Exciting Announcement: I Got a Book Deal!

Book Announcement: Keeping Your Kids on God's Side

(This is the original announcement for my book from 2014. If you’re coming upon this post now, please visit the official book page for Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith. The book comes out March 1, 2016!)

I have a big, exciting announcement to share with you today…

I got a book deal!

A few months ago, a wonderful senior editor at Harvest House Publishers came across my blog and contacted me to see if I would be interested in meeting to discuss book possibilities. (As a blogger who was indeed interested in writing books eventually, that was a moment that almost made me fall off my chair!)

He understood the need Christian parents have for equipping their kids to make a case for and defend their faith and was interested in seeing how I might develop an apologetics book specifically to help parents do so. He recognized that while there are many apologetics books available, there are very few resources specifically designed for the needs of parents – to help them prioritize the challenges that are most important to discuss with their kids (who has time to learn everything?), to help them learn how to answer those challenges in an easy-to-understand way (no fancy lingo!), and to give them practical guidance for having these critically important conversations with their kids.

Over the last few months, we worked on a few different book proposals that would meet this important need. After working through several iterations, I am thrilled to tell you that the Harvest House publishing committee has given the green light for my first book! It is scheduled to be released in January 2016.

The working title (still subject to change) is:

Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side

40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’re probably familiar with my post 65 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Parent Needs to Learn to Answer (it was especially popular and I’ve referenced it often in other posts). My book is based on that concept. I’ve taken 40 of these pressing questions and will be answering them in about 6 pages each (yes, that will be tough!). There will be 5 sections: God, Truth, Jesus, the Bible, and Science.

I pray this will be a resource that is useful to many:

  • Parents with younger kids who want to deepen their own faith and start equipping their kids when they are young (I’ll give plenty of examples of teaching younger kids age-appropriate apologetics!)
  • Parents with older kids who want to proactively prepare them for likely faith challenges in their near future
  • Parents with older kids who are already asking big questions and need answers ASAP
  • Homeschooling parents who want to work apologetics into their curriculum but aren’t sure where to start
  • Grandparents who are involved in the spiritual development of their grandchildren
  • Youth ministers/ministries who want to equip the parents of the youth they serve (or who need an introduction to apologetics themselves!)
  • Churches that want to introduce apologetics to their parents through small group, Sunday school or other studies

Due to the nature of this book, I will no longer be answering the specific questions from my original 65 Questions post here on the blog as I had initially planned (that’s why you haven’t seen those post answers lately). But I will continue to blog about the numerous other aspects of intentional Christian parenting that you usually find here.

I’ll also be posting updates as I write the book and asking for your stories, questions and challenges as I go. This is a book for YOU, and I’m so excited to have you come along with me in the next few months as I write it! I want you to be an integral part of the process.

With that in mind, I’d like to throw out an initial question for your feedback: If this book is of interest to you, why? And how would you use it? Please share your thoughts with me through my contact form (or comment below if you feel comfortable). This will help me make sure reader needs are met.

Thank you for sharing in my excitement today!

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45 Comments

  1. Valda Douglas on August 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    This is wonderful! I only know of the series put out by WLC, and there is definitely a need for this. My own kids are grown, and I have grandchildren…and I could definitely see a market for this material for grandparents who want to influence their grandchildren for the Lord. I also am involved in the secular school system, and sometimes have to find a way to explain arguments for students in an age-appropriate way, so this material would be a real help. I am waiting with great anticipation…. 🙂



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Thank you so much for your comment, Valda, and for sharing how this can help! I really appreciate that feedback and pray it will you and others in exactly that way.



  2. Stuart French on August 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Firstly, a huge congrats. I hope your book not only blesses the kids but through a parenting interest many parents come across apologetics for the first time too.

    I am trying to get my nine year old past the ‘boring bible stuff’ phase, so I would be looking for stories that can help her engage.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Thanks so much, Stuart! I really appreciate that, and the feedback on what can help you (getting past “boring Bible stuff”). 🙂 Thanks very much for sharing!



