Keeping Your Kids on God's Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith

Keeping Your Kids on God's Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith


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ISBN-13: 9780736965088
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 207,509
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Natasha Crain writes a popular Christian parenting blog at She has an MBA from UCLA and has completed the Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. She and her husband, Bryan, have three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword J. Warner Wallace 7

What Your Kids Need for a Confident Faith 9

Part 1 Conversations About God

1 What evidence is there for God's existence? 16

2 How could a good God allow evil and suffering? 22

3 Why would God command the genocide of the Canaanites? 27

4 How can a loving God send people to hell? 33

5 How can God judge people who have never even heard about Jesus? 38

6 Why would God need people to worship Him? 43

7 Why is God so hidden? 47

8 Is faith in God the opposite of reason? 51

Part 2 Conversations About Truth and Worldviews

9 What is the difference between objective and subjective truth? 58

10 Do all religions point to the same truth? 62

11 How can Christians claim they know what is objectively true? 67

12 How can personal experience help determine what is true? 72

13 How can common sense help determine what is true? 77

14 If Christianity is true, why are there so many denominations? 80

15 Is Christianity responsible for millions of deaths in history? 86

16 Are Christians less intelligent than atheists? 93

Part 3 Conversations About Jesus

17 How do we know Jesus existed? 102

18 Did Jesus really claim to be God? 107

19 Did Jesus' followers really believe He was God? 113

20 Why did Jesus need to die on the cross for our sins? 118

21 What are the historical facts of the resurrection that nearly every scholar agrees on? 123

22 What are the major theories people use to explain those facts? 128

23 Why do Christians believe a supernatural resurrection best explains the facts? 135

24 How can Christians believe miracles are even possible? 140

Part 4 Conversations About the Bible

25 How were the books in the Bible selected? 148

26 Why were books left out of the Bible? 154

27 How do we know we can trust the Bible's authors? 159

28 How do we know the Bible we have today says what the authors originally wrote? 165

29 Does the Bible have errors and contradictions? 170

30 Does the Bible support slavery? 175

31 Does the Bible support rape? 182

32 Does the Bible support human sacrifice? 189

Part 5 Conversations About Science

33 Why do Christians have varying views on how and when God created the world? 198

34 What is young-Earth creationism? 203

35 How do mainstream scientists estimate the age of the Earth? 210

36 What is old-Earth creationism? 215

37 What is evolution? 222

38 What are the major pieces of evidence for evolution? 227

39 What are the major challenges to evolution? 233

40 What is intelligent design? 240

10 Tips for Having Deeper Faith Conversations with Your Kids 249

Notes 257

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SusanC More than 1 year ago
Get this book if you want to equip your kids to defend their faith and stand strong! It is great for any parent (or adult) who wants to understand and explain the beliefs of Christianity and answer those hard-to-answer questions. Using clear logic, the author lays out the reasons to believe in manageable chapters that are only about 5 or 6 pages each. Every chapter ends with a summary to help you remember the reasoning so you can retell it. Designed to help you start conversations with your child, the author answers important questions that children wonder about and need to know answers to: how can we know God exists, why does He allow suffering, how can we know what truth is, how do we know that other religions are not pointing to the same God, how can He judge people who have never heard the gospel, how were the books of the Bible chosen, and does the Bible have errors or contradictions (to name just a few). The author is easy to understand, and you will probably find your own faith being strengthened as you reason through the 40 chapters with your child.
michellepopewelch More than 1 year ago
Wow. Where was this book when I was raising my kids??? What a gift to every parent. Natasha has walked the rocky road of apologetic conversations with those who seek to take down Christianity. I love one particular quote from Natasha where she reminds us "it will be tempting to do absolutely nothing with what you've read in this book......But please don't get into the mind-set that you have an indefinite amount of time to impact your kids' faith. You don't.." We are losing our kids to the secular world at an alarming rate and this book will give you more than enough ammunition to defeat those who are seeking to destroy the next generation. The depth of information and advise in this book is staggering. Every parent needs to read this book. Every Christian teacher needs to read this book. Even at my age (55), I found this book to be a treasure trove of usable information. She covers everything from God, Jesus, and the Bible to developing a worldview as well as conversations you should have with your kids about creation vs evolution. She encourages every parent to learn about and develop understanding about the atheist mind set. I can't say enough good things about this book. It is just that good.