Friday, January 10, 2014

Is God Real or Pretend? TLC Book Tour

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): Is God Real or Pretend? is the story of young Franklin's engaging and enlightening journey to answer this age old question. Franklin's grandmother, Dr. Wendy Knowles, a professor of astronomy, first provides Franklin with the basic scientific means of determining what is real and what is not and how science distinguishes questions it can answer and those it cannot. Franklin's mission of discovery continues as he meets a kindly professor of Greek mythology who offers a historical-cultural prospective on the question. Here Franklin meets the Greek Gods and their timeless myths. 

Once armed with these new ideas, Franklin is introduced to representatives of the world's five major religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. These knowledgeable teachers from each of the great religions charm and delight as they shine positive lights on their religion. Franklin asks probing questions, while learning to appreciate and admire the diversity and beauty of these religious traditions. Ultimately, Franklin's dynamic school report on the immensity and magnificence of the universe becomes the backdrop for his consideration of these important questions. This book is designed for anyone and everyone, young and old, religious or not, who wants to know more about these five great religions. It's the most unforgettable journey, one every thoughtful child (and the curious adults in their life) will enjoy.

My Review: 

One (or more) Sentence Summary: A great book to learn about the basics of the five major religions.  I think Is God Real or Pretend? is a wonderful book for 5th - 8th graders to obtain a basic understanding and respect for different religions. I think it is so important for people to accept one another regardless of religious belief.

Warning: I thought this would be a great book for my kids to read, however, I quickly changed my mind after chapter 1. Franklin is rather blunt about Santa Claus.  I think it could have been left out of the book, as it really wasn't needed. If it had, it would have made it great even for many more (younger) kids.  

Fast read/slow read:  Very fast, but may not be for middle schooler.  

Cover:  The cover is perfect for the book!
What Others Are Saying:  Check out the reviews as part of the TLC Book Tour

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Meet the Author: Jennifer Horsman is the author of many thought-provoking books for both young readers and adults. In addition to a B.A. from UC Irvine in Social Ecology, she has spent a lifetime reading about religion, philosophy, history, and science. 

Connect: You can find her and her books at

Purchase it:  You can buy Is God Real or Pretend? online at Amazon for $14.95.

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