Louie Giglio Brings ‘Indescribable’ Message to Children
by Ginny McCabe
Louie Giglio has recently penned his first children’s book, Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science (October 2017, Thomas Nelson).
Geared toward children ages 6 to 10, the book draws from Giglio’s popular “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God” sermon series, which have reached millions of people over the last decade. Each devotional includes Scripture, a story, an application, a prayer and a science section, including some experiments kids can do at home.
The devotions will allow kids to take a more in-depth look at topics like:
- Space, Galaxies, Planets and Stars
- Earth, Geology, Oceans and Weather
- Animals—from Hummingbirds to Dinosaurs
- Our Minds, Bodies and Imaginations
Giglio is the pastor of the Atlanta-based Passion City Church and founder of the global Passion movement (www.louiegiglio.com.) We caught up with Louie in a Q&A to find out more about the project.
Q: Tell us about why you wanted to write the book?
A: …We’re not just trying to transfer information about a certain galaxy or the speed of light, or about the way our lungs work. What we’re really trying to do is help people see and understand that the God who made all of that is the same God who knows their name, and knows everything about them, who loves them, and wants to have a relationship with them.
Q: How have you been able to grasp onto the idea of ‘Indescribable’ and how has it changed you?
A: I think the main thing in my life is that it created a sense of wonder. Wonder is a big part of our relationship with God. His ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. There are places in Scripture where we read that we’re just to stand in awe of Him. And I think that’s what stepping into a bigger understanding and appreciation of the world God has made has done for me. It causes a sense of wonder to come over my life and over my heart, and it gives me a greater sense of wonder, not at the creation itself, although that causes me to have a great sense of wonder also, but at the Creator. I think that’s why things are designed the way they are designed. Personally, my tendency is to look down—to look down at me, to look down at my circumstances, to look down at my work, to look down at my life, my goals, my values, my needs, but the heavens always cause us to look up. And, when we look up, we realize there’s a God above us, above our needs, above our circumstance, above what we think is important. And that’s where our life is found. The Psalmist says, “I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” And I think that’s been the biggest result in this journey for me, and I’ve probably been on this space journey, or whatever you want to call it, for a dozen years now, and it’s lifted me. It’s lifted my days, my faith and my appreciation for who God is. God is bigger, more glorious, more amazing and more powerful.
Q: What would you hope kids would gain after reading the book?
A: One great takeaway is it’s going to teach kids science. That’s going to help every parent and every science teacher, and hopefully every kid. They’re going to learn. This book isn’t just general principles like “the universe is big” and “God is amazing,” but it breaks it down. So they are going to learn real science, which is great. But I think they are going to be able to connect that science to a personal relationship with God. And that’s going to strengthen their understanding of who God is, ultimately. And that’s a big takeaway for every kid.
Ginny McCabe is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News, Reuters and Christian Retailing. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Standard Publishing. Ginny has spent decades covering topics like news, entertainment, business and faith-inspired themes. She serves on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. Follow her @ginnymccabe on Twitter, Facebook @ginnymccabeauthor and at www.ginnymccabe.blogspot.com.