God’s Crime Scene for Kids

God’s Crime Scene for Kids

God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective (David C Cook, September 2017)

Hone your reasoning skills as you investigate evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation.

In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

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  • An excellent book to have kids read to help them learn critical thinking and how to reason out mysteries regarding faith. I highly recommend it!

  • When I was asked by Litfuse Publicity Group if I’d like to take a look at a complimentary advance reader’s copy of God’s Crime Scene for Kids, and I saw in the book blurb that it involves fictional kids solving a mystery and learning to apply detective skills to the question of the origin of the world, I thought it just might be a great fit for us! These have been the only kind of science books my girls have ever enjoyed!

    And I’m happy to say that I was right! This is a fantastic and fun book that helps kids, ages seven and older, learn how to think things through and come to their own logical conclusions. While perhaps a little light on science, it nonetheless provides for some great jumping off points to do more research if a reader is unconvinced by the evidence presented in the book.

  • This was a kid’s version of the author’s same book titled “God’s Crime Scene” in which the author J. Warner Wallace presents a case for the existence of God using Classical and Evidentialist’s arguments. When I was reading it I couldn’t put the book down because it was that captivating. The following is my thoughts on the book.
    The author uses his background as a law enforcement officer and detective to present to the readers a “forensic” approach towards defending the Christian faith. You got to commend detective Wallace for his creativity and skill of communicating deep truths in a manner that’s easy for kids to understand. Here in this work Wallace presents a fictional story of kids in a cadet program called “Special Investigations Academy”

  • This is a good book for kids to learn how to think like an investigator. I like how the Wallaces take readers through a mystery, explaining the concepts of evidence, reasoning, etc. And then they relate it to the origin of the universe. It is a good way to instill the right thinking process in young readers. And the illustrations are great. I recommend this book for kids and their parents alike.

  • The book uses the idea of scientific investigation to look at the earth’s beginnings. The children in the book are solving a mystery about a mysterious box one found in his attic. As a real detective teaches the kids how to solve the mystery of the box, they also use the principles they’re learning to examine how the world began.

    This is an interesting way to approach teaching kids about the earth’s origins. The detective story spin makes it a fun process. The book teaches the scientific method as the investigation goes along, and kids learn that the record of creation in the Bible is definitely not incompatible with science.

  • I love being able to share books with our kids and our Church! My son will love reading this book! He loves science and this is right up his ally! Not only are they reading a great story, but they are also learning. The story is easy to understand and it was written for kids aged 8 to 12, but you can even enjoy it if you are older! My son thinks this book is awesome because he enjoys the sketches throughout the book.

  • I feel like this author really gives the reader an adventure with a factual more serious side. It is a book that is going to teach as well as entertain your children. It is faith based but with a deductive twist. If you have children that love God and unraveling mysteries, this is going to be a great find.

  • What I find most interesting is that this book was not only written by an actual detective, but a former atheist. I think that really says a lot! Based on the original God’s Crime Scene book for adults, this is a chapter book that combines a fictional story written for older children and preteens, and combines it with truth and knowledge about God and Christianity. A boy named Jason suddenly finds a mystery box in his grandmother’s attic. With the help of his instructor, detective Jeffries and fellow cadets, Jason will soon put together the puzzle pieces…

  • This book is an instrument to evangelize to youth who do not know the truth of creation and Christianity and a tool to equip youth who want to share and show the truth of Christianity. If you are a parent or a Bible teacher of youth of ages 8-12, this book is for you and your youth!

  • My personal Rating- Four Stars
    This was a very smart idea to take the created of the universe into a way where kids understand the agreement that may hear when they’re older! Probably would be best for 10+ or those above their reading level.
    Really, though, this is such a fun idea! It’s well done & super interactive, this technical non-fiction—but written in story form—has many great points about the creation of the universe! I can see homeschool moms being all over these two books! 🙂

  • I was thrilled to get another chance for my son and me to read another book from this author. We read his last book “Cold Case Christianity” and really enjoy it. The same is true of this follow-up title. I love the way Warner uses a fictional story and combines it with facts and truths about God and Creation.

  • Kids wondering whether God is real or grappling with the “why’s” of human existence will find answers as the case unfolds in God’s Crime Scene for Kids.

  • It has been said that if you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough. Having just recently turned the last pages on God’s Crime Scene for Kids, it is clear to me that author and apologist J. Warner Wallace understands the material well…. this is a fantastic resource for any parent, Sunday school teacher or pastor looking to equip the youth in their care in a way that is deeper, more challenging, and (I believe) more fruitful than simply teaching them bible stories. Highly recommended.

  • The book took an interesting approach of blending two different types of mysteries together.

