I don't fault the author at all for the project. In fact, I think it is a great idea. So do not take this the wrong way. I just think the book shines a light on something we cannot afford to ignore. That is, while the answers Christian kids give to questions about God are always cute, they are not always orthodox. Some of them are downright heretical! Now, I know what you are thinking. "Come on, they are just kids!" Fair enough. I am not worried too much about the answers from the 6 year olds, but I am pretty troubled by the thought that 10-12 year olds can't answer these questions. And I think we have got to get past using the "Come on they are just (kids, boys, teens, going through a phase etc)" excuse. Some of the greatest theological works in history were written by people in their early 20s (giving them another 5-7 years of "adolescence" by today's standards).
When I give you some specific examples, some of you are likely to further chide me by saying, "Seriously? I am an adult and I probably couldn't have answered that correctly!" If that is the case, it only shows how pervasive the problem is. We simply aren't doing a good job teaching people (particularly young people) essential Christian doctrines. Alright, here are a couple of examples.
Question: "How can Jesus be 100 percent God and 100 percent man?"
Response: Stefanie, age 10: "Jesus is not 100 percent man because then He wouldn't be perfect."
Now, I said that I wouldn't pick on the little kids, but the answer from Brian, age 8 is very interesting: "Jesus grew up as a man, and then God turned Him into a god."
Correct answer (in language accessible to a 5th grader): Jesus has two natures. In his God nature, he is truly God. In his human nature, he is truly human. But he is a perfect human, so he didn't sin.
Question: "How can God be everywhere?"
Response: Chad, age 10: "God can be everywhere because God is everything."
Correct answer (in language accessible to a 5th grader): God can be everywhere because God is a spirit. He doesn't have a body like we do. For a deeper answer it could be added: He knows exactly what is happening everywhere and there is nowhere that He cannot do something when He chooses to. That is what it means when we say God is everywhere.
Question: "Why did God make us?"
Response: Jordan, age 10: "God made us because he was bored of just sitting up in heaven looking down at nothing."
Correct answer (in language accessible to a 5th grader): God made us because he wanted us to to share in the wonderful relationship that already existed between Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit.
I am not trying to say that I expect kids to repeat perfect, theologically precise answers every time. That would be to establish a standard of which I constantly falling short. My real aim is to use these examples to illustrate a broader point. That is, we have generally ignored the importance of teaching proper doctrine from an early age. Like I said above, we have to stop saying "Come on, they are just kids." Not surprisingly, their confusion and ignorance doesn't magically go away when they become adults. Then we say, "Come on, they just aren't interested in that stuff," or "They don't need doctrine, they just need to 'connect' more." As if it doesn't matter with what or whom they are connecting. Anyway... I don't want to leave you on a negative note. So, I will end with one of the more entertaining answers from "Kids Talk About God."
Question: "How do you know for sure if you are doing what God wants you to do?"
Response: Lacey, age 12: "If you don't want to tell your parents, it's not what God wants you to do."