(The guest writer for this post is the author of the Zoey books, David Roper.)
If you wish to instill faith in your child, the most important resource is the Bible. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). The second most important resource is you. Your child needs to see and hear you read the Bible, needs to see and hear you pray, and needs to see and hear how you respond to the challenges of life with faith. All this is part of “bring[ing]them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4; see Proverbs 22:6).
However, there are also TOOLS that conscientious parents use to help them in this most important task. These include Bible classes (and other activities for their youth supplied by the church) and Bible picture books that you use with your children. The ZOEY books fall into the latter category—but are unique regarding faith building. They do not merely have a story with Biblical teaching the child will enjoy; they also include apologetics principles, introducing basic arguments for the existence of God, the deity of Jesus, and the inspiration of the Bible. For instance, the first Zoey book (ZOEY LIKES TO ASK QUESTIONS) notes that everything that exists has been made—it did not “just happen”—and then moves from there to the One who made everything: God.
The second Zoey Book (ZOEY STILL LIKES TO ASK QUESTIONS) will move from there to this logical conclusion: If God made us (and He did), it is reasonable to believe that He would communicate with His creation—and that communication is the Bible.
The Zoey books have been written with preschoolers in mind. We hope parents and others will start reading them to their children while they are still babies. Reading to a baby in your lap connects books and reading books in their minds with comfort, security, and love. Reading the Zoey books also connects those specific books with those things—and will help make these books favorites as they learn to read.
But we did not want to stop there with resources for instilling faith. Featured on this website is the blog WHY TIME WITH NANNYGRANNE, in which Anne Coleman addresses questions and issues that concern children, questions and issues that can impact faith if not addressed knowledgably, gently, and lovingly. Anne is assisted by her son Travis who has a degree in apologetics. If you have not signed up to follow her blog, you need to do that.
There are other resources we will mention from time to time, such as series of apologetic books for older children—but I want to close with one more: Anne also has a Facebook page on which she has been referring her readers to videos that address apologetics questions, such as arguments for and against the existence of God.
It would be worthwhile to also “like” that page so you won’t miss any of her recommendations. Her Facebook page is also labeled “WHY TIME with Nannygranne.”
Until next time I guest post, I send out a prayer for you and yours. David Roper