  • This is more than JUST a bible study book for kids! this easy reader chapter book, reads like a comic book, BUT what it is teaching kids is to not only realize how much they already know about Hod, but how they can justify his existence to others! At the older elementary age, when they start questioning, this is the perfect time for this book! By using a ‘crime scene’ concept, J Warner lets kids discuss and formulate their own theories, in a way that they can easily understand!

  • I read this book with my two daughters, ages 8 years and 10 years. They really enjoyed our time together reading this book. I also enjoyed seeing them nod their heads as something made sense. They also asked me right away if they didn’t understand something. They said they had a lot of fun reading this book with me and thought that it was written very well.

  • I was excited when I received the offer from Litfuse to review this book.
    I was mainly because I wanted the chance for my 9 year old grandson to read the book. And because I thought it would be a good book to recommend to home school parents.
    I didn’t realize until I received the book that it is the 2nd in the series. We loved the first book Cold-Case Christianity for Kids.
    Both books have great illustrations.
    Both books are both written to get the attention of you readers.
    I don’t know of a better tool for parents. My grandson devoured
    the first book.
    I haven’t had a chance yet to God’s Crime Scene to him.
    For a 9 year old he is intrigued with investigating things. One of his favorite t.v. shows is Mysteries at the museum.
    Approaching the Bible in this way using detective skills to prove God’s existence is interesting to him.
    I highly recommend God’s Crime Scene to parents.
    I highly recommend church leaders and librarians to consider
    this great tool to use in ministry.

    The authors have a really cool interactive website.
    Click here to visit Case Makers Academy.

  • The story flows nicely and grabs one’s attention from the onset. Love the descriptive language as it seems to really be a “detective” talking about what is seen. Terse – singular – “detective style.”

  • I don’t want to spoil the mystery, but suffice it to say that this juvenile nonfiction is a fun introduction into apologetics for kids. The real show-stoppers in this book are the sidebars! Watch out in particular for the “Detective Definitions” and “CSI Assignments.”

  • This book talks about how there is too much intelligence in the universe; it is too fine tuned for it to have come into existence from nothing. Siting examples such as an empty nest that was made by an intelligent creature to withstand falling apart if it were to fall to the functions of a motor designed by human intelligence. Such forces as chance, accidents, or even gravity do not have the ability to put together or make anything out of nothing. This book investigates that everything that is made now that we see, is made by animals or people and obviously begs us to answer the question as to why that would have been different from the beginning.

  • Hott Books says:

    Have a child with an analytical brain that’s having trouble with creationism? Cold Case Christianity for Kids is the book for you.

  • The book is a fun and interesting read. Even with myself being an adult, I found the crime solving methods interesting, especially when applied to Creation. The Wallaces have put together a great book for kids that will not only entertain, but will also teach.

  • This is a fun book packed with illustrations to draw 10 and 11 year olds in. Lots of fun reading for young ones.
    Learning about God is sure to be a blast in this mystery.
    I gave this book 4 stars and I hope you will invest in your kids reading is so much fun and learning while reading is the best.

  • This is such a cool idea for kids . . . J. Warner Wallace and his wife, Susie Wallace, have written a great new series for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

  • I thought this book was a fun way to get kids to think about the evidence that God has given us of Himself in His creation all around us. This book helps them to take the different thinking skills they have learned through the fictional story and apply them to their real life surroundings. I like books that encourage critical thinking!

  • The tough part of writing this review is that most of what I want to say, I already said in my review of Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. This book follows the same format, is just as well-written, and is also a book that I think every parent ought to work through with their kids in the age range of 8-14 or so.

  • Moments says:

    There are illustrations throughout the book as well as little boxes that highlight key points or ask questions or share tips on detective work.  These “extras” add so much to the book and story and help hold children’s attention spans and focus.  What kid hasn’t wanted to be a detective or spy and solve mysteries?!  Therefore, this is an excellent book for kids that will entertain and teach and I am eager to check out more by the Wallaces. 

  • WORD Up! says:

    This book is filled with tools and challenges to build faith and sound reasoning techniques. “God’s Crime Scene for Kids” is a great tool to help build a solid faith foundation for Children of God of all ages. I’m sure I will read it many times myself and I can’t wait to share it with my grandson.

  • If you and your children are looking to learn more about the evidence for God’s existence then God’s Crime Scene for Kids is a wonderful place to start. J. Warner Wallace makes understanding the process of detective work easy to follow and shows how these logical thinking skills easily apply to discovering and making a case for God. This book will lead children to a deeper understanding of their faith and how to successfully develop a case for God’s existence.

  • I loved the first book in this Cold-Case Christianity for Kids series, so I have been looking forward to reading God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective. And I wasn’t disappointed. I love the approach to creation facts as given in the Bible, proving once again that God doesn’t lie.

  • I thought that this was unique book and I loved how the author uses his background as a detective in a forensic approach to our Christian faith.

