Saturday, December 9, 2017

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

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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 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.

My Thoughts:

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. 

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