Written by Detective J. Warner Wallace, Wallace helps kids develop good investigative skills from his experiences so they can navigate tough questions about faith and share what they’ve learned with others. Forensic Faith for Kids retails for under $10, making this an excellent choice for gifting.
With my husband working in law enforcement, he was pretty excited about the Forensic Faith for Kids book and took over reading it to the kids. While he would read each night, my kids listened eagerly as they tried to solve the mystery. I think he enjoyed it as much as they did, if not more!
Throughout Forensic Faith for Kids, the children try to solve 2 different mysteries. They are simultaneously trying to find the owner of a puppy that has shown up at a fundraiser, while they also are working to prove that Jesus is God. The author encourages note taking to help children solve the mystery. You can see those notes above that were jotted down during our read aloud time by one of my children. The book guides children how to look for evidence and think logically in order to find the solution.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is “Forensic Faith means that you may have a few unanswered questions and that’s okay”. That is very helpful for the kids to understand as they learn more about Christianity. Once you have a question, you can be on a mission to find out the answer and start gathering evidence!
At the end of the book, the kids were cheering with “I knew it” responses and were pleased with how it turned out. I really love how both mysteries were able to parallel throughout the book and point readers into learning more about Christ and teaching them how to prove what they believe.
To further enhance the book, you can visit the Case Makers Academy website online. There you will find a video and activities to go along with each chapter in the book. You can download training sheets, notebook sheets, and it even provides an adult leader guide to help you guide the children through each chapter. The videos aren’t too long but definitely help bring out the concepts in the book. My kids eagerly looked forward to watching the video and getting the printables after we would read that night’s chapter. These interactive features of the book really helped our family to dive in deep and have some great conversations about our beliefs.
We were very pleased with this book and intend to purchase more soon! The kids are already asking to solve another mystery with the Case Makers Academy. I could see this being very useful in a children’s Sunday School class or for working together as a family.
For more information:
You can also find out more on Facebook. You can click the banner below to read reviews on this book by other Homeschool Review Crew members.