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.
You can purchase a copy at New Growth Press.
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.
Not often does a book come along that allows parents to help their children in understanding, on their level, what it means to protect their bodies especially from a Christian worldview. God Made All Of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies is that book. It is shocking to read