Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have

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Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain

Christian parenting is hard work--and it's getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed--uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face.

This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain identifies 30 specific conversations about God that parents must have with their children, organizing them under the categories of

- the existence of God
- science and God
- the nature of God
- believing in God
- the difference God makes

Chapters are sequenced in a curriculum-oriented way to provide a cumulative learning experience, making this book a flexible resource for use in multiple settings: homes, church classes, youth groups, small groups, private Christian schools, and homeschools. Every chapter has a step-by-step conversation guide with discussion questions and tips, and content is readily adaptable for use with kids of any age (elementary through high school).

Endorsements:

"My prayer is that God will use this book to both motivate and equip you to help your kids develop convictions about their faith."--From the foreword by Sean McDowell, PhD, Biola University professor, speaker, and author of more than eighteen books, including A New Kind of Apologist

"I can't think of a more relevant or more needed book for parents raising kids in today's culture. This book on apologetics will lead parents in critical conversations that will help grow and guide kids to be lifelong followers of Christ."--Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

"Hey parents: Do you want to reduce the chances that your child will follow the crowd to the point of rejecting Christ and the values and truths you hold so dearly? Then you need to have the conversations that Natasha Crain so brilliantly describes in this book. Prevent heartbreak later by reading and heeding this book now!"--Frank Turek, PhD, president of CrossExamined Ministries and author of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and Stealing from God

"May this book lead to thousands more Moms and Dads engaging with their kids through an intelligent faith. And may there be tens of thousands more kids who feel loved because the adults in their lives take their questions seriously."--Jeff Myers, PhD, president, Summit Ministries

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075520
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 492,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Natasha Crain is a popular blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. Her blog, Christian Mom Thoughts, attracts more than 25,000 readers each month. The author of Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, Natasha has an MBA in marketing and statistics from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, she lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sean McDowell 15

