Thomas and his father escape to their backyard tree house most evenings to watch the night sky through a telescope. Thomas is dazzled by what he sees of God’s creation, but he has questions. “Dad, how do we know God is out there?” he asks one night. “I know the Bible says He’s there. But how do we really know that’s true?” Together, Thomas and his father begin to examine the cosmological evidence for God’s existence. This is the first in an exciting new series of picture books designed to introduce kids to important questions of the Christian faith in terms even pre-readers can understand. Read this aloud with your family, and you’ll come away knowing that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1).
My homeschooler with autism has academic delays, and too many words on a page creates anxiety. She sometimes thinks that a book is too difficult if her "too many words on a page" meter sounds. How Do We Know God Is Really There is laid out nicely for a child whose anxiety rises with reading. The layout has text on one side of the page with an illustration on the other side.
How Do We Know God Is Really There introduces us to astronomer Edwin Hubble and his discovery "...that the galaxies in our universe are moving away from each other...and the farther apart the galaxies get, the faster they move."
I am challenged to explain to my daughter how God is with us without the idea of His being with us not being scary to her. I was hoping this story would get us a little closer to explaining it in a way she can be comfortable with. It is a start. And it's the first in a series. Perhaps the next books will help add to my daughter's understanding.