Unveiling the Cover for Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side!

I’m very excited to unveil the cover today for Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side! I’m also happy to announce it’s now available for pre-order—more on that in a minute.

First, drum roll please…


Keeping Your Kids on God's Side


It’s a weird thing to see the cover of your book for the first time. You might be surprised to know that authors often have no role in the cover’s development. You write the manuscript, send it to your publisher, and a couple of months later the cover arrives in your inbox. So, it is with a mix of excitement and trepidation that you double click the cover file that suddenly comes your way. 

I really didn’t know what I wanted on the cover, but I knew what I didn’t want…a cheesy photo of a smiley, happy family, probably dressed all in white and making it look like “keeping your kids on God’s side” is as easy as frolicking at the beach. In other words, I didn’t want something like our family photo from last summer:


Family Beach Picture


Alternatively, a friend suggested it *might* be as bad as one of those Olan Mills double exposure pictures many of us have from the 70s and 80s, and kindly mocked up this potential preview (I have no idea who that guy is):


Olan Mills Double Exposure


(If you need a break and a good laugh today, Google “Olan Mills double exposure” and look at the images people have posted.)

Seriously, though, I was greatly relieved to see the actual cover. I love that the tone is weighty without being boring or overly academic, and that the imagery suggests a child’s journey…perfectly appropriate for the portrait of Christian parenting that (I hope) the book conveys. I hope you like it too! If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them below.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, the book is also now available for pre-order. It doesn’t come out for a long time (March 1) but since it’s officially available, I thought I should go ahead and let you know. 🙂 If you’re new to the blog and missed previous posts about the book, you can check out the table of contents here.

I just got back from vacation, so that’s all for now. I’ll have a regular new post for you again next week. Thanks for reading!


  1. Doug B on August 20, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    The cover looks great! Congratulations!

    (*Opening Photoshop to do a double exposure of the beach picture*)

  2. Troy Caya on August 20, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Cover is awesome! Just pre-ordered it, can’t wait! (March is so far awaaaaay…)

  3. Zelda on August 20, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Awesome cover. I love your blog.

  4. Rosann on August 20, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    It’s perfect! Congratulations! I can’t wait to grab a copy of it for our family! ☺️

  5. J.W. Wartick on August 20, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Already had it pre-ordered. I am also glad the cover isn’t something awful. There is a real lack of great apologetics book covers. They’ve gotten much better just in the time I’ve been following apologetics, but some of the old ones–particularly from the 80s–are horrid.

    I like this one quite a bit. Excited to see the back cover too!


  6. Andrew on August 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Natasha, I love the family picture. Priceless. But the cover of the book will serve its purpose well. Congrats!

  7. Mark McGee on August 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Congratulations, Natasha! Great cover, great book. Enjoyed your humor as well. : )

  8. Nancy Kuwada on August 20, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Congratulations Natasha, cover looks great. You have so much to offer this world we live in, I knew that the moment we met. I hope your book reaches all who need your wisdom and touches the souls of those who need God in their lives.

  9. Dedra Ludwig on August 20, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    So excited to read your book Natasha. I have appreciated your insight & wisdom so much in regard to training our children about why we believe in the God of the Bible & why we believe the Bible to be true. I pre-ordered your book a few minutes ago & look so forward to receiving it on my doorstep. It will be worth the wait! Congratulations!

  10. Steffani Kerr on August 21, 2015 at 5:59 AM

    I pre-ordered! I’ve been anticipating your book coming and can’t wait to read it!
    I had no idea that author’s didn’t get to have any say in the cover, I’d always thought they were the main ones choosing it. Thanks for working so hard on it & I pray the Lord uses your efforts to help many parents & their children.

  11. Natasha Crain on August 30, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Thank you all SO much for the kind words. They mean a lot! It really does encourage me to know that the blog is helping parents. Thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know! And I’m so glad you like the cover!