Acknowledgments 17

Introduction 19

Part 1 The Existence of God

Overview 29

1 What Can We Learn about God from Nature? 33

2 Where Did the Universe Come From? 41

3 Where Did Life Come From? 49

4 Where Did Our Moral Understanding Come From? 58

5 What Is the Difference between God and a Flying Spaghetti Monster? 66

6 How Much Evidence Do We Need to Be Confident God Exists? 73

Part 2 Science and God

Overview 83

7 Can Science Prove or Disprove God's Existence? 87

8 Do Science and Religion Contradict Each Other? 95

9 Do Science and Religion Complement Each Other? 103

10 Is God Just an Explanation for What Science Doesn't Yet Know? 110

11 Can Science Explain Why People Believe in God? 118

12 What Do Scientists Believe about God? 125

Part 3 The Nature of God

Overview 135

13 What Can We Learn about God from the Bible? 139

14 What Does It Mean That God Is Love? 147

15 What Does It Mean That God Is Just? 154

16 Why Does God Seem So Harsh in Parts of the Old Testament? 161

17 How Can God Be Three Persons in One? 169

18 Why Didn't God Reveal More of Himself in the Bible? 177

Part 4 Believing in God

Overview 185

19 Why Do People Believe So Many Different Things about God? 189

20 Do All Religions Worship the Same God? 198

21 Is What You Believe about God Simply a Matter of Where You Grew Up? 206

22 Why Do Christians Sometimes Doubt Their Belief in God? 214

23 How Do We Know God Hears and Answers Prayers? 223

24 How Can We Develop a Relationship with a God We Can't See or Hear? 231

Part 5 The Difference God Makes

Overview 243

25 What IS the Meaning of Life? 247

26 Do We Really Have Free Will? 255

27 What Should We Do with Our Lives? 262

28 What Is Our Responsibility to Other People? 270

29 How Should We Make Sense of Evil? 278

30 Why Does Biblical Hope Matter? 287

Notes 297

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You never know what you’re going to get when you volunteer to read and comment on a book in advance of its release. But in this case I literally could not put the book down!  Short of the Bible this might be one of the best books parents will ever read! As parents we need to find ways to counter the secularist agenda designed to diminish our children’s faith in God. It’s everywhere.  This is the right book at the right time to not only prevent a faith crisis in our children, but also to help us as parents build a positive case for belief in God, one that can be shared with unbelievers and skeptics of all age demographics. There is no shortage of highly palatable meat within each chapter!  In addition to the logical flow of the material itself Natasha concludes each chapter with “Key Points” and a “Conversation Guide”. The guide helps you “Open the conversation”, “Advance the conversation” and, my favorite, “Apply the conversation”. This is a great aid when talking with your children individually or in a homeschool setting.  This is a foundational book that helps our young people transition from an inherited faith to a faith they can call their own. It truly is a “must read”, especially in this day & age when writers like Richard Dawkins leave young people with a depressing, nilhistic view. Dawkins mentioned the warning he received from a teacher pertaining to one of his books:  "A teacher from a distant country wrote to me reproachfully that a pupil had come to him in tears after reading (The God Delusion), because it had persuaded her that life was empty and purposeless. He advised her not to show the book to any of her friends, for fear of contaminating them with the same nihilistic pessimism”  Natasha’s book vaccinates against such damaging pessimism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Natasha's first book, Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, I was so excited to see a second book, and it definitely meets my expectations! Not only is it a great read, but also our family will be using her book as a reference for years to come. The first time I read through the book I talked with my pre-teen about many of the topics using what Natasha provided and we had several great conversations. The younger siblings even joined in! We will be going through this book multiple times to cover all of the topics as a family. We often hear about an increasing number of kids leaving the church after going to college, and many of them due to not being able to defend their faith. One theory is from a lack of understanding of objective truths in their own faith. Natasha does a fabulous job introducing complex material in a very practical manner and helps parents have meaningful conversations with their kids. Not only is the material provided, but also she walks you through the questions to ask your kids and how to facilitate conversation developing a depth to their understanding. The book is split into 5 parts beginning with the existence of God, working through the compatibility of God with science and nature, talking about how this information should lead us to believe in God, and answering the big questions about why belief even matters. Each of these main parts starts with a story from her life that relates to the topic, leads into an overview of the section, and ends with the key conversations that parents should focus on. One of my favorite parts is the chapter breakdown. The material is introduced, and then thoroughly explained in easy to digest segments. Each chapter closes with two sections: 1) Key Points: a clear summary of the material and 2) the Conversation Guide: the part gives questions (with suggestions on how to answer) to open the conversation, to continue the conversation, and then how to apply the conversation. Therefore, even if you do not feel confident in your own words, Natasha equips you in how to answer these big questions. I know your family will enjoy this book as much as we have, and one that you can refer back to time and time again. