Mama Bear Apologetics™: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies

Mama Bear Apologetics™: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies

#RoarLikeAMotherThe problem with lies is they don’t often sound like lies. They seem harmless, and even sound right. So what’s a Mama Bear to do when her kids seem to be absorbing the culture’s lies uncritically?Mama Bear Apologetics™ is the book you’ve been looking for. This mom-to-mom guide will equip you to teach your kids how to form their own biblical beliefs about wh...

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Title:Mama Bear Apologetics™: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies
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  • Laura Langley

    In a world where anything goes and convictions run along the lines of "what's good for you isn't necessarily good for me," Hillary Morgan Ferrer's book, Mama Bear Apologetics, challenges Christian moms to teach their children the unchanging truth of God's Word and His ways. Way to go, Hillary! With a somewhat humorous and light-hearted approach, Ferrer succeeds in making the difficult and intimidating subject of apologetics accessible to all Christian mamas. Reminding mothers that faith needs to

    In a world where anything goes and convictions run along the lines of "what's good for you isn't necessarily good for me," Hillary Morgan Ferrer's book, Mama Bear Apologetics, challenges Christian moms to teach their children the unchanging truth of God's Word and His ways. Way to go, Hillary! With a somewhat humorous and light-hearted approach, Ferrer succeeds in making the difficult and intimidating subject of apologetics accessible to all Christian mamas. Reminding mothers that faith needs to be based on the immovable, absolute truth of christ's life, death, and resurrection, Ferrer challenges mothers to teach their children about apolgetics, varying world views, and what the Bible has to say.

    This book provides a go-to manual for moms who want to teach their children how to defend their faith but aren't quite sure where to start. Ferrer defines various worldviews (naturalism, skepticism, postmodernism, moral relativism, emotionalism, pluralism, new spirituality, Marxism, and feminism) and gives mothers some pointers using her ROAR method of apologetics: R - Recognize the message; O - Offer discernment; A - aruge for a healthier approach; and R - Reinforce through discussion, discipleship, and prayer. Chock full of practical and well-thought-out answers to difficult questions and biblical truth, Ferrer's Mama Bear Apologetics is the perfect handbook for mamas looking to equip their kids to wrestle with difficult issues.

    If you're a mama who knows she needs to prepare her kids by teaching some apologetics but you just don't know where to start, this is the perfect read. Let Ferrer guide you with Mama Bear Apologetics.

    Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exhange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  • Terezia

    What is a Mama Bear? The author defines one like this: ”A Mama Bear is not necessarily a mom. Is any women who recognizes that the children in body of Christ need guidance, role models, and solid answers to the tough questions about faith.” So, any woman that wants to do that is a Mama Bear.

    In a world full of ideas, we have to teach children how to discern between truth and lies. Reading this book you can find out how you can train yourself and your ”cubs” to focus on Christ and His truths. Here

    What is a Mama Bear? The author defines one like this: ”A Mama Bear is not necessarily a mom. Is any women who recognizes that the children in body of Christ need guidance, role models, and solid answers to the tough questions about faith.” So, any woman that wants to do that is a Mama Bear.

    In a world full of ideas, we have to teach children how to discern between truth and lies. Reading this book you can find out how you can train yourself and your ”cubs” to focus on Christ and His truths. Here you can find tools, methods, suggestions that can be used in order to prepare children to think critical when they listen music, when they see a movie, when they read a book, when they hear new ideas in school, discussions or in the media. Only telling them that some music is not good, that some books are bad, does not give them a tool to decide for themselves when they grow what is good and what is bad. When they are able to think critical for themselves, we did a good job.

    ROAR is a easy method explained in the book that helps Mama Bear to teach their cubs how to critically analyze the ideas, beliefs or truth claims they can hear around them. This method is applied in all the chapters that present the cultural lies a child could face. After reading it and seeing it explained for 11 times, you will be able to try it by yourself.

    I am very glad the NetGalley gave me the opportunity to read such a well documented book, that provides so many suggestions, methods and tools to become a very equipped Mama Bear. After reading this book, you will search for other sources that will help you to become a good Christian Apologist. You can start with this one:

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    I am looking forward to reading this book in Romanian again and to recommend it to all my friends that are teachers or Christian moms.

