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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 o 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


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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 o 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

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    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 i 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. *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.*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janel

    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 lo 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Having been in ministry for over 30 years first as a youth pastor, then a youth and Christian Education pastor, and finally as the lead pastor of my present congregation, and, having raised two boys who are both attending Christian Universities, and who are making their faith in Christ their own now, I was both asked for and a seeker of books and other resources on raising kids to embrace Christ and live for Him. Now that I have read Natasha Crain’s book Talking with Your Kids About God: 30 Conv Having been in ministry for over 30 years first as a youth pastor, then a youth and Christian Education pastor, and finally as the lead pastor of my present congregation, and, having raised two boys who are both attending Christian Universities, and who are making their faith in Christ their own now, I was both asked for and a seeker of books and other resources on raising kids to embrace Christ and live for Him. Now that I have read Natasha Crain’s book Talking with Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have (Baker Books, 2017) I will gladly recommend it to parents who are wanting to have helpful and essential conversations with their kids about the core beliefs of Christianity. Talking with your Kids About God is as an immensely practical book in which Crain offers a process to discuss the thirty topics presented in the book: Open the Conversation Advance the Conversation Apply the Conversation and, as she notes in the introduction this book “is designed to equip you, the adult, with the knowledge you need to have these conversations with your kids. In other words, don’t hand this book directly to your kids-it’s not written for them! This is your guide! The five areas covered in this book are ones which kids raised in the Christian will face as they navigate through their childhood, adolescents, and into adulthood: The Existence of God Science and God The Nature of God Believing in God The Difference God Makes A strength of this book, is that while Crain presents material, well rooted in the Christian faith, to assist the parent/adult in the discussion, she does so to facilitate the discussion rather that tell her audience what to say and how to say it. Such an approach respects the parent and the child and allows for discussion of (and the often times painful wrestling with) the questions and issues. And she presents the material in a fair and even-handed manner. Talking to Your Kids About God would be a great resource for a Sunday School class for parents, from elementary through college, quite frankly, to use as a way to encourage the members to have the conversations and hear how they went. It would also be a helpful resource for undergrad and graduate courses in family ministry, educational ministry, children’s ministry, and youth ministry classes. I liked this book and gave it a four-star rating on Goodreads. Note: I received a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Natasha Crain did a great job in tackling some hard stuff in "Talking with your Kids about God." First, she goes after apologetics including lessons about science and what it means to believe in God. This lesson is so important and parents, if you aren't teaching your children, someone else will! The church isn't always equipping children to learn stuff the way you want them to understand it and schools definitely won't, so you need to stand in the gap. I love how she gets the conversation going Natasha Crain did a great job in tackling some hard stuff in "Talking with your Kids about God." First, she goes after apologetics including lessons about science and what it means to believe in God. This lesson is so important and parents, if you aren't teaching your children, someone else will! The church isn't always equipping children to learn stuff the way you want them to understand it and schools definitely won't, so you need to stand in the gap. I love how she gets the conversation going! Many of the topics that Crain covers are tough, but she presents them well and they are easy to follow through. She gives an overview of the topic with references to scripture, places to dive deeper for understanding and then she summarizes key points, offers discussion questions and challenges parents. It is great! I think this book is great for the parent or even children's pastor who is young and is learning about apologetics in how to teach children what the Bible says. I think it's also geared towards youth pastors and is a great tool! I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Savio Sebastian

    The author has curated some really good questions that we need to wrestle through - whether you are talking to your child or understanding that for yourself. The author succinctly talks about different points of view and asks good questions so we can have good conversations to explore further - whether it is Science vs. Theism or questions that arise living in a pluralistic society. This will lead to more questions and this book gives good starting points to explore. But each of these questions m The author has curated some really good questions that we need to wrestle through - whether you are talking to your child or understanding that for yourself. The author succinctly talks about different points of view and asks good questions so we can have good conversations to explore further - whether it is Science vs. Theism or questions that arise living in a pluralistic society. This will lead to more questions and this book gives good starting points to explore. But each of these questions may need more study than what the book has succinctly put together. I really like how the book ended with hope - asking the question - what are we living for? And the response to that question gives us meaning for our lives A good book to read with this: 'Mere Christianity' by CS Lewis.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    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 resource 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 and gently. When statistics show that the majority of high school students are walking away from their faith, you can be encouraged that starting at any age can truly equip your child to not only know and walk with God but be ready to defend their faith and witness to others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Talking 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 youn Talking 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Courtney | What Courtney Reads

