God’s Crime Scene for Kids by J Warner Wallace
J Warner Wallace and his wife Susie have done it again. They have taken apologetics, placed it on the bottom shelf, placed its principles in story form and made it interesting and entertaining for kids. God’s Crime Scene for Kids is the second book they’ve co-written for kids that brings apologetics to their level.
The Wallace’s take their call serious. They also take statistics serious.
Recently, J Warner Wallace compiled much of the most recent statistics concerning the exodus of young people leaving church. If you are a pastor, youth director, teacher, church leader, or parent and you are unfamiliar with what’s going on, he has made it easy for you. Take the time to read the surveys and articles he has attached.
After spending time as a youth leader in church, like many of us, J Warner Wallace has seen the problem first hand. Most of us who have been involved with young people understand the root of this problem is basic. A large percentage of young people in church do not know what they believe or why they ought to believe it. Unlike many though, he and his wife Susie understand that one of the solutions needs to begin with kids younger than the usual high school/college age students.
That’s the value of this book. It is a valuable tool to use to introduce young kids to critical thinking, good philosophical principles, investigation, and apologetics.
God’s Crime Scene for Kids uses the same format as their earlier apologetics book for kids, Cold Case Christianity for Kids. It is a story of the Cadet Academy, kids learning investigative principles from Detective Jeffries. Jason, one of the cadets, finds a box in his grandmother’s attic. In the box his grandfather who died before he could know him, left him some clues to an eventual revelation.
The story includes principles of investigation that help the cadets learn how to discover or solve the mystery. Those principles are also used to solve a bigger mystery than that of his grandfather’s. While the box in the attic was his grandfather’s crime scene, the cadets learn to think outside the box to solve the mystery of God’s crime scene.
I won’t spoil the story for you. You may enjoy the suspense as did my wife and I. What I would like to do is tell you what benefit it would be for your child to read this.
Your child will learn principles of critical thinking by reading God’s Crime Scene for Kids. It turns out that crime scene investigators use those principles to solve mysteries. In the detective bags and the story the Wallace’s teach those principles that seem like common sense.
Your child will learn investigative principles. In case you don’t know, J Warner Wallace was a cold-case investigator in the Los Angeles area until he retired. He has been featured on Dateline on NBC and the cases he’s solved are well published. The principles he used as a cold-case investigator are in this book for your child.
Your child will learn apologetics. It’s no coincidence that God gave us minds that if used correctly, help us understand the universe as his crime scene. He has left clues everywhere that point to him as the Culprit Creator. Evidence of a beginning, a designer, and a transcendent moral law giver are just some of the clues your child will find in God’s Crime Scene for Kids.
This book is written on a level that kids at a very young age will be able to comprehend and enjoy. That’s important. Not only high school kids need apologetics. In fact, in todays cultural atmosphere, waiting until your child is in high school to introduce them to apologetics could prove to be a mistake.
If you want to know when you ought to give a book like God’s Crime Scene for Kids to your child, or introduce it to your Sunday School class, let me give you my opinion. Do it as soon as possible!
In my opinion, this book is understandable for very young elementary students. That is a breath of fresh air. That is the most overlooked age group when it comes to apologetics ministry and it may be the most valuable. The way young people think is formed at a young age, younger than most people believe. This book could be an integral part of helping kids think properly and critically.
Where can you use a book like God’s Crime Scene for Kids?
Sunday School is a good place to start. This book would be a great study for your Sunday School kids. It can be done in a matter of a few weeks and I’ll guarantee that they’ll be interested the entire time. If you have a special class designated to apolgetics, it would also be useful there.
Christian School or Homeschool.
If you are a teacher, have your child in a Christian school, or Homeschool your kids, this book would be a great addition to their curriculum. Whether done in a co-op or in a classroom setting, God’s Crime Scene for Kids would be a great teaching tool to introduce those children to apologetics and critical thinking. I’d encourage you to buy a copy and introduce their teachers to it. Even if it was only part of their reading assignments, it is understandable for kids by themselves, especially with the included videos the Wallaces have done on their website.
If you have children or know someone who does, but they’re not enrolled in any kind of apologetics training, use this book at home. Read the book with them or let them do it on their own. Either way, it will benefit them now and as they grow into adults. Sunday School and school are great places to help train your kids in apologetics. But, ultimately it’s your job as a parent.
God’s Crime Scene for Kids is a great addition to your apologetics library, even if you’re an adult. It’s a great teaching tool that you can have at the ready for kids that live with us, attend our church, or our schools. What better gift could be given than a book that would help a kid love the Lord with their minds?
It’s imaginative, entertaining, and educational. It’s a great tool to introduce kids to apologetics. It’d be a great gift for the upcoming Christmas season. I highly recommend it.