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You want to pass on your faith to your children. But in today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world, how can you prepare your kids for the challenges and doubts they will inevitably face? In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain brings clarity to this question by walking you through thirty essential conversations about God that parents and kids must have today, including discussions about
· the existence of God
· science and God
· the nature of God
· believing in God
· the difference God makes
Organized so that each chapter builds upon the last, this book provides a cumulative learning experience appropriate for home, church classes, youth groups, small groups, and homeschools. Every chapter has a conversation guide, and content is adaptable for use with kids from elementary age through high school.
"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!"--Dr. Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org and author of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and Stealing from God
"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
Natasha Crain is a popular blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. She is the creator of the popular blog Christian Mom Thoughts and the author of Keeping Your Kids on God's Side. Crain lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : October 17, 2017
- File Size : 14559 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Baker Books (October 17, 2017)
- Print Length : 322 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0801075521
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06XC6GZWV
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #283,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As someone who leads campus apologetic ministries on two college campuses (The Ohio State University (64,000 students) and Columbus State Community College (30,000) students, I am always interested to see people who provide apologetic resources for families. After all, I have had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of students about the existence of God and I can tell when someone didn’t get their questions answered before they got to college.
So I am happy to say Natasha’s book does an excellent job of asking the right discussion topics/questions for parents and their kids. I can say without hesitation that nearly all of the topics in this book are the same questions students wrestle with on a college campuses. The chapters are short and concise. But because of the length of the chapters and accessibility, it makes them easy for parents to utilize. She also includes questions at the end of each chapter that can be used for discussion points.
Natasha also includes many personal antidotes as well as quotes from atheist/skeptical bloggers and writers. Natasha is in touch with contemporary objections and she also knows the culture. Granted, she has heard plenty of objections on her blog as well.
One thing I really appreciated about the book is that not only did Natasha deal with many common objections to God’s existence (both scientific and existential), she also provided some chapters on theology. Yes, theology! Issues such as God’s nature and character were addressed. If there’s anything that makes people reject God, it’s a complete misunderstanding about who God is. Trust me, I see it happen all the time.
Okay, so now I will ahead and obviously admit that there is one chapter that stands out above all the rest. And here it is: Her chapters called “How Much Evidence Do We Need to Be Confident God Exists?
In it she says the following:
“Ratio Christi is an organization that is making a major impact for Christ on college campuses—one of the most challenging environments for young Christians today. Their mission is to “equip university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ.” Ratio Christi does so by planting collegiate chapters that facilitate conversations on these subjects. Eric Chabot is the founder and director of the Ratio Christi chapter at Ohio State University, where he’s been engaging with students on the truth of Christianity since 2004. Chabot says that in all the years he’s been involved in campus outreach, he’s heard one objection to God’s existence more than any other: Why won’t God show me a direct sign that he exists? In other words, students feel that despite whatever evidence there is that theoretically points to God’s existence, it’s not enough. Having read the last few chapters, you may think these students aren’t aware of the compelling evidence for God’s existence in nature. And that’s undoubtedly true for many. But for others, the key problem is the amount and type of evidence. They want more in order to believe. An example of this is an agnostic student Chabot video interviewed for his blog.
Chabot asked the student, “What would be compelling reasons to believe that the God of the Bible exists?” The student replied:
” I would have to say unambiguous, direct evidence. . . . Some people will use their explanation for God existing as things we don’t know . . . [like] the arguments [that] everything is so fine-tuned, but that doesn’t do much for me. I would very much prefer to have actual, direct evidence of somebody saying, “This directly points to God Himself coming down and speaking.” And at that point I’d have to verify with someone that I’m not hallucinating. . . . It has to be some direct evidence of God, not an extrapolation of evidence from something else.”
Yes, I am honored Natasha mentioned us in her book. The blog post she is referring to that we did is our post here.
Natasha is a very gifted communicator. I hope you will get this book and use it with your family and congregation. It is much needed!
These concise chapters really give parents the key information needed to enable them to have meaningful conversations with their children. Natasha has a gift for breaking down complex topics into simple and easily understood ideas. The conversation points really help give direction on tackling each idea. This is one of the most approachable books on apologetics I’ve read.
I also think that while geared towards parents, this book has a wide range of applications... Sunday school teachers, grandparents, teachers, and the like. But I see this being beneficial for anyone interested in defending their faith! Don’t let the focus on parenting keep you from getting this book.
Lastly, as a homeschooling parent, I just want to say that this easily fits into any curriculum. The chapters average 5-7 pages, so it would not be difficult to read a chapter a week and have discussion. I found that I was able to fit in the conversations naturally throughout our weekly work. I’m always looking for ways to bring in a Biblical worldview into our school days, and this really helps!
I enjoyed this book so much I bought another copy. This will be one that I give away on a regular basis!!
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