    This book was fantastic! After reading @natasharcrain latest book ‘Talking with your kids about Jesus’, I was excited to read her previous books. This book was great! I learned so much. Right now my kids don’t have these deep questions yet, but these are excellent questions to start studying the answers to and know how to respond when the time comes. And even for interacting with people of all ages. This book was divided up into 5 sections: 1)The existence of God, 2)Science and God, 3) the natur This book was fantastic! After reading @natasharcrain latest book ‘Talking with your kids about Jesus’, I was excited to read her previous books. This book was great! I learned so much. Right now my kids don’t have these deep questions yet, but these are excellent questions to start studying the answers to and know how to respond when the time comes. And even for interacting with people of all ages. This book was divided up into 5 sections: 1)The existence of God, 2)Science and God, 3) the nature of God, 4)Believing in God and 5) the difference God makes. I personally really liked the first two sections. They have already come in handy with responding to a family member. I’m so thankful for Natasha’s ministry. I’m going to now start her first book ‘Keeping your kids on Gods side’. I highly recommend this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Corby H

    Found the chapter on doubt to be of much value. The author comes from a different theological background therefore I disagree with her or I feel like she misses the point of a few things. As such this book was good in some chapters and very frustrating in others. I liked the format of the book with its application for children.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.K. Turner

    My Rating - If you have time Level - Easy; reads quickly, moderate length (just under 300 pages) Summary The title of the book is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't really a parenting or family book. This might be just because I have a three-year old, but when I see 'kids', I think children under 10 and skew even younger. This book is really a basic apologetics intro that can also be used with maybe high schoolers or fairly knowledgeable middle schoolers. There are discussion questions after each chap My Rating - If you have time Level - Easy; reads quickly, moderate length (just under 300 pages) Summary The title of the book is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't really a parenting or family book. This might be just because I have a three-year old, but when I see 'kids', I think children under 10 and skew even younger. This book is really a basic apologetics intro that can also be used with maybe high schoolers or fairly knowledgeable middle schoolers. There are discussion questions after each chapter, broken in to two parts 'open the conversation' and 'advance the conversation'. The former could be used for middle school or newer Christians, the latter for high school, but also for discussion in a small group or other Bible Study. Very few people have much knowledge of apologetics, and this book would likely be new to most parents, let alone 'kids'. The 30 conversations are grouped into five equal parts - the existence of God, science and God, the nature of God, believing in God, and the difference God makes. There is an introduction to each part, then the six topics of conversation. Each topic is then summarized in 'key points', followed by the 'conversation guide' which consist of 'open the conversation', 'advance the conversation', and 'apply the conversation'. My Thoughts As stated above, this isn't really a book for kids. Maybe the first two parts would work to discuss with middle schoolers, but the discussion questions certainly seem more advanced. Those two chapters seem to be the strength of the book, as far as a parent is concerned. As parent, it would be worthwhile to read through these, so that you can know the discussions to have with your children as the move on through school and start to learn about so-called conflicts with the Bible and belief in God. I can't really see reading through this book or using the advanced conversation questions with a child that is first learning of the conflict, but reading through as a parent, it would be a good reminder of the conflicts they will face and if you've never learned much in the way of apologetics, this will certainly move you in the right direction.  Maybe I'm underestimating people too much, but I think this book is much more suited to a small group/Sunday School/whatever you call it, discussion than something to read with children. In that sense, I can't really recommend this for parents, but I think it is worth checking out as a group leader. The book is fairly basic, but I just don't see that enough adults have ever learned these ideas, so you need to start with them first. Especially the part, 'the nature of God', as this moves out of apologetics and into more of a systematic theology.  Two other criticisms I have are that the existence of God, is a pretty good over all part of the book. There are convincing arguments of the existence of a God, but Crain never steps into the realm of the existence of our God, the God of the Bible. Which leads to the most glaring omission in the book, the Bible. There is no major section devoted to 'the truth of the Bible' or 'how do we know the Bible is true' or something else along those lines. For me, this is where apologetics or knowledge of God has to start.  One surprising strength of the book, is the final part, 'the difference God makes'. Again, this really lends itself to a discussion group, as it more or less a group of discussion about the impact our knowledge of God should have in our lives. I really enjoyed this section and will likely use it, if not the whole book, with the group that I lead.  Overall, a pretty good book. I'm not sure it met the stated goal of discussion with kids. Catechisms are still probably the best thing for that. However, I do think it would work really well as an intro to apologetics, a basic primer on the knowledge of God, and could open up great discussion on the impact this knowledge has on our lives. With the 'key points' and 'discussion guide', I think this book could be repurposed into an interest group study.  *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review More reviews at MondayMorningTheologian.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen Bradbury