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you really need one more book to read? In our home, we have well over 300 books stacked on our shelves. Between homeschooling and a husband who is a perpetual student of theology and apologetics, the thought of one more book about pushed me off a cliff. I would rather play a game of Uno with my kiddos, or I find myself drowned by the beautiful and endless demands of being a mom. So reading just never makes it into my daily routine. In fact, it rarely even crosses my mind. But we need resources to help us raise our kids. We need resources to help us help our kids navigate a culture that is rapidly changing. Our kids have more questions than ever before, and they are asking the tough questions at a younger and younger age. I cannot ignore the world they are growing up in, and they cannot escape it. So I need to prepare and equip them—even if I don’t think I have the time. We need resources that help parents equip kids to handle challenges to their faith, to be Christ in a broken world, and to tackle cultural intolerance with a biblical worldview. But let’s be honest, most of those resources are super meaty, and you need a dictionary close by as you read. If there was a resource that answered all the tough questions, but in a way that the rest of us could not just comprehend, but apply, that is a book you would make time to read. Well, consider your resource found. Natasha Crain, in her new book, Talking with Your Kids about God, does precisely that. She takes the time to teach us parents the topics and then, in turn, equips us with questions and answers so we can confidently have these conversations with our children and prepare them to be lifelong disciples of Jesus. As parents, we spend a ton of time, energy, and money caring for the physical and emotional needs of our children, are their spiritual needs any less important? “To care for the physical needs of others while ignoring their spiritual needs is like giving a hamburger to a hungry man sitting on train tracks and not telling him a train is coming. The Bible calls Christians to care for both physical and spiritual needs, and ignoring either puts people in serious danger.” - Natasha Crain What’s Inside This book is unique. It is more than a book; it is a training tool. It is broken down into five parts, and inside those parts, there are a total of 30 conversations. Each conversation shares the skeptic’s view and the Christian view. Each of these conversations is just that—conversations. They are meant to spark discussion with your kids, create opportunities to practice and provide teachable moments. Natasha tackles the obstacles and defines all the terms we need to know and includes space to apply the material you just learned. Her dedication to explaining the content goes above and beyond making you truly feel confident you can handle these conversations and teach them to your children. This is not a book you read just once. Nor is this a book that will collect dust on a shelf or serve as a coaster on your coffee table. You will read it again. And again. This is a book families can grow with. You can, at first read it for content and discussion, but then as your children grow and learn you can equip them and encourage them to further the discussion. They can even read the book and then lead the discussions. Think about the future for your family. The opportunity you will have to watch your children grown up knowing what they believe and being able to defend it clearly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natasha has a God given ability to relate everyday experiences to what she is teaching…..how to equip our kids with a confident faith in God. One of the things I most appreciate in the way Natasha writes is how she uses her real life examples to explain the concept at hand. She uses these examples and experiences from life that can be used as opportunities to discuss evidence for God with our kids. The real life examples that Natasha writes with makes understanding the concepts at hand a more logical process and allows me as a parent to look for these everyday occurrences to tie in conversations about God. ‘Talking With Your Kids About God’, has provided me with the groundwork to assist in equipping my kids with a confident faith, and in the process, grown and challenged my faith and my ability to defend my beliefs. The topics in this book are conversations we NEED to be having with our kids and in order to have these conversations with our kids, we, as parents, leaders, teachers, mentors, can’t equip our kids in these areas if we don’t understand the topics ourselves. The chapter lengths in this book are great- short but PACKED with information to equip YOU for these vital and impactful conversations with your kids. At the end of each chapter, Natasha provides a ‘conversation guide’ which includes a general question to open the conversation with your kids, followed by pointed questions to ‘advance the conversation’ and ends with ‘applying’ the conversation which is a more thought provoking application of the chapter concept. This is one of the MAJOR things that sets this book apart from other ‘question’s about faith’ books that I’ve been searching for in the realm of apologetics. Besides Natasha’s ability to explain the material in a way that’s easily digestible, she does all the groundwork in providing talking points, specific questions (and direction for answers) and application of the topic at hand. The starting points for conversations with your kids on these topics is present at the end of each chapter so you don’t have to figure out ‘how’ to approach the topics on your own. The talking points, conversation starters and application points will most definitely lead to other conversations and questions naturally with your kids (as they have in our house), but the main thing here, is she provides fantastic points to get those conversations going and get your kids minds thinking. Not only will your children gain from this, but your ability to stand confident in your faith will result. This is a reference book for our family and will be one we go back to continuously….along with Natasha’s first book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side. I can’t recommend this book strongly enough…This book WILL assist in equipping YOU and YOUR KIDS to have a confident faith. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
seekinggraceandgratitude More than 1 year ago