  3. Chris Bell on August 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Our church is always looking for Christian parenting series to teach. It would be great if there was a study guide, wrap up questions, or action points that we could use to turn the book into a parenting class.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Awesome – thanks for letting me know that, Chris! I absolutely want to do that and am considering the best way to incorporate questions for discussions. Thank you for commenting!



  4. Laurel on August 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Rejoicing with you on this wonderful news, and praying with you that the Lord will answer every one of your prayers regarding this book, to His glory!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Thank you so much, Laurel, for your kind words and support! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!



  5. Agnieszka on August 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Congratulations! With four kids I could use any help I can get my hands on. With my teenage daugther walking away from God just this past May, she has many, MANY questions I find are getting harder to answer. I pray with this book, I can help her see things at a different angle. Thank you



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Agnieszka, I am so sorry to hear that about your daughter! I pray my book will help parents in exactly that situation. In the meantime, if you want to email me about any particular questions she is raising, I would be happy to help point you to some resources.



  6. Martha Orlando on August 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Absolutely thrilled for you!!! I know you will write an excellent book for Christian parents, and I will be sure to order one for my daughter and son-in-law who are raising two little girls. 🙂
    Hope you will visit my books at http://www.gladetrilogy.wix.com/theglade. These are Christian-based novels that I’m sure your children would enjoy.
    Love and blessings!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Thank you so much, Martha! I hugely appreciate that! And thank you for sharing the link to your books – what is the target age range?



      • Martha Orlando on September 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Hi, Natasha!
        My original target range for the books was the middle-school group. However, I’ve had extremely positive feedback from adults who’ve read it, and from parents/grandparents who have read it to children ages 7-9. I think these have an across-the-spectrum appeal. Hope you will read them soon and let me know your take. 🙂
        Love and blessings!



  7. Kim on August 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I have a teen in Classical Conversations’ Challenge program. They study logic, science, debate & many other subjects from a Christian worldview, while also introducing faulty concepts & beliefs commonly held in the world. I would love to be able to continue those conversations with him at home to better prepare him for attacks that may come on his faith. I also have twin 5th graders & would love to begin teaching them why we believe what we believe.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Hi Kim, Thanks so much for sharing how my book might help you! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. It sounds like your teen is in a great program!



  8. Jen Harwood on August 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    This is great news Natasha – congrats!! So glad that its happened to you. I’d be happy to act as a sounding board on your ideas if you ever need one!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Thanks so much, Jen! I really appreciate that. And I will definitely take you up on being a sounding board! You have such awesome ideas!



  9. Chad R. Allen on August 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    So thrilled for you, Natasha. Celebrating!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Thank you so much, Chad!



  10. Dianne on August 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Congratulations to you … and God bless this venture! May it bring much fruit for His Kingdom!! :o)



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Thank you so much, Dianne!



  11. Hope on August 29, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    very excited about this! For my own growth as a Christian, as part of the larger Christian family, as a mother, grandmother and one who loves to visit with/converse with children of all ages. God is moving and working through so many people and in so many ways! very excited for you!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Thank you so much, Hope! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on how this might help you!



  12. christi wyrrick on August 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    So glad to hear this! My daughter started 4th grade this week and came home from school on the 2nd day asking me, “What would you say to someone who asks you ‘Who created God? How did He get here?'” After rattling off something about God being from eternity past she said, “How would you explain that to a kid?” Upon further probing it turns out that it came up in a conversation with a 9 yr. old boy in her class. She asked me if I had a verse from the Bible she could share with him and if she could bring a Bible to school the next day. We need to equip our kids and I, for one, need help!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Christi, That is such a great example of why even elementary age kids need to be equipped for their faith now! Thank you so much for sharing that story and how this might help you. I really appreciate it!



  13. Heather on August 30, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Congrats, Natasha! May God bless you and protect you while you work on this project. What a wonderful opportunity.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Thank you so much, Heather! I really appreciate your kindness and support. It means a lot.