    As a youth pastor, I believe apologetics are important – not just in equipping teens to share their faith with others but even more importantly, in helping them understand what they believe and why. As a parent, I also want my daughter to know what she believes and why. I'm curious about the role apologetics might play in shaping her faith. Because of my experience as both a youth pastor and parent, I was excited to read Natasha Crain’s Talking to Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christ As a youth pastor, I believe apologetics are important – not just in equipping teens to share their faith with others but even more importantly, in helping them understand what they believe and why. As a parent, I also want my daughter to know what she believes and why. I'm curious about the role apologetics might play in shaping her faith. Because of my experience as both a youth pastor and parent, I was excited to read Natasha Crain’s Talking to Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have. Talking to Your Kids about God is broken down into five parts, each dealing with a major area of apologetics: • The existence of God • Science and God • The Nature of God • Believing in God • The Difference God Makes. Each part contains several short chapters dealing with related subject areas, each designed to give parents both “direction – the knowledge of what to do – and discipline – the commitment to doing it” in having difficult faith-related conversations with their kids. Natasha’s approach to all the issues she discusses in Talking to Your Kids about God is that “apparent conflicts” between the secular world and the Christian community should be acknowledged and discussed – an approach which I very much appreciate. In addition to Natasha’s overall approach to difficult subject matters, I loved several things about Talking to Your Kids about God. First, I love that it’s written by a female. After looking at my apologetics shelf, I realized ALL the apologetics books I own are written by white males. Natasha unashamedly brings her perspective as a mother into her writing. In fact, many chapter introductions feature anecdotes involving her kids that she then relates to apologetics. This breathes life into a subject area that’s often rather dry. Additionally, I wholeheartedly believe it will reach a female audience in a way that I’m not sure many other apologetics books have. I also love that each chapter of Talking to Your Kids about God contains two closing sections: A bulleted list of key points and a conversation guide. The bulleted list of key points provides a succinct summary of the chapter that would make it easy for a parent who hasn’t read it to engage in good conversation about it. Those conversations are also made easy using each chapter’s “Conversation Guide”. I’m normally not a fan of such things but these conversation starters are actually really good. Good enough that I wholeheartedly plan to steal some of the questions to use as discussion fodder in lessons about some of these issues with my youth group kids. For example, in the chapter, “Is what you believe about God simply a matter of where you grew up?” one of the conversation starters is “99% of people in Afghanistan are Muslim. Do you think that if you had been born in Afghanistan, you would be a Muslim too? Why or why not?” Just think about all the directions that a conversation sparked by this question could go! That brings me to yet another thing I appreciated about Talking to Your Kids about God. It’s a book that parents can read and enjoy whole. But it’s also an excellent resource for parents (and youth pastors) to have on their bookshelf and pull out when their kids raise specific questions like – Do science and faith contradict one another? or Are all religions the same? With a quick skim of the table of contents, you’d be able to sit down and in less than 15 minutes, read and digest a chapter that will equip you to have a meaningful conversation with your child. For these reasons, I wholeheartedly recommend Talking to Your Kids about God to both parents and youth pastors alike. For those more familiar with apologetics, it’s an excellent review with fresh, engaging stories. For those unfamiliar with apologetics, it’s a great primer useful in both pastoring and parenting! **************************************************** Disclosure: I received a free copy of Talking to Your Kids about God from Baker Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    RebeccaLynn

