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Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Equips parents to guide their young children through all major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.

Sure, it's easy to teach your children the essentials of Christian theology when you're a theology professor. But what about the rest of us?

With Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you guessed it!) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Crossway Books
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Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was so good! And not just for “young hearts”. It went through basic, essential theology and explained it in a clear way. This is good for anyone. New believers would benefit as well as those who have been a believer for some time. Bruce Ware does a fantastic job explaining (sometimes hard to understand) theological topics.
Blabby Gabi
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this for Bible:)
it’s an introduction to biblical theology, and it’s a surprisingly understandable read:) only four stars tho because he’s a little dry 😂😂😂 bahaha
Ben K
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bruce Ware has written an excellent introduction to theology for a younger audience. The title threw me off a bit. I expected it to be aimed at younger children. But as I read it through with my family, it was our kids aged 10-15 that benefitted the most. I think the content would even be fitting for adults who need some basic instruction in theology. It is not written in a childish way, but it is accessible enough that children can understand it.

This book covers all the major topics you would
Chris Ong
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the best devotional book I have found to date for my kids. Its amazing how it goes through a whole curriculum of systematic theology pitched for kids. I'm really enjoying doing it daily with my kids. This is not watered down stuff, and while we are going fairly fast, I'm hoping that some of it will stick. It has a memory verse everyday and it very carefully lays the foundation for the christian faith answering all the questions a person (whatever age) might have when they are trying to m ...more
Jared Segerstrom
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author does magnificent job of introducing key biblical truths in a fatherly, pastoral way. The book reminded me that we really don't understand something until we are able to teach it to children. I am looking forward to integrating this book into our student ministry. ...more
Faith M:)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this for school, which is why it took me so long to read.

It was very good!!! Every devotional/chapter in the book had a similar format. It was a little dry, but this is a book that I would 100% recommend:) Give this a try!!! The theology is great!
John Brackbill
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this through with my 10 year old son. Very helpful. Each chapter is only a few pages making it possible to read one chapter each sitting. It is clear and Biblical. His theological position seems to be Calvinistic though he defends limited/unlimited atonement. In the area of spiritual gift he acknowledges differences among believers. He doesn't get specific in this area though I wish he had. He also seems to be of the historical premillennialism persuasion. Though in this area he also does ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed the systematic theology in this book, not only for my children's sake, but mine as well. I learned some church history, which is a weak area in my knowledge of the faith. Truths about God were solidified in my heart and mind. I will definitely be reading this book again. My children will also be reading it when they reach this reading level. In the mean time I will be relaying much of this as I teach them. Many adults would benefit greatly from this book! Very enjoyable read. I ...more
August Maclauchlan
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it

A little too old for my boys yet. I am hoping to get into it again as the boys get older
Ben Frei
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too introduction

This book is a good introduction to the Christian faith. It is not best for children, but would be good for an adult who wants to learn more about what conservative Evangelical Christians believe.
Stephen Temple
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple and clear systematic theology. Well laid out and broken up to answer the key questions. I particularly found his illustrations to be really helpful, especially for teaching these truths to 'younger' believers. ...more
Crystal Laws
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good but way too repetitive, even for a child. Book could be cut in half.
John Muriango
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to understand systematic Theology book. Can't believe it's targeted for kids! Everyone should read it, no matter their age. ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I loved using this book to tackle tough topics or find ideas to challenge my kids faith.
Jenny Penley
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not just for kids. Solid theology for all ages, probably 9 and older.
Michael Dunlop
Great introduction to systematic theology for kids and teens.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

In Big Truths for Young Hearts, Dr. Bruce Ware talks about the basics of the faith for young people. I hesitate to say children, because I think of children as 10 years of age and younger.

This book originated at the request of Dr. Ware’s daughters. They were so grateful for the lessons that he taught them at their bedside each night before going to bed, they asked him to put those lessons into a book, and “Big Truths for Young Hearts” was the result. I have just completed the 6
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It isn’t easy to teach young children about the depth and scope of Christian faith. Too often they fall in love with the stories and blindly play follow the leader with their parent’s faith. They understand only enough to be dangerous, or easily fooled. Then adulthood arrives and questions surface. Finding understanding of their own can be very challenging. I believe that’s why there is a notable lack of young adult’s from our congregations,leaving a gaping hole in our churches. If true, biblica ...more
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
They say the true test of understanding a subject is being able to teach it to others. I've discovered through parenting that being able to teach a subject to children is an even greater test. You have to strip concepts down to bare basics in order to build further understanding on top of this foundation. For many topics this is a challenge, perhaps none more important and challenging than theology. We want to instill a knowledge, love and understanding for the things of God in our children, but ...more
John Gardner
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I read very quickly, but an now going through very slowly and meticulously. I was intrigued to hear about a book that Bruce Ware, professor of systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was publishing at the end of 2009: A systematic theology written to be taught to and read by children!

