Mama Bear Apologetics™: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural LiesHillary Morgan FerrerHarvest House Publishers / 2019 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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MrsGGG5 Stars Out Of 5Best Book Ever! So informative and so needed for today!September 4, 2019MrsGGGQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To all the Mama's out there, you need this book! I pre-ordered this book as soon as possible and couldn't wait to read it.
I was not disappointed! All the chapters were excellent but my favorite chapter was #15, "Christianity Needs a Makeover"
by Alisa Childers. Loved the PAWS for Prayer and the discussion questions were a bonus. Looking forward to your next book.
May the Lord continue to use you for His Glory!
Amanda5 Stars Out Of 5Great Bite-sized introduction to apologeticsJuly 9, 2019AmandaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What drew me to this book was the idea of demolishing the arguments not the people, as Christians we are taught to love the person, not the sin. These ladies have done more than just tell you what the "isms" are but give is the tools to use the discernment that we have been given, to work through the different topics that are brought up. The ROAR method that they have created teaches you how to break down the lies and build back up with a biblical foundation, as well as hone your discernment skills through the concept of "chew and spit" that is discussed throughout the book. It's written in bite-sized chapters (ideal for fitting into that naptime mama break). It made me much more aware of the different influences that have taken root in our society and how they are in our everyday lives more than we realize. I would recommend it to anyone interested in taking a baby steps into apologetics, as a great starting point, as well as reading resources for each chapter to help you dig deeper if you choose, as well as discussion questions at the end of each chapter that would make it good for a group study.
Jennifer5 Stars Out Of 5Every Christian should read this book!June 4, 2019JenniferQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you're a Christian parent, you want to raise your children to know and love the Lord, but there is no one sure-fired 100% way to parent that brings kids to Jesus. But we can make sure to point the way to a faith built on the solid foundation of truth. And Mama Bear Apologetics gives us the tools to build that foundation.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "Blind faith is easy to lose. Faith grounded in evidence is harder to walk away from." - Hillary Morgan Ferrer. So how do we give our kids that kind of foundation? You could spend years studying apologetics or you can start with this book.
Mama Bear Apologetics is like a cheat sheet for all the important concepts we need to know as parents to teach our children why we believe that Christianity is more than a good idea, it's the truth. Each of the authors writes with authority, but in a conversational tone that makes you feel like you could be sitting around the playground chatting.
Each chapter walks you through the way the world twists the truth or subverts Gods' word and offers real ways to clarify our thinking and think critically about the issues. And this book is written by busy moms for busy moms! Mama Bear Apologetics gets to the heart of each issue quickly and gives you easy answers to deal with each type of objection. I really appreciate the end of each chapter walks you through a concrete way to handle each subject. I love learning, but if I don't have a concrete take-away, sometimes what I've read doesn't stick. MBA makes sure you know how to use each concept to solidify not only the faith of your children, but your own, and give you the confidence to share your faith with the people you encounter in your daily life.
Every chapter is so good, you won't want to put it down. But I really appreciated the chapter on Linguistic Theft. I know that words are being misappropriated, but since reading that chapter, I've started seeing just how many words aren't being used authentically and how that shapes our thought processes.
The chapters on naturalism, truth, evidence, and relativism are really excellent. I love how the authors take concepts that we've heard so often, we've internalized them without realizing it and show us how flawed they are. Kids are walking away from faith in larger numbers than ever because they don't know how faulty these 'great sound bite' ideas really are. But MBA exposes the flaws in their logic.
While MBA covers just about every main objection to Christianity and explains many contradictory worldviews, we can teach our kids HOW to think critically using the skills outlined in this book even when confronted with an argument that wasn't specifically covered because they covered how to discern the message and measure it against truth and logic. We don't have to leave our brains at the door to be Christians. In fact, we need to use them now more than ever.
One chapter that was particularly important as the mother of a young girl is the one on toxic feminism. I want my daughter to see herself correctly as an image bearer of God created in His likeness, loved and cherished deeply. But I don't want her to fall victim to the viciousness passing as the "pro-women movement". MBA helps us see the beauty in being women without feeling like we have to go to war against men. The book dispels the clear contradictory messages in third wave feminism that are actually damaging to women and families. And challenges us as a body of Christ to do better in how we protect women.
MBA ends with a chapter full of ways to use all this information to make a difference for the next generation.
I really can't recommend this book enough. The wisdom and knowledge of the various authors is astounding. The years of their experience and educational background is a treasure trove that we get to ravage to contend for the faith of our children. Every Christian should read this book, but especially parents ready to Roar like a Mama Bear for the faith of their children.
I received a copy for my honest review, but bought one too! I think this book is that important!
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Valuable ResourceMay 18, 2019danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was very interested in reading this book because 1 - I love apologetics and 2 - what believing parent doesn't want more wisdom in knowing how to teach their children to think critically about the Gospel and our culture's push against it?
This book is written by several authors, with Hillary Morgan Ferrer as the general editor. There are 2 Parts with 16 total chapters:
- Part 1 = Rise Up, Mama Bears
- Part 2 = Lies You've Probably Heard but Didn't Know What They Were Called
I believe the title of the book is genius! "Mama Bear" is a very popular phrase at this time in our culture to describe the protection and fierceness of a mother who is willing to go to extreme lengths for their children. And apologetics, of course, is the reasoning and defense of the Gospel.
The reality of the book is this: our children are exposed to many objections to the Gospel years before they enter their own world. With social media, they have access to more information than they can truly comprehend. As believers, we also know that our role as parents is the most vital in influencing our children for or against the Gospel. This book puts apologetics on a level playing field for any parent to utilize on behalf of their children.
One of my favorite sections of the book:
- Linguistic Theft: the purposeful hijacking of words, changing their definitions, and then using them as tools of propaganda. Such words include "LOVE", " TRUTH", "TOLERANCE", "JUSTICE", "EQUALITY", "BIGOT", "AUTHENTIC". Knowing the biblical definitions of such words is the first step in combating linguistic theft.
The second part of the book matches arguments with their specific definition. For example: I'd believe in God if there were any shred of Evidence equates to Skepticism; The truth is, there is no truth equates to Postmodernism.
This book is extremely valuable for any mother (or father). I loved the plethora of information and wisdom provided for those difficult, frustrating objections to the Gospel.
Each chapter ends with a PAWS for Prayer and Discussion questions. The PAWS for prayer stands for Praise, Admit, Worship with Thanksgiving, and Supplication. These two sections provide a summary of each chapter's content with very thoughtful, practical questions to discuss with others, or in particular your spouse.
This will be a reference book for many years as my children grow up and are faced with objections to the Gospel in every direction they turn. The least I can do as a parent is have a solid foundation for them to lean on.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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