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About the book:"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: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.
One of my deepest fears is sexual harrassment, assault or abuse on one of my children. Besides praying non-stop for them, there is one big way I can help them. I can teach them about their body, I can teach them about bad touching and good touching and I can teach them that God made their body and about which ones are to stay private.
It can be a very sensitive and hard topic to talk about which is why I was really glad to have God Made All of Me to help guide me to talk to my children about this subject. Assault can happen with really young ones so I wanted to make sure I talked about it starting at a young age.
My children really enjoyed the book and we ended up having a really good discussion and talk about private parts, inappropriate touching, good and bad touches and so much more. With this book, I wasn't dreading this talk with them. It helped me answer their questions and also bring up really good points my husband and I never really thought of before as parents.
We really enjoyed reading and sharing this book with our children and I feel better knowing I have talked about this sensitive subject with my kids. I also feel better knowing they would know what is appropriate and inappropriate touches with others and how to protect their bodies in a bad situation!
If you are looking to bring up the sexual abuse and private body parts subject but don't know how or want a Christian perspective, God Made All of Me is a great book for parents and children and it creates a great discussion with the whole family! I highly recommend!
You can purchase God Made All of Me for $13.27 from Amazon.com
* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*