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You already know the world is becoming an increasingly secular place that will undoubtedly challenge your child's faith in Jesus. But do you know specifically what those faith challenges are, how to effectively talk with your child about them, and what that means for you as a Christian parent on a day-to-day basis? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. Many Christian pa You already know the world is becoming an increasingly secular place that will undoubtedly challenge your child's faith in Jesus. But do you know specifically what those faith challenges are, how to effectively talk with your child about them, and what that means for you as a Christian parent on a day-to-day basis? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. Many Christian parents feel the same. But here's the good news: Talking with Your Kids about Jesus will give you the confidence you need to have the conversations that matter most in today's skeptical world. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain will walk you through essential topics on Jesus's identity, teachings, death, and resurrection. Each chapter clearly explains what skeptics are saying and provides a concise, easy-to-understand response you can discuss with your child (one that can be tailored for any age). 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.


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You already know the world is becoming an increasingly secular place that will undoubtedly challenge your child's faith in Jesus. But do you know specifically what those faith challenges are, how to effectively talk with your child about them, and what that means for you as a Christian parent on a day-to-day basis? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. Many Christian pa You already know the world is becoming an increasingly secular place that will undoubtedly challenge your child's faith in Jesus. But do you know specifically what those faith challenges are, how to effectively talk with your child about them, and what that means for you as a Christian parent on a day-to-day basis? If your answer is "no," you're not alone. Many Christian parents feel the same. But here's the good news: Talking with Your Kids about Jesus will give you the confidence you need to have the conversations that matter most in today's skeptical world. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain will walk you through essential topics on Jesus's identity, teachings, death, and resurrection. Each chapter clearly explains what skeptics are saying and provides a concise, easy-to-understand response you can discuss with your child (one that can be tailored for any age). 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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Nation

    I'm so excited about the conversations that are happening with my daughter because of this book. The author provides scripture reference with each fact of evidence and then lays out a key point and conversation guide at the end of each chapter. This isn't just a faith builder for my children but for me as well. Apologetics can be intimidating but this is written for any parent who knows how to read. I'm so excited about the conversations that are happening with my daughter because of this book. The author provides scripture reference with each fact of evidence and then lays out a key point and conversation guide at the end of each chapter. This isn't just a faith builder for my children but for me as well. Apologetics can be intimidating but this is written for any parent who knows how to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon C

    Natasha efficiently reviews 30 crucial topics on Jesus that assist with the foundations of Christianity! With the rise of atheism or secular world views, it’s essential we equip ourselves with the knowledge to be able to defend our faith and pass along this information to the next generation (1 Peter 3:15). The book is helpful as it not only justifies the arguments for Christianity, but it also provides real life scenarios/arguments made against Christianity and how we can tactfully refute those Natasha efficiently reviews 30 crucial topics on Jesus that assist with the foundations of Christianity! With the rise of atheism or secular world views, it’s essential we equip ourselves with the knowledge to be able to defend our faith and pass along this information to the next generation (1 Peter 3:15). The book is helpful as it not only justifies the arguments for Christianity, but it also provides real life scenarios/arguments made against Christianity and how we can tactfully refute those claims.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Every parent (and those who work with children and teens), grab this book! We know we ought to help our kids understand the life and work of Jesus Christ, but how many of us fumble around, feel inadequate and unequipped? This book is a TOOL you’ll want in your toolbox. While you ought to read through it in its entirety, it will continue to be useful for years to come as a resource to access by topic. Each chapter is short and succinct, giving a handy wrap-up and conversation starters at the end. Every parent (and those who work with children and teens), grab this book! We know we ought to help our kids understand the life and work of Jesus Christ, but how many of us fumble around, feel inadequate and unequipped? This book is a TOOL you’ll want in your toolbox. While you ought to read through it in its entirety, it will continue to be useful for years to come as a resource to access by topic. Each chapter is short and succinct, giving a handy wrap-up and conversation starters at the end. These 30 conversations are indeed aimed at the child’s spiritual growth, but it will also challenge the reader’s own ability to stand in a well-grounded faith. I'm excited to put this into practice with my own six children.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    I own Natasha's previous book "Keeping Your Kids on God's Side." Natasha's new book is an excellent resource for the Christan parent who wants to have more conversations with their children about why we believe so that they have the apologetic tools to withstand the pressures of the atheistic world that is working overtime to pull them away from God. Each chapter is concise, easy to understand, and provides suggested conversation starters making it easy to for into today's busy life. I own Natasha's previous book "Keeping Your Kids on God's Side." Natasha's new book is an excellent resource for the Christan parent who wants to have more conversations with their children about why we believe so that they have the apologetic tools to withstand the pressures of the atheistic world that is working overtime to pull them away from God. Each chapter is concise, easy to understand, and provides suggested conversation starters making it easy to for into today's busy life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janel