The Introduction to this book immediately got me hooked. I felt like Natasha was speaking directly to me about something that has reoccurred in my life when in reality she and I struggle with the same issue – gardening! She begins the Introduction by saying her backyard is where plants go to die and oh yes, have I been there! Without giving too much of the book away, I will briefly explain what she was referring to. While the concept of gardening appears to be simple (dirt, seeds, and water), Natasha describes the true complexity of it in three different ways: 1.) Each plant has unique needs, 2.) Plants need more than one ingredient and in the right amounts, and 3.) The environment plays a major role. Natasha goes on to illustrate the similarity between what plants need for physical growth and what children need for spiritual growth. I thought this analogy was genius and it totally struck a cord with me! The Introduction had me hooked and I began to read with vigor and engagement. However, I quickly became glazed over by the intellectual detail portrayed in several chapters. This led me to slow down my reading pace because I was either overwhelmed or felt like the information was way over my head. It took me almost two months to read this book and it was full of peaks and valleys for me. Meaning, there were chapters in this book that were dry for me or too scholarly while other chapters took a unique angle from other apologetics books I had read and therefore seemed to keep my interest. Throughout Talking With Your Kids About God, there was one thing that did stand out to me and that was Natasha’s perspective from questions she received from her blog following. She includes these questions, doubts, and defenses from the viewpoints of both theistic and atheistic people. I found this to be incredibly beneficial because some of the questions and debates offered by atheists and agnostics I wouldn’t have even thought of nor would I have been able to defend if they had come up in one of my personal conversations. I felt this addition to each chapter was well-supported in Natasha’s study of defending Christianity. Moreover, these questions challenged the reader (i.e. parent) to test what they had learned by applying it in a hypothetical response. All in all, this book was well worth the read. It is complied of 5 different topic sections that include the existence of God, the science of God, the nature of God, believing in God, and the difference God makes. There are a total of 30 chapters that address a specific question for parental conversation with your children. In the end of each chapter there are also key points to remember as well as a conversational guide with applicable discussion questions to help you interact with your children while conducting insight dialogue with them. This book is perfect for families with children of all ages and Natasha makes it very easy to navigate and tailor topics to your child’s age and maturity while tackling individual needs or questions. If you want to help shape the next generation and develop strong followers of Christ, I highly recommend you add Talking With Your Kids About God to your reading list! *Please note, I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
Talking With Your Kids About God is a beautiful way to begin to think through and develop conversations that will help you find clarity in explaining faith to your child. As society becomes more skeptical and disdainful of our faith, it becomes even more important for us to be able to articulate why we believe. We must think more deeply about the big arguments against God, because when we do, not only can and will our faith be built, but we will also be able to help others think more about their point of view too.  It's not about winning or losing a fight. It's about bolstering our faith by building our understanding of who God is on a greater level. In Talking With Your Kids About God, Crain focuses on 5 main areas: the existence of God science and God the nature of God believing in God the difference God makes. Each of these sections will help you think through the arguments for and against faith in that particular area. Crain has also provided several key points, questions for conversation and a question that will help you apply what you've learned. This book is written for parents, by a parent, so that you can build a natural conversation with your child. As I was reading, I was thinking about how it might be helpful even in forming homeschool conversations. This book gives a high level of information regarding the topics at hand and then shows you how to break them down into conversation with your children. This book is going to be an invaluable tool as I seek to teach my daughter how to think about, grow in and understand her faith. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a parent of kids who are old enough to start asking questions about our Christian faith, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Not only has this book given me easy to understand, although not trivial, answers to questions that have come or may be coming from my kids, it has also given me confidence and a deeper understanding of God. I've always felt very intimidated by apologetics since I'm not even close to being an expert in theology and science related topics. This book broke down those topics in a way that I was able to make sense of, and with the help of the Conversation Guide at the end of each chapter I feel prepared to explain to anyone the evidence presented here. Use this book to help explain the tough questions that kids or adults may ask of you, or simply use it as a resource to grow in your own understanding of God. I couldn't put this book down and now that I'm through with it, I can't wait to pick it up again. I can see myself using this book as a reference time and time again. I'm really looking forward to the next books in this series. Thank you Natasha Crain for this invaluable resource. *I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Natasha Crain's earlier book "Keeping Your Kids on God's Side: 40 Conversations..." I thought, what else could she possibly add? She covered everything! But then I opened this new one. The chapters, topics, and the angle they are covered from are different from the first book. Although Crain again writes in down-to-earth, very teachable language, her evidential conversations and admitted experiences with her own children can lead even the most apologetics-leaning mind to think, "I never thought of explaining it to my kids that way!" Yet, in still another way, this book is sophisticated enough to be talked about with skeptical college students, professors, and grown children who are still lingering on the fringes of their faith or who have walked away. Parents