God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
by Justin S. Holcomb (Author), Lindsey A. Holcomb (Author)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: New Growth Press; First edition (September 8, 2015)
God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (New Growth Press, September 2015)”God made every part of you!”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 by Rid 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.
In this book the front and end contain information for parents while the middle is a children’s book. This is a very important book there is no doubt about it. I do think that it should be a parent tool to help know how to discuss the issue with your kids. Since the target age range of the book is somewhat wide (ages 2 to 8) I feel it is great for parents to read and discuss with their kids in words appropriate for whatever age your child is. I would not want to leave the book laying around for an child who is learning to read because while it is so beneficial for parents to know statistics it might scare a child.
There is great information in the back and front of the book for adults so even if you choose to read the middle part as a family who just read it on your own and talk about the issue in your own words it is a wonderful tool to help you know what to say.
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.