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These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a Your children are a blessing from God. A gift that brings an abundance of joy and the privilege of teaching them God's ways. When they're young their potential to learn is amazing. And because actions and beliefs go hand in hand, the lessons they learn from These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a Your children are a blessing from God. A gift that brings an abundance of joy and the privilege of teaching them God's ways. When they're young their potential to learn is amazing. And because actions and beliefs go hand in hand, the lessons they learn from you now will shape their lives forever. This wonderful book, with its easy-to-use story format, can help you teach the basic truths of the Christian faith to your children. They'll learn right along with Caleb and Cassie that God's ways are the best—and that even as kids, they can live for His glory every day.


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These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a Your children are a blessing from God. A gift that brings an abundance of joy and the privilege of teaching them God's ways. When they're young their potential to learn is amazing. And because actions and beliefs go hand in hand, the lessons they learn from These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7a Your children are a blessing from God. A gift that brings an abundance of joy and the privilege of teaching them God's ways. When they're young their potential to learn is amazing. And because actions and beliefs go hand in hand, the lessons they learn from you now will shape their lives forever. This wonderful book, with its easy-to-use story format, can help you teach the basic truths of the Christian faith to your children. They'll learn right along with Caleb and Cassie that God's ways are the best—and that even as kids, they can live for His glory every day.

30 review for Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Wonderful book on teaching your children to live for God. My kids love to learn through stories of other kids. I would recommend this book to everyone. Great way to also learn catechism.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Walker

    What is the most important thing that a child can learn from his parents? Eight-year-old Caleb and his younger sister Cassie live with their dad and mom. The whole family is striving to be godly. They all regularly attend church services, and every night the parents teach the children about Jesus using the catechism. Caleb’s best friend Angus and his family attend the same church, but their other friend Daniel and his family, who recently moved into the community, don’t go to church. So Caleb an What is the most important thing that a child can learn from his parents? Eight-year-old Caleb and his younger sister Cassie live with their dad and mom. The whole family is striving to be godly. They all regularly attend church services, and every night the parents teach the children about Jesus using the catechism. Caleb’s best friend Angus and his family attend the same church, but their other friend Daniel and his family, who recently moved into the community, don’t go to church. So Caleb and Angus ask Daniel to go to church with them. Will he be allowed to go? How will his parents react? And what will be the result? The reader needs to be aware that the authors come from a highly Reformed (Calvinistic) religious tradition. Susan Hunt is the women’s ministry consultant for Christian Education and Publications of the Presbyterian Church in America. Her son Richie Hunt is the children’s and youth minister at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dallas, GA. Bible believers from other religious backgrounds may not necessarily agree with some concepts and practices set forth in the book, such as salvation by praying to ask Jesus into your heart, total hereditary depravity, tithing, keeping the “Christian’s Sabbath,” following the Ten Commandments, and baptizing infants. In fact, many of us would prefer to instruct our children simply from the Scriptures rather than using a man-made catechism. However, putting the issue of the catechism aside, the thing I really like about this book is that the 36 stories illustrate how the truth of God’s word can be practically applied even in the lives of young children and also how important it is for parents to teach their children what the Bible says. Youngsters have a much greater capacity to learn than a lot of people think, so we shouldn’t wait until they’re older but start from the very beginning to inculcate within them both Biblical morality and Biblical doctrine. Each chapter concludes with a “Let’s Talk” section with questions about the lesson and a “Let’s Pray” section which, rather than having a written prayer to repeat, gives a passage of Scripture and just encourages the reader to pray based upon what that passage says.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Smith

    I love the questions and answers in this book with applicational stories. If you want your kids to know more about the Christian faith this is a great book for that. We covered topics like the covenant of life, original sin, sanctification, who Christ is, baptism etc. These topics go hand in hand with the Christian faith. I don't know about you but my kids grill me with questions everyday because they are desperate for truth and understanding. What better way to help than to bring the truth to t I love the questions and answers in this book with applicational stories. If you want your kids to know more about the Christian faith this is a great book for that. We covered topics like the covenant of life, original sin, sanctification, who Christ is, baptism etc. These topics go hand in hand with the Christian faith. I don't know about you but my kids grill me with questions everyday because they are desperate for truth and understanding. What better way to help than to bring the truth to them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zaira Russell

