It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies—or particular parts of their bodies—are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.
God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written byRid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse and are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face. Their simple and relatable story, designed to help children protect their bodies, will be an important resource for every family with young children.
You can find more information about child abuse stats and the book, here.
About The Authors:
Justin Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of "On the Grace of God," "Know the Heretics," and "Know the Creeds and Councils," as well as the coauthor of "Is It My Fault?" and "Rid of My Disgrace." He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). |*|*| Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of "Is It My Fault?" and "Rid of My Disgrace."
Sexual abuse and predatory behaviors are not a topic that I would want to have with my children. However, due to the sinful world we live in, it is sadly a fact that discussions about these topics must happen. Over the years there have been so many resources for parents to study the signs of abuse and how to prevent it but I have rarely seen a book designed specifically for children. That is until now.
Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have come together and created a great resource for all parents. While the book does contain a lot of statistics and information about sexual abuse for adults, it also does a great job of meeting children at their developmental levels. I loved how the authors teach the difference between a "secret" and a "surprise" and how some parts of our bodies are for sharing and some are not. These are basic concepts but so incredibly important. It also teaches the proper names for body parts, which is also incredibly important for children to know. The most important point of this book though is that it teaches children that they are in charge of their bodies, and no one can take control over them.
The illustrations are brightly colored and engaged my children (ages 7 and 9) from the start and allowed me to have some great conversations with them.
This book will be a great resource for all parents, and children's ministry staff a like! It is a tool to use throughout the early years, and not one to just read once but to draw to whenever questions may arise.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs!
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***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***