I Wonder

Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible

By Elizabeth Caldwell Published
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Help the Bible become your child’s life-long companion for faith and spiritual growth.How can anyone completely answer the difficult questions that children ask: Who created God? Will there be another flood? Is the Bible true? But then, we adults have questions too: With so many options and Bible translations, where can I go for help? What is the best Bible for my child? How do we talk about miracle stories, healing stories, and the creation stories? What about violence? When kids ask about the relevancy of the Bible for today, what do we say?

How we read and interpret the Bible with children may mean the difference between whether or not it will continue to be an important source for their faith development as they become young adults.

Written by an expert in children’s ministry, I Wonder is a resource for adults who want to explore ways to help children read, engage, wrestle, and grow into deeper understanding of the Bible. It is for those who come to the Bible with souls open to be fed and who want their children to seek faith and wisdom. It will also help readers address timeless questions and issues including recent biblical scholarship, literary analysis, reading the Bible from their social location and reading the Bible in a multi-faith world.


“Read this book with eyes open wide. I Wonder will help you open the Bible with children, walk around in it with them, and help them feel at home in it. Caldwell gives us all—parents, grandparents, educators, pastors—permission to not know all the answers, and she offers tools and resources to help us join children in encountering scripture with wonder, curiosity, and surprise.”

David M. Csinos, founder of Faith Forward and coauthor of Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

“Schools spend an immense amount of time helping students learn to read. As we all know, reading is more than words—it is about comprehension and meaning. In our faith lives, learning to read is critical. Elizabeth Caldwell provides pastors, teachers, and parents ways to help children learn to read the Bible. Her wondering approach is amazing—so clear and so profound. Her listing of Bibles and storybooks for children, enriching. Her questions for leaders and parents, faithful. I Wonder empowers us all to learn to read with integrity and faithfulness. I plan to require this book in seminary classes. Highly recommended.”

Jack L. Seymour, Professor of Religious Education, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL 

About the Author

Elizabeth Caldwell

Elizabeth Caldwell teaches as Adjunct Faculty in Religious Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. She recently retired as Harold Blake Walker Professor of Pastoral Theology and Associate Dean of Students and Academics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She is ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Chicago. She was also the Common English Bible Readability Editor and wrote the “Life Preserver Notes” in the Deep Blue Kids Bible. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.