    This book was neat. We used it with our four year old and close to 3 year old. We will get it out again in September to read it again. The chapters are easy to read and the stories are memorable but since they were so small their listening comprehension was not where it needed to be for making sense of the stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julia Forrester

    One of the things that I wish I had more of growing up, was an understanding of what exactly Christianity is, by that I mean, what exactly do we believe. That’s why the church developed catechism way back when, the question/answer format offered an easy way for parents to teach their children the basis of their faith. Since my kids are 3 and 1 years old I wanted something that would help me teach the catechism to them, but would be more than just the questions and answers. I want to make sure the One of the things that I wish I had more of growing up, was an understanding of what exactly Christianity is, by that I mean, what exactly do we believe. That’s why the church developed catechism way back when, the question/answer format offered an easy way for parents to teach their children the basis of their faith. Since my kids are 3 and 1 years old I wanted something that would help me teach the catechism to them, but would be more than just the questions and answers. I want to make sure they understand what they are saying and from those truths, help them to build a Christian worldview. That’s where this book comes in. I had seen this book recommended by many people, but I haven’t been impressed with most “kid devotionals,” so I was a little hesitant to buy the book. I finally found it on half.com for $9 shipped to my door, so I decided to get it. I’m SO glad I did. This is exactly what I was looking for. It offers the catechism questions in simple English, so Milan can understand, and then it gives a story showing how these truths affect your life. Here’s some excerpts from Chapter 1 to give you an idea. Each Chapter has the questions and answers listed and then there’s a story followed by some follow up questions, a verse and a short prayer. Q. Who made you? A. God Q. What else did God make? A. God made all things. Q. Why did God make you and all things? A. For His glory. Q. How can you glorify God? A. By loving Him and doing what He commands. Q. Why are you to glorify God? A. Because He made me and takes care of me. A Party at the Zoo “…A week before Caleb’s eighth birthday, his mom said to him, ‘Caleb, we have a surprise for you. For your birthday we will take you to your favorite place — the zoo. And you may invite two friends. Whom would you like to ask?…. ‘Angus!’ Caleb answered excitedly. ‘He’s my best friend.’…and… ‘I think I’ll invite Daniel,’ said Caleb … Daniel and his family had just moved next door to Caleb’s family. Caleb’s mom and dad had invited them to church, but they said they didn’t go to church…. The boys had a great time. They saw the giraffes and elephants. … then they went to see the monkeys. they laughed as the watched the monkeys climb and swing on the vines. ‘Just think,’ said Daniel, ‘we came from monkeys.’ ‘What!’ said Caleb and Angus at the same time. ‘We didn’t evolve from monkeys. God created us,’ explained Caleb. ‘What do you mean?’ asked Daniel. Angus replied, ‘The Bible says that God made everything. He made the world and the animals. Then He made the first people. God made everything.’ ‘Are you sure?’ asked Daniel. ‘I’ve never heard anything like that.’ ‘We’re sure,’ said Caleb and Angus with confidence. Caleb added, ‘God made us for His own glory, and He takes care of us.’ ‘Really?’ asked Daniel. ‘How do you know all of that?’ ‘The Bible tells us about God.’ replied Angus…..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This has become our children’s (ages 5, 4, and 2.5) favorite Christian book to read. And I look forward to reading it, too. The structure of each reading works well: 1) a few Catechism question and answers 2) a short story involving the same group of characters that are followed throughout the book. 3) a few questions about the story 4) a Bible verse that leads into a prayer on a suggested topic The stories are interesting, meaningful, and not cheesy. I highly recommend this resource for families wit This has become our children’s (ages 5, 4, and 2.5) favorite Christian book to read. And I look forward to reading it, too. The structure of each reading works well: 1) a few Catechism question and answers 2) a short story involving the same group of characters that are followed throughout the book. 3) a few questions about the story 4) a Bible verse that leads into a prayer on a suggested topic The stories are interesting, meaningful, and not cheesy. I highly recommend this resource for families with young children.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Goetz