and grandparents, as stated in some previous reviews the last few days, your kids are being taught there is no absolute truth in this world, to do whatever they feel, that any opposition is wrong. Their critical thinking skills are being taken away and replaced with demands by teachers and professors to "think like I think" - and they don't even realize this means not considering other viewpoints. This is the reason for some of the volatile eruptions on college campuses today. With this book, you will learn as much as you teach if you spend time with Crain in the depths of these topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I'd found a book like this when my kids were younger! Talking With Your Kids About God is a resource that I wish I had found earlier in my parenting journey. Often as parents, we want to pass on our faith to our kids, but we think we don't know enough or we're just not sure how to start the conversation. Natasha Crain communicates complex theological, scientific and philosophical ideas so that parents can first understand them and then be able to discuss them with their kids. Each chapter of the book is written around a specific question about God, and provides enough information to give apologetic "newbies" a solid starting point for conversations. To get a feel for the counter perspective, Crain includes some common objections as voiced by every-day skeptics in their own words. The handy, bullet-point reviews and discussion starters found in each chapter are great helps. Ideas for tailoring the questions to be more age appropriate for your child are also included. Crain leads parents into the art of asking good questions, even more than giving correct answers, using engaging personal stories. Helping kids work through questions to come to truly understand the answer on their own is an invaluable skill. Parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers and youth workers will all benefit from this book. (I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not knowing HOW to answer someone who has a question about or an argument against our faith may be the number one hindrance to Christianity. People ask for meat and we try to serve them a bottle of formula. Our own faith may have never graduated into a confident one that can be understood, fostered, trusted and shared. Now imagine that someone asking for meat is your child. Even if it was enough for us to have “childlike faith”, which is a wonderful thing, it may not be enough for our kids, who do or will have tough questions, either of their own or from others. This is where Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have proves itself invaluable. It is an apologetics (a defense for your faith) handbook for parents. The relieving news is that Natasha Crain understands that we’re not all theologians, scientists, philosophers, psychologists or logicians. Natasha begins by breaking down five big questions about God into six smaller parts, each of which helps develop the vocabulary that we need to teach to our children in order to understand the spectrum of ideas within it (complete with a conversation guide), then points back to how these proofs help answer the big questions. Our answers to each of these questions will help us have intentional conversations with our kids, understand our own worldview, then prove if it contradicts what God has to say about it biblically. I hope you buy, read and apply Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have before you have a deer-in-the-headlights moment (or to help you through one)! 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approve unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” *Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of Talking with Your Kids about God by the publisher in exchange for my review. The opinions above are my own and I have not been paid in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natasha Crain’s book, “Talking with Your Kids About God,” is a vital resource for all Christian parents. As a Director of Children’s Ministry at a church (infant – 5th grade), I will be using this resource myself and encouraging parents to do the same. I believe every parent with kids of any age should read this book to equip their children well in the present or future. The book was very easy to read and went pretty quick after I picked it up. Interesting stories and examples coupled with strong, clear, and logical explanations supported by sound evidence made the book informative yet entertaining and enjoyable. She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable about explaining how nature, the universe, life on earth, and morality reveal the existence of God with validity. She also tackles the tough and often misunderstood subjects of religion vs. science, the trinity, the attributes of God, if God is loving and just and what that really means, differing religions, free will, and evil. I really liked that when Natasha Crain discussed a topic, she made information clear (especially regarding any scientific evidence) and that you didn’t have to have a background in biology to understand what she was talking about. I was also very happy that she encouraged readers to present these subjects to their children as young as elementary-age in language and ways they can understand since most apologetic material is usually geared at students and adults. I also loved that each chapter gave specific conversation points that parents could discuss with their children. It encouraged parents challenge children to apply what they’ve learned to their life. With so many teens and college students (as well adults) leaving the church and their faith behind, it’s important for parents to intentionally discuss topics that are covered in her book with their children before they are fed the lies of this world. Equipping children with tools to be able to defend what they believe will only strengthen their faith and help them stand strong when school, teachers, professors, and peers try to attack it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a powerful tool for Christian parents to help equip their children face the challenges to the faith. Preparing our kids to live out their Christian faith in an increasingly secular world is a calling that every parent should be ready to undertake. “If we don’t proactively ground our kids in an