Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Authors Fitzpatrick and Thompson use a Christian approach to discussing difficult topics with our children in their new book Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book but I was pleased with the thoughtful, organized discussion the authors presented about the following topics: sin, death, Satan, hell, divorce, difficult Bible stories, sexual sin, natural disasters, and murder.

I really liked the introductory chapter that explains why it is so important parents take time to talk with children about difficult issues and help them understand those issues through age-appropriate explanations. While Fitzpatrick and Thompson’s Christian theology differs in some respects from mine or other religious traditions, they provide a useful framework to approach these difficult issues from a religious, God centered perspective. They invite us to use their suggested approaches with the explanations that complement our own individual religious persuasions.

The organization Fitzpatrick and Thompson used was excellent for reading from cover to cover or using as a quick reference guide. Each chapter begins with a general discussion of that chapter’s topic and is followed by a “Talking to Your Kids” section that gives suggested explanations for different ages which the authors suggest you adapt to the needs of your children. I thought the chapter “Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen” was insightful, and it gave me a fresh perspective on that topic.

Overall, I was impressed by the thoughtful, concise way that Fitzpatrick and Thompson presented their ideas. Bethany House sent me a complimentary book of Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson to review.