Catchy blog entry title, huh? What I mean is, don’t be dumb when you teach your kids about big truths. Don’t dumb down theology just for the sake of your two-year-old better understanding the vastness of the God of the universe. Tell them the truth. Then you need to believe the truth and live under that truth. Don’t dumb down the gospel. Don’t dumb down God. And, please, don’t dumb down their NEED for Jesus. God’s in charge and made Himself and His truths big for a reason. Those truths should blow your mind and your two-year-old’s mind. Whet their appetites with the TRUTH. Don’t feed them small, silly lies that they will outgrow before their five.
To help you in your endeavor to not be dumb I’ve compiled a list of solid books for kids. These are books that I have either already read of have been recommended to me by reputable sources. As always, please beware when you shop in any bookstore--especially Christian bookstores. There is a lot of rubbish out there.
Big Truths for Young Hearts, by Bruce Ware
Sammy and His Shepherd, by Susan Hunt
The Jesus Story Book Bible, by Sally Lloyd Jones
The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm
ESV Illustrated Family Bible: 270 Selections from the Holy Bible, by Zbigniew Freus (illustrator)
Keeping Holiday, by Starr Meade
The Prince’s Poison Cup, by RC Sproul
The Lightlings, by RC Sproul
The Priest with Dirty Clothes, by RC Sproul
Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World, by Paul Maier
Gumtree Gully, by Kel Richards
A Faith to Grow On, John MacArthur
Tell Me About Heaven, by Randy Alcorn
If you’re like me, you will learn a lot too, as you strive to teach your kids the truth!