God Made All Of Me is a book of necessity in my opinion. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb do a fantastic job of approaching a delicate topic in a child appropriate manner. Well written with lovely illustrations, "God Made ALL Of Me" approaches "private parts" in a loving, gentle, and child appropriate manner that is not at all awkward. At 32 pages and 8.5x8.5, the book is not large at all, it's about the size of a regular picture story book.
About the Book:
"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."
About the Authors:
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.
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 ofOn 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).
How we used it and what we think:
When I got the book in the mail, I thought maybe the illustrations would be too "babyish" for my 10 year old. Of course we have talked about "private parts" and inappropriate touch, but I don't think you can have that discussion too much in today's world. I gave the book to him and asked him to read it and write down any questions he had as he went. Then we sat down together and went over the book page by page. This was an invaluable tool to open a dialogue into appropriate vs. inappropriate touch, and even appropriate vs. inappropriate secrets. That is soooo important to remember: inappropriate secrets! I teach mine that there is no secret that is to be kept from Mommy, period. This book is great to explaining these things. It is written in such a manner that the child is not scared, confused, or embarrassed. I really, REALLY recommend this book. It is perfect for young kids, but it was still good for my 10yr old. And for special needs, it's priceless.
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