    It's very difficult to find resources on the catechism that are for young children. This is the best I could find, and I'm pleased with it as far as it goes. It's legalistic at times, but I usually do some on-the-fly editing when reading it with my own kids. I wanted something like this to read with my kids who are 5, 4, and 2. It's not perfect, but it works, and it's been a good jumping off point for discussions. It's very difficult to find resources on the catechism that are for young children. This is the best I could find, and I'm pleased with it as far as it goes. It's legalistic at times, but I usually do some on-the-fly editing when reading it with my own kids. I wanted something like this to read with my kids who are 5, 4, and 2. It's not perfect, but it works, and it's been a good jumping off point for discussions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anastasiya

    I use this as just a list of catechisms. The stories that go along are unbearable! Easily a 5 star - replace the stories with scripture verses to back up each catechism. Other then that I love the simple catechism that are easy to understand and straight forward for a parent to explain to a child.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I’m always on the look out for a great devotional that all my children can enjoy, that is quick but yet adds to their knowledge and love for God – enter Big Truths for Little Kids. The short stories, questions, discussion area and Scripture all make for a lively and relevant devotion time for you and your children. I will say this was right on target for my younger children whose ages are almost 6 and almost 8 however my 10 year old was a little too old for the stories but I won’t say she didn’t I’m always on the look out for a great devotional that all my children can enjoy, that is quick but yet adds to their knowledge and love for God – enter Big Truths for Little Kids. The short stories, questions, discussion area and Scripture all make for a lively and relevant devotion time for you and your children. I will say this was right on target for my younger children whose ages are almost 6 and almost 8 however my 10 year old was a little too old for the stories but I won’t say she didn’t learn anything – anything that teaches God’s Truths is relevant no matter how it’s done. The goal of this book is to teach children how to live for God by integrating Scripture, discussion, prayer and memorization. Before you begin, it’s recommended that you, the parent or person leading the devotion memorize the answers to the questions for reading #1 – that is questions like “who made you?” and “how can you glorify God?”. As you go through the book you add in the other questions but only work on having the children memorize reading number one’s, then when you go through the book again add in memorizing of reading number two, and so on. Eventually children will be able to answer questions that relate back to their Faith and the Bible and giving them a good foundation to eventual deeper study of the Word of God. The 160 page hardback book with it’s black and white illustrations is a lovely addition to your Bible time and your family’s library. My only caution in this devotional is to read the questions ahead of time as some may not align with Scripture or your families belief. Two of the questions that raised issue for me were: “Who are to be baptized?” “Believers and their children.” “Why are we baptized, even as infants?” “Because God’s command to Abraham is obeyed in our baptism.” Again, these have been the only two questions and I would probably skip those two and rework the story or use it to illustrate along side Scripture why infants aren’t to be baptized. Otherwise, this is a great devotional that can be used by Christians who do not believe in infant baptism. **Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    This book is laid out like a catechism. It contains 36 lessons. Each lesson starts with a page of questions and answers such as: "Who is God?" "Who wrote the Bible?" "Where is Jesus now?" Then, there is a story about Cassie and Caleb. The stories illustrate different experiences and challenges children face, with an emphasis on how we (children included) can