    Another fantastic resource from Natasha Crain. This book is a MUST read. This book WILL equip you as a parent in having conversations with your kids about Jesus. The content is easy to read (Natasha is extremely gifted in her ability to make topics understandable) and the relatability to real life experiences will have you seeing that you CAN apply this content at home. Each chapter is wonderfully laid out in an easy to read format with conversation starters covering chapter content. Each chapter Another fantastic resource from Natasha Crain. This book is a MUST read. This book WILL equip you as a parent in having conversations with your kids about Jesus. The content is easy to read (Natasha is extremely gifted in her ability to make topics understandable) and the relatability to real life experiences will have you seeing that you CAN apply this content at home. Each chapter is wonderfully laid out in an easy to read format with conversation starters covering chapter content. Each chapter provides a platform for discussion with your kids and is easily adjusted for various comprehension levels. As a parent, this book is a necessary one for your library. As a Christian, this book is a neccesity in your growth as a bold disciple for Christ. What a great starting point for a person searching for the truth, too. An essential read for parents as we look to equip our kids in a challenging world.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    It wasn't until recently when I dove head first into the world of apologetics, having the desire to learn how to defend my faith and to be able to provide reasons for my beliefs. There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming! This book is amazing! It is jam packed with a ton of great information that is supported by facts and scripture. The author breaks the information down for parents in a way that is not overwhelming. I have not only increased my knowledge in such a short amo It wasn't until recently when I dove head first into the world of apologetics, having the desire to learn how to defend my faith and to be able to provide reasons for my beliefs. There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming! This book is amazing! It is jam packed with a ton of great information that is supported by facts and scripture. The author breaks the information down for parents in a way that is not overwhelming. I have not only increased my knowledge in such a short amount of time, but I feel more confident in having the ability to answer questions our daughter will likely have about Jesus as she continues to grow in her faith. I am certain that this will be a book that I will be referring to in the many years to come!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Broadbent

    This is an easy to read and thoroughly engaging book. It addresses 30 questions regarding Jesus and provides answers that are well researched, easy to digest and easy to share. Natasha has kept the chapters short with ruthless editing, meaning she has employed her formidable intellect in providing concise answers to these deep and much debated questions. The book is aimed at parents, but is suitable as an entry level apologetic book for anyone. Each chapter builds layer upon layer of answers to This is an easy to read and thoroughly engaging book. It addresses 30 questions regarding Jesus and provides answers that are well researched, easy to digest and easy to share. Natasha has kept the chapters short with ruthless editing, meaning she has employed her formidable intellect in providing concise answers to these deep and much debated questions. The book is aimed at parents, but is suitable as an entry level apologetic book for anyone. Each chapter builds layer upon layer of answers to critical questions creating a very tight case. Furthermore, each chapter ends with a key point summary and conversation guide, making this book very easy to use as a teaching guide or family devotional. This book will light a fire under you!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Have you ever had a child ask a question about Jesus, but not know where to start? "Talking to Your Kids About Jesus" by Natasha Crain - Christian Mom Thoughts Blog is just the place to start. The book is divided into sections that each explore the depth of information about the aspects of Jesus' life on earth, His ministry, teachings, and practical issues that address history and theology. Each chapter is enriched with scriptural context while being organized to inform and engage your children Have you ever had a child ask a question about Jesus, but not know where to start? "Talking to Your Kids About Jesus" by Natasha Crain - Christian Mom Thoughts Blog is just the place to start. The book is divided into sections that each explore the depth of information about the aspects of Jesus' life on earth, His ministry, teachings, and practical issues that address history and theology. Each chapter is enriched with scriptural context while being organized to inform and engage your children with simple, yet useful answers. Key points are summarized after each chapter, and valuable suggestions advance these conversations further and encourage critical thinking. Simply put, I cannot think of a better place to start than in this book. #talkingtoyourkidsaboutjesus.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Avoid the overwhelm! It can seem overwhelming to engage in faith conversations with our kids. What kinds of questions are they asking? What questions are they being asked? Do I have the wisdom to address all they want to know about and dig into? Natasha makes it simple to start purposefully having conversations that matter. This book is set up in an easy to understand, easy to utilize, and easy to adapt format for conversations with kids and adults of all ages. It has been amazing to dig into th Avoid the overwhelm! It can seem overwhelming to engage in faith conversations with our kids. What kinds of questions are they asking? What questions are they being asked? Do I have the wisdom to address all they want to know about and dig into? Natasha makes it simple to start purposefully having conversations that matter. This book is set up in an easy to understand, easy to utilize, and easy to adapt format for conversations with kids and adults of all ages. It has been amazing to dig into this book addressing questions our secular world has or no doubt will throw at us by responding with God's truth and grace. Lots of great conversations with my 12 and 15 year old boys and lots more to come!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Fuller

    Talking With Your Kids About Jesus should be in every parents' hands. The topics covered are some of the exact questions my children at home and my small group kiddos at church have starting asking me. Each chapter is short....perfectly written with busy moms in mind....but full of scripture along with practical ideas and questions to think through with your children for immediate application. Our children need to know why they believe what they believe. So do we!! This book helps so much with t Talking With Your Kids About Jesus should be in every parents' hands. The topics covered are some of the exact questions my children at home and my small group kiddos at church have starting asking me. Each chapter is short....perfectly written with busy moms in mind....but full of scripture along with practical ideas and questions to think through with your children for immediate application. Our children need to know why they believe what they believe. So do we!! This book helps so much with that through intentional conversations. I have already recommended it to many friends and family members.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David C Black

