If you want your kids to abandon their Christian upbringing by middle school or high school, do not read this book review of Talking with Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain.
And if you don’t believe this is actually happening, I have bad news for you.
Why You Need Talking with Your Kids About God and How You Can Use It
Typically with a book review, I tell you what I think of the book.
What I like, what I don’t, who I think the book is good for, etc
This book review I’m structuring a bit differently. I’ll still review the book, but I’m going to share some ideas on how I think you could use this book with your kids.
So. Unless you want your kids growing up to be skeptics, read on.
Why I Like This Book
There’s a lot to like about Talking with Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain. It is written in readily accessible language for us laypeople. There is some jargon and technical language, but Natasha does a good job defining terms and keeping things simple.
She has divided the book into 4 major sections, with 6 chapters in each that cover 6 different areas. When implemented, all form a cohesive whole.
Each section is prefaced by an overview for you, the parent. If you’re worried about your lack of knowledge in these areas – don’t be.
You don’t need to be an expert. You just need to have the determination and the discipline to teach your kids how to think critically about their faith, God and themselves.
As a parent, I appreciate that Natasha is a non-theologian parent herself. She understands the needs of the Christian parent and Christian kids.
But what really sets this book apart from other books on apologetics for parents or kids is that it’s not actually a book for kids. It’s a book for parents, to help you teach your kids how to think critically about God, creation, and themselves in relation to the world around them.
If you are concerned at all about raising your kids in an increasingly secular world, you need to get this book and apply it ASAP.
And please don’t think that because you have your kids in a Christian school, go to church every week, or you are homeschooling that your children are inoculated against a skeptical world.Church, Christian school or homeschool will not inoculate your kids against a skeptical world. #TalkingWithYourKidsAboutGod Click To Tweet
How to use Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain with your kids
Here’s where it gets fun! As I was reading Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain my own son was coming to my mind – his areas of interest, strengths and what he’s learning in school right now.
I started devising plans on how I could incorporate those with the conversations in this book and thought you might like these ideas, too.
The book is divided into 4 major sections. Each contains an overview and is followed by 6 chapters including conversation starters for us and our kids.
With each chapter she discusses the issue, providing not only the Christian perspective but common skeptic perspectives. Do not skip these! Discuss them with your kids. They need to be prepared for common objections and skeptic truth claims.
The end of each chapter includes a summary of the key points discussed and then a conversation guide at 3 different levels:
- Open the Conversation (start here with little ones)
- Advance the Conversation (add this on with slightly older kids)
- Apply the Conversation (add this on with tweeners/middle school and beyond)
I suggest doing one chapter each week. With 30 conversations it would take you 30 weeks. And when you’re done just start over again!
I also recommend incorporating some fun activities into each week’s conversations. Incorporating doing with talking will help your child absorb the information more than talking alone.
You could have them draw pictures associated with each conversation, make up a game, do some math problems where appropriate, watch Youtube videos.
Let me give you an example:
Part 1: The Existence of God, Chapter 5: What is the Difference Between God and The Flying Spaghetti Monster?
(Ok, seriously. What kid isn’t going to love this?)
In Open the Conversation, have the suggested conversation and then have your kids draw a picture of what the Flying Spaghetti Monster might look like if it were real. Ask them what evidence they should expect to find if it were and have them draw pictures of that evidence, too.
In Apply the Conversation, have the suggested conversations and then learn about some Greek and Roman gods from ancient mythology and why people believed in them. Look for evidence (and the lack thereof) for the reasonableness of ancient people’s belief in these gods.
Invest a Few Minutes a Day Into Your Kids’ Faith
Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain will help you have intentional, guided conversations with your kids. You will be teaching them to think critically about God, nature, science, and the difference God makes in our lives.
It won’t take that much time each day to talk about the information in the overview and the discussion questions, you will be teaching your kids valuable skills that will last them a lifetime, and will be applicable to all facets of their lives – not just their faith life.
This is not a book that you hand off to your kids for them to read. This book is for you and me to help us disciple our kids. It can be used as a curriculum at home, in children’s ministries in churches, and homeschool.
As parents in a modern society we hand off so much our children’s upbringing to others – school teachers, technology and Sunday School teachers. Let’s take some responsibility for this area of our children’s lives and invest in them.
Talking with Your Kids about God by Natasha Crain is a book well worth the investment – unless you want your kids to become skeptics and walk away from faith.
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What Do You Think?
Do you have critical conversations with your kids about God, nature, science and who they are in relation to God? What questions have your kids asked you that you weren’t sure how to respond to?