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About the Author

Larry Christenson is an ordained Lutheran minister, bestselling author, and popular speaker. He and his wife travel extensively, speaking at conferences, in colleges and seminaries, and in congregations. They make their home in Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bethany Backyard
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764223410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764223419
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! We have so many books in our home that I hadn't even realized how great this book is. My mom had gotten it and I had totally forgotten about it until my 6 year old grabbed it for a car trip. There's a special section at the end talking about adoption and about how Jesus was adopted by Joseph.It discusses the virgin birth very well which, let's face it,can be a little tricky for any parent. The 2 different texts-large print for ages 3-8 and the smaller print for 9-14-is a great idea.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
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When I was a kid my parents bought a few books about the birds/bees that were rather graphic (in my opinion) and left me thinking that in order for a child to be conceived the couple had to be "in love". So when I went shopping for a book to read to my children I read each one with a rather critical eye for the *whole* truth about how babies are conceived. This book covers conception and more in a way that is honest but also age appropriate. My 8 year old daughter has asked some interesting moral questions (related to sex) and this book answers them in a way that I feel is sensitive as well as Biblically sound.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By jwm619 on January 26, 2014
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I've got to say that I agree with the other 1 star review in saying this book has grand potential to be a stumbling block for children. I remember reading it when I was young (old enough to read the small print), and due to the pictures of naked couples I felt a sense of shame because I wanted to look at those pictures more than the others in the book. I know as an adult that the shame I felt was due to the intimate nature of those illustrations. I certainly felt like I was sneaking a peek at something that wasn't intended for anyone else's eyes (not even grown ups)! I think showing couples together with their clothes on, enjoying each other in everyday scenes that children are familiar with, and leaving the explanation in words rather than specific pictures, would have given me the necessary information while leaving enough to wonder about and discuss with my parents. As it was, I felt embarrassed to ask my parents any questions about the information because I was so embarrassed by the naked grown ups in the pictures!
As a parent of three children, I have looked for a book to give information that is age appropriate, while not feeding the desire to keep looking at something children know they shouldn't be seeing. I have found the series "God's Design For Sex" to be excellent! We've only used the first 2 out of 4 books and are considering moving onto the third since our son is within the recommended age range now. The first two books we have used do an excellent job of giving information that is accurate without intimate pictures that leave children feeling like they shouldn't be looking.
Another reviewer called this book "soft porn", and unfortunately I'd have to agree. Just because the couples in the illustrations are married (or drawn and not photographed) doesn't make it ok for children to be able to see what is going on in this intimate act (even if the "private" parts are covered).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bea florez on March 17, 2006
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Nicely laid out. I was having trouble getting thru "the talk" with my kids this made it a little easier. Good explanations. I was still a little embarrassed to read it.Presents the act of love making as a gift from God that should be shared within the boundaries of marriage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on January 20, 2010
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Astonishingly, given the obsession our culture has for sex, many books on the topic (both Christian and secular) somehow make it boring and uncomfortable. This book, beautifully written and pleasingly illustrated, is neither. The author does a very nice job placing sex within a larger context by describing how God created the universe and the world, and how He allows living beings to participate in that creative work through procreation. The institution of marriage is described as the appropriate place for sex, and the mechanics of sex and procreation are described accurately and respectfully. Wonderfully, at the end of the book the author notes that babies also come into families through adoption, and that Jesus Himself was adopted by Joseph and subsequently listed in Joseph's family tree.

The book is targeted for readers between the ages of 3 and 14, and strikes a balance between too much and too little information by giving simple lyrical text in large print for young listeners, and additional details in small text to be read by older children. Unlike many other books on this topic, the illustrations are quite modest, with one image of partial nudity (Adam and Eve seen from behind, viewed from the waist up) and one image of a married couple embracing beneath a modestly-draped blanket.

There is absolutely no substitute for an ongoing conversation between loving parents and children about sex and marriage. This book makes a very nice supplement (and possibly a jump-start) to that conversation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2010
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This book is AMAZING!

I read it to my then 8 year old daughter who'd been asking questions about babies. The author explains sexuality in the context of how it fits in with how God made the world and the order of things. He also writes in two different levels: the big, bold writing that you can read aloud to younger children; and smaller, more detailed writing for the more mature child. So the parent can control how much information their child gets and the right age.

The author takes the topic from how God made the world, through how each living thing also has the ability to make its own kind, including humans, to covering sex within marriage only, to adoption and how even Jesus was adopted by Joseph. It beautifully explains the subject in a way that teaches that sex is not just sex, it's a part of a bigger picture.

This book helped me explain the topic in a way that I NEVER would have been able to on my own.

I hope you buy this book and benefit from it like we did.
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