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From the website:
Brother and Sister love science. But when their friend Ferdy Factual shares his questions about God creating the universe, the cubs are confused. A trip to see Preacher Brown helps them understand the meaning of faith.
I grew up LOVING the Berenstain Bears. Originally created by Stan and Jan Berenstain, I would read the books and watch the cartoons of the bears often. I was excited to introduce the much loved Berenstain Bears to my children, especially with such a great topic as faith. This book is written by Mike Berenstain, son of Stan and Jan.
In the beginning of the book, you see Brother and Sister's Friend Ferdy, who loves science share that he doesn't believe in God, because he believes in science, ..."in things you can see and test and prove." The cubs were confused and talked with their parents over dinner. During the conversation, the question of what is faith comes up. Mama and Papa do not answer the question, but plan to take the cubs to Preacher Brown to get an explanation, because Preacher Brown "knows all about faith." I understand that discussing topics that are hard for adults at time to grasp is difficult, but I really would have liked to see the cubs parents talk with them about what faith is.
The next day, the family goes to see the preacher. The preacher refers the children to the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den. The implication is that the Lion's didn't eat Daniel because he had faith that God would save him. Then he says, "That's what faith in God is all about- trusting in His love."
At the end of the book, the bears head towards home. Storm clouds are gathering and Sister started to be afraid. She remembered Daniel's faith and that helped her feel braver.
I know this is a children's book...but it seems to send the message that if we have faith, nothing bad will ever happen to us. I don't think it really addressed the issue of what is faith either. The Bible says " Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)I guess I would have liked to have seen that addressed and then taken back to the comment from Ferdy that he believes "in things you can see and test and prove", rather than taken off in a tangent that was not even an issue. I feel like the answer just muddied things up more.
While I personally did not care for the direction the story took the question of "What is Faith", my children enjoyed the story and we were able to talk it through more deeply, which is probably the best part of the whole thing!