As I write this article, our Tuesday evening women’s group has just read and had lively discussions about four chapters of Natasha Crain’s latest book, Faithfully Different. Crain, a mother of three, is probably best known for her books which help parents talk to their children about God and Jesus. In response to the civil unrest in 2020, she published an article on her website (natashacrain.com) entitled “5 Ways Christians are Getting Swept into a Secular Worldview in this Cultural Moment.” It resonated deeply with her readers and led to the writing of Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture.
When a good friend seemed to be taking a progressive turn both socially and theologically, my interest in and attention to our worldview was piqued—especially as I recognized how inadequate and ill-prepared I felt in trying to respond to her comments. I began reading books like Tactics by Greg Koukl, Another Gospel by Alisa Childers, and Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Ferrer. In addition, I now listen regularly to several podcasts that help believers look at and understand our culture through the lens of Scripture rather than the prevailing winds of secularism. These podcasts include the Colson Center’s Breakpoint (which identifies itself as “a daily dose of sanity—applying a Christian worldview to culture, politics, movies, and more”), The Alisa Childers’ Podcast, Stand to Reason, Unbelievable, Cross-Examined, The World and Everything in It, as well as our own Life Academy episodes.
On one of these podcasts, I first heard Natasha Crain interviewed about Faithfully Different. After reading a few chapters, I realized I didn’t want to simply read it by myself; I wanted to be able to talk about the ideas with others, think more deeply about the content, and determine how best to apply it to my own life. Thus, I suggested this book as a focused study for our Tuesday evening Working Women’s Fellowship. My hope is to discern the lies and false reasoning behind the popular ideas posited by our culture and how to counter them graciously. Most of all, I want to understand better what it looks like to live all aspects of my life according to God’s Word without becoming defensive, belligerent, or self-righteous. If you find this topic intriguing or have similar concerns, this book is available in our BookCenter.
by Jeanne Pratt