Reading your books has upended me. Thank you for helping me see things my heart has been telling me. I’m a wife and mom of 4 boys; grades 1,4,6 and 12. I homeschool the 3 youngest. We finished Telling God’s Story, which led me to your other books. Having gone through this transition in thinking yourself, I’m wondering, how did you have these conversations with your kids? I’m willing to fumble through on my own, but I feel a great responsibility to my children in how I teach them. I desperately want to equip them well. I’m hoping you can help me figure out how to (re)tell God’s story to my kids in a new way that won’t leave them having to unlearn things in the future. I’d like to help them understand now, so they have less “deconstructing” to do once they are older.
How did you direct your kids at the beginning of your journey? Are there any children’s books that help discuss these new ideas and help them understand the OT stories?( creation story? hell and heaven/the kingdom of God? Who Jesus really is and why Jesus came? Violence and justice/ the sacrificial system?) How do I help them make sense of the Bible when I am just beginning to make sense of it myself?
I’m uncertain as to how to approach my eldest (gone through youth group and apologetics traditional teaching). I’m nervous to flip his world upside down, that he may not recover at such a vulnerable stage in life.
I apologize for the length of this. I liked the tidy box of certainty and knowing what to do and say but I recognize that “certainty” is no longer an option. As a result, I feel ill-equipped and unsure how to teach my kids about the Bible when I’m relearning it myself.
In closing, thank you. Thank you for writing your books, for sharing your journey in a way that helps the character of God make sense. Thank you for taking time to read this. I am hopeful and look forward to your response.
Your Sister in Christ,