In my “Note from the Editor” in the July 2002 issue of Reason & Revelation, I announced the latest offering from our very capable Director of Biblical Research, Kyle Butt—his new book on Christian evidences titled A Matter of Fact (the sequel to his best-selling volume, Out With Doubt). Both books were written specifically for young people in grades 7-12. It now gives me a great deal of pleasure to be able to announce Kyle’s most recent book—How do You Know the Bible is from God?—which he wrote especially for youngsters in grades 4-6.
What child—growing up in a home where God is revered and His Word is respected—has not asked the question: “Mom (or dad), how do you know the Bible is from God?” It’s a valid question. And it deserves an equally valid answer.
But what should be a parent’s (or teacher’s) response? If we really believe what the Bible says—that each Christians must “be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you...” (1 Peter 3:15)—then we should be able to sit down with a child and provide an answer that is based solidly on the available evidence.
It will not do to say simply, “Well, honey, we just ‘know’ in our heart that the Bible is God’s Word,” or “Well, we’ve always been taught, and we’ve always believed, that the Bible is the Word of God.” Those are not appropriate, or adequate, answers for a young, inquiring, impressionable, sponge-like mind. We must do better. And every single child who bothers to ask the question deserves better! How do You Know the Bible is from God? was written to help parents and teachers “do better,” and to give each and every child the answer he or she deserves to such a vitally important question.
The publication of this particular book represents a significant milestone in the history of Apologetics Press. It not only is the very first book we have published in a hardback version, but also is the very first book we have published completely in full color throughout! It is indeed a thing of beauty to behold.
Children will delight at being able to see exactly how the Bible made its way down to us through the millennia. And what a fascinating and circuitous journey it has been—as this book makes compellingly clear.
In its thirteen chapters covering thirty-six pages, How do You Know the Bible is from God? examines such topics as “the special Book,” ancient writing materials, did the Bible come from God?, the Bible predicts the future, how did we get the Old Testament?, how did we get the New Testament?, which books belong in the Bible?, what is a translation?, are there mistakes in the Bible?, the Old Testament, the New Testament, does the Bible lie?, and counting the cost. The last page of the book is an easy-to-read, concise timeline of biblical events—from the “paradise lost” of Genesis 1, to the “paradise regained” of the book of Revelation. There are questions and activities to go with each of the chapters.
In addition, the book is filled with gorgeous photographs, illustrative diagrams, youngster-oriented clip-art, intriguing charts, etc. Children will thrill to the incredible-but-true stories of how God’s Word came down to us through the ages. And they will have such terrific fun reading and studying this book, they won’t even realize how much—or how fast—they are learning!
The book contains a large, clear, easy-to-read typestyle, and lots of color. Now, what would you expect to pay for an 8.5x11-inch hardback book printed in full color? $10.95? $12.95? $14.95? Or more? Well, not at Apologetics Press—where our goal always has been (and still is!) to keep our prices as low as possible so that everyone can afford our publications. This gorgeous, full-color, hardback book is...$7.95!
At this price, why not order several copies to give to a child, grandchild, nephew, niece, or neighborhood friend? You—and they—will be so glad you did! Call us toll free at 800/234-8558 to order with a credit card, order off our Web site (www.ApologeticsPress.org), or order by mail. A child will thank you—both now, and in the years to come.