I’m thrilled to share the details today (for the first time) about my upcoming book, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have! It comes out on March 31 and is now available for preorder!
From the Back Cover
You already know the world will challenge your child’s faith in Jesus. But do you know specifically what those faith challenges are, how to effectively talk with your child about them, and what that means for you as a Christian parent on a day-to-day basis?
If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Many Christian parents feel the same.
But here’s the good news: Talking with Your Kids about Jesus will give you the confidence you need to have the conversations that matter most in today’s skeptical world. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain will walk you through thirty essential topics on Jesus’s identity, teachings, death, and resurrection. Each chapter clearly explains what skeptics are saying and provides a concise, easy-to-understand response you can discuss with your child—one that can be tailored for any age.
I’m so honored that Lee Strobel wrote the foreword for this book! Here’s a snippet of what he had to say, and a couple of other sample endorsements. (The book contains additional endorsements from Pam Farrel, Bobby Conway, Amber Lia, J. Warner and Susie Wallace, Jack Hibbs, Frank Turek, Alisa Childers, Bill Martin, Mark Mittelberg, Hillary Morgan Ferrer, Ron Hunter, Jr., and Arlene Pellicane. I’m so grateful for all of these endorsers!)
“Natasha has an uncanny combination of a warm and winsome writing style, keen insights born out of personal experience, and a wealth of knowledge about evidence for the faith. Natasha is a trusted source for parents who want to provide their children with a vibrant and well-informed belief in Jesus.”
—Lee Strobel, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
“Natasha Crain reminds us how important it is to integrate conversations about faith into our everyday lives with our sons and daughters. This compelling resource will equip you to point your child to the truth of Jesus’s life, death, and eternal reign.”
—John Fuller, vice president of Focus on the Family and cohost of the Focus on the Family radio broadcast
“When it comes to learning how to communicate with kids about God, I turn to Natasha Crain. She’s funny, relatable, and most important, deeply rooted in the Bible. Talking With Your Kids About Jesus is part of a series of books (you need to get them all) that is soaked in Scripture and awash with powerful evidence, fantastic examples, and thought-provoking discussion questions. It’s so sneaky the way Natasha gets me thinking more deeply about my own faith as I learn how to help my kids deepen theirs.”
—Jeff Myers, PhD, president, Summit Ministries, and author of Unquestioned Answers: Rethinking Ten Christian Clichés to Rediscover Biblical Truths
So how does Talking with Your Kids about Jesus relate to my prior two books?
I realize that if you just take a quick look at the titles of my three books without seeing the tables of contents, they might sound similar. But they’re completely different in content and are intended to be a complementary set of tools to have as a Christian parent.
- Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side introduces parents to 40 of the most important faith challenges facing Christian kids today across a broad range of subject areas (God, truth and worldviews, Jesus, the Bible, and Science). Think of it like an “apologetics 101” for Christian parents. You can see a full table of contents here.
- Talking with Your Kids about God explains 30 key subjects specifically about God that kids need to understand in today’s increasingly atheistic world (for example, evidence for his existence, the relationship between science and faith, the nature of God as revealed in the Bible, etc.). You can see a full table of contents here.
- Talking with Your Kids about Jesus now explains 30 key subjects specifically about Jesus that kids need to understand in today’s increasingly skeptical world. The table of contents is below. One thing unique to this book is that, given the nature of the focus on Jesus, there’s a lot of theology AND apologetics (whereas prior books were inherently focused on apologetics). There’s a lot of bad theology out there today when it comes to Jesus, and this book will help you sort through many “progressive” ideas infiltrating the church.
If you haven’t already read both of my prior books, you might be wondering where to start. There’s no need to read any particular book before another. You can read them in any order.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Identity of Jesus
1. Is Jesus a Myth?
2. Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?
3. Is Jesus God?
4. Did Jesus Really Perform Miracles?
5. Did Ancient People Believe in Miracles Because They Were More Gullible?
6. How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?
Part 2: The Teachings of Jesus
7. Did Jesus Teach That He’s the Only Way to God?
8. What Did Jesus Teach about Hell?
9. What Did Jesus Teach about Religion?
10. What Did Jesus Teach about Loving Others?
11. What Did Jesus Teach about Judging Others?
12. How Can We Know What Jesus Would Have Taught on Subjects He Didn’t Address?
Part 3: The Death of Jesus
13. Did Jesus Predict His Violent Death and Resurrection?
14. What’s the Relationship between Old Testament Animal Sacrifices and Jesus’s Death?
15. Did Jesus Die Willingly?
16. What Did Jesus’s Death Accomplish?
17. If Jesus Is God, How Could He Die?
18. Where Was Jesus between His Death and Resurrection?
Part 4: The Resurrection of Jesus
19. Why Does It Matter If Jesus Was Resurrected?
20. What Historical Evidence Is There for Jesus’s Resurrection?
21. Was Jesus’s Tomb Really Empty?
22. Did Jesus’s Disciples Lie about the Resurrection?
23. Were Jesus’s Disciples Mistaken about the Resurrection?
24. Did People Invent the Resurrection Many Years Later?
Part 5: The Difference Jesus Makes
25. What Is a Christian?
26. How Is a Person’s View of the Bible Different as a Christian?
27. How Is a Person’s View of God Different as a Christian?
28. What Does It Mean to Be Saved?
29. What Does It Mean to Trust Jesus?
30. Why Do Christians Want to Share Their Faith with Others?
I hope you’re as excited as I am about Talking with Your Kids about Jesus. If you plan to get it, would you do me a favor and go ahead and preorder it now? I realize it doesn’t come out until March, and it’s not super exciting to pay for something you won’t get for a while, but preorders are important for authors. They signal popularity to retailers, encouraging them to stock more, and the increased rankings at online retailers result in the book being promoted to more people. Also, next month I’ll be posting an announcement about how to apply to be on my launch team (which is going to be a LOT of fun!), and a requirement to apply will be a preorder of the book. So don’t wait:
Get it at Amazon here.
Get it at Barnes & Noble here.
Get it at ChristianBook.com here.
Get it at Books-A-Million here.
Thank you! And if you’re excited, please share with friends!