60 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids and Adults

60 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids and Adults

I’ve recently had a lot of people asking for recommendations for Christmas gift ideas, for both kids and adults, so I’ve put together this detailed list of my top picks! They are almost all books, but there are a few other ideas as well. Gift ideas for kids come first (mostly for the under 12 crowd, since that’s where my own kids are), followed by gift ideas for adults. Enjoy!   30 Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Kids   Children’s Bibles and Bible Reading Tools For kids not ready Read More…

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Appearances on Digging for Truth TV Show and Update

Digging for Truth - Natasha Crain

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I just wanted to write a quick personal note today and let you know that I haven’t been able to write much on the blog the last two months because I’ve been working on my next book, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus. If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the next in the series after Talking with Your Kids about God! Yes, Jesus IS God, but Talking with Your Kids about God is focused on the “big picture” questions kids need to understand today about Read More…

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If Kids Don’t Understand Why Miracles Don’t Discredit the Bible, Their Faith Will Be Easily Crushed

If Kids Don’t Understand Why Miracles Don’t Discredit the Bible, Their Faith Will Be Easily Crushed

The light of common sense, thrown on the stories of making snakes out of rods, of the Red Sea dividing itself, of Christ’s making wine from water, curing blind men by rubbing spit in their eyes, walking on water, the story of the flood, God’s making the world in six days, of making a woman from Adam’s rib and all the mythical, miraculous stories of the Bible would cause any sensible man to question the veracity of the whole book, including all the stories of the gods, spirits, angels, devils, Read More…

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10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas

10 Signs the Christian Authors You’re Following are (Subtly) Teaching Unbiblical Ideas

My friend, Alisa Childers, recently wrote a review of the bestselling book, Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. It started a firestorm of online discussion about what makes someone a “Christian” author, what responsibility a self-identified Christian author has in promoting ideas consistent with biblical faith, and what harm there can be for Christians reading books that contain nonbiblical ideas. I personally haven’t read the book, so I’m not going to comment on it specifically. Read More…

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What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week

What I Learned About Faith While Thinking I Had Cancer This Week

A few days ago I felt a rather large, firm lump on my body. My first reaction was, “What on Earth is that?”…followed closely by, “Oh my gosh. This could be it.” Honestly, I started to panic. I know I’m at a higher risk for certain types of cancer and I imagined the worst. My doctor wasn’t able to get me in for five days. I spent that five days consumed by Google research—diagnosing myself, guessing what stage cancer it would be if I had it, and looking at 5-year survival rates Read More…

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Committed Christians Are Now a Minority and Kids Need to Know It

Committed Christians are Now a Minority and Kids Need to Know It

I grew up in a smallish town in Arizona (about 25,000 people at the time). Almost everyone I knew fit into one of four buckets: 1) committed Christians, 2) nominal Christians, 3) those who didn’t call themselves Christians but accepted “Judeo-Christian” values, and 4) Mormons. In my view of the world at the time, believing in God—and being a Christian specifically—was the default for most people. There were certainly a few kids who fell into other buckets (atheist or New Age), but they Read More…

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5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity

5 Terrible Reasons Your Kids May Think They Can Outgrow Christianity

If you’re at all familiar with leading atheist voices in today’s world, you undoubtedly know who Richard Dawkins is. Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and the bestselling author of The God Delusion. As an outspoken atheist, Dawkins rails against religion and is intent on ridding the world of any “childish” notion that God exists. Dawkins recently announced on Twitter that he is working on two books for kids: Outgrowing God (for teens) and Atheism for Children (it appears the final Read More…

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A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian

Having blogged for over six years now, I’ve received hundreds (and hundreds) of comments and emails from skeptics of Christianity. Once in a while, I receive one from a pleasant non-believer who is truly interested in discussing evidence, asking reasonable questions, and engaging in thoughtful discussion. But that’s the exception. Those who contact me typically wield the tool of shaming to make their point—something highly ironic given how much skeptics talk about the importance of evidence. To Read More…

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