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My First Book of Questions and Answers (Bible Teaching) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 18 user ratings
ISBN:185792570X
LANGUAGE:English

"Since I first had my first child I have wanted to teach them the many simple truths of the Bible in an organized fashion. When I came across this book I knew this was what I was looking for!

This little book holds 114 questions with their answers and the scripture reference to the proof text behind it. They are also nicely organized by topic such as "God", "Creation", "How Man Sinned"...and so on the list goes.

You can use this book as a devotional or as a question a day at meal time. However you choose to use it I know you will be blessed as you watch your kids grow in their knowledge of God.
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"My family has been using the Westminster Shorter Catechism with good result with our children but it’s also been slow moving. Sometime the cadence and structure can be cumbersome for a four year old to repeat back and learn.

We had received My 1st Book of Questions and Answers when Claire my oldest was first born from our church. But it had been lost for a time and forgotten. Claire, now four, was recently walking around with it and I asked her what it was. She said it was her new Bible.

I took a quick look at it and saw some of the endorsements and was intrigued. After further examination later that night, I decided for now we would switch over to My 1st Book as our teaching tool.

The main benefit of this handy book is that is takes the some times wordy and confusing language structure (at least for a four year old) of the well-known catechism as conveys the same truths with precision.

It’s also recommended by Presbyterians and Baptists alike. From what we’ve used so far and from my examination of section on topics like baptism I don’t see anything that would prevent it being used with good results by either denominational members.

Our plan is to now use My First Book for the next year with my four year old and then start my youngest on over the next 6 months to a year. With just over a hundred questions you could easily complete the book 10 or 20 times over the course of 3 years. It’s the perfect tool to get children use to the question and answer style of learning and also prepare for a more advance catechism like the Westminster Shorter.
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"My First Book of Questions and Answers is a list of 114 Christian teachings about God, Creation, human sin, and other doctrines. According to the author, it is drawn in part from the Westminster Shorter Catechism and Mother's Catechism by John Willison.

Although many Protestant Christians have moved away from using catechisms for training children in the faith, a catechism is a fine choice for children 3-9, who excel at memorization and often take great pleasure in showing off their ability. This list of short answers to weighty questions will help parents answer their childrens' many questions about the world and their place in it, and the knowledge gained through the exercise of rehearsing doctrinal truth will remain with children for the rest of their lives.

This catechism is very easy to use, with numbered questions that for the most part have short, carefully worded and easy to remember answers. They are supported with scripture references. For example, question #14 reads "Can God do everything?" The answer is, "Yes. He can do everything that pleases him. Isaiah 40:13." Parents and teachers can use this at three levels, then: For daily activity, you can simply have children learn the questions grouped under a given theme, adding one at a time until all are mastered. Or, for less regular engagement you can focus on mastering one question, accompanying it with the provided scripture. There is also a a teacher's guide available (My 1st Book of Questions and Answers/Bible Questions and Answers for Children Teachers' Manual) to help parents and teachers make the most of this resource.

A catechism cannot stand alone as a family devotional activity -- if you have to choose one thing, choose a good children's Bible. But when you want to incorporate doctrine and/or scripture memorization into your family devotions, this is a fine resource.
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"For hundreds of years, the training of Christian young people involved the learning of a catechism. A catechism was a set of instructions on Christian doctrine. Essentially, it was a list of questions and answers used to instill the fundamentals of the faith in the hearts of children. Many of the Reformed confessions, such as the Westminster Confession, included catechisms. Martin Luther considered his short catechism to be one of his two most important books. Even the great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, wrote a catechism for young children.

Being an American and a Baptist, the very notion of a catechism seems incredibly foreign to me. But as I’ve studied church history and learned of the important role catechisms have played since the Reformation, I’ve actually been on the lookout for a simple catechism to employ with my own children. Since I’ve never used a catechism before, I was looking for something easy to use and also quite simple – as my daughters who I’d be teaching, are between the ages of 4 and 7.

Carine MacKenzie’s My First Book of Questions and Answers is what I found and so far, my children are eating it up. MacKenzie’s book is based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It consists of 114 questions broken up into 26 topics. The questions are direct and the answers are short and to the point. A Scripture reference is supplied for each answer.

The following topics are covered by the questions and answers. Who God is. Creation and sin. What the consequences of sin is. Salvation. Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King. The Ten Commandments – what they are and what they mean for us. Keeping God’s Laws. The Way to be Saved. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Prayer and Bible Reading. Death, Hell and Heaven.

The book is pocket sized with large font and catchy graphics. It’s a bright, cheery book that young readers will like to read. My 7 year old has been reading some of the questions and answers we haven’t yet covered.

I’ve found the catechism format works well as a tool for parents wanting to teach their children. You can easily use the questions to probe how well they understand the answers given in the book. You will be able to have a pulse on what questions your children have when it comes to the gospel. And on another level, my kids think the questions and answers are a lot of fun. It’s a game to them, and they are excited about some small incentives my wife and I have planned for them as they learn these questions.

I should add a word about the theology behind this book. The baptism and lord’s supper section is generic enough to be accepted by Presbyterians and Baptists alike. There is a Reformed bent to the questions throughout, which I appreciate. However, any of the questions and answers could easily be edited by a conscientious parent.

My First Book of Questions and Answers
is an ideal “first book” for parents seeking to use a catechism (like myself). You will find it to be a great little tool for instilling biblical teaching into the hearts and minds of your young children. Even though this book is quite small, if used by prayerful parents, it promises to have an eternal impact. May God bless the use of this book in the lives of many Christian parents and their children!

This book is part of a line up that Carine MacKenzie has of 7 “My First” books. The other titles are My First Book of Bible Prayers, My First Book of Christian Values, My First Book of Memory Verses, My First Book of Bible Promises, My First Book about Jesus, and My First Book about the Church. I encourage you to check them all out.
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"Since I first had my first child I have wanted to teach them the many simple truths of the Bible in an organized fashion. When I came across this book I knew this was what I was looking for!

This little book holds 114 questions with their answers and the scripture reference to the proof text behind it. They are also nicely organized by topic such as "God", "Creation", "How Man Sinned"...and so on the list goes.

You can use this book as a devotional or as a question a day at meal time. However you choose to use it I know you will be blessed as you watch your kids grow in their knowledge of God.
" said.

"Since I first had my first child I have wanted to teach them the many simple truths of the Bible in an organized fashion. When I came across this book I knew this was what I was looking for!

This little book holds 114 questions with their answers and the scripture reference to the proof text behind it. They are also nicely organized by topic such as "God", "Creation", "How Man Sinned"...and so on the list goes.

You can use this book as a devotional or as a question a day at meal time. However you choose to use it I know you will be blessed as you watch your kids grow in their knowledge of God.
" said.

"Since I first had my first child I have wanted to teach them the many simple truths of the Bible in an organized fashion. When I came across this book I knew this was what I was looking for!

This little book holds 114 questions with their answers and the scripture reference to the proof text behind it. They are also nicely organized by topic such as "God", "Creation", "How Man Sinned"...and so on the list goes.

You can use this book as a devotional or as a question a day at meal time. However you choose to use it I know you will be blessed as you watch your kids grow in their knowledge of God.
" said.

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