Has an inquisitive child ever stumped you with a question such as, “Who created God?” “What is Heaven like?” or “Why did God create the world? Was he lonely?” These questions have actually been pondered by great thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, who, guided by faith, based his answers on solid principles. “Who Created God? A Teacher’s Guidebook for Answering Children’s Tough Questions about God” connects common children’s religious questions with probable answers based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. It makes the issues accessible to the adult layperson and provides lesson plans and activities for adults to convey them to children and young people. Adult readers and child-listeners alike will be intrigued! And both will come away with an appreciation that our faith is indeed reasonable and understandable.
The Kindle version is beautifully formatted with illustrations and navigation. The table of contents and convenient links throughout the book provide quick and easy navigation around the text and to terms in the glossary. No theological training necessary - it's made to be easy, but will get the reader off to a great start!
Michael J. Ruszala is a Catholic lay ministry professional. He holds an M.A. in Theology & Christian Ministry and a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology summa cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is certified as a parish catechetical leader by the Diocese of Buffalo. Michael served for over five years as director of lifelong faith formation at a parish in the Diocese of Buffalo, where he started a number of creative catechetical initiatives with children, youth, and adults. He currently works as a parish music director and also serves as an adjunct lecturer in religious studies at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, where he has taught on Christian Ministry and Popes in the Modern World. He is the author of five religious books including Pope Francis: Pastor of Mercy, David and the Psalms, and Saint Padre Pio: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis. Michael is an active member of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, is a former member of two catechetical committees for the Diocese of Buffalo, and is the recipient of the 2016 Christian Service Award from the Canisius College Sodality of Our Lady in Buffalo. He has also been published in religious journals including the Social Justice Review, the Catholic Social Science Review, and Lay Witness online edition. With interests in music, art, tennis, and kayaking, Michael also enjoys directing the children’s choir at his parish. Please visit www.michaeljruszala.com for more information.