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).
- Not at All What the Title Implies
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.
- Good material
I thought this book was great. I liked Natasha's former book a bit more, but they both cover different material.
I couldn't wait for a book sale. As soon as I saw this was available I bought it because I was certain the material would be good.
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.
- Great Parenting Tool!
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:
1. 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!
2. Key Points - Forgot what you just read? The key points are reiterated at the end of the chapter! Yay!
3. Analogies - Every analogy is PERFECTLY suited for the point being made. Kids will be able to relate. Yay!
4. 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 of this book for free as part of the launch team. All opinions are my own. I highly recommend this book!
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- A must read!
Fantastic book to help me discuss hard questions with my kids.