  • Jennifer DeFrates

    If you're a Christian parent, you want to raise your children to know and love the Lord, but there is no one sure-fired 100% way to parent that brings kids to Jesus. But we can make sure to point the way to a faith built on the solid foundation of truth. And Mama Bear Apologetics gives us the tools to build that foundation.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "Blind faith is easy to lose. Faith grounded in evidence is harder to walk away from." - Hillary Morgan Ferrer. So how do we give

    If you're a Christian parent, you want to raise your children to know and love the Lord, but there is no one sure-fired 100% way to parent that brings kids to Jesus. But we can make sure to point the way to a faith built on the solid foundation of truth. And Mama Bear Apologetics gives us the tools to build that foundation.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "Blind faith is easy to lose. Faith grounded in evidence is harder to walk away from." - Hillary Morgan Ferrer. So how do we give our kids that kind of foundation? You could spend years studying apologetics or you can start with this book.

    Mama Bear Apologetics is like a cheat sheet for all the important concepts we need to know as parents to teach our children why we believe that Christianity is more than a good idea, it's the truth. Each of the authors writes with authority, but in a conversational tone that makes you feel like you could be sitting around the playground chatting.

    Each chapter walks you through the way the world twists the truth or subverts Gods' word and offers real ways to clarify our thinking and think critically about the issues. And this book is written by busy moms for busy moms! Mama Bear Apologetics gets to the heart of each issue quickly and gives you easy answers to deal with each type of objection. I really appreciate the end of each chapter walks you through a concrete way to handle each subject. I love learning, but if I don't have a concrete take-away, sometimes what I've read doesn't stick. MBA makes sure you know how to use each concept to solidify not only the faith of your children, but your own, and give you the confidence to share your faith with the people you encounter in your daily life.

    Every chapter is so good, you won't want to put it down. But I really appreciated the chapter on Linguistic Theft. I know that words are being misappropriated, but since reading that chapter, I've started seeing just how many words aren't being used authentically and how that shapes our thought processes.

    The chapters on naturalism, truth, evidence, and relativism are really excellent. I love how the authors take concepts that we've heard so often, we've internalized them without realizing it and show us how flawed they are. Kids are walking away from faith in larger numbers than ever because they don't know how faulty these 'great sound bite' ideas really are. But MBA exposes the flaws in their logic.

    While MBA covers just about every main objection to Christianity and explains many contradictory worldviews, we can teach our kids HOW to think critically using the skills outlined in this book even when confronted with an argument that wasn't specifically covered because they covered how to discern the message and measure it against truth and logic. We don't have to leave our brains at the door to be Christians. In fact, we need to use them now more than ever.

    One chapter that was particularly important as the mother of a young girl is the one on toxic feminism. I want my daughter to see herself correctly as an image bearer of God created in His likeness, loved and cherished deeply. But I don't want her to fall victim to the viciousness passing as the "pro-women movement". MBA helps us see the beauty in being women without feeling like we have to go to war against men. The book dispels the clear contradictory messages in third wave feminism that are actually damaging to women and families. And challenges us as a body of Christ to do better in how we protect women.

    MBA ends with a chapter full of ways to use all this information to make a difference for the next generation.

    I really can't recommend this book enough. The wisdom and knowledge of the various authors is astounding. The years of their experience and educational background is a treasure trove that we get to ravage to contend for the faith of our children. Every Christian should read this book, but especially parents ready to Roar like a Mama Bear for the faith of their children.

    I received a copy for my honest review, but bought one too! I think this book is that important!

  • RebeccaLynn

    Apologetics might seem like something that belongs confined within the halls of theological seminaries and places where religious elite go to wax eloquent. It certainly doesn’t seem to fit the world of saggy diapers, sippy cups, and soccer games.

    Listen up, moms! There is no better place for apologetics than in your strong, capable, God-gifted hands!

    As one Mama Bear Apologetics author writes, “A Mama Bear does whatever it takes, even if that means studying apologetics.” ~Hillary Short

    Here’s why

    Apologetics might seem like something that belongs confined within the halls of theological seminaries and places where religious elite go to wax eloquent. It certainly doesn’t seem to fit the world of saggy diapers, sippy cups, and soccer games.

    Listen up, moms! There is no better place for apologetics than in your strong, capable, God-gifted hands!

    As one Mama Bear Apologetics author writes, “A Mama Bear does whatever it takes, even if that means studying apologetics.” ~Hillary Short

    Here’s why.