    Apologetics Meets Real-Life Parenting: All parents would agree: kids ask a LOT of questions! Some questions are easily answered, while others require only a firm “because I said so!” But what about the questions which aren’t easily answered but are critical to our kids forming a strong relationship with Christ? And will our answers fall flat in a world increasingly hostile to biblical views? In her book Talking With Your Kids About God, author Natasha Crain sets out 30 conversations to help parent Apologetics Meets Real-Life Parenting: All parents would agree: kids ask a LOT of questions! Some questions are easily answered, while others require only a firm “because I said so!” But what about the questions which aren’t easily answered but are critical to our kids forming a strong relationship with Christ? And will our answers fall flat in a world increasingly hostile to biblical views? In her book Talking With Your Kids About God, author Natasha Crain sets out 30 conversations to help parents navigate some of the toughest and most critical questions facing our kids today. I love that Natasha is not only a talented author and apologist but she is also a parent, like me. She gets it because she is living it right along with us. She also understands that parents don’t always have all the answers (just don’t tell our kids). This book isn’t about having all the answers, but navigating through questions and helping kids find their own answers — based not on Flying Spaghetti Monster theories, but on rational, scientific, overwhelming proof. Natasha examines everything from evidences for God’s existence, to the aspects of His nature (even the tough ones), to different beliefs about God, and ultimately to the difference God makes in the lives of those who have placed their trust and hope in Him. At the end of each chapter, she sets out helpful Key Points followed by a Conversation Guide to help families open, advance, and apply conversations about the chapter’s topic. I love all of the applicable Bible verses in the “Advance the Conversation” sections! This book is more than a great apologetic resource. It is a vital tool families should not be without in today’s secular world. The world will not shy away from giving kids every “answer” against God and biblical thought. We should not shy away from equipping our kids with the confidence to debate and debunk those hopeless and incorrect views. On a personal note, in the middle of reading this book my young daughter came to me and asked why God punishes people if He loves them. I was glad to have Nastasha’s chapter all about God’s love and His justness. It helped me navigate my daughter’s question and the verses helped us both take a closer look at God’s love and His justness — and why they are both very good things. But this book isn’t just apologetics and Q & A — it’s also great, relatable storytelling! I literally laugh out loud when Natasha described a melt-down her own daughter had and how she stormed to her room labeling her as a “mean mom” who didn’t love her at all. Oh, I’ve been there! But the truth? Sometimes the most loving mom or dad (or Heavenly Father) is labeled as unloving because true parental love is not about being fair, but about being just. This is why my daughter can’t stay up as late as her older brother, but she will always receive the same bedtime prayers and kisses goodnight. She labels it unfair, but in the morning I am justified by her rested nature. God is good! I highly recommend this book for people in every stage of parenting. We can’t start young enough, and late is always better than never when it comes to equipping our kids with biblical answers that will hold up against the unbiblical barrage they’ll face. These truly are “30 Conversations Every Christian Parent MUST HAVE.” **I was blessed to be part of the launch team for Talking With Your Kids About God, and was provided an Advanced Reader’s Copy in return for my honest review of the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teasi