glorify God in our daily lives. Each lesson ends with "Let's Talk" discussion questions to encourage comprehension and retention of the materia This book is laid out like a catechism. It contains 36 lessons. Each lesson starts with a page of questions and answers such as: "Who is God?" "Who wrote the Bible?" "Where is Jesus now?" Then, there is a story about Cassie and Caleb. The stories illustrate different experiences and challenges children face, with an emphasis on how we (children included) can glorify God in our daily lives. Each lesson ends with "Let's Talk" discussion questions to encourage comprehension and retention of the material. Finally, the "Let's Pray" provides guidance on prayer to reinforce the lessons. We have purchased several copies of this book to give as gifts. The one caution I would have is that later lessons, which are more specific, do contain teaching about which all Bible believing Christians do not agree. For example, the question "How many sacriments are there? A: 2". or "Who are to be baptized? A: Believers and their children." These concepts can be explained by parents who have a different theological perspective and/ or parents can write appropriate answers to be substituted. Noting the authors are members of the Presbyterian Church in America, members of this denomination would not have this problem. Even with that caveat, I still think the method and presentation of this material is very strong. I look forward to using it with our children.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    Terrific book for taking your children through Westminster Catechism (Children's Catechism) questions and answers. Each chapter has a couple Q&As followed by a practical story from a Christian family (the parents affectionately refer to their children as the "Catechsim Kids"). :) It's geared more toward older readers (reading it to my 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old wasn't the easiest - although my 4 year old actually did pretty well). But I'm sure we'll revisit again in a few years. The second to la Terrific book for taking your children through Westminster Catechism (Children's Catechism) questions and answers. Each chapter has a couple Q&As followed by a practical story from a Christian family (the parents affectionately refer to their children as the "Catechsim Kids"). :) It's geared more toward older readers (reading it to my 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old wasn't the easiest - although my 4 year old actually did pretty well). But I'm sure we'll revisit again in a few years. The second to last chapter is about baptism - so my credobaptist brothers will probably want to skip or alter that chapter (although I still really enjoyed it). Nonetheless, it's a terrific way to start teaching your children the truths about our wonderful, gracious Triune God! ------ July 2020: Daughters are now 7 and 5 - even better this time around.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This book uses many chapters with a continuing story to illustrate the catechism that it's teaching. The stories can seem a little cheesy to me, but I am often challenged by the lesson. We have been going through this slowly. You are supposed to repeat the catechisms so they can be committed to memory but the 5yo will only sit through one or two stories and often doesn't seem to remember the catechism questions and answers or the details of the story to answer study questions. It can be a little This book uses many chapters with a continuing story to illustrate the catechism that it's teaching. The stories can seem a little cheesy to me, but I am often challenged by the lesson. We have been going through this slowly. You are supposed to repeat the catechisms so they can be committed to memory but the 5yo will only sit through one or two stories and often doesn't seem to remember the catechism questions and answers or the details of the story to answer study questions. It can be a little frustrating, especially because she is the one requesting I read. She does however usually remember the first part and it's so wonderful to hear her little girl's voice answer these big questions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Reffner