    I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a must read for all parents. In an easy to read style, Natasha answers 30 questions that any child might ask about the person Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This book is not for kids though. Rather it provides answers to parents and provocative ideas on how to present the information to your child. This allows you to adjust the information for your special child. It may also provide parents some surprises as Natasha gives good explanations and justification I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a must read for all parents. In an easy to read style, Natasha answers 30 questions that any child might ask about the person Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This book is not for kids though. Rather it provides answers to parents and provocative ideas on how to present the information to your child. This allows you to adjust the information for your special child. It may also provide parents some surprises as Natasha gives good explanations and justifications to the answers. Faith is not blind belief. An extensive reference at the back allows you to dig deeper. Order your copy today!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I’ve had many spiritual conversations with my kids thanks to this book. As a Christian parent to 4 kids, I know I need to be intentional about teaching my children not only the moral teachings of Jesus, but also who Jesus is and why his identity matters. The chapters in this book are short and full of information, which makes it easy for me to fit several Jesus conversations into our busy lives. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions for the kids and reminders of the answers for us I’ve had many spiritual conversations with my kids thanks to this book. As a Christian parent to 4 kids, I know I need to be intentional about teaching my children not only the moral teachings of Jesus, but also who Jesus is and why his identity matters. The chapters in this book are short and full of information, which makes it easy for me to fit several Jesus conversations into our busy lives. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions for the kids and reminders of the answers for us parents. There’s also deeper questions to ask older children. I will be keeping this book for many years to come so I can watch my kids' answers change and grow over time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book is a treasure! Always looking for resources to help me with my daughter’s walk as a young Christian I am so grateful for the information in Talking With Your Kids About Jesus! Natasha has key points and conversation guides for young kids and older kids alike which have been very helpful to me as the parent of a teen. Honestly, there’s plenty that I learned or received clarification about in this book myself. I highly recommend this book for parents and anyone who are around kids we’re This book is a treasure! Always looking for resources to help me with my daughter’s walk as a young Christian I am so grateful for the information in Talking With Your Kids About Jesus! Natasha has key points and conversation guides for young kids and older kids alike which have been very helpful to me as the parent of a teen. Honestly, there’s plenty that I learned or received clarification about in this book myself. I highly recommend this book for parents and anyone who are around kids we’re trying to lead into a fruitful life as a Christian.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ken Mills

    An excellent book for a systematic program to teach your kids or grandkids about Jesus. It provides a variety of aspects, such as His identity, His teachings, the significance of His death and resurrection, and evidences as to His life, miracles, and resurrection. It provides a solid foundation for young minds as well as reinforcing things for adults. Even for mature Christians, there are a few things to learn. I will be getting a copy for my daughter and a Christian school administrator.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Rose

    Talking with Your Kids About Jesus includes 30 topics for conversations to have with children. The target audience is probably parents, though this book could be read by anyone who interacts with those under 18. I appreciate that Crain presents evidence and discourages “blind faith.” If you’re looking for a quick overview of Jesus--this is a good place to start.. Each topic is its own chapter and only takes a few minutes to read. If you want to dig deeper, there is a list of resources in the bac Talking with Your Kids About Jesus includes 30 topics for conversations to have with children. The target audience is probably parents, though this book could be read by anyone who interacts with those under 18. I appreciate that Crain presents evidence and discourages “blind faith.” If you’re looking for a quick overview of Jesus--this is a good place to start.. Each topic is its own chapter and only takes a few minutes to read. If you want to dig deeper, there is a list of resources in the back. TWYKAJ includes “Key Points” at the end of each chapter which would be a good place to jump to if you want the highlights. A “Conversation Guide” is included with each chapter to help you start the conversation, whoever “your kids” are. “Apply the Conversation” is a good deeper discussion question to challenge older or more advanced kids or even adults. There is some great information and evidence and good tools for teaching kids. I do not agree with every presentation. In chapter 7, Jesus’ atonement, or death on the cross, was the ONLY way God could forgive us. Yet Jesus was forgiving people BEFORE He died on the cross. (I’m not discounting the need for the cross, but questioning its connection to God’s forgiveness). In chapter 8 Crain acknowledges that we need to talk about Hell, but waffles on whether it should be feared. While the author cites appropriate verses for the existence of Hell, but fails to highlight that Hell was designed for the devil and his demons--so Christians need not fear Hell. Chapter 9 was dedicated to why Christianity should be considered a religion regardless of the possible confusion. On one page the definition is “an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies and rules to worship a god or groups of gods.” However, on another page of that chapter the author says Christianity is “a religion centered on relationship (when religion is appropriately defined).” Yet “relationship” is not mentioned in the first definition. While chapter 12 says “What if Jesus is silent,” but seems to tackle what parts of the Old Testament should we still follow. The author says “We don’t follow [certain] laws today because we don’t live in ancient Israel.” What’s to stop someone from using that reasoning for every law of the Old Testament? A much better explanation was made by Paul when he said Jesus’ work on the cross created a new covenant and we are no longer under Old Testament law. In Chapter 14 it is reiterated (from Chapter 7) that “sacrifices were to satisfy God for the offense of sin.” If that is so, why are there multiple verses that say God does not delight in sacrifice? In the scapegoat example, the goat isn’t even killed, but sent into the wilderness. In Chapter 18, Crain questions whether Jesus “descended into Hell.” In other chapters when validating the historicity of Jesus’ life, death and burial, the author has no problem citing works from Josephus or Tacitus and archaeological evidence. However, when questioning the Apostle’s Creed, the author does not reference early church fathers. Instead Crain resorts to no one really knows what I Peter means, so we have to question the Apostle’s Creed. Overall, I think Talking With Your Kids About Jesus is a good introduction to Jesus, but don’t stop there. I think that is all the book is meant to be. God to the Notes section and check out the additional resources. The biggest takeaway is that there is evidence and there are additional resources. I received a digital copy from Netgalley for my honest and unbiased review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Johnston