    The subtitle to Natasha Crain’s latest book is this: "30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have." After reading the entire book, I fully agree with that claim. But…I’d also say they are 30 conversations most Christian parents are ACHING to have and would be thrilled to start... if only they knew how. And that’s why I love this book. It’s a gentle, loving, and intelligent guide for parents who long to have the important conversations but could use a little help. Each “conversation” starts The subtitle to Natasha Crain’s latest book is this: "30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have." After reading the entire book, I fully agree with that claim. But…I’d also say they are 30 conversations most Christian parents are ACHING to have and would be thrilled to start... if only they knew how. And that’s why I love this book. It’s a gentle, loving, and intelligent guide for parents who long to have the important conversations but could use a little help. Each “conversation” starts with a message to parents—written in a conversational style that is both comforting and helpful. This is followed by specific suggestions for how to have the conversation with your children (which can be adapted for almost any age child) and ideas for follow-up discussions. For some parents, it’s time we lack. We don’t have time to do the research required to answer all the questions our children have about things such as the relationship between science and faith, or the reasons why all religions aren’t saying the same basic thing, or the cultural differences between Old Testament and New Testament societies. In Talking With Your Kids About God, Natasha has done the research for us…and she has presented the truly important points in a relatable and clear way that doesn’t overwhelm or intimidate. For other parents, it’s not time we need, it’s understanding. If we’re honest, we all have our own doubts about God—we struggle with the problem of evil at times and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered if God really answers prayer. Trying to give an honest and satisfying answer to children when we’re still grappling ourselves is difficult. And the tendency might be to avoid the conversations altogether, which would be a shame—because it’s the perfect opportunity to dig in together. This book is the perfect place to go in times like these. Natasha gives true answers that are scripturally sound and clear (and comforting) for both parents and children. A couple of my favorite sections are the section on the Nature of God and the part detailing the Difference God Makes. In her discussion of the Nature of God, Natasha covers incredible ground with conversations about what we learn of God in the Bible, His love and justice, how to explain the trinity and why the Bible isn’t exhaustive but is sufficient. The last section of the book talks about the difference God makes in our lives, and this is so important. Natasha discusses the meaning of life, the issue of free will, the problem of evil, how we should treat ourselves and others, and what hope we have as Christians that others are missing. My children are all older now (16, 17, 23), and we still have conversations about God. But as I read this book, I kept saying over and over again, “Man, I wish I had this book when my kids were younger.” This is truly a one-stop resource that isn’t a waste of time, a bunch of shallow or trite answers, or pie-in-the-sky conversations that no real family would ever have. No…this is worth buying for yourself and also as a gift for every baby shower you attend in the future. And…It’s a book you’ll want to keep handy because these conversations will happen far more often than once.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wayne

    Natasha Crain's newest book 'Talking with your kids about God' is an essential book for every Christian family and any Christian who interacts with the youth. Scripture clearly commands us parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and Proverbs 22:6) to teach our children what the Bible says and to have these conversations daily. But how do we do that if we don't have a firm grasp on some of these harder topics/questions? This book not only teaches you as a parent how to answer the top questions people have abo Natasha Crain's newest book 'Talking with your kids about God' is an essential book for every Christian family and any Christian who interacts with the youth. Scripture clearly commands us parents (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and Proverbs 22:6) to teach our children what the Bible says and to have these conversations daily. But how do we do that if we don't have a firm grasp on some of these harder topics/questions? This book not only teaches you as a parent how to answer the top questions people have about God but it also helps you understand how to teach it to your children. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15-16 to always be ready to defend your hope/confidence in your faith, this book will help you and your children be ready to do so. Simply put as parents we need this book because we can't teach what we don't know/understand. If we as parents don't teach our children to love and honor God the world will teach them not to. As parents we need to be the ones helping our children walk through these tough questions not the world. Natasha gives scripture and references for all her points so you can cross reference. This book is broken down into 30 conversations every parent must have when talking to their children about God. The format is laid out so that it can be easily be used as a resource for years to come, you can easily flip to the topic your child is asking about. These are not one time discussions with your kids, so you will find yourself returning to this resource time after time. The book is written so that a layperson can easily understand it, yet it doesn't sacrifice the research and depth required to answer these hard questions and topics. Natasha gives personal examples, stories and illustrations to help the reader not only understand the information but also to retain it. My favorite part of the book is that the end of each chapter contains a summary with key points, conversation starters and application ideas. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has children in their lives, works with the youth or simply wants to understand apologetics better themselves. #talkingwithyourkidsaboutgod *Disclaimer- I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinion stated is my own and I did not receive any compensation in anyway for my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Peters