    4 1/2 stars. Outstanding devotional for the preschooler/early elementary set. My son and daughter both benefited from and understood this. I found the catechism to be very helpful in helping my children learn concrete answers about complex Bible doctrine. We don't rote recite, we talk about it. The reason its nearly five stars rather than five stars was that there was one devotional we edited due to its approach on baptism (covenantal view) but we enjoyed the rest of this so highly I don't hesi 4 1/2 stars. Outstanding devotional for the preschooler/early elementary set. My son and daughter both benefited from and understood this. I found the catechism to be very helpful in helping my children learn concrete answers about complex Bible doctrine. We don't rote recite, we talk about it. The reason its nearly five stars rather than five stars was that there was one devotional we edited due to its approach on baptism (covenantal view) but we enjoyed the rest of this so highly I don't hesitate to recommend it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike E.

    I read this to my children when they were ages 8, 6, and 3. It is a story about children from Christian homes who befriend and love a boy that is not from a Christian home. The objective of the book is to creatively teach biblical truths to our little ones. My kids are really getting it and enjoying it. My oldest son thought it was targeted at too young an audience for him. But Michelle and I think the Lord used it in his life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book is perhaps a little cheesy, but this book has my kids really interested in it and it has gotten us started on some great conversations. Our church library has this one, otherwise I might have looked into purchasing it. We're not through the whole thing, but it has been totally worthwhile, if you can get over the cheesy-factor. And it's good to get them introduced to chatechism the way she does it. This book is perhaps a little cheesy, but this book has my kids really interested in it and it has gotten us started on some great conversations. Our church library has this one, otherwise I might have looked into purchasing it. We're not through the whole thing, but it has been totally worthwhile, if you can get over the cheesy-factor. And it's good to get them introduced to chatechism the way she does it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyle LaPorte

    My kids love the story line. The information presented in the catechism would be good for most bland evangelicals to grip (a boy can dream). Truth must be in the head before it can be in the heart. It must be known before it can be treasured. This book is a creative way for your children to learn the truth in their heads. Only God can put it in the heart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is a fantastic book. I couldn't use it with my kiddos because don't really hold a covenantal view, but as I was reading through it ahead of time, I loved the set up. The lessons are fantastic, making the questions very understandable. We decided to go a different way, but if you do hold a covenantal view, this book is fantastic. This is a fantastic book. I couldn't use it with my kiddos because don't really hold a covenantal view, but as I was reading through it ahead of time, I loved the set up. The lessons are fantastic, making the questions very understandable. We decided to go a different way, but if you do hold a covenantal view, this book is fantastic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Catechisms continue to be wonderful teaching tools, even if they have fallen out of use lately. Susan Hunt has given us a real treasure. This book really makes some solid teaching fun and engaging for the kids. I love this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Reading one a week with the kids for school.... stories interspersed with the First Catechism. I never learned any catechism (my parents might say differently), and I'm really enjoying learning it myself, and watching them learn it. Reading one a week with the kids for school.... stories interspersed with the First Catechism. I never learned any catechism (my parents might say differently), and I'm really enjoying learning it myself, and watching them learn it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Aaron and I are using this along with another book as a devotional book for our daughter Hannah who is 2 years old. I like that it has the children's catechism before each story which reinforce the answers to the questions. Aaron and I are using this along with another book as a devotional book for our daughter Hannah who is 2 years old. I like that it has the children's catechism before each story which reinforce the answers to the questions.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Fletcher

    Yet another of Susan Hunt's excellent devotionals for the younger set. We've read through this one several times (there just always seem to be little kids around here ;) ) and I'll hold onto it for grandchildren. Yet another of Susan Hunt's excellent devotionals for the younger set. We've read through this one several times (there just always seem to be little kids around here ;) ) and I'll hold onto it for grandchildren.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Jardon

    This will definitely be a re-read with the kiddos over and over. I love the catechism questions at the beginning of each chapter and we have used them throughout the day every day in reminding Amelia about God and His character and His creation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    As your small children grow up (and they will)this is the next book you need.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Susan Hunt does an excellent job of expressing God's truth in a clear way for children but not losing any of the power of the Word. Susan Hunt does an excellent job of expressing God's truth in a clear way for children but not losing any of the power of the Word.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I loved -- kids enjoyed it and very applicable to me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grant Russell

    This is proving really good at teaching our children principles from the Bible. The best way of describing it is catechism for children.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Okay, I confess, I haven't actually read the content of this book I just bought...however, it's 95% words and 5% illustrations and that isn't going to fly very well! Okay, I confess, I haven't actually read the content of this book I just bought...however, it's 95% words and 5% illustrations and that isn't going to fly very well!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Learned

    I've taken my kids through this twice, and probably will once more before my youngest gets too big. A fresh way to discuss the catechism. Fun story line that the children could relate to. I've taken my kids through this twice, and probably will once more before my youngest gets too big. A fresh way to discuss the catechism. Fun story line that the children could relate to.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Silvia Iskandar

    A little bit too difficult for my 5 yo. Should have come with age reccomendation. But it's ok . A little bit too difficult for my 5 yo. Should have come with age reccomendation. But it's ok .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rick Hogaboam

    Helpful devotional book for families based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Most of the stories are helpful in reinforcing the points of the catechism.

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