accurate, Biblically-based understanding of who God is, they may easily be led astray by ‘information’ that can look and sound plausible but is dangerously deceptive.” Crain’s book consists of short, easy-to-digest chapters that are rich in content. From looking at the evidence for God to examining how science and faith are inter-connected this book helps parents develop a firm foundation. She guides parents to having critical conversations with their kids by supplying questions at the end of each chapter to kick-start the conversation. The book also tackles the common misconceptions about who God is and delves into his character based on Biblical revelations. “When we start thinking that everything between us and God is okay because God is love, we’re on shaky ground.” Her book builds on what she started in Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side and adds layers of new, comprehensive material to make parents think about the evidence for their faith. I highly recommend this book to every parent that doesn’t want their child to become just another statistic that walked away from the church. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natasha does not disappoint! Talking with Your Kids About God is a very easy read that puts complex ideas and questions into layman’s terms that anyone can understand. Which is perfect since the hope is you will talk about these issues with your kids. Unfortunately in today’s world so many people think that it isn’t important to talk with your kids about difficult issues facing the church and Christianity in general. With kids leaving the church in droves as young adults, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Natasha helps to make this daunting task manageable by breaking some meaty topics into bite sized pieces loaded with personal examples and stories to help bring it to life. Each chapter contains a break down at the end with the key points, conversation starters and application ideas. I loved Natasha’s last book (Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith), but my only complaint was I wasn’t sure how to present it to my kids. This book takes care of that and helps you to feel like you can tackle these huge apologetic issues, starting with young children all the way through High School and beyond. I wholeheartedly recommend it to every parent, grandparent, and youth leader. *Disclaimer, I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for the book or review and all views are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It strengthened my confidence in my own faith greatly and prepared me to have deep faith conversations. It's packed full of solid, biblically based foundations- I highlighted something on every page! I'm a mom of 3 young kids who accepted Jesus as a teenager. I loved Jesus and based my faith on my experience with him. As my kids started asking harder questions (even at age 3!), I didn't feel equipped to answer them and apologetics seemed overwhelming. Natasha's book changed all that! It's easy to read and concise in her answers to questions skeptics ask- written in a way that we can all understand. It's a great reference tool for the future! It took my simple faith, showed me the evidence to feel confident in God's existence, and gave me practical applications for the everyday with my family. I'm empowered to open the conversation with kids and adults alike because I have so much more knowledge about the evidence and the difference God makes. What challenges me the most is how Natasha takes on our culture and clarifies the difference between similar words used in ways that are misleading. These are things I can use in simple, daily conversations to teach truth. And a reminder to myself to think critically and not be easily swayed by our culture. I also love the "apply the conversation" section at the end of each chapter- perfect for our small group discussions. I recommend this book (and her first book, Keeping Your Kids on God's Side) to all of my family and friends! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
KiSu More than 1 year ago
Talking With Your Kids About God is not just a book. It's a tool that should be part of every parent's parenting toolbox! This quote from the book summarizes exactly why it is a must have: "...as parents called to the all-important role of leading our kids to know Jesus, we can't afford to just 'give it our best shot' and see what happens, with a possible do-over next spring. Too much is at stake and good intentions are not enough. We have to know what we're doing." Talking With Your Kids About God has opened my eyes and I'm excited about implementing what I've learned as I disciple my children. There are so many things I love about this book! Here are just a few: The conversation guide - You don't have to come up with a way to initiate the conversations you will be having with the kids. It's laid out for you! Yay for less work! Key Points - Forgot what you just read? The key points are reiterated at the end of the chapter! Yay! Analogies - Every analogy is PERFECTLY suited for the point being made. Kids will be able to relate. Yay! Apply the conversation - This is part of the conversation guide. I really like this part because it forces you to immediately think and apply what you just learned. *I received an advanced reading copy for free as part of the launch team for this book. All opinions are my own. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crain distills down hefty topics into bite-size chapters complete with conversation starters and conversation guides. As soon as I finished the book, I put these chapters into practice with my 11, 9 and 7 year olds. The resulting discussions have been meaningful and inspiring. This book is jam packed with resources, research, statistics, insight and encouragement. TWYKAG helps prepare and equip our kids with an answer for the hope we have and to gently and respectfully engage with those around them who will offer dissenting challenges and claims. Topics discussed include evidence for an intelligent design/designer, why science and faith are not at odds, suffering, and SO MUCH MORE! A journey that started to better equip my kids kindled a fire in me to be even more prepared to engage those around me who offer opposition and questions to my faith. I truly believe this book will be life changing for our family