    Who is this book for? One question people should always ask when picking up a new book is, “who is this for?” If you are reading this right now you are probably wondering the same thing yourself. This is an important question and it can make a book experience better knowing what you are to expect. Talking with your Kids about Jesus by Natasha Crain is no exception. With this review I hope to answer that prime question for you so you can decide for yourself if this book is for you. Christian Paren Who is this book for? One question people should always ask when picking up a new book is, “who is this for?” If you are reading this right now you are probably wondering the same thing yourself. This is an important question and it can make a book experience better knowing what you are to expect. Talking with your Kids about Jesus by Natasha Crain is no exception. With this review I hope to answer that prime question for you so you can decide for yourself if this book is for you. Christian Parents: This is the obvious one. If you are a Christian parent this book is clearly aimed primarily at you and for good reason. Young people are leaving the church at a record rate and the US in particular is extremely Biblically illiterate. I suspect the problem is not “the church” as much as it is parenting. I’m not saying that all Christian parenting is “bad”, rather that most Christian parents aren't prepared to defend their own beliefs much less teach someone else how to understand criticisms. If the thought of your kids being left unprepared sends a cold shiver down your spine, just go ahead and order this book now. This Talking with your Kids about Jesus shows how to inoculate your children and teach critical thinking about Christian beliefs. In the process, Natasha gives you everything you need to start some great conversations with your kids and she gives you the evidence that backs up the Christian view. I should note that there is no need to have even beginner apologetic knowledge to jump right in and make the most of this book. However, Natasha also does a great job mentioning sources and other resources that are great for parents to explore in more depth. Christian Grandparents/or other family: See Christian Parents for additional thoughts. In a nutshell everything that would apply to parents applies here as well. In addition though, Natasha gives insight into parenting and life with children in most chapters. These are more than just relatable anecdotes. These brief chapter introductions help to get the reader in the mindset of a parent and/or a child. This alone gives the book an additional edge in addressing the topic at hand. These examples help stimulate thought processes and lead to readers uncovering their own examples to use in conversation. New Christians or those exploring the Christian worldview: This is an excellent book not just for parents but also for new Christians or those who are trying to honestly explore Christianity. Natasha uses clear and precise examples that distinguish “popular” christian views from theological correct views. This book would be excellent for small groups, new believer classes, etc. while the questions are geared towards children they masterfully get people thinking about the issues at hand. The sections on the identity and the teachings of Jesus are extremely solid and refute many “pop” views that are viewed as traits of Christianity but do not actually line up with the Christian view. The next 2 sections on the death and resurrection of Jesus provide excellent introductory material on one of the core defenses of Christianity. The book finishes up with a solid explanation of what Christianity actually is and the difference it makes Atheist Parents: Whoa, bet you didn't expect to see this here. Why would this be good for atheist parents? Most skeptical, agnostic, or atheist parents I have met are very honest and forthright people and many care about letting their children make their own decisions when it comes to religion. For anyone who genuinely believes that picking up this book and exploring it with your children would be a fair and honest approach to make sure you don’t “strawman” the Christian view. This book's biggest strength is drawing a line between what Christianity actually teaches and what people think it teaches or what pop culture says it teaches. If you are looking to give your children an honest look at Christianity this is a great start. Conclusion: With all that said I think this book is top notch and if you fit into one of the above categories it should go on your short list for next reads. Better yet, be prepared for a month of great conversations as you explore the questions and answers raised with the younglings in your life. This is not a book made to be read and forgotten. Instead, this book is made to be interacted with on a thoughtful, emotional, and interpersonal level. Along the way Natasha welcomes you into her life with personal stories that are both touching and relatable. I can’t imagine a better example of a book for families to explore together. If you want your children to think about WHY they believe the way they do and not just believe something “because I said so” then this is well worth the read. Hope you and your family get as much out of it as me and mine did.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    As a Christian mom, if there is one thing I want to be sure to instill in my children it is a strong sense of faith. And as such, I want them to not just know about Jesus, but to understand what it all means. I want them to ask the questions they have and really explore their own faith so that they are better able to stand by it and defend it. There is power in knowledge and understanding. There is power in questions. But what about those questions that I'm just now sure how to answer in a way th As a Christian mom, if there is one thing I want to be sure to instill in my children it is a strong sense of faith. And as such, I want them to not just know about Jesus, but to understand what it all means. I want them to ask the questions they have and really explore their own faith so that they are better able to stand by it and defend it. There is power in knowledge and understanding. There is power in questions. But what about those questions that I'm just now sure how to answer in a way that kids will understand? What do we do about those? The new book by Natasha Crain, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus is a fantastic tool to help us do that. It breaks down 30 conversations that are important for all to hear... many being those tough questions that kids might ask. The book is broken down into 5 parts: The Identity of Jesus, The Teachings of Jesus, The Death of Jesus, The Resurrection of Jesus and The Difference Jesus makes. Within each part, various questions are asked such as, 'How can Jesus Be Both God and Human?', 'Did Jesus die willingly?', 'What historical evidence is there for Jesus's resurrection?', and 'What does it mean to be saved?'... just to name a few. These are so often that we as adults- even knowing the answers- have a hard time wrapping our minds around and therefor struggle to explain. Each question is then broken down and explained. We are given key points to be sure to address and a conversation guide that offers ways to open, advance and apply the conversation. It gives US as parents both a better understanding, and a way to approach the topic with our kids too. Overall, this is a great resource and one that is going to be a welcome addition to any Christian household. If you're struggling to answer the tough questions with your kids- or just want to be better prepared to address these more confusing aspects of Christianity- this is certainly one to check out. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Matlock

