A Kid’s Dream Come True {Book Review for “God’s Crime Scene for Kids”}

God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective

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Second & Third Person • Fiction • 144 Pages

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About the book:

In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.


Why I Choose This Book:

This spring I read “Forensic Faith” by the same author, and it received a very solid five-star rating from me (not an easy task!), so I was eager to read his newest book. I was especially intrigued since it was for kids.

What I Thought about This Book:

Excited side note first: I received an ARC of this book (for those of you who don’t know, that stands for “Advanced Reader Copy”). I can’t even tell you how long I wanted to join that elusive reviewers-club of getting ARCs before I first landed one. Now, each time I open a package and see those three beautiful letters staring back at me, I feel like I’ve reached the pinnacle of success in the blogging review world. (So, THANK YOU Litfuse!)

This book was cool, yet unique. Y’all, it was written in a mixture of Second and Third person, which doesn’t sound like it would work, but it totally did for this book. So, pretty much I, as the reader, was part of the story, although more like a bystander. The main character was Jason, and we got to see from his point of view most of the time, but every so often there would be a sentence that said something like “You stood on your tip-toes, with the rest of the kids, trying to see into the box.” Which inserted you right into the story which is a fantastic way to get the reader involved.

Speaking of getting involved… GUYS! There’s a whole website for you to get even MORE involved and watch videos and fill out worksheets and goodness who wouldn’t find this incredibly cool? It made me think of VBS, but it’s tailored to be able to do it at home by yourself without having a lot of extra work and supplies needed.

Overall the story wasn’t something that was especially gripping, but that wasn’t the point.  The story really helped carry the principles and ideas along that the book teaches. And the authors did a great job of stuffing a lot of really important information about how we can tell the world was designed, etc… into the book.

 

Conclusion:

This book is a great way for kids to learn! Very interactive, informative, interesting, and fun, all rolled into one.

Rating:

I’m giving God’s Crime Scene for Kids 4 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review

Top Ten Book Recommendations for Nonfiction Readers

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday post. The prompt for today was “Ten books we’d recommend to ________,” and I choose ten books I’d recommend to someone who wanted to read nonfiction. Even if you’ve never enjoyed nonfiction before, these books would be a great place for you to get your feet wet.

I came up with a variety of my four and five star reads, trying to stay away from books I’ve talked about recently. These books seriously contain fantastic stories, information, writing, and ideas. I’ll give a little blurb about each book below. I highly recommend all these books and have even bought extra copies of some of them to give away.

  1. Whatever the Cost
    Written by identical twin brothers, this book is brimming with wit, laughter, and solid information.
  2. Life Creative
    So, so beautiful. The book itself, the writing, the ideas that are shared. Living a balanced life while being a creative person is possible.
  3. 20 Things We’d Tell our Twenty-Something Selves 
    Told by a husband/wife team, the writing is honest, clear, and helpful. (What twenty-something person doesn’t need advice and honesty?)
  4. Every Body Matters 
    This one dives right into the heart of the matter that most people in the church today avoid.
  5. Screens and Teens
    Yes, yes, and yes. How to have a healthy balance in today’s age of screens all over the place.
  6. Knowing God By Name
    This book goes through various names of God, exploring what they really mean and who God really is.
  7. Dangerous Love 
    Getting shot by terrorists? Yep. Finding forgiveness? Yep. There’s a bit of an info dump near the beginning of the book, but when you get past that the story is riveting.
  8. God’s Smuggler 
    Smuggling. For God. Say, what??? Yeah – it’s a mouth-dropping (and sometimes laughable) true account of the life of a man from Holland.
  9. Forensic Faith 
    Picture this: A real-life detective sets out to prove that God couldn’t exist, and instead becomes a passionate Christian. Here’s how that happened.
  10. Control Girl
    Nothing like wanting to take control of a situation (or should I say every situation). But that’s dangerous. Here’s a good look at just how dangerous that can be.

Have you read any of these books? Which looks most interesting to you?