QUICK HIT: Best known for his academic work in theology and philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig shifts gears in What is God Like? to bring these often complicated doctrines about God to a level that children can understand. In God is Spirit, Craig kicks off a ten book children’s series that covers the doctrine of God in a simple and easy-to-understand way. Charity and John learn that God is like a person without a body and are encouraged to think about what that means.
Children have a way of asking the most difficult questions, questions made even more difficult because of the need to answer in a way that’s accessible and understandable to them. Dr. William Lane Craig is best known for his seminal book Reasonable Faith, several academic books, and his skills as a debater. Little did I know that Dr. Craig also I had a series of books for his youngest readers.
It is extremely important to develop a child’s faith by answering their questions and by providing them with the proper intellectual foundation for their faith. It’s never too early to begin teaching your children who God is and what He is like. This first book in the series focuses on what theologians would call the incorporeality of God. That is, God is spirit.
Through the book Charity and John (the bird and the bear, respectively), learn that God is like a person without a body. The kids are then encouraged to think about those implications. Can God get tired? Can he get sick? The book ends rather abruptly at this point. I think another page or so of denouement may have helped bring the theme out more fully.
One of the things I liked most about the book was that Craig addresses the “God as an Old Man” idea head-on, saying clearly that God is not like most popular representations of his being. And since it’s difficult to grasp a person without a body, the clear explanation that a person is not their body, but that a body houses a person is wonderful.
Moreover, the book lends itself to further questions on the difference between the soul and body, what happens to people when they die, and should serve to lead into a discussion on the Christian hope of life after death. I’m so glad Dr. Craig wrote these books. I’ve searched high and low for children’s books that clearly explain biblical doctrine and these are simply the best.
Make sure you click on the Series link above to read the reviews of the rest of the books.