    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 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    Talking with Your Kids about God, a 2017 release by Natasha Crain, is an important book for Christian parents. She takes very complex issues and breaks them down into well-reasoned but simple arguments for the truths of scripture. She uses the Socratic method of questions and answers. ‘If this is so, why is it so? If such and such is believed, why is that faulty reasoning? In each chapter, she contrasts between an atheistic worldview and a theistic worldview. Then, at the end of each chapter, sh Talking with Your Kids about God, a 2017 release by Natasha Crain, is an important book for Christian parents. She takes very complex issues and breaks them down into well-reasoned but simple arguments for the truths of scripture. She uses the Socratic method of questions and answers. ‘If this is so, why is it so? If such and such is believed, why is that faulty reasoning? In each chapter, she contrasts between an atheistic worldview and a theistic worldview. Then, at the end of each chapter, she summarizes the “key points,” and has a “conversation guide” with ways to open a conversation with your children on a certain topic, advance the conversation on a certain topic, and apply the conversation.’ For example, from the chapter Can Science Prove or Disprove God’s Existence? She asks these questions: “Advance the conversation: Much of the time when people say that science disproves God’s existence, what they mean is that they believe certain scientific findings…contradict something the Bible says is true. What is an example of one thing in the Bible that science could say something about, and one thing that science could not say something about? (A good example of the former is a historical claim that archeology could weigh in on. A good example is the latter is whether Jesus was resurrected. The resurrection is a miracle. If God exists, He’s not tied to working within the natural laws investigated by science.)” (Talking With Your Kids About God, 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain, Baker Books, 2017, pp. 93, 94). Basically, this book could be called “Apologetics 101” for upper elementary—senior high school students. Naturally, the answers she gives are not exhaustive, but they do provide an important platform for children to seriously examine the basis for their faith and learn how to hold onto that faith in a secular/atheistic environment. As part of the value of the book, the last section of the book discusses the practical implications of living out one’s solidly reasoned Christian faith in the world. 4 stars. ML Codman-Wilson, Ph.D. 11/16/2017

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Stevenson

    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 i 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. ***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*** -Rebecca

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Langmaack

    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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    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 furthe 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.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Soehn

    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 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.)

  21. 5 out of 5

    David

    I downloaded this audiobook hoping to gain some insights on how to share the basics of the Christian faith with children. Instead, what I received was an extensive Christian apologetic suited for a college student. The opening portion of the book is an attempt to reduce tension between the scientific community and the Christian community, asserting that creation as observed by science actually points to a Creator. While the author's work doesn't promote theistic evolution, it also doesn't refute I downloaded this audiobook hoping to gain some insights on how to share the basics of the Christian faith with children. Instead, what I received was an extensive Christian apologetic suited for a college student. The opening portion of the book is an attempt to reduce tension between the scientific community and the Christian community, asserting that creation as observed by science actually points to a Creator. While the author's work doesn't promote theistic evolution, it also doesn't refute it. So the door is left open for the reader to undermine the authority of Genesis 1-2, since many scientists would dispute their historicity. I gave this title only two stars because it just doesn't accomplish the goal the author sets forth. As someone who has been deeply involved in evangelizing children, this book doesn't provide the tools needed to talk on their level. The approach is far too lofty and technical for them. Also, I've read much better works on Christian apologetics, so in that regard, it is mediocre at best. I do admire the author for being very well learned in science and theology. Her knowledge shines in the book. Unfortunately, that knowledge doesn't translate into a tool that is helpful for talking with kids about God, as the title implies. I recommend looking elsewhere for help in sharing the Christian faith with a child, or defending the faith against many of the challenges brought against it today.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kina