    I have had this book on pre-order since the day it became available, because I have already gotten to experience how incredibly valuable Natasha’s previous books (Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, Talking to Your Kids About God) have been in helping both myself and my kids understand there are good answers to the hard questions about Christianity, and how to understand and use those answers when hard questions come up. When this book arrived yesterday, I snatched it off the porch and immediately I have had this book on pre-order since the day it became available, because I have already gotten to experience how incredibly valuable Natasha’s previous books (Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, Talking to Your Kids About God) have been in helping both myself and my kids understand there are good answers to the hard questions about Christianity, and how to understand and use those answers when hard questions come up. When this book arrived yesterday, I snatched it off the porch and immediately devoured it! Like Natasha’s other two books, I will be going back to the beginning and reading slower, as well as going through it with my kids. This book is very engaging and readable, and infinitely re-readable. The way it is set up allows you to go immediately to any specific question you want to learn answers for, but it also reads best and most comprehensively when you read it through (or at least begin with the introduction for each section, but be aware that many answers within each section build on previous information). As usual, Natasha has done a fantastic job providing facts, logic, and resourced proof as she engages each question. You will NOT feel as though this book is just giving you flimsy answers to any question! She has done so much in-depth research to ensure that the resources she uses to help you understand the answers to each question are strong and trustworthy. At the same time, she is gearing her explanations to parents with young children, so she also ensures that every explanation is easy to understand and thorough. Each chapter goes into a good amount of detail without being overwhelming. Then you are provided with a quick reference of key points to help you review what you’ve learned. Beyond that, every single chapter includes a Conversation Guide with prompts and suggestions to help parents share what they’re reading with their kids; not in a cheesy or remote way, but engagingly and in ways that clearly understand how many parents struggle to capture their kids’ attention and interest. I highly (and strongly) recommend this book (and both its predecessors) to every Christian, whether you have kids or not. But my extra-strong recommendation is to get all three books, especially if you are a parent. Your kids are going to need to know that their faith is much more factual and robust than just “some nice ideas based on their feelings”, and that the concrete, factual support for their faith actually exists. So many kids are walking away from their faith as soon as the world challenges it. They need to know there are GOOD reasons for what they believe, and to learn what those reasons are. Natasha Crain is doing a every Christian parent a huge favor by putting these resources together. Now every Christian parent needs to do their kids a huge favor by getting these resources and using them!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen Patrick

    Natasha Crain’s newest book, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus, is an essential resource for anyone seeking to provide spiritual guidance to children in today’s cultural climate. It could not have come at a better time as children ask parents big questions in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The author makes these critical conversations manageable even for busy parents or grandparents as she provides content broken down into short sections that can be easily digested in just a few minute Natasha Crain’s newest book, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus, is an essential resource for anyone seeking to provide spiritual guidance to children in today’s cultural climate. It could not have come at a better time as children ask parents big questions in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The author makes these critical conversations manageable even for busy parents or grandparents as she provides content broken down into short sections that can be easily digested in just a few minutes a day. The book is divided into five sections which cover the identity of Jesus, the teachings of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and the difference Jesus makes. Each chapter within the section consists of several pages of content followed by a summary of the key points. The author also includes a conversation guide for parents to use as they talk with their children and train them to boldly defend their faith. While I believe every conversation in the book is essential, I am particularly impressed by the way the author covers several topics. The first is in the section about the identity of Jesus. Crain highlights the importance of ensuring that our kids have a thorough grasp on knowing that Jesus is God, even though He never says those exact words. She provides a solid foundation of Biblical evidences to equip kids to face challenges from others with different worldviews. In her section on the teachings of Jesus, Crain addresses another crucial topic by examining what Jesus taught about religion. She explains that many today inaccurately portray Jesus as pitting religion against relationship. The author astutely points out that this is a false dichotomy, and describes the profound impact embracing this belief can have on kids in terms of a lowered view of the nature of truth, the authority of the Bible, and the importance of the church. Crain addresses the relationship between Old Testament animal sacrifices and Jesus’s death in the section on the death of Jesus. She emphasizes the importance of not only teaching kids the fun and memorable stories of the Bible, but explaining the enormity of sin to them through learning about the sacrificial system, and describing how it took the death of an innocent sacrifice to make atonement for it. The final section of the book describes the difference Jesus makes in the life of the Christian. The chapter on what it means to trust in Jesus is especially timely in the midst of uncertainty and fear related to the ongoing pandemic. She provides helpful answers to the questions of evil and suffering by describing the biblical concept of trust as well as common misunderstandings of what it means to trust in Jesus. Natasha brings clarity to this difficult topic and provides guidance for parents as they discuss current events and personal disappointments with their children. While I was familiar with Natasha Crain’s work in equipping parents to engage in apologetics conversations with their kids, this was the first of her books that I had the pleasure to read. Natasha has the ability to write about difficult topics in an easy to understand style even for those with no prior apologetics training. She communicates in a winsome manner, and makes parents feel as if they are hearing from a trusted friend. This book is a great resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, or Bible study leaders who desire to give children a clear understanding of Jesus in a world that often paints a confusing picture of the Founder and Perfecter of the Christian faith.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Bannister

