Thursday, September 24, 2015
God Made All of Me
“God made every part of you!”
It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies—or particular parts of their bodies—are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.
God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse and are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face. Their simple and relatable story, designed to help children protect their bodies, will be an important resource for every family with young children.
My thoughts: With a young daughter of my own, I've wondered how to go about teaching her about her body and how to protect it. The conversation is a hard one to think about broaching with little ones, but is unfortunately one that needs to be discussed from a young age. This book does a wonderful job of helping parents talk to their young children about their bodies and how God made them special. I like that it does so in a way that very young children can grasp. I think it is good to open up the lines of communication from a young age, so that children grow up knowing that their bodies are made by God and not something for people to abuse.
I am so thankful for this book and think it is a wonderful resource for families and churches.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.