    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 G 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!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Glenchur

    Talking with Your Kids about God, by Natasha Crain, is an outstanding and challenging resource for parents. The author presents not only a Christian worldview on important topics such as: The existence of God, What do scientists believe about God? Do all religions worship the same God? She also challenges readers with an atheist viewpoint on each topic to help parents understand opposing beliefs and how to prepare a defense against them. In addition, she tackles more difficult questions: How can Talking with Your Kids about God, by Natasha Crain, is an outstanding and challenging resource for parents. The author presents not only a Christian worldview on important topics such as: The existence of God, What do scientists believe about God? Do all religions worship the same God? She also challenges readers with an atheist viewpoint on each topic to help parents understand opposing beliefs and how to prepare a defense against them. In addition, she tackles more difficult questions: How can God be three persons in one? Can science explain why people believe in God? How should we make sense of evil? Talking with Your Kids about God is well-researched with numerous end notes and references that enable parents to do further reading on any of her topics. Each chapter ends with a summary of key points and a list of conversation starters and thought-provoking questions geared for different ages of children. Studies have shown that the majority of Christian teens will walk away from their faith after graduating from high school. Natasha Crain’s book is a must-have book for Christian parents who want to prepare their children to defend their faith in the increasingly anti-Christian culture that surrounds us. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have is a go to resource for every Christian parent’s bookshelf. Crain’s easy to understand narratives offer simple explanations to complex problems. Parents are guided to encourage their children’s 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 reade Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have is a go to resource for every Christian parent’s bookshelf. Crain’s easy to understand narratives offer simple explanations to complex problems. Parents are guided to encourage their children’s 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Kaess

    This is a hard book to review. It's premise is that you can give your children talking points that defend what they believe, but also very strongly implies that by the use of logic and reason (aka as apologetics) you can convince an atheist to embrace Christianity. This is no more true than the idea that you can change a republican into a democrat or a democrat into a republican by the the use of reasoned arguments. In fact, the Bible actually directly tells us that apologetics can not change so This is a hard book to review. It's premise is that you can give your children talking points that defend what they believe, but also very strongly implies that by the use of logic and reason (aka as apologetics) you can convince an atheist to embrace Christianity. This is no more true than the idea that you can change a republican into a democrat or a democrat into a republican by the the use of reasoned arguments. In fact, the Bible actually directly tells us that apologetics can not change someone's world view from atheist to believer in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." One can only become a believer as a result of the working of the Holy Spirit which produces faith. It does not come from being convinced by argument. In that this book helps to strengthen faith in a child who believes and also gives them reasons which can be used in response to doubts or questions, it has value. In places it does this well, hence my granting of 3 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Oak

    Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain is a book about connecting with your children as you talk about God and Christianity. The book covers subjects relating to the existence of God, God and science, the nature of God, believing in God, and the difference God makes in our lives. The book not only serves as a way for children and parents to begin conversations about God, but it also helps teach children about God and the Bible. My favo Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have by Natasha Crain is a book about connecting with your children as you talk about God and Christianity. The book covers subjects relating to the existence of God, God and science, the nature of God, believing in God, and the difference God makes in our lives. The book not only serves as a way for children and parents to begin conversations about God, but it also helps teach children about God and the Bible. My favorite chapter was “What Can We Learn about God from the Bible?”, which highlights seven important attributes of God: holiness, sovereignty, transcendence, omnipresence, omnipotence, faithfulness, and goodness. I also like how each chapter ends with a list of key points and a conversation guide. Talking with Your Kids About God encourages children to think critically about Biblical topics. *I received this book for review*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    The word Apologetics may scare some. It may dredge up ideas of university courses or seminary classes...dry, academic, and difficult. This is truly not the case, as Natasha Crain's newest book Talking to Your Kids About God clearly demonstrates. Using story illustrations that parents can readily identify with, Crain incorporates apologetics into every day life. In 300 pages, she covers the evidences for the existence of God, how science confirms the God of the Bible, the nature of God (trinity, l The word Apologetics may scare some. It may dredge up ideas of university courses or seminary classes...dry, academic, and difficult. This is truly not the case, as Natasha Crain's newest book Talking to Your Kids About God clearly demonstrates. Using story illustrations that parents can readily identify with, Crain incorporates apologetics into every day life. In 300 pages, she covers the evidences for the existence of God, how science confirms the God of the Bible, the nature of God (trinity, love, and justice), how Christianity is different from other religions, and how all these things apply to us and the world around us. If you have been debating on how to begin the study of apologetics, whether it is because you want to be able to talk to your children about why Christianity is True or you just need to solidify your own worldview, I highly recommend this book as a way to dive in. Enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Eby