  • God’s Crime Scene For Kids captured my girl’s imagination, engaged her mind, and taught her not only valuable apologetics but critical thinking skills that she will use for the rest of her life. Every day, my daughter and I looked forward to reading the book, watching the videos, and completing the worksheets. It provoked deep conversations about God, initiated some good bonding time, and gave my daughter confidence in what she believes.

  • This book works through basic apologetics with kids through the lens of a police cadet academy and middle-schoolers who are learning to think logically and deductively about different elements of Christianity. The book contains great illustrations and are filled with tips and apologetic tools but in a way that younger kids can understand. While there are adult versions of the books, I love how these introduce important questions in a way that younger students can begin in wrestle with them. In God’s Crime Scene the cadets are on the quest to discover who left a box of items in the attic for Jason to find and why. The detective uses this process to help show how there is evidence for a Creator.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I am just thrilled with this book! It is perfect for a devotional type study with your kids to help with apologetics! The characters are interesting, and we are even a character in the book. It really engages the kids in thinking about the two mysteries and how to solve them.

  • If you want a great teaching and learning tool for kids check out the book God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a real detective. There are activity downloads for parents and kids to do together and videos too. So, not only are the kids involved, but the parents are involved too.

  • I was excited when I saw this title as an option for review. My oldest son, Colton, who is 6 is starting to ask questions about Salvation. I thought this would help along with the process and would help answer questions that come up when talking about Salvation. My son and I enjoyed reading this book – It’s not only a kids bible study book, it also has a lot of great pictures in it.

  • The book has lots of opportunities for interaction within its pages, and there’s also a website with videos and activity pages for each chapter. This would be a great book for families to go through together, and I also think it would work well for Sunday school. It’s entertaining, logical, and easy to understand, and I think it’s a great resource!

  • What I enjoyed about this book for middle grade readers is the inclusive point-of-view given to the reader. The reader becomes one of the cadets and is encouraged throughout the story to think alongside the other characters. The mystery is engaging but the factual evidence is presented in a way that is understandable and conclusive to readers.

  • This would be a great witnessing tool or great for your church’s children’s classes. It would also be a fantastic gift for any child in your life. I can’t wait to dive into this with my kids.

  • I think this is an awesome books for kids to read to learn that God does exist and that he did create our world. I know some people have different ideas bescuse of science but this book will show you otherwise. God made this Earth and the beauty around you. The characters are fun an

  • A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Exploring that is good for our kids!

  • Move over Sherlock! A new group of crime scene investigators – tweens- are being trained by a cold-case specialist not only to hone their investigative skills but to use these skills to prove the existence of God and the universe. Great book for families!

  • “God’s Crime Scene For Kids” is more than just a book for your kids to devour – it’s something that you can experience and learn from together as a whole family!

  • This book had a lot of encouraging and compelling to read with have a lot of knowledge that we can compare or creative and put a little bit of some more of your ideals that we can be used to our real life living and follow by God sign inside of the story of this book.

  • I read the book, but also had my 9 yr old read it to get a perspective from the targeted age group. I was a little thrown off by the present tense wording, but it didn’t seem to bother my daughter. She read the book, but didn’t get involved in any of the extra activities that were provided for the reader.

  • God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective is the first book that I’ve read by J. Warner Wallace, a forensic detective. Though I do not have the companion book, Cold Case Christianity, the children were still able to enjoy.

  • I’ve heard of J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace, but this is the first time reading any of their books. it can actually be used for my younger two girls during the school year for reading, & Bible.

  • I have a 7 year old, a 9 year old, and an 11 year old, and this was enjoyable for all three of them. Kids are often confident in their beliefs, but don’t know how to explain or share them with others. This book helps to bridge that gap between belief and knowledge.

  • We enjoyed this book in my home – my children enjoyed Mr. Wallace’s first book and so we were excited to read this one!! A great tool to teach children about logical thought as well as how to find evidence to support the Bible. Mr. Wallace has a wealth of experience solving cold cases and he is able to teach children to answer questions they have, with the evidence around them
    Great book!!

  • I think this would be an awesome read for anyone interested in theories, in schools who don’t teach creation or someone who likes to come to conclusions for themselves.

  • Discover the mystery of the contents in the box Jason finds in his grandmother’s attic! I received this book from Litfuse tours.

  • Do your kids love to investigate? Do detective work? Solve mysteries? This fun interactive study book is an exciting way to get kids into the Word and discovering things about God and life.
    As they team up with Detective Jeffries from the Police Department’s Junior Academy, not only will they be solving the mystery of the box found in Jason’s attic but also the mystery of the universe itself.
    The book consists of eight chapters that answer questions like, Where did the universe come from? Can God and evil coexist? And Where do our thoughts come from?

