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Big Truths For Young Hearts [Paperback]

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Pages   234
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433506017  
EAN  9781433506017  

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Encourages and enables parents of children 6–14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.

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Equips parents to guide their young children through all major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.

Sure, it's easy to teach your children the essentials of Christian theology when you're a theology professor. But what about the rest of us?

With Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you guessed it ) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of children 6-14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.

The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children's primary faith trainers-and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.

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Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

John Starke is the pastor of preaching at Apostles Church in New York City, New York. He is the coeditor (with Bruce Ware) of One God in Three Persons. He is married to Jena and has three children.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics--According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.

James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.

Michael A. G. Haykin (ThD, University of Toronto) is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He has authored or edited more than twenty-five books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church.

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

Michael Ovey is principal of Oak Hill Theological College. He has a PhD in Trinitarian theology from King's College, London.

Bruce A. Ware was born in 1953.

Bruce A. Ware has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Perspectives (B&H Publishing)

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Making theology accessible, not intimidating  May 5, 2010
This is a book that I read very quickly, but an now going through very slowly and meticulously. I was intrigued to hear about a book that Bruce Ware, professor of systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was publishing at the end of 2009: A systematic theology written to be taught to and read by children!

In the book's introduction, Ware explains that as his daughters grew up, he began to realize that what he had been teaching them each night at their bedsides was the same material he had been teaching to his seminary students for decades! This led to the idea of writing a book that would progress systematically through the essential doctrines of Christianity on a level that is accessible and understandable for children, without compromising on the rich truths expressed in Scripture.

I have to say, he has done a great job with this! Far too often we underestimate the ability of children to grasp the deep things of God. How tragic! They understand far more than we think, and in many cases, probably more than we do. After all, Jesus didn't tell children to have faith like adults! There is a deep need for our children to be brought up immersed in the Word, and this book will be a great resource for parents seeking to raise their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). I am personally thankful to have this tool as I pursue my aim of becoming a Proverbs 4 dad!

Though this book says it is written for ages 9 and up, it is by no means childish. To be perfectly honest, most adults could stand to learn much from this book! We live in an age where an intellectual pursuit of theology is not much emphasized in evangelical culture, and it is probably safe to assume that the vast majority of Christians have never devoted themselves to a serious and systematic study of theology. If a 1200+ page seminary text seems intimidating, this quite manageable 230-page paperback could be the ideal starting point for many!
I found it!  Feb 2, 2010
Finally...the book I've been searching for! As the overseer of my church's children's ministry, I have been searching high and low for a book for parents to help them lead their families in discipleship. This book is it. One of our ministry's main goals is to teach parents to teach their kids the greatness, sovereignty and worth of God. This book teaches exactly that through small daily studies.

My wife and I have been using this book in our family devotions with my six year-old son. He "gets it." As a suggestion, we have broken up the daily studies into two. One to introduce the topic and the second day to reinforce it. We also briefly review the previously taught topics to keep them in memory.

I would disagree with the reviewer and commenter who said it was too deep. Our culture has come to assume that anything with any depth is too deep for kids. With my son, I read the book straight through and change only have to modify a few words here and there to make it a little more understandable.

I won't go into too much detail as the book has been covered here. We have several family devotionals, many good, a few not so good. This one is my favorite. As the book suggests, it could be used in homeschool, in a Christian school or even in a church setting. This book could also be used as an adult theological primer, which would be very valuable for new believers. But for its designed purpose, this book is a great way to teach your kids how great our God is!
Excellent  Jan 19, 2010
I admit it . . . I judged a book by its cover. Honestly, when I first looked at this book, I groaned. I didn't want to read it. I thought it would be dry and boring. However, once I started reading, I was captivated from the very first sentence. To say this book is phenomenal is an understatement.

