different age ranges. This helps break the information down further to make it easier to talk with a certain age child.

One of the points that stuck with me, and is one that is easy to ignore for adults, is that we don't have to know it all. It is alright to not be able to answer your child's question immediately. We all have a lot to learn, so we shouldn't pretend to be a spiritual know-it-all.

Though it is aimed at parents, anyone who is around kids will face them asking hard questions about what is happening in the world. Fitzpatrick and Thompson have written a book that will help tremendously with answering those questions.

I received a free copy of Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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