    For the first time in American history, the Church is experiencing a “youth exodus.” Gone are the days of religious liberty and tolerance. And while the peace and prosperity we’ve enjoyed in America is a blessing that’s also allowed the gospel to reach beyond our shores, it has also created generations of believers who were never forced to “contend for the faith.” Even worse, it has created a growing number of so-called believers who are increasingly hostile to the Church body itself!

    As another Mama Bear Apologetics author writes, “Most anyone can spot a wolf among sheep. It’s much harder to spot the wolf in sheep’s clothing, and yet that is our command.” ~Hillary Morgan Ferrer

    Mama Bear Apologetics was written by a team of female faith warriors who have a passion for truth, discernment, and making sure we and our kids are equipped with the right information and tools to stand up to cultural lies. With this book, readers will learn how to spot twisted doctrines, half-truths, and cultural lies and then how to R.O.A.R. — Recognize the message, Offer discernment, Argue for a healthier approach, and Reinforce through discussion, discipleship, and prayer.

    We don’t have to engage in fruitless arguments which do little more than stir angry emotions and end communication. That’s not the point of apologetics or the purpose of Christianity.

    I am so thankful for women in apologetics who understand how powerful truth and discernment are in the hands of a woman who’s willing to ROAR!

  • Esther

    This book is providing a critical message for Christians at this time in our culture. Even though it is directed towards moms, I believe it can and should be read by any Christian adult who cares about the younger generation. In addition, it is important for us to understand the current culture and the issues we are facing not just as parents but also as a church looking to connect with and reach those who do not know Jesus. The book addresses multiple issues and lies that our culture is believi

    This book is providing a critical message for Christians at this time in our culture. Even though it is directed towards moms, I believe it can and should be read by any Christian adult who cares about the younger generation. In addition, it is important for us to understand the current culture and the issues we are facing not just as parents but also as a church looking to connect with and reach those who do not know Jesus. The book addresses multiple issues and lies that our culture is believing right now, but it is very readable and not too academic. Highly recommend!

  • Kim Huxley

    I’ll be honest. Raising my kids to love and follow Jesus has felt quite overwhelming lately. The statistics with regard to kids leaving their faith in college are overwhelming and Christianity seems increasingly under attack. However, this book gave me the encouragement I needed to not give up the fight. I found strength in knowing there are other Mama Bears right beside me, who also see apologetics as an essential element in the discipleship of our kids. This book is extremely current on the fa

    I’ll be honest. Raising my kids to love and follow Jesus has felt quite overwhelming lately. The statistics with regard to kids leaving their faith in college are overwhelming and Christianity seems increasingly under attack. However, this book gave me the encouragement I needed to not give up the fight. I found strength in knowing there are other Mama Bears right beside me, who also see apologetics as an essential element in the discipleship of our kids. This book is extremely current on the false ideas that are permeating our culture and more importantly, gives the tools necessary to help you and your kids withstand spiritual attacks, answer tough questions and demolish arguments. After reading this book I am fired up and ready to keep fighting for the hearts and minds of the next generation

  • Moriah Boehm

    I've recently had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." It's written by several brilliant women who care that our next generation is being fed lies without knowing how to "chew and spit" (in the book!). This has quickly become one of my most favorite books to date! It is for moms... but really everyone will benefit from its analysis of the culture's messages that are bombarding us. It's very readable and yet extreme

    I've recently had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." It's written by several brilliant women who care that our next generation is being fed lies without knowing how to "chew and spit" (in the book!). This has quickly become one of my most favorite books to date! It is for moms... but really everyone will benefit from its analysis of the culture's messages that are bombarding us. It's very readable and yet extremely insightful. Take a look at the Table of Contents in the comments! #MamaBearApologetics

    Here are some of my recent favorite quotes:

    "One of Christianity’s dirty little secrets that many inside (and outside) the church don’t know is that Christianity invites skepticism! We want our kids to be skeptical when someone tries to feed them an idea. Out of all the world’s religions, Christianity is the only one that has testable claims and invites rational inquiry. (Other religions consider it blasphemy to question their teachings.)"

    "Colossians 2: 8 commands us to “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy.” This is what a Mama Bear does— not only for herself, but also her cubs."