  14. J.W. Wartick on August 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Hello,

    I’m very excited for you and also for the book because I keep hearing about how others want a book like that but didn’t feel equipped to write an age-appropriate one myself.

    In a book like this, my primary desire would be to have, as you said, a number of age-appropriate ways to introduce apologetics to younger children. I have an MA in Christian Apologetics and I know from experience I am able to communicate that with adults, but I have trouble knowing how to engage with children. So my main desire for this book would be to have tips and pointers and examples about how we may engage with different age groups from early childhood to adolescence.

    Congrats again!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Hi J.W. – Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how this could help you! That’s a really interesting perspective – even when adults learn apologetics, it can be hard to know how and what to communicate to kids. Very true. Thanks so much for sharing!



  15. Ernest Rosenberg on August 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    How lucky will be those parents who receive your book. Even in this sharing of it, you’re personal sense of urgency and service was so clear.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Thank you so much, Ernest! I really appreciate those kind words!



  16. Rosann on September 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    So, so thrilled for you, and I can’t wait to read your book!! 🙂



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Thanks so much for ALL your support Rosann, and for mentioning the book in your post this week! I’ve been buried under back to school stuff and keep meaning to get over there and thank you. Still will, but thanking you here first. 🙂



  17. ZeeMommy on September 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Two reasons for interest – for teaching my own kids and for teaching others at church. Growing up in a Christian household I encountered a lot of “reasons to believe” but little on how to deal with the claims, contradictions, and issues from those who don’t believe. I also plan on teaching my kids logic at a later stage, so they can recognize bad/illogical arguments wherever source they might come from.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Hi ZeeMommy – Thank you so much for taking the time to share how this book might help you! I really appreciate hearing your perspective! As a side note, I featured a great book in the new blog post I published today that is designed to help parents teach kids about bad arguments (as you mentioned wanting to do). It’s called The Fallacy Detective – you might want to check it out!



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  19. ChristianVictorianLiterature on September 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    That is awesome news and I will definitely look out for this book when it comes out. I like that it is structured into “40 conversations,” which would make it practical to put into use at dinner or bedtime.



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing how the book could help! I love the perspective of using it at dinner or bedtime!



  20. Liv on September 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Congratulations! I know your book will be a blessing to those who read it, just as your blog has been to me. My husband I currently do not have children, but I stumbled across your blog in an effort to educate myself on this subject before having children. We plan on homeschooling when the time comes and I am thrilled to hear about the book, as I plan on incorporating apologetics into their curriculum. Thanks for all you do!



    • Natasha Crain on September 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Thanks so much for your comment, Liv! I really appreciate it. And it’s so cool that you are planning ahead for when you do have kids. I love that. 🙂 Your future kids are already lucky to have you as parents!



  21. Scott on September 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Terrific and congratulations. People need help parenting all the time. It would be great if you could encourage more children to do good for others in the community – there are so many people who need help – and to do it because it feels good. Not for recognition. From helping an elderly person carry in the groceries, to volunteering at a food bank, or making a donation of money.



  22. Santana on September 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I am so excited about your first book! I am a soon to be parent and I have been reading your blog for awhile trying to get an early start. I think this book will be a wonderful resource



  23. Amanda McKinley on December 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I have two littles under 5 and I would love to be preparing myself now while working apologetics into the secular teaching they Will be receiving at school.



  24. Collin McMullen on January 9, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    I just stumbled upon your post via your Facebook page today, and let me say I am very excited about this book. The most important thing I can do is point my kids to Christ, and as a children’s ministry director I have the privilege of helping do the same with their friends. Thanks for taking the time to do this !



  25. Nilsa Hagen on March 7, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Natasha, thank you so much for the work you have done on the website and now your book. This is so needed at this time and I am convinced that as believers in Jesus, there are more people that are looking for resources to defend their faith. I am looking for resource material for teaching 3-5 graders at my church so I will be buying your book when it is out. Thanks again, Nilsa