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It's never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body and why God designed it to be exactly the way it is. The Story of Me is the first book in the God's Design for Sex series, written to be read to children ages 3 to 5. With candid, age-appropriate language and realistic illustrations, The Story of Me explains: * God's love and the goodness of all He has made * The nurturing family as God's context for love * Why God wants each baby to have both a mommy and a daddy * The specialness of being made a boy or a girl * Proper names for private body parts Spend a few special moments with your child and The Story of Me, sharing the stories of God's wonderful love and the marvelous body that is His special gift!

About the Author

STAN JONES, PHD, provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College, is a nationally recognized Christian expert on sexuality. He has written books on psychology and Christianity and on homosexuality and has contributed numerous articles to such professional journals as American Psychologist. BRENNA JONES has graduate training in biblical and theological studies and leads an active ministry of discipleship and support for women. Stan and Brenna have three adult children.

JOEL SPECTOR was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to New York City when he was twelve years old. "As a kid, I knew somehow my life would have to involve art," says Joel, who went on to graduate from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. He has worked with advertising agencies, book publishers, magazines, and record companies, and his work has been shown by the Society of Illustrators. He now works in New Milford, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Rev Upd edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600060137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060137
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Dennis VINE VOICE on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Winner of the ECPA Medallion of Excellence Christian Book Award, this is the first of four books in the "God's Design for Sex" series. The authors' intent is to offer age appropriate tools that help parents be proactive teachers and counselors rather than reactive problem solvers. Starting the discussion early prevents having to re-teach errant lessons learned from other sources such as the media, classmates or friends.

This first book shows a boy with his family, a mom, dad and baby sister. He asks to hear his story, the way God made him. Readers listen in as a loving question and answer conversation takes place. The book is packed with information. Here is a basic list of what it teaches. (Quotes come directly from the book.)

* Why are babies born? To be loved by their parents and to grow up and love God.
* Who can have babies? "God wants only married people to have babies...Sometimes a mother knows she will not be able to give everything her baby needs. This mother might let another mommy and daddy adopt her baby."
* How are babies made? God "took a little tiny piece of Daddy's body and a tiny piece oif Mommy's body ... God put you in Mommy's womb, or uterus, inside her body." The text also explains: it takes about nine months; while in the mother's womb, the baby breathes and eats through the umbilical cord. This is why we have belly buttons.
* How do babies get out of their mothers? God made the vagina "so it could stretch just big enough to let you out." But some babies could be in danger if born that way, so their mommies have an operation so they can be born safely.
* Without the cord, how do babies eat? "Mother's bodies take the food we eat and make part of it into milk that comes out of our breasts.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
A little boy asks his father to "Tell me my story again, Daddy," and the rest of the book follows their conversation about how the little boy came to be. The story-within-a-story format prompted my daughter to compare herself and "her story" to the little boy in the book and "his story," and has led to some special, meaningful conversations of our own. An excellent starting point for teaching children about the "facts of life" from a loving, common-sense, Christian point of view. The wording and images are natural, simple, and direct, and turn what could be an awkward topic for some parents into a piece of cake. A lovely and beautifully-illustrated book. Much thanks to the authors.
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224 of 250 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn T. Mcleod on January 15, 2005
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The main concern I have of this book is the way that it portrays childbirth. The reason we purchased this book is because my pregnancy was rousing questions of where babies come from, how they get inside a womb etc from our 5 year old daughter. The author of the book portrays that a normal childbirth is a scary surgery (complete with drawing) and although our daughter knows that sometimes(rarely) women need surgery we did not appreciate a surgical birth drawn and vaguely described as the only birth info. If I had wanted to educate her on c-sections, there are plenty of books out there written by those who have had them - for women, men, and children.

I would actually reccommend a different book for this age group (3-5)on this topic and I would reccommend the 2nd book in this series (before I was born)very highly. The second book in the series, although for children ages 5-8 (our daughter is in between both of these age groups which is why I ordered both books), not only beautifully and tastefully describes sex between a married couple but also describes and illustrates childbirth as something that mothers bodies are made by God to do and does not focus on what could go wrong. (i.e. some babies are born without brain development but when purchasing a book on normal life, one wouldn't expect to see and read about it there).

Luckily for us, the authors fully stand by the content of their books and our money will be refunded since we weren't happy with it. I hope my review is helpful to those discerning the purchase of this book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Martin on June 3, 2008
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My kids are 7 & 10 and I am starting this series with them, beginning with this book. We recently had a baby and this, of course, sparked many questions. They giggled through some of the terminology, but it's important to me that we talk about this within our family so that when they hear "things" from other kids, they'll know the truth and will open up to us about what they've heard. I didn't think that the C-section was too much, as one reviewer mentioned. The author was just covering all of the ways babies arrive. I also did not mind that the book mentions that "Someday when you marry, you won't have to be private with your wife." I explained that the Bible even says that when you marry, your body belongs to that person and that person only! This book is great if you are looking for words to begin conversations about how babies are made, and emphasizes how God made girls and boys different, and both very special.

After this sentence...."Then He took a little tiny piece of Daddy's body and a tiny piece of Mommy's body and made you! That is why you look a little like me and a little like Mommy." My daughter perked up, "Oh! So that's what happened! But I wonder which piece of Daddy God used?"

So on to the next book...
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