This is my official Amazon and Goodreads review of Natasha Crain’s new book, Talking With Your Kids About God: 30 Conversations Every Parent MUST HAVE. Please read to the end, where I am also posting a link to Natasha’s blog for a chance to join an 8-week author read-along in a private FB group and a chance to win a FREE copy of the book!
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.”
If you would like to join Natasha Crain’s exclusive 8-week author read-along and enter for a chance to win your own FREE copy of Talking With Your Kids About God, follow this link to her blog.
**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.