  • WE LOVE THIS! This is such a fun way to really dissect facts, and learn to “rightly divide.” Mr. B loves all things “universe” so this was a GREAT fit for us. You will look at evidence that proves God’s Almighty hand at work creating everything we see and know. At the end, your kids are confident and knowledgeable enough to make their own arguments!

  • Over two thousand years ago, the Apostle Peter told the early Christians to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV). Today, it’s just as important that we are ready to defend our faith. Misconceptions and false ideas about Christianity abound in our culture. Not only do we need to be able to give an answer when questioned, we also need to help our children do the same.

    J. Warner Wallace is a real-life detective who is helping Christians do just that. Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with his latest book! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery.

  • Two of the most important hats that I wear are those of a pastor interested in apologetics and of a father of young children. As each year passes, I’m becoming more and more convinced of the overlap between the two. That’s why I’m thankful for J. Warner and Susie Wallace’s God’s Crime Scene for Kids.

  • God’s Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. This book is such a wonderful way for kids to explore and learn

  • J. Warner Wallace has hit it out of the park with his newest book God’s Crime Scene for Kids.  The second in his apologetic series for kids, the book reads like a fiction story, but each chapter teaches the reader new investigative skills that help them to examine Christianity from a new perspective.
    I love that this book is such a short, easy read.  The detective vocabulary is in bold print with definition bubbles off to the side.  The many pictures give it a friendly feel, and the accompanying printables and videos make the book even easier to understand – and to teach, too.

  • I thought this book was a fun way to get kids to think about the evidence that God has given us of Himself in His creation all around us. This book helps them to take the different thinking skills they have learned through the fictional story and apply them to their real life surroundings. I like books that encourage critical thinking. If you’re looking for a fun book for your child ages 8-12 yrs old, pick up this fun book that will get them thinking about how they can see evidence for God all around them.

  • Noveltea says:

    This book was cool, yet unique. Y’all, it was written in a mixture of Second and Third person, which doesn’t sound like it would work, but it totally did for this book

  • I love the approach to creation facts as given in the Bible, proving once again that God doesn’t lie. As with the first book, I’ll pass this book (which I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review) on to my son, the director of a church camp. He also loves this approach to teaching biblical truths to young people.

  • This is a fantastic book for children using a ‘real-life’ mystery, Detective Jeffries helps the children in his Junior Detective’s Academy to prove God’s existence. Even I enjoyed this book and it gave me more ideas on how to talk to my children when they ask about God.

  • I loved this excellent resource for kids! There really are not enough good resources for kids to dive deeper into studying the Bible and evidences that God is real. I loved how this book helped teach kids to think logically and see that there is indeed evidence that God is real. There will be so many people out there trying to convince them that God doesn’t exist so this book will help them down the path of apologetic and being able to repute those claims. Well written and thoroughly engaging this book is sure to appeal to young and old alike.

  • To be entirely honest, I expected this book to read more like a nonfiction… similar in style to Lee Strobel’s work, “The Case for Christ”… a scientific/fact based look at the evidence in that Christ lived. A nonfiction style that *I* personally love, but wasn’t sure how my son would take to. This one however reads as somewhat of a combination of fiction and nonfiction. It is a story about Jason and his friends discovering the mystery and evidence of God’s existence, BUT it uses real facts and real evidence along the way….

  • Apologetics is something I have recently become interested in, and honestly didn’t even really know what it was until the last year or two. Since I have discovered this topic, I have wondered why more people don’t talk about it on a regular basis and teach it to people more often.

    I have read a few books on the matter in that time, including God’s Crime Scene for Kids. I think it is fantastic that people are writing books to deepen children’s faith and their ability to defend it. When children are little, they take your word as truth, but as they get older, they can sometimes start to question things. With books like God’s Crime Scene for Kids, you can preemptively give them the answers they are seeking, or point them in the right direction when the question arise.

  • This review is for the book “God’s Crime Scene for Kids” by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. I absolutely loved this book! This is such a cool idea! In this book, Jason has uncovered a mysterious box in his grandmother’s attic. He wants to figure out the mystery behind it, so he goes to his friends and Detective Jeffries from the Junior Detective’s Academy to solve the mystery. As Jeffries helps the kids with the box mystery, he also helps them discover how to learn that the universe points to the existence of God. In this book, he never says it is just because the Bible says so, or any trite thing like that. He points the kids to science and lets them answer their questions on their own.

    This book is meant for young kids – I’d say 3rd grade and up can really enjoy it.

  • This was such a fun book to read through and explore with my daughter. Although it is written and aimed at/for children, I think many adults would enjoy and benefit from this as well. It is simple and straight forward without making the reader feel unintelligent or condescended. This isn’t a book a child should read by themselves, in my opinion…as your child will have questions and this is one of those conversations where dialogue with the parent is needed. I love that the author kept it fun and entertaining while educating and being analytical. The child ha fun being a detective and searching for clues to solve the mystery. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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