Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review: 21 Toughest Questions…

Good resource for tough faith questions.

“The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity & How To Answer Them Confidently” by Alex McFarland (Wow, that’s a mouthful of a title!)

Overview: University apologist, director, and popular speaker Alex McFarland has spent the last two decades answering questions about Christian worldview and the Bible from children, teens, and parents. In The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity, he summarizes questions today’s children and teens are asking about God, the Bible, and the problem of evil.

Alex’s experiences have taught him that how adults answer questions about God is as important as, if not more important than, what kids ask. He provides parents with teaching strategies that will help them reach their children intellectually and spiritually. Today’s kids and teens are looking for authenticity, integrity, and straightforward truth. Alex comes alongside parents and gives them tools to effectively answer not only their children’s toughest academic questions but also the questions that plague their hearts. (from Amazon) 

Dawn’s Recommendation: 3.5 of 5 Stars

What I liked: It helps answer faith questions for teens and adults. I used it to answer questions that my 14 year old daughter had and also an adult friend.

This book is a good resource, but not one that I could just pick up and read the whole way through.  Instead, I've used it to look up specific hard questions. Each section title is a tough question followed by the answer, which is backed by Scripture.

Some questions the books helps answer are:

--Why do bad things happen to good people? 

--How can a loving God let people go to Hell?

--Is Jesus real?

What I didn’t like: The layout/flow in each section is annoying --  You get to reading about a tough question and then it is interrupted with a box of related text, so you have to skip the box to continue reading. The boxes interrupt the reader’s flow. The boxes have good information in them, but why stick them in the middle of text?  It just makes reading harder and more confusing.

Some of the author’s explanations are a little advanced and might not translate well to younger children.

Overall: Good resource. I am glad I have it in my library because it has come in handy! I could only give it 3.5 stars, though, because of flow.


  1. Those are some good difficult questions that need answered! I think a book like that might be helpful just for looking up specific questions. I'd probably have trouble reading it straight through. Good review!

    1. Thanks, Krista. It is a good resource to have on hand. I know I don't have all the answers so it is helpful to have it handy!


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