    Talking with Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have This is the third book by Natasha Crain that deals with questions about the Christian faith. All of these books are geared toward parents for the purpose of giving them answers to questions that their children/teens will ask them at some point of their spiritual growth. It is important to note that these books are written for parents on a parent's level. Readers who are hoping that these books are written in such Talking with Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have This is the third book by Natasha Crain that deals with questions about the Christian faith. All of these books are geared toward parents for the purpose of giving them answers to questions that their children/teens will ask them at some point of their spiritual growth. It is important to note that these books are written for parents on a parent's level. Readers who are hoping that these books are written in such a way to break it down for children will be disappointed. Ironically, this is the strength of these books. Natasha Crain takes the time to go into depth on some real questions children and teens will have on an adult level. She then entrusts the parents to be able to break down those thoughts to their children. (After all, who knows how to communicate to their individual children better than their parents?) This third book is focused specifically on Jesus. Her book tackles the subject of Jesus in 5 parts: Part 1: The Identity of Jesus Part 2: The Teachings of Jesus Part 3: The Death of Jesus Part 4: The Resurrection of Jesus Part 5: The Difference Jesus Makes Through the 30 chapters contained in these 5 parts, Natasha goes through many common misconceptions concerning miracles, hell, loving others, judging others, etc... At first glance this might seem a primer on the Christian faith that has been written many times before. However, Natasha includes in almost all of her chapters a modern day contextualization for these questions. She includes the nuances brought up by modern twists of old objections to better help parents see how to answer these seemingly new objections (which many times are just old objections repackaged, she shows that too). Each of her chapters include real life examples from the world, her interactions with others or her family to show how each of her questions apply in real life. Some of those examples introduce the question presented. Others bring clarity to the answer. All of them are well thought out and relatable. One of the things that this book does differently is that the theology of what it means to be a Christian is the last part of the book (Part 5). Many Christian books often start with why Jesus should make a difference in a believer's life and then dives into either their journey to Christ, reasons for belief or answered objections to the Christian faith. Natasha's book uses the questions and misconceptions of her previous chapters to answer these roadblocks to belief before presenting a theology of what it means to be a follower of Christ. This is a refreshing change. It makes the chapters on what it means to follow Jesus more meaningful. Parents who are serious about tackling the real world objections to faith in Christ waiting for their children would do well to have a copy of this book in their library for themselves, so they can be there for their children when, not if, the questions come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    This book is an excellent tool to help all parents and caregivers grow their own faith as well as help them educate their children about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian and live as one. The book is divided into short chapters which address the major faith questions the world has asked about Jesus. This makes it an easy-to-read resource that immediately hands readers information they can use. Plenty of Biblical references are provided for Bible study time too. Each chapter starts with a This book is an excellent tool to help all parents and caregivers grow their own faith as well as help them educate their children about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian and live as one. The book is divided into short chapters which address the major faith questions the world has asked about Jesus. This makes it an easy-to-read resource that immediately hands readers information they can use. Plenty of Biblical references are provided for Bible study time too. Each chapter starts with a conversational style referencing the author's own experiences which relate to the given chapter question. The best part of this book is the end of chapter key points and conversation guides. Questions for all ages of children are provided, so parents with pre-schoolers through high schoolers can find ways to tailor their discussions about faith and Jesus. Ways to apply faith and knowledge of Jesus are also given and include real world issues as examples to consider.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

    This book explores 30 common questions about Jesus of Nazareth. The author examines each question in it's own chapter, trying to separate fact from fiction to arrive at a correct answer. Each chapter ends with prompts for discussion, which I found helpful. The questions are relevant. Many chapters address questions I have had, but never found good answers for. Examples: -What did Jesus teach about judging others? -What historical evidence is there for Jesus's resurrection? -Is Jesus a myth? -What This book explores 30 common questions about Jesus of Nazareth. The author examines each question in it's own chapter, trying to separate fact from fiction to arrive at a correct answer. Each chapter ends with prompts for discussion, which I found helpful. The questions are relevant. Many chapters address questions I have had, but never found good answers for. Examples: -What did Jesus teach about judging others? -What historical evidence is there for Jesus's resurrection? -Is Jesus a myth? -What does it mean to be saved? You can tell the author is well informed. When making a claim she provides scripture references for support. She doesn't shy away from views that are contrary to her own, but includes them in the discussion - everything from Bart Ehrman to Joel Osteen to online skeptics to Muslim scholars. The whole book is presented in an easy-to-read format. The chapters get straight to the point, something parents with little extra frivolous time will appreciate. There aren't a lot of rabbit-trails nor lengthy ramblings in this book; it's all written fairly efficiently. I also appreciate that the author didn't try to provide an answer where there isn't a clear one. One criticism of Christians (and a warranted one, I think) is that we sometimes speculate and create answers that we don't actually have good support for. In opposition to this flaw, the author says, "...It's important to focus on what we can affirm, given the whole witness of Scripture, and not speculate excessively. Speculation can lead to theological errors that are far more problematic than the original verses." p.184 A couple more quotes worth mentioning: "... impactful faith conversations happen through consistent low-grade tidying - not massive house clean-outs " p.21 (context: she just explained how keeping a clean house best happens buy small, consistent tidying acts instead of letting stuff pile up & then doing mega cleaning) "Yes. The resurrection is a matter of faith. But it's important to understand what biblical faith is. Biblical faith is putting our trust in what we have good reason to believe is true." p.190 Cautions: People should approach this book with realistic expectations. A parent could use this book to have 30 great conversations with their kid, and the kid still reject Jesus. While the book provides great reasons to believe, it can't force your kids to embrace Jesus. Also, the book addresses 30 common and important questions but does not answer every possible question a kid could ask. You're still going to have to do other work in addition to this book. To be fair, the author never promises that this book will make your kid love Jesus, nor that it answers every possible question. Just a caution that I thought was worth mentioning. Summary: I am giving this book 5 stars because it is relevant, easy to read, well informed, and honest. After reading it, I feel confident and better equipped to chat about Jesus with my children, and anyone else. *Note: while this book is designed for parents, it would be helpful to anyone who has questions about Jesus. For example, this is a good starter for someone who is not a Christian but wants to learn about Christianity, or a Christian whose wants to know if his/her beliefs are actually true.

