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.
My opinion: With a 4 month old little girl I was beyond excited to receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Knowing that it is so important and yet difficult to talk to ones children about such issues I was excited there is a book, and a Christian one at that, to help parents talk to their kids about appropriate and inappropriate touches. This book really is a must for parents as it does a great job explaining appropriate touches and it is told in a simplistic manner easy for kids to understand. I wish it was not something that one has to talk about with their kids, but in this day and age it is vitally important and this book is a valuable resource.