Let me just explain. Bruce A. Ware, the author, taught his two little girls all about God. He worked as a Professor of Christian theology in a Seminary and then came home each night to teach his precious daughters. These were his bedside talks with his children. The book is full of amazing explanations of our religious faith. He describes deep truths such as Sanctification, Trusting God, Our salvation, the Holy Spirit and so much more. I was literally comforted and reassured by his gentle and knowledgeable words. This man knows what he is talking about and knows how to teach it.

The book itself is designed for children ages 6 and up. I read this myself and found it perfect for adults as well. I plan to use this for a weekly study with my children. Imagine, if you will, a godly Pastor who has written a guidebook of lessons. You, as a parent, get to read these to your children. You get to teach and train and guide and comfort your little ones, using this excellent resource! The title of the book is perfect: "Big Truths for Young Hearts." My only qualm is the cover. It needs a major overhaul.

*I received this book, for free, from the publisher for the purpose of sharing my opinion.*
Necessary Instruction for Believers Both Big and Small  Jan 2, 2010
The doctrinal quality of the titles published by Crossway never fail to amaze me, and Big Truths for Young Hearts has only served to cement my opinion. Theologian Bruce A. Ware has penned a work that attempts to capture the bedtime conversations he had with his own adult daughters (now grown), so that parents can step up to the plate in equipping their own children to understand the great, fundamental truths of the faith.

Ware writes from a distinctly Reformed perspective though classic Calvinistic terms familiar to believers aren't often seen throughout the text. For our family, this work is a Godsend; new believers are often ill-equipped due to a lack of sound doctrinal instruction in the church as a whole, and Big Truths is just what we needed to guide us through the big questions our children ask us. Ware's work is essential for any parent, or new believer seeking to beef up on the main tenets upon which Christianity stands.

Broken into nine major topics, Big Truths provides six three-page readings for each major section. At the end of each reading a memory verse and questions for discussion with your children are provided. You can look forward to tackling "God's Word and God's Own Life as God", "God as Three in One", "Creator and Ruler of All", "Our Human Nature and Our Sin", "Who Jesus Is", "The Work that Jesus Has Done", "The Holy Spirit", "Our Great Salvation", "The Church of Jesus Christ", "What Will Take Place in the End".

While written for children age nine and over, Ware can't entirely break free of the language of theologians. Though he does try to simplify complex subjects for young ones, he still reads like the professor of Christian theology that he is.

Here we'll consider three key ideas that try to explain why the cross of Christ was needed. Each of these must be a part of explaining the cross, but only as we put these together do we have a full explanation for the cross of Christ. We're familiar with these ideas, but seeing them together here is important both for understanding the need for the cross and for understanding the gospel.

The above excerpt could just as easily be drawn from a simple book on doctrine for adult believers. As a result, parents may wish to read through the relevant reading several times in order to familiarize themselves with the key points, in order to paraphrase or summarize as necessary.

Ware's text is filled with scriptural references, and all of the doctrine he puts forth is grounded firmly upon the Word of God. Though the text is Reformed in nature, and Ware teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he's careful to hold only to what the scriptures state and avoids extra biblical standards. Ware takes care to point out that varying points of view exist on baptism, though he puts forth a case for baptism by immersion. He also notes that believers differ on matters of spiritual gifts and briefly touches upon both positions without adding value judgments.

A firm foundation based upon the clear teachings of God's Word prevents confusion and the adoption of fallacious beliefs concerning the nature of God, salvation, the trinity, and the final destinations of those who die. With solid doctrinal understanding of Christian doctrine on the decline, Big Truths is my first recommendation for families in which any member of the family - large or small - is in need of instruction.
Excellent book for Christian parents  Dec 16, 2009
This book is filled with theology that is easy to understand and teach to your child.
I appreciated Dr. Ware's many years of experience as a father and his heart's desire to pass on his wisdom.
The chapters are broken down into easy, teachable lesson. It also gave me theological topics to discuss with my children that I'd never thought of. I feel better equipped as a Christian parent, to teach Biblical theology that will leave them better grounded to stand on their own one day.

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