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Do you feel overwhelmed or uncertain about how to share your Christian faith with your children? Natasha Crain's practical, easy-to-understand guide equips you to have 30 specific conversations that address the topics of God's existence, scientific questions, the Lord's character, religious beliefs, and the difference God makes in the world. Each chapter concludes with "Key Points" and a "Conversation Guide." Adaptable for any age.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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).
"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
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Tool for Every Christian ParentDecember 18, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have is a go to resource for every Christian parents bookshelf. Crains easy to understand narratives offer simple explanations to complex problems. Parents are guided to encourage their childrens critical thinking skills to draw their own conclusions. In a culture that demands absolute evidence that God exists but yet expects complete acceptance of its own fallible theories (such as evolution) Crain walks the reader through taking the evidence that we can see and comparing it to each possible solution to derive at the most probable explanation- that a loving God is behind every aspect of life as we know it. Suggested conversation starters and follow-up questions to help take the discussion deeper will assist parents in equipping their children to intelligently discuss the existence of God with any skeptic. Likewise, parents are equally challenged as Crain presents genuine questions posed on her blog about the topic of each chapter challenging parents to consider how they would respond if the same question were posed to them. Exceptional tool for families!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
AmyL5 Stars Out Of 5Talking with Your Kids About GodNovember 29, 2017AmyLQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Talking With Your Kids About Godis 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. InTalking 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.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Basic Apologetics For Parents - And Curious ChristiansNovember 21, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain is a collection of basic apologetics lesson for Christian parents to walk through and discuss with their children. This is not a book to just hand your kids and walk off, leaving them to fend for themselves. Instead this is a very well laid out action plan for talking to your kids about the tough questions - when you may of may not have the answers yourself.
Natasha's emphasis is on beginning young and reinforcing your kids' knowledge banks before these issues are allowed to become issues. Talk to them and teach them the basic "why's" behind their beliefs - before the secular world starts to question them and make them doubt their own beliefs or abilities to provide a defense.
Each of the 30 questions starts with a brief but detailed explanation for you, the parent, to read so that you can understand both sides of the issue and provide your child with a more personal and in-depth discussion.
Having armed the parent, Natasha then goes on to provide a simple conversation guide for each topic. Here, she walks you through several questions or main points to raise with your child, while providing ideal answers and Biblical evidences in order to help you steer the ship in the right direction. She also provides a real-life application example for you and your child to review when these evidences would be the proper defense, and how they should go about utilizing their knowledge in a constructive and assertive manner.
So what are these 30 questions? Divided into 5 parts, each part focuses on 6 foundational questions for your child to know. Starting with a defense of the existence of God, Natasha walks you through such issues as "Where did the universe come from?" and "How much evidence do we need to be confident God exists?". Part two covers science and God, with questions such as "Can science explain why people believe in God?". In part three, "The nature of God", Natasha reveals "What does it mean that God is just?" and five other thought-provoking questions. The fourth part is all about believing in God, and covers issues such as "Do all religions worship the same God?". And lastly, part five discusses the difference God makes, including "What is the meaning of life?".
I would recommend this book not only for Christian parents wanting to prepare their kids for engagement with the secular world, but also for those adult Christians who would like to investigate the basic of apologetics and don't know where to begin, or would like to be able to learn the simple answers as to the evidences behind what they've been taught to believe. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.
J. Hebner5 Stars Out Of 5Not just for parents but for anyone who wants a deeper understanding about defending God.October 25, 2017J. HebnerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0As 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.
Jill5 Stars Out Of 5Great Parenting ResourceOctober 18, 2017JillQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a must read for all Christian parents who want to equip their kids with a solid faith. This book tackles all of the tough questions that your kids will face about God and the Bible. Natasha Crain has a gift for writing in a clear, succinct style, that everyone can understand. She takes what may seem like complex topics/issues and explains them in a way that you can understand, and in a way that you will be able to teach your kids. At the end of each chapter is a set of discussion questions that you can use with your kids. This section was very helpful and can help spark meaningful conversations in your home, perhaps around the dinner table. I highly recommend this book.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way and the views are all my own.
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