  • Karen Patrick

    Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies is a welcome resource for moms (or dads) looking to add a very practical, down to earth tool to their toolbox as they equip their children to engage the culture in which they live. The authors approach the field of apologetics in a unique way by encouraging parents to train their children in the “chew and spit” method. The premise is that they should not shrink away in fear from other ideologies, but instead process and swall

    Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies is a welcome resource for moms (or dads) looking to add a very practical, down to earth tool to their toolbox as they equip their children to engage the culture in which they live. The authors approach the field of apologetics in a unique way by encouraging parents to train their children in the “chew and spit” method. The premise is that they should not shrink away in fear from other ideologies, but instead process and swallow the good while spitting out anything that is unhealthy to digest. Hillary Morgan Ferrer and her team of Mama Bears contend that we cannot insulate our children from the culture, but we can teach them to stand up against the “isms” they will inevitably encounter: self-helpism, naturalism, skepticism, post-modernism, moral relativism, emotionalism, pluralism, new spirituality, Marxism, feminism, and progressive Christianity.

    The first section of the book is a call to action, describing why parents need to be vigilant in arming their children to face cultural lies. The second section describes each of the “isms” and provides very practical steps parents can take using the ROAR acronym: recognize the message, offer discernment, argue for a healthier approach, and reinforce through discussion, discipleship, and prayer. Each chapter ends with prayer and discussion questions, making it ideal for use in a discussion group with fellow mama (or papa) bears. The authors write in a conversational style, and because this book is a collaboration among several Mama Bears, each chapter has a unique voice and keeps the reader engaged in the material. While many books on this subject assume familiarity with apologetics, Mama Bear Apologetics is absolutely written for the reader who is just beginning to delve into this field. Those who have never read an apologetics book will not feel overwhelmed by the material.

    A refreshing thread that runs throughout the entire book is the idea that we should demolish arguments, and not people. The authors approach apologetics compassionately with the dual goals of protecting our children by combating false ideologies, while not abandoning the Christian’s ultimate purpose of shining the light of the gospel in a dark world. I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in equipping the next generation to intelligently and respectfully engage the culture rather than retreating from it.

  • Angela Payne

    This book wasn’t exactly what I expected. I think I was geared up for an easier read and didn’t expect to go so deeply into apologetics. In saying that, however, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I learned. It was so enlightening, educational and the practical ways mentioned to help our children deal with all of the “isms” of our culture made it so applicable to where I am as a mom raising my children.

  • Norman

    I'd call Mama Bear Apologetics an Apologetics book for Mums or Mamas (I'm in Scotland and use Mum rather than Mama - a minor transatlantic variation!) who realise the false and dangerous views their kids are exposed to in their educational lives and want/need to be able to analyse and expose flawed thinking and help their kids develop a mindset that will root out the flawed logic and reinforce the healthy logic in the Bible.

    The book is written by women Apologists and gives the impression (to me

    I'd call Mama Bear Apologetics an Apologetics book for Mums or Mamas (I'm in Scotland and use Mum rather than Mama - a minor transatlantic variation!) who realise the false and dangerous views their kids are exposed to in their educational lives and want/need to be able to analyse and expose flawed thinking and help their kids develop a mindset that will root out the flawed logic and reinforce the healthy logic in the Bible.

    The book is written by women Apologists and gives the impression (to me anyway) of being mainly for a female audience but I think any parental figure will benefit from this (I'm a man and have benefited greatly). It's also great to see, in an Apologetics field which is often seen as being male dominated, female Apologists producing heavyweight yet highly readable material. It's actually a breath of fresh air. Hillary Morgan Ferrer's name is on the cover as General Editor and there are contributions from others including Rebekah Valerius, Hillary Short, Teasi Cannon, Cathryn Buse, Alisa Childers and Julie Loos.

    The only slight issue I have is that there are some turns of phrase which I assume are 'Americanisms' which at first can be a little strange to the non American ear but then the book is written from within an American cultural setting so not really surprising. It's easy enough to look past this. All in all an excellent contribution to the Apologetics books available today. The style is a cross between an informal lecture room setting and a relaxed coffee morning and while it certainly has academic elements you won't feel bogged down in heavy duty academic quicksand! There are helpful notes at the end of the book for each chapter so you can continue further reading yourself and the Mama Bear Apologetics website has a host of further resources. I find one of the big problems in counteracting modern day heresy in education is that many parental figures simply don't have the knowledge or confidence to help their kids. This book goes a long way to addressing this. Recommended.

    Review via Harvest House Publishers/NetGalley ARC.

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