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God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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“Talking with our children about their bodies, touches, and secrets is an important step in keeping them as safe as possible. God Made All of Me helps parents start this conversation in a way that is not frightening and that affirms the faith traditions of many families.”
—Victor Vieth, Senior Director & Founder, Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center
“God Made All of Me is a helpful tool for parents who want to talk with their children about the wonders of the human body in the context of safe and healthy relationships. With a positive tone and clear illustrations, God Made All of Me offers helpful words and actions for children to keep their bodies safe, and to see themselves as God’s glorious creations.”
—Amy Julia Becker, author of Small Talk: Learning from My Children about What Matters Most
“Children are bombarded by all kinds of sexual messages, and parents are in the most critical position to provide the first line of defense to protect and guide their children to develop a positive and clear voice about their body and sexuality. God Made All of Meshows you how to establish the foundation for a healthy bond with your children to meet the increasing challenges of sexuality that they will confront in childhood and adolescence. God Made All of Me establishes the dynamics for an ongoing, open exchange for discussing the body and healthy boundaries, imparting invaluable skills for your children to establish a spiritual compass, trust their feelings, and express their thoughts as they develop.”
—John T. Chirban,Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Human Development Program, Hellenic College; clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Hospital; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University; and author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex
“Protecting our children begins with conversations that help them understand how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, many parents simply aren’t equipped to have these often difficult and awkward conversations with their little ones. Tragically, sexual offenders realize this and often target children who have never learned how to protect their bodies. The simplicity of the text and the wonderful illustrations make God Made All of Me the perfect resource for teaching our children this absolutely necessary information. What I love most about this amazing little book is how beautifully it conveys God’s love for little ones by wanting them to be safe. As a former child abuse prosecutor, I have no doubt that God Made All of Me will be a major contribution to making our world a safer place for our precious children.”
—Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director, GRACE; Professor of Law; and former prosecutor
“Justin and Lindsey have written a book to help us protect our children from sexual abuse. In clear and simple language it engages the child in the discussion. Woven throughout is the foundational belief that our children have been purposefully created by God and that every aspect of their being was his idea. I highly recommend God Made All of Me to parents of young children. Love them well by educating them about keeping their bodies safe.”
—Diane Langberg, PhD, Psychologist
“This is a strange and beautiful book. Strange because it’s so unique: exploring God’s creation with a view to helping children protect themselves in an increasingly at-risk culture. Beautiful because it hits its mark: instilling practical wisdom in a way that teaches without terrifying. The combined experience of the authors makes this a terrific resource for parents as well. As a father of four, I highly recommend it.”
—Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“A lively, engaging, and straightforward little book, God Made All of Me is the perfect invitation to start a conversation with children about their bodies, boundaries, and the people in their life that make them feel safe. This book is both God-glorifying and visually stimulating and our homes and churches will be safer and more joyful places because of it.”
—Rachel Held Evans, author of blogger and author of Faith Unraveled and Searching for Sunday
“God Made All of Me is a sweet, compelling, brilliantly sensitive invitation to teach your children the beauty of their body and the honor due to being made in the image of God. It offers simple and clear wisdom little ones can grasp about how to protect themselves from inappropriate or unwanted touch. It is the responsibility of every parent and grandparent to address uncomfortable subjects. This glorious resource is an investment in care, protection, and honor. I am grateful I get to read this to all three of my grandchildren.”
—Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; author of The Wounded Heart and Healing the Wounded Heart
“I wish my family had this book when I was a little girl because if they did I wouldn’t have the sexual abuse story I have today. This is an important, straightforward book.”
—Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse
“As a parent to a young daughter, I’m already thinking through how to parent well in this area. Too many resources, when I was growing up, made us feel shame because of our bodies, or just simply didn’t talk about it. I’m so thankful and completely indebted to Justin and Lindsey for giving us a resource like this.”
—Jefferson Bethke, author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion
“This is a must-read for any parent who wants to help empower their child to be safe from those who hurt little ones.”
—Michael Reagan, President, The Reagan Legacy Foundation
“This book is an absolute gift to parents! Finally, there is a quality book that engages children while providing a way for parents to discuss the difficult topic of sexual abuse. This is a vital tool to help parents raise healthy, brave children.”
—Lindsey Strickland, former child advocate at Sexual Assault Resource Agency, Charlottesville, VA
“It’s sad that we have to educate our children in self-protection; but it is profoundly necessary. The good news is we can rejoice that we are God’s creation and teach our children to live in that sacred dignity. This book is a great help!”
—Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida
“Educating our children about their bodies is one of the most important steps in preventing child abuse. That’s why God Made All of Me is a valuable resource. A simple story with colorful artwork, and theological and practical truth—all packed into one small book. Parents, educators, Sunday school teachers, children’s ministry directors, and many others should pick up a copy today and read it to their young children.”
—Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC); and author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church and The Pastor and Counseling
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We thought the middle - the parts geared for children - were very well done. But with the beginning and ending aimed at adults, it's not something I felt we could just leave around the house. My kids aren't ready for child abuse statistics, and I would venture not many between 2 and 8 are. The message in the center of the book? YES. Helping a child grasp the number of sexual assaults when they can scarcely do math? NO.
This means we have to be purposeful and careful with the content. We have to keep the prying eyes of our 8 year old from seeing things that would cause her to ask questions in front of her 3 year old brother that he certainly couldn't handle. It just makes it awkward and hard to manage, and that's a shame.
I wish there was a totally kid friendly version and an adult workbook. I would pay extra for two items, because this is important.
I also hope Mr. Holcomb will continue to write and share his heart for this issue. May God bless his ministry!
Q"What else did God make?" A"God made all things."
It incorporates scripture. It discusses saying no to unwanted touch that isn't necessarily bad, as well as touch that shouldn't happen. I also like that it talks about the difference between secrets and surprises, that if anyone tells your child to keep a secret that they should always tell mom and dad and that they will not get in trouble for telling mom and dad about things that have made them uncomfortable etc.
My 3 year old asked me to read it 3x in a row and she enjoyed answering the catechism questions like we do at night and listing the parts of her body that God made. Some of it is a little above her head but I think it is great to start early and have both parent and child comfortable with open conversation.