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What's the Big Deal?: Why God Cares About Sex (God's Design for Sex) Paperback – February 16, 2007

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You know what sex is. You've heard other kids talking about it, and maybe you've heard it talked about on TV. But TV doesn't tell you everything, and you probably still have some questions. That's great because What's the Big Deal? was written to help kids like you, ages 8 to 11, find the answers you need. This book explains the basic facts about sex and related issues such as: * Why God made adults so that they want to have sex * Why God designed sex to be shared only within marriage * What God actually says in the Bible about sex * The amazing changes ahead of you during puberty * How to respond when you feel sexual pressure from friends, TV shows, movies, and magazines Your parents will read this book with you or discuss it with you as you read it on your own. They'll answer any leftover questions you might have and help you understand what a beautiful and exciting gift from God your sexuality is meant to be.

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: God's Design for Sex (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Revised ed. edition (March 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600060161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060168
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently purchased this book to go through with my 10 year old son. I have been so pleased with the dialoge provided in the book! It asks the questions kids really have and helps us parents give answers based on scripture! This book is a wonderful tool for using with your children as you talk frankly about sex and the consequences of going against what the bible teaches. I have already recommended this book to family members with children 8 to 11.
Even though my son is 10 years old now I have decided to go back and purchase the two previous books to this one to go through with him. They certainly couldn't hurt!!!!
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If you're nervous about telling your child the "facts of life", this book will save you. It goes over all the stuff you might forget and like the book, I highly recommend reading it out loud with your child. Note: it has "parents" parts and "kids" parts broken down like a script/question-answer style; but it's not cheesie.
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There are two books prior to "What's the Big Deal" and we have used these wonderfully illustrated books with all three of our children. We followed the age suggestion and found that the subject matter was presented in a very natural and positive way. The main reason these books are such a blessing is that we need to tell our precious and innocent children the truth so that they are prepared mentally and emotionally when the "lies" inevitably come their way. Don't wait! Your child needs this healthy information.
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I think the information in this whole series of books is wonderful! However, I think the age ranges are a bit off. I don't think a 5-8 year old needs to know the details of sex. I just shared the 2nd book in the series with my 10 year old because she started talking about the word "sex", not knowing what it was. There are some topics in the 3rd book that I didn't feel she was ready for yet, so I will wait a few months. I will certainly give her all that information before she enters middle school. However, I want her to absorb the Godly intention for sex before she has to begin absorbing the ways in which the world has distorted it. That is truly my only suggestion - wait till the kids are a bit older than the book suggests.
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I must say I was disappointed in this book. We had read the earlier two books to our children and had found them very useful and appropriate. This book, on the other hand, missed the mark.

One example would be where the boy and the father are discussing why it is wrong for a boy to have pictures of naked or half-naked women plastered around his room. The answer given is right out of the liberal/secular playbook: objectification. This answer is not only illogical, it is not Biblical. Ironically the answer to this question can be given with a direct quote from no lesser personality than Christ himself. "If a man look at a woman to lust after her," Christ tells us, "He has committed adultery in his heart."

So the father should not only have quoted Christ but have explained to his son that, as we as a church are to preserve ourselves chaste virgins for Christ, so those women should be preserving themselves for their own husbands, and his son for his own wife.

Time and time again the book raises important questions only to answer them with a secular/liberal answer instead of a Christian one. 'Unwanted pregnancies' are spoken of instead of fornication, as if the real problem was that the woman might get pregnant, not that she was prostituting her body in a relationship with a man not her husband. Most blasphemously of all the subject of abortion is addressed as if it were just a 'difficult decision' instead of an act of murder.

Other reviewers have addressed the age issue and I believe they have dramatically missed the mark. Sex education, especially if addressed in a Christian and frank manner, using the medically correct terms, is best started very early.
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This is book 3 of the God's Design for Sex series. I purchased the series when my daughters were 8 years old. My girls have been quite sheltered from TV and videos their entire life and attend a Christian school. We started at age 8 with Book 1 soon followed by book 2 and then left things there for quite a while. At 11 we read through all of Book 3. At 13, (now) they have read parts of book 4 and reviewed the table of contents. They are driving the discussions much more now and we're going on their timeline. That said, my 8 year old niece has hundreds of channels coming into her home, chats online through KOL (kids online), and has been exposed to MUCH more than my daughters. She was askingin depth questions and finished book 3 this summer with her mom. The age appropriateness all depends on the child and what they are ready for or need.
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My husband and I read the book all the way through first, and we've decided to get the first two in the series before we share with our 8 year old. She's very intuitive, and has already been exposed to some inapproriate talk from school friends, but this book is a bit too much to start with. I did just start reading the American Girl, Care and Keeping of You, with her and she is excited about learning how her body is changing. We definitely want her to learn about sex from us, and with a God perspective, but we will definitely get the earlier books first.
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