and can be for yours too with a little commitment to walking out these brief, effective chapters and conversations with your children. It is a great companion to her other book, Keeping Your Kids on God's Side. Both should be in easy reach as much for yourself as for your kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talking with your kids about God in a way that encourages them to think more deeply about what they believe and why is so important in today's cultural climate. Parents cannot leave this teaching to the church. But we parents must first equip ourselves in order to do this more naturally when opportunities arise to teach our children about Christianity and its difficulties. Natasha Crain's timely and relevant new book, Talking with Your Kids About God, tackles the difficult questions that skeptics and others put forth regarding Christianity and the beliefs that Christians hold. Some of the most challenging questions are addressed in the most accessible way. The book is well organized and includes 5 parts covering the existence of God, science and God, the nature of God, belief in God, and the difference God makes. Each part includes 6 chapters addressing different questions concerning the topic of that particular section. I mention this because the format was so helpful in that I was able to later return to information that I wanted to reference quite easily. Even though the content is apologetics (which is a subject that often gets very heady), the chapters are written in nice bite size chunks - not too much information at one time. And Crain’s writing style is a pleasure to read. You can tell she’s a brain, but also very personable and it comes through in her words. One of the things (among many) that make this book unique and sets it apart from other books on apologetics are the conversation guides at the end of each chapter. These are useful in reflecting upon what you just read, in actually talking with your kids about God, and even talking with others about God. These guides could certainly be used in a small group situation, or even a Sunday school setting; and are hugely instructive in the art of asking the right questions to provoke thoughtful discussions. I have learned so much having read this and am recommending it to all parents. Equip your children (at any age) with knowledge and truth so that they stand (and know they stand) on solid ground. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend a better resource as you nurture your children to know about God and His deep character. When your children get older and spend time with non-Christians in sports, at school, in college, etc., they will hear common arguments against the faith they grew up knowing. Soon, they'll start asking themselves if what you're saying about God is true. What will happen to all the hard work you put in? Will they have a firm foundation? "The Bible says so," they might respond. Well, what if their friends laugh and say "the Bible isn't true and science is settled; nothing else is."? Will they be ready for that? Or will they start questioning all they knew? Talking With Your Kids About God is full of common arguments against Christianity. Natasha has made the chapters very easy to understand for parents who may not have a sciencey mind, too! If your children hear the arguments ahead of time, and know how to answer them, they are *drastically* less likely to walk away from what you've taught them. There ARE answers! And they are in this incredible book. At the end of each chapter (which is for the parents to read), there are questions for your children. You get to summarize the chapter to them and then ask the questions, essentially ready-ing them for battle with the opposing world. These are tough questions. But that's GOOD! We want them equipped to handle smart, clever, challenging people who are ready to battle Christianity. Not ONLY for the sake of keeping our kids on God's side, but also for bringing the truth of Christ to a lost world. BUY THIS BOOK!! It's truly invaluable.
Jay Medenwaldt More than 1 year ago
As a parent, I have been waiting for a book like this! As an apologist, I am thrilled with the content. Author Natasha Crain eloquently tackles tough apologetics-related topics that parents need to discuss with their children, including issues like the nature of God, how science and Christianity work together, the problem of evil, and what it means to believe in God. In the past, many parents didn't even realize they should be answering these questions because they thought the church was doing it. Well, the church is not always equipped (as it should be) to answer these types of questions, and parents must do it. Talking With Your Kids About God is a great starting point to get those conversations going. Although the topics are tough, the presentation of the subjects is simple and easy to follow. In each chapter, Crain gives a brief overview of the issue, complete with Scripture references, diving in deeper when necessary for context and understanding. Apologetics can sometimes be intimidating (though it shouldn't be!), and Crain is able to bring it down to a level most people will understand. She then summarizes the key points, offers discussion questions, and even challenges the reader to try to answer a question posed from an atheist (provided at the end of each chapter). This is a great way to get parents and their children to start thinking about how they can defend their faith. One thing I wish Crain would have included in the book is a glossary at the end of the book. Although Crain does define challenging words/ideas throughout the chapters and sections, it would have been good to have also included a glossary for future reference. That said, this book is still accessible to the layperson with no apologetics background. I recommend this book to parents, youth pastors, and others who work with youth. I think it's appropriate for kids 8+, depending on maturity, etc.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This is the most an incredible writing and compelling to read with that are also challenging for all of parents to motivate the conversation to help their kids by using the best basic 30 topics conversation about the truths of Christianity that had been offering easy way to understand for yours kids. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers for this review”.