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Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics (Fitzpatrick & Thompson)

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Bethany House Publishers
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The Honest, Loving Answers Children Need to Hear

What should you say when your five-year-old asks about his dying grandma? Or when your seven-year-old wonders if the devil is real? Or when the sixth graders in your Sunday school class are talking about a tragedy they heard about on the news? When it comes to the dark and tragic aspects of our world, it can be hard to know what to say and how much.

Mother/daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson will carefully walk you through difficult conversations, one topic at a time. Speaking from personal experience, informed by child development research, these two moms offer practical insights and age-appropriate guidance.

Talking about tough topics may not be as hard as you think, and, more important, you'll see how these conversations can lead to meaningful discussions of God's unchanging goodness.

Table of Contents:

  1. Parenting Is More Than Room and Board
  2. What Is Sin?
  3. Why Do People Die?
  4. Who Is Satan? What Is Hell?
  5. Why Do People Get Divorced?
  6. Why Does the Bible Say That? Difficult Bible Stories
  7. Why and How Do Some People Sin Sexually?
  8. Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen?
  9. Why Do People Fight and Kill?
  10. The Good News That Should Always Be Shared   



Elyse Fitzpatrick is a nationally sought after speaker and author, speaking at such events as The Gospel Coalition and Nancy Leigh DeMoss's Revive Conference.

Jessica Thompson grew up in Southern California. After graduation from high school, she completed a Bachelor's Degree in Theology and married Cody Thompson. 



“I love this book! I will recommend it again and again. It is street-level theology for children that drips with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Parents, read it, live with it, share it daily with your children, and not only will they learn and grow, you will, too.” - Paul David Tripp, president, Paul Tripp Ministries

“Martin Luther once said he measured his ability as a preacher by his ability to communicate the gospel to the young. This book is filled with such gospel truth, so simply articulated. No one has helped me connect the gospel to parenting more than Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson.” - J. D. Greear, PhD, author of Ready to Launch: Jesus-Centered Parenting in a Child-Centered World and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

“These hard questions aren't random--children wonder about these issues, and they impact our everyday lives. Now talking about these questions doesn't have to be overwhelming for lack of resources. I'm so thankful for Elyse and Jessica's hard work, precision, and focus on Christ in this book.” - Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

“Jessica and Elyse have done it again--offering the good news of the gospel to moms and dads overwhelmed by their inadequacy. This is a scripturally rooted and profoundly wise guide for parents who desire to weave gospel truths into the answers to their kids' toughest questions. I highly recommend this book. It takes the pressure off of parents to have all the perfect answers, reveals the radical nature of God's grace, and weaves the 'scarlet thread of redemption' through every answer.” - Jeannie Cunnion, MSW, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child

“Elyse and Jessica have written a must-have book for parents and those involved with ministry to children. It provides helpful, gracious, wise, and faithful answers to some of the most difficult questions children can ask about the Christian faith. My wife and I use this book with our daughters, and we are thankful for the work that went into it and the heart behind it.” - Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest, seminary professor, and coauthor of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault and Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence