Curiosity. Somehow it leaves us as we grow, whether because we think our questions are silly or we are trained to stop asking those questions. As I pondered some of what he wrote about the curious Christian, it made me aware of how I hide my questions. I like to stare at things, like bridges, and wonder how each part works. Or amusement park rides. Even planes. Very rarely do I voice these questions though, because I am sure to be met with a laugh or no answer at all. So Google has become my friend when it comes to answering my “why’s.”
Barnabas Piper credits his mom for encouraging his curiosity and shares how his mom is really curious, too. That struck me as a mom. How easy it is to squash the questions of my children instead of saying “I wonder why…” His speaking on his mom and curiosity spurred some ideas of my own when it comes to parenthood. I even loved how his parents made him think about things different when it came to movies and books. Instead of saying “you shouldn’t read it or watch it,” they wanted to know “why.” That gave him an opportunity to explore the reason for himself of why he really wanted to read a certain book or watch a certain movie.
This book reminded me that it was good to be curious. Although this wasn’t a parenting book, I think it was a good reminder to me to encourage curiosity in my children. I wouldn’t say the book held any earth-shattering thoughts or ideas, but Piper does share his passion for curiosity clearly in the pages. I ended the book eager to ask more questions dealing with “why.”
I received this book from Lifeway and B & H Publishers.