Book Review: The New City Catechism by Tim & Kathy Keller

By Matt Herrington

Book Review: The New City Catechism by Tim & Kathy Keller

Kids ask some tough questions, especially about the Faith. They range from “Who is God?” to “How does the Holy Spirit help us?” to “What is sin?” Fortunately, this is a resource parents can use to field some of these questions with confidence and clarity.

There’s nothing scarier than a child with an inquisitive imagination catching you off guard with a question like, “If the Bible says that no one is righteous, why does it say that Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness?” I fumbled over my words trying to come up with a sufficient answer.

As parents, being able to answer some of these tough questions can seem intimidating, especially when you’re not a seminary professor. The New City Catechism by Tim & Kathy Keller is organized into three parts, based on theological categories and 52 questions. Not only is Keller faithful in her answers, she offers them in a very clear, simple way to help with memorization. The entire book can be memorized in just one year by memorizing one question and answer per week, along with accompanying scripture.


What is a catechism?

Simply put, a catechism is a way to teach Biblical truth in an orderly way. Generally, this is done with questions and answers accompanied by Biblical support and explanation.


What’s an example?

Question- How can we glorify God?

Answer- We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

Scripture- You shall therefore love the LORD your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always. – Deuteronomy 11:1


How can my family use this resource?

  • Play a memorization game with your kids.
  • Read as a weekly devotional focusing on one question per week, offering a dialog throughout the week with your children.
  • Use the phone app to play the songs for each question in the car.
  • Use it as a study resource to help your family build a faithful theology of God and his Word.

As you walk through the difficult questions in life with your kids, this book can be a guide to which you’re able to direct your children to the truths in Scripture. Not only will this book help your kids get a faithful view of who God is, it also helps summarize God’s truths into digestible questions and answers so that as our children experience life and the world around them, they can understand how God has worked through time and history to accomplish His plan.

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