    Fantastic book, we'll worth reading.. I liked this book because it was comprehensive in its content. It covers a lot of very important topics, adds keypoints and conversation guides at the end of each chapter. I like the easy of read this book was, and how well the author was able to convey her message. I found it very digestible and very helpful in gaining material to start up conversations with not just "kids" (children) yet with anyone. Starting from the universe and going to what should we m Fantastic book, we'll worth reading.. I liked this book because it was comprehensive in its content. It covers a lot of very important topics, adds keypoints and conversation guides at the end of each chapter. I like the easy of read this book was, and how well the author was able to convey her message. I found it very digestible and very helpful in gaining material to start up conversations with not just "kids" (children) yet with anyone. Starting from the universe and going to what should we make of evil, what is our responsibility to others, why does the Bible matter, and many more. Short chapters that are quick to read. This is a first rate book. I have bought this book on ebook and in paper back. For me this is one of my top shelf books that I will refer to over and over. I have read both of her books and she is a great writer, inspiring and encouraging. I recommend this book, it really helps and is very informative.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I highly recommend this book, not just as guide to conversations with your kids, but to boost your confidence about sharing and answering skeptics' questions yourself. Too many times, as confident as we are in our faith, we are blindsided and stumped by a theological or skeptical question. And, statistically these are the moments that lead our children into a crisis of faith if they don't know what/why they believe. This is a simple, handy guide for logical discussions of apologetics, and to pro I highly recommend this book, not just as guide to conversations with your kids, but to boost your confidence about sharing and answering skeptics' questions yourself. Too many times, as confident as we are in our faith, we are blindsided and stumped by a theological or skeptical question. And, statistically these are the moments that lead our children into a crisis of faith if they don't know what/why they believe. This is a simple, handy guide for logical discussions of apologetics, and to promote critical thinking when our children encounter information meant to discredit their faith. Crain is straightforward and clear in her approach and explanations. Each chapter is completed with key points and conversation starters adaptable to any age child. The scope of the book is vast, covering nearly every major topic of contention with skeptics. Definitely worth your time!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Camille Turner

    I thought this book was great. I liked Natasha's former book a bit more, but they both cover different material. In this one, I was wishing she'd talk about ways a passing comment could grow into lessons about God. Really, I guess that would just have to come from knowing God better and thinking about Him all the time, then conversation could lead naturally into Him. This one was about specific conversations you should make sure to have because if you don't your kid wouldn't have thought over so I thought this book was great. I liked Natasha's former book a bit more, but they both cover different material. In this one, I was wishing she'd talk about ways a passing comment could grow into lessons about God. Really, I guess that would just have to come from knowing God better and thinking about Him all the time, then conversation could lead naturally into Him. This one was about specific conversations you should make sure to have because if you don't your kid wouldn't have thought over some aspect of worldview and wouldn't be ready to confront the contradictions hiding in plain sight. It, just like her first book, isn't what I expected from the title, but is richer than what I wanted anyway. I got it as an audio book, but for easy reference would probably be good to have in print.

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