Category Archives: children’s ministry

Book Review: It Couldn’t Just Happen by Lawrence Richards

It Couldn’t Just Happen is not simply a creation v. evolution book for kids. It’s a book that anyone can learn from. Though it is filled with color photos and x-rays, it is not childish in its presentation of scientific facts that shine light on God’s creation. To make it just a little more applicable, each chapter has a series of questions at the end.

The book is broken up into five parts. The first part looks at Earth, including its origins. The second part delves into the beginning of life, even answering the question of if life can begin in a test tube. The third part takes a closer look at the design of several animals and plants. The next part is all about human beings. The last part takes the reader into a quest to understand more about the Bible.

If you’re looking for a book that will answer some of your kid’s questions about the universe or life, this book will do that and much more.

**I reviewed this book as part of theBookSneeze review program**

If you work in children’s ministry, this would be a great book to have for reference when discussing creation, Genesis, the Bible, or God.

My advice (rating) – borrow from a friend (3 out of 5)


Book Review: Formational Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith

I picked up Formational Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith because I wanted to read a book on children’s ministry that would challenge me to think more about the way I lead the ministry. I can’t say this is what I found. Though there are parts of the book that I disagree with (ie: denominational differences and the idea that we “resist the urge to lead children to a single conclusion” about Scripture – can we leave it to kids to interpret the Bible all on their own?), the book was less stretching than I thought it would be. What Beckwith did was nudge my thinking toward small changes that I can make.


Beckwith shares her thoughts, as well as numerous examples, on the need to use story, rituals, and relationships in a children’s ministry. Reading this book will encourage those thinking about making children’s ministry more than babysitting. It will challenge those who are content to go through the motions to rethink what they want to see the children learn and become.


Children’s ministry is not a waiting period before the real spiritual growth happens. It is not a service designed to occupy children so that the adults can study and grow. There is so much more that can and should be done within a children’s ministry. If you are interested in a children’s ministry that is intentional about the spiritual growth of your students, you will find a few good ideas in this book.


My advice (rating) – borrow from a friend (3 out of 5)