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. This final book in the series, The Greatness of God, serves as a series summary, offering no new material but covering each of the previous nine topics. Dr. Craig finds the balance between being simplistic and having simplicity, managing to bring clarity to difficult subjects rather than ignoring them for the sake of it being easier.
I have long been a fan of Dr. Craig and used his writing extensively throughout my undergraduate and seminary days. When I discovered he had written a children’s series, I knew I had to read them and, thanks to the great folks at Biola University, I was provided with review copies to do so.
This final book in the series, The Greatness of God, does not introduce any new attribute but instead serves as a summary of the entire series. While the other books can stand alone, if you choose to buy only one and start with this one, you’ll be missing out on everything and left feeling like the book never really did anything. I guess that’s my only complaint with this book. While the others contained some powerful, in-depth teaching, this one is missing any sort of that and so just seems out of place. I know that it’s summarizing, I know that it’s wrapping things up, but I think it could have been done better.
As for the series as a whole, you can see how it developed over time. The first few books a bit shorter and simpler than the rest of the series. Once the series becomes necessarily more complex when it tackles God’s aseity in book 4, you begin to see a shift in the books to be a bit longer, take time to address a common misconception, and just overall be a bit deeper.
Let me take some time to state this as clearly as I can: If you have young children, you need to get these books. There are no better books on the market for teaching children about God. Dr. Craig finds the balance between being simplistic and having simplicity, managing to bring clarity to difficult subjects rather than ignoring them for the sake of it being easier. These books challenge young children to ask the difficult questions and grapple with the answers.
I warn you, if you’re an average Christian, you’ll find yourself challenged by these books as well, and you’ll learn how to better communicate the Gospel and the nature of God to non-Christians than you ever could before. This series is an absolute treasure. Thank you, Dr. Craig, for writing them. I do hope that more children’s books are forthcoming.