If you read my blog regularly,you know how much I love to read aloud to my children. Over the last couple of weeks, we have had an opportunity to read a book that is a little different from our normal read aloud picks. We all enjoyed our latest review Forensic Faith for Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy.
Forensic Faith For Kids is a 144 page paperback book geared for children in the 8-12 year old age range but can be used with children a little older or younger. This book is the 3rd in the Case Makers Academy series but although the other books (Cold Case Christianity For Kids and God's Crime Scene For Kids) are referenced you do not have to read the other two to read Forensic Faith. You may want to though! The Case Makers Academy books are written by a real cold case detective who used his skills as a detective to investigate the Bible and determined through his investigation that Jesus is the son of God and the Bible is true. Each book has a mystery to investigate and solve that will help children (and adults) learn how to share the truth.
In Forensic Faith there are two sets of investigations. Daniel and Jason are investigating how a corgi puppy mysteriously appeared and trying to find its owner while Hannah has been challenged by a friend who does not believe that Jesus is the son of God. Detective Jeffries guides the children through their investigations.Throughout the book there are CSI assignments, Detective Definitions, and Tools for your Detective Bag.
To go along with the book, the Case Makers Academy has free online streamable videos for each chapter. Each video is less then 6 minutes long and gives an introduction to the next chapter. Also you will find free downloadable worksheets for your Academy Notebook and Training Worksheet and a free downloadable Adult Leader Guide.
I read Forensic Faith For Kids aloud to my 7,9,11, and 13 year olds reading a chapter per day. Due to our very slow internet connection we were not able to make use of the videos or downloads. When we first started reading, we wondered about these two mysteries being interwoven throughout the book. Besides learning the investigative skills, what possible connection could there be between a lost puppy and a boy who does not believe Jesus is the son of God? We were compelled to read on to find out and as the book progressed we discovered the answer to that question.
One of the things I really liked about the book was that it doesn't teach children what to believe. Instead it teaches them how to do their own logical, step by step research to figure out what the truth is. Also the book gives children a realistic expectation of what may happen when they share their faith with others. Not everyone they speak the truth to will just automatically accept it. I think the book did a great job explaining that. I also loved the definitions that were included and the CSI assignments.
On another note, I had never heard of corgi puppies before and we did some googling to learn more about them. They are so cute and now everyone wants one!
We would definitely be interested in reading the other books in this series. To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!