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Before I Was Born (God's Design for Sex) Paperback – February 28, 2007
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About the Author
SANDRA SPEIDEL has illustrated ten books for children, including Coconut Kind of Day and Evan's Corner. She is a graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and taught there for six years. Her illustrations have won awards from the San Francisco Society of Illustrators and the New York Society of Illustrators.
Top Customer Reviews
I would like to address a few issues that I have seen brought up in other comments. It has been mentioned that the ages on the book are not appropriate, but I would have to disagree. One mistake I feel that Christians have often made in response to societies obsession with sex, is that we have tried to hide it in a closet and keep it secret as long as possible because society has made it dirty. In reality sex is a gift from God for marriage, and it is not dirty or disgusting or inappropriate at all when done in the way God has given it to us. I think it is important that children be taught this distinction. There are many stories of Christians who had sexual issues as they matured and married, because they had been made to feel that sex itself was bad. Sex is not bad, it is good, and it is from God. We as Christians have a responsibility to follow God's design for sex.Read more ›
Before I Was Born
Carolyn Nystrom's Before I Was Born, first published in 1983 and now fully updated, is designed to teach sexual education to children ages 5 to 8. Winner of a Christian Book Award, the volume endeavors to help parents teach children about Godly sex.
The book begins by speaking to parents:
"Many forces will push your children to make bad choices about sex. From their earliest years, children are bombarded by destructive, false messages about the nature of sexual intimacy. These messages come through music, television, the Internet, discussions with their friends, school sex-education programs, and so forth...We believe God means for Christian parents to be the primary sex educators of the children. First messages are the most powerful; why wait until your child hears the wrong thing and then try to correct the misunderstanding?"
Next, the author stresses that each and every one of us was made by God. The Lord knew everything about us before we were born - even our names. After he made the earth and called it good, he made a man and woman and "He said, 'I made their bodies wonderful.'"
Boys, we learn, have a penis and scrotum; the penis sometimes gets hard for a few minutes "but most of the time it stays soft and close to the body." Girls have a vagina, which is a special place where a baby can grow. God made boys this way, so that one day when they grow up and get married, they can make a baby. Eventually, all little boys and girls grow up. Men get hairier and their bodies produce semen. Even though the semen is "too small to see...someday he can use these to help make a baby." Women have breasts and once a month their "womb gets thick and soft. Then a tiny egg no bigger than a dot passes through it.Read more ›
By the time we purchased this book, our daughter was 6 and our son 7, which we felt was the perfect age for it. Six is probably the youngest you'd want to read it to. Be warned, this book is very blunt, has much more information than I had thought, but it actually reminded our kids of questions they'd had, but just hadn't voiced to us yet. The book briefly describes what sex is in an informative way, the way a mother gives birth, and all the parts of a child's body of both sexes. Our kids really just asked questions about parts of each of their bodies that just piqued their curiosity, not much about anything else. Kids at this age are usually innocent and just want information, since their minds just absorb facts like a sponge. We only read the book once every few months, just as a refresher, and answer any other questions that they've thought of since the last time.
Some parents might find the book having too much information, but if your child goes to public school or even has cousins or friends that do, I can promise you that your kids will learn much faster than you can imagine or anticipate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not a bad series but seems to be too much info too young. my kids are not interested until way past the age they suggest.Published 17 days ago by freepeacelove
Read this to my 10 year old. It was appropriate and comfortable and one can be in that moment.Published 1 month ago by motherof2
This was a great introduction to a delicate subject. However, I do agree that certain parts seemed a bit strange and I skipped those. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. McC
Just the right amount of information and age appropriate for the ages recommended.Published 3 months ago by Homeschool Mom
Helpful book to begin introducing the concepts of healthy sexuality to your children. Not overly graphic, but clear and simple. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ovdk
NOT for the ages recommended. We will use with our kids when they are 7-10ish, instead of the recommended 5-8.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book for a 1st discussion of sex with my child. The author explains everything very concisely.Published 5 months ago by Mimi