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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480082171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480082175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy S on February 22, 2013
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I really like how simple these books are, yet how encouraging they are in inviting children to think more deeply about the most important questions in life. These books validate children in their questioning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Smith on February 20, 2013
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This series is fantastic for putting complex ideas into simple terms for kids. I have gotten all the available books for our 4 year old and she loves them. I quiz her after reading them and she totally gets it. Wish I would have had that kind of understanding of God at her age. Can't wait for the other books to come out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Momma Holly on February 28, 2013
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Excellent story to help my little guy understand God! We love each book in the series and the stories are beautifully written.
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This fourth book in the What is God Like? Series focuses on God’s aseity. William Lane Craig, known for his academic debates and apologetics textbooks, breaks down the nature of God with simple terms and beautiful illustrations in a way that’s meant to foster further discussion with your child.

Aseity. Microsoft Word doesn’t even recognize it as a word, so let me begin by defining it. Aseity come from Latin and literally means “from self,” so a good working definition is “the quality or state of being self-derived or self-originated.” The title of the book is God is Self-Sufficient, which is a more accessible term even if it’s not the most technically accurate. We use the term self-sufficiency to mean that we can meet our own needs. It is used in contrast of dependence on others. To be self-sufficient is to not need help from others.

What we often fail to realize is that at an ultimate level, nothing that humans do is really self-sufficient. As Scripture says “He existed before anything else and he holds all things together” (Col. 1:17, NLT). That is to say God is both a necessary being, his existence is via necessity of his own nature. God exists like 2+2=4. 2+2, by very definition of the terms, results in 4. God, by the very definition of his nature as uncaused First Cause, must exist. Second, God is not contingent upon anything else. He is the Self-Existent One, the one in whom everything else that is is.

As you may have gathered, this is probably the most esoteric concept that Dr. Craig gets into in the course of this series. Note that it follows a natural progression from book 3, God is Forever, by beginning with a reminder that God was never created and proceeding to the question “Why is God there if no one ever put Him there?
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By SuzieQ on February 4, 2015
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Great set of books. Highly recommend them. Too bad, though, that they couldn't be sold in a set. Really need to have all of them to give children a well-rounded picture of 'what God is like.'
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By paepalsux on May 10, 2014
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Using these books opens up dialogue with my kids, in a way which they can understand it. It is a good way to talk about the characteristics of God, and I would recommend it.
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By richminon on January 8, 2014
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William Lane Craig did a wonderful job at putting all these books together. They are "Mere Christianity" for children, and in a language they can understand.
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