My youngest son and I are working through Forensic Faith for Kids from David C Cook and Case Makers Academy. We were provided with an advance reader copy for review purposes as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. All opinions are our own.
Apologetics is something that Christians need to hone for skills, but sometimes skip over. I know that I wasn’t even completely sure what people were talking about when I first heard that term. To me, it sounded like we were going to apologize for our faith. Rather, it is a way of being rooted in your faith and being able to convey accurate information to anyone inquiring.
That’s all well and good, you might say. But, why should our children be trained in apologetics?
Basically, how else can they best navigate the world with so many differing views if they are not firmly rooted in faith? Apologetics is one way to get there.
Case Makers Academy & Forensic Faith
Case Makers Academy is a program that incorporates detective skills to ‘root out’ the truth about Christianity.
To date, there are three titles in the program which also provides an online component. Cold Case Christianity for Kids investigates Jesus. God’s Crime Scene for Kids investigates the case for God’s existence. And, Forensic Faith for Kids uses the power of investigation to become a better follower of Jesus.
The books are authored by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective. He and his wife Susie have been active in church ministry. However, it wasn’t always that was as J. Warner was an atheist for many years before deducting that the Gospel IS true. Now they are combining work in church ministry and his detective skills to teach apologetics through stories.
Beyond the print books, you can access videos and activities on the Case Makers Academy website. Each book has its own landing page with the different chapters listed.
From that page, you go to a particular chapter with a video and downloads (training activity & notebook activity sheets as well as an adult leader guide.)
Our Thoughts on Case Makers Academy & Forensic Faith
The book alone gives a great introductory way to tackle ways to share your faith with others.
The authors use the story of Daniel and Jason, 2 boys who are searching for the owner of a lost puppy, Bailey. Alongside them is Hannah who has been challenged to prove that Jesus claimed to be God rather than others making that claim. Together they seek the guidance of a mentor, Detective Jeffries, to both find Bailey’s owner and defend Christianity.
Throughout the story, you will find ink drawings that emphasize key parts of the story. There are also sidebars in each chapter that could help the reader add a tool to their detective bag, learn more about a key term or an assignment to be completed.
Adding in the online components (video and activities) really helps to expand what is being learned when reading the book. The video segments cover key parts of that chapter in the book. In the overview one, you get to see the real Bailey who was the inspiration for the dog in the book. Handouts can be printed to create a notebook that review key parts as well as a fun activity to do.
As a parent, I like the full range of resources (book & online) to help the child grow confident in their beliefs and ability to share. Something neat about the book is that they include the reader as a character. This is a great way to help a child translate it to their own life.
My son has enjoyed reading the book aloud with me so far. He adores Bailey and brings up his desire for a dog in our life, too. At almost 9 years old, he is coming into a stage of life where he can apply logic more to his thinking and translate it to why we believe what we believe.
Final Takeaway on Case Makers Academy & Forensic Faith
Overall, this is an interesting program that will help you teach a child apologetics. The online component helps them move beyond just reading a story.
Is Christian apologetics something you study with your family?
Would Case Makers Academy be a good fit for them?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the David C Cook post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.