Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics / by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson. 3.9.2016

Bethany House ISBN 9780764211874

Adult Rating: 5

Author of 20 books on daily living and the Christian life, Elyse Fitzpatrick coauthors Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions with her adult daughter and mother of three children, Jessica Thompson. Those familiar with their earlier Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus will find here the same clear and encouraging approach and solid foundation out of Scripture.

The mother/daughter team carefully walks parents through difficult conversations. Eight tough questions/topics are addressed: What is sin? Why do people die? Who is Satan? What is Hell? Why do people get divorced? Why does the Bible say that? Why and how do some people sin sexually? Why does God let natural disasters happen? Why do people fight and kill?

After discussing each topic, Fitzpatrick and Thompson give three answer summaries geared to three different age groups so that parents might relate better to the child. The first summary is for preschoolers, the second geared to ages 5 to 10, and the third one for ages 11 and older. This thoughtful, well-written book with a biblical mindset makes Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions a welcome addition for parents in the Christian home and a must-have for libraries serving parents.

Leroy Hommerding, CLJ