In the book’s introduction, Ware explains that as his daughters grew up, he began to realize that what he had been teaching them each night at their bedsides was the sam
Mike Knox
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Bruce Ware is a teacher of theology in the seminary and in his home. At bedtime Ware would take what he was teaching his seminarians and break it down into bites small enough for his children. In Big Truths for Young Hearts Ware provides a rich resource for children and their parents to learn the great truths of the Christian faith.

The book contains several excellent illustrations of complex truths. For instance, on the issue of how Jesus could experience temptation even though his divine holin
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
"Big Truths for Young Hearts" is an excellent foundational book on theology for tweens and teens. I'd also recommend this book to new believers. The author did an excellent job of explaining complex topics in an understandable manner and without talking down to the reader (or listener).

The book felt like a Bible study with all the relevant verses included. I liked how the author gave a balanced, whole-Bible view of the topic and gave the verses so that the reader could see for him- or herself wh
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, theology
Bruce Ware's Big Truths for Young Hearts is a fantastic book. He spends the entire book walking through a systematic approach to theology, but on a level that is helpful for both kids and adults. Each section ends with questions that you can walk through with your children as well.

I don't think the book is written at a level that can be understood by preschoolers, and maybe not even grade schoolers, but as kids get older, this is a great introduction into the world of systematic theology. I drea
Isaiah Jesch
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I found this to be a bit different than what I expected. Dr. Ware has written essentially a primer for systematic theological studies in this book. I anticipated the lessons being a little "simpler" in their language and illustrations than they actually were. This isn't a bad thing though. I see good application in a parent reading through this then either rereading applicable parts, or paraphrasing and illustrating in language more suited for their particular child. Each chapter gives a good pi ...more
Eddie Lutz
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible resource this is! I heard Dr. Ware on Albert Mohler's radio show a number of years ago discussing the book. I purchased it and read portions. About 2 years ago, however, I decided to use this book as the foundation of a teaching series that I did with the Jr/Sr High students of our church (which ends this evening).

In essence, Big Truths for Young Hearts is a Systematic Theology, taught in clear, simple (yet not simplistic) terms. The chapters provided a firm foundation, and l
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeremy by: Craig Weston
Worked through this book really slowly with my two oldest kids over the last year. Probably a bit advanced for my 7 year old but there were some great questions and discussions. I really appreciate how the book is organized, the abundance of Scripture quoted and the balanced theology throughout. If I could choose one phrase to sum up the book, it is "God's glory". From beginning to end the author continually brings the reader back to God's supremacy, sovereignty and glory. Not a bad thing to imp ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book definitely made me think how I am to present God and His truth to my dearest kids. It works even as a theology refresher for adults reading it for its sake. Each chapter ends with a Bible quote which summarises the truth from the chapter,and makes teaching kids easier, as well as bringing them back to the Source. I found the sentence-styling different to that of the usual modern American, Australian or English christian authors.

Overall, I am thankful for this book and its usefulness t
Becca Harris
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting-books
Ware does an excellent job breaking down tough theological concepts in order that we can explain them to kids. His depth of understanding and years of experience teaching theology to seminary students and his own children make this book easy to use. Not only will you be able to help explain things I your children, I am willing to bet that you will learn a thing or two as well.

This book is ideal for those w/ elementary school aged children, but is applicable to all ages. A must have parent resou
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Ware has given parents a real treasure here. We spent over a year on a journey through this very accessibile and readable systematic for kids and had some great discussions. I was able to challenge my 12 year old while also engaging my 7 year old. His style is very approachable allowing the parent to tailor to all ages and maturity levels. The Gospel and the cross, as they should be, are central across the doctrinal explanations. I strongly recommend this book to all who desire to raise thei ...more
Mark Sylvester
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goals-2015, theology
Helpful primer of systematic theology for parents. Ware boils down essential Christian doctrine in simplified lessons using illustrations and analogies that are accessible for all parents. This was book was different than what I expected it to be, but more due to my ignorance rather than anything on the authors part. Recommended for parents looking to get a better grasp on theology with the intention of teaching their kids!
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Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...more

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