  23. 5 out of 5

    victoria

    This book had soft and very friendly writing and compelling to read with that also had a challenging to all our younger people or children to find the right answer from all the true the fact of our life from born to death. This book will give you a good ideal and advice when you need to have a conversation with your kids to follow our special part of God's plan. I highly recommend to everyone must read this book.“ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Blogger for this rev This book had soft and very friendly writing and compelling to read with that also had a challenging to all our younger people or children to find the right answer from all the true the fact of our life from born to death. This book will give you a good ideal and advice when you need to have a conversation with your kids to follow our special part of God's plan. I highly recommend to everyone must read this book.“ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Blogger for this review”.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    As a parent, I hope to make every moment with my kids a teaching moment about Jesus, but this usually comes in waves rather than being a settled practice. I care deeply about what the future holds for them and my ultimate desire is that they put their faith in God and walk with the Lord for all of their days. I confess that some of my parenting that is caught vs. taught is less than ideal...in those instances I’m especially grateful for God’s grace. But we continue to talk, explain, imagine, dre As a parent, I hope to make every moment with my kids a teaching moment about Jesus, but this usually comes in waves rather than being a settled practice. I care deeply about what the future holds for them and my ultimate desire is that they put their faith in God and walk with the Lord for all of their days. I confess that some of my parenting that is caught vs. taught is less than ideal...in those instances I’m especially grateful for God’s grace. But we continue to talk, explain, imagine, dream...and they love to ask questions. In "Talking With Your Kids About Jesus," Natasha Crain has written a gem in anticipating the current and future faith questions for parents to ponder when the time comes to be ready to give answers pertaining to the Son of God (1 Peter 3:15). Her book is outlined as 30 conversations spread over 5 themes: Jesus’ identity, teachings, death, resurrection, and the difference He makes from a worldview perspective. As well, readers will see a gospel progression, including what it means to be a Christian, the significance of salvation, and why Christians engage in evangelism. Each of the 30 questions provides a wealth of evidence examined in building a case for Jesus, summarized with key points and extending into a Conversation Guide for opening, advancing, and applying those precious teaching moments with your kids. The key concept to grasp in taking charge of these conversations is one of “low-grade tidying,” making them a small, simple habit by the power and grace of God. My personal faith has been bolstered by this book, and I highly recommend parents get a copy today. Book graciously provided by Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Trothing

    Many Christian parents recognize the importance of talking to our children not just about what we believe but why we believe. However, it can be hard to know where to start, especially for those of us who have only come to understand the importance of apologetics in the context of answering kids’ questions such as “How do we know God is real?” and “How do we know the Bible is true?” Talking with Your Kids About Jesus is a great resource to equip parents to have deeper conversations with their chi Many Christian parents recognize the importance of talking to our children not just about what we believe but why we believe. However, it can be hard to know where to start, especially for those of us who have only come to understand the importance of apologetics in the context of answering kids’ questions such as “How do we know God is real?” and “How do we know the Bible is true?” Talking with Your Kids About Jesus is a great resource to equip parents to have deeper conversations with their children regarding what the Bible teaches about Jesus and why we believe it is true. In thirty concise chapters, Natasha Crain covers the identity, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the difference He makes for those who believe. Each chapter answers a key question such as “What historical evidence is there for Jesus’ resurrection?” by exploring what the Bible says, looking at the evidence that supports the claims, and addressing the some of the challenges posed by skeptics. The key points from each chapter are summarized in bullet form, and there is a conversation guide for each chapter, one of my favorite aspects of the book. Some parents may know the material but find it hard to know how to bring it down to a child’s level; Talking with Your Kids About Jesus demonstrates how to do that. Others may not be familiar with apologetics at all, in which case the book offers a solid but not overwhelming starting point. Each chapter concludes with an opportunity to apply the conversation with questions that will make parents think just as much as kids. With an approachable but not simplistic writing style,Talking with Your Kids About Jesus really is valuable tool for Christian parents.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Even though I'm not a parent, I found Talking With Your Kids About Jesus really helpful, and I'd recommend it for anyone who has opportunities to share about Jesus with children. It covers thirty key questions to help children get to grips with who Jesus is and why he is so important. Each question is dealt with in a short chapter, which includes both biblical and non-biblical evidence for the Christian point-of-view as well as looking at some of the key objections raised by others and identifyi Even though I'm not a parent, I found Talking With Your Kids About Jesus really helpful, and I'd recommend it for anyone who has opportunities to share about Jesus with children. It covers thirty key questions to help children get to grips with who Jesus is and why he is so important. Each question is dealt with in a short chapter, which includes both biblical and non-biblical evidence for the Christian point-of-view as well as looking at some of the key objections raised by others and identifying some ways to respond. There is a lot of information, but it is presented in a clear and understandable way. The idea is not necessarily to unload all of the information in the book to children at once, but to build up a habit of discussing matters of faith and to have regular conversations that are age-appropriate, taking it deeper over time. I loved the practical advice on how to open up conversation with children on each of the topics, as well as how to take it deeper. There are some great questions to get them thinking and spark discussion, and I appreciated the clear way each topic is presented. I certainly learned new things myself too!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Hosek

    Beyond my own personal interest in apologetics, as a mom and a youth bible study leader, it’s important that I help prepare these kids to defend their beliefs. This is a book I know I’ll be referring to again and again in different scenarios: 1) when we’re covering a related topic in bible study, 2) when a kid has a specific question or challenge, 3) to launch conversations with my son to get him thinking critically about the faith we profess. Each chapter includes conversation prompts appropriate Beyond my own personal interest in apologetics, as a mom and a youth bible study leader, it’s important that I help prepare these kids to defend their beliefs. This is a book I know I’ll be referring to again and again in different scenarios: 1) when we’re covering a related topic in bible study, 2) when a kid has a specific question or challenge, 3) to launch conversations with my son to get him thinking critically about the faith we profess. Each chapter includes conversation prompts appropriate for different age groups, so parents have a guide to follow. Guaranteed that adults will learn so much, too. A must for any believer’s library!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Moss

    “Talking With Your Kids About Jesus” is definitely my favorite Natasha Crain book yet! This book is a great launch-point for parents wanting to engage their kids in more meaningful discussions about Jesus. It seems that many of my Christian peers and friends grew up with a faith that lacked a strong apologetic framework, and I’m no exception. Recently I realized I needed to know and understand more about topics within my faith in order to articulate reasons and evidence for my faith. This book h “Talking With Your Kids About Jesus” is definitely my favorite Natasha Crain book yet! This book is a great launch-point for parents wanting to engage their kids in more meaningful discussions about Jesus. It seems that many of my Christian peers and friends grew up with a faith that lacked a strong apologetic framework, and I’m no exception. Recently I realized I needed to know and understand more about topics within my faith in order to articulate reasons and evidence for my faith. This book has become an invaluable resource! I love that it focuses on Jesus--WHO he is, WHAT he did and will do--since he tends to be our starting point with children. The author does not shy away from tackling problematic objections to Jesus or the Christian faith. She graciously handles criticisms and carefully lays out evidence from differing viewpoints allowing the reader to weigh opposing arguments. There are plenty of resources cited throughout the book that allow you to do your own investigating on topics you may be wrestling with. I love that this book includes bulleted key points and guided discussion starters after each brief chapter to help me really think about what I’ve read and then engage my kids in the same discussions. Take your time and thoughtfully consider the topics and resources as they relate to your own questions and family conversations, but keep in mind that the knowledge presented does build upon itself. It’s best read in order (as parent and gatekeeper) so that you have a solid understanding of Jesus. Keep highlighters and sticky notes nearby--you’ll want to reread and consult this resource often as your kids grow!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Having read Natasha’s other books, I was very much looking forward to reading her latest title, and it did not disappoint! Just like her previous books, this one is both authoritative and easy to read. Each of the 30 thoroughly researched and sourced chapters guide you through Jesus’ life, resurrection, and what that means for Christ followers, in order to help you have meaningful conversations about Jesus with your kids, grandkids, or any person who has questions about their faith! At the end o Having read Natasha’s other books, I was very much looking forward to reading her latest title, and it did not disappoint! Just like her previous books, this one is both authoritative and easy to read. Each of the 30 thoroughly researched and sourced chapters guide you through Jesus’ life, resurrection, and what that means for Christ followers, in order to help you have meaningful conversations about Jesus with your kids, grandkids, or any person who has questions about their faith! At the end of each chapter are key points that provide a tidy wrap up to the information presented, as well as a conversation guide, which provides age appropriate guidance for each topic with a series of questions. I found these questions to be especially helpful in thinking through some questions my own children have asked. In addition, the final part of each chapter is titled ‘apply the conversation’, which I thought was incredibly helpful to critically think through the concepts presented in each of the chapters. I highly enjoyed this book and learned a tremendous amount about Jesus and Christianity. It is a MUST READ for parents who want to equip their kids with the knowledge and answers they need to stand up to challenges they may face in their faith.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is my third Natasha Crain book, and I cannot speak highly enough about them. A few years ago we pulled our kids from our church's religious education program in order to do something at home. I wasn't sure what it would look like, but I knew I wanted my kids to know more about their faith than vocabulary, ritual, and rules. In my search for material that would help me teach my kids some basic Biblical truth, I came across one of Natasha's books (Keeping Your Kids on God's Side). It was exac This is my third Natasha Crain book, and I cannot speak highly enough about them. A few years ago we pulled our kids from our church's religious education program in order to do something at home. I wasn't sure what it would look like, but I knew I wanted my kids to know more about their faith than vocabulary, ritual, and rules. In my search for material that would help me teach my kids some basic Biblical truth, I came across one of Natasha's books (Keeping Your Kids on God's Side). It was exactly what I was looking for. Designed with a question and answer format, her book allowed me to pose questions to my kids to see what they already knew or thought. We could then discuss those questions in light of the answers found in Scripture and learn ways to defend those answers. I have since added her other two books to my library (Talking With Your Kids About God, and now Talking With Your Kids About Jesus). I have found these books to be invaluable, not just in helping my kids understand and own their faith, but also in strengthening my own understanding of what I believe in order to share it and defend it. If you want to help your children understand, own, and grow in their faith, Talking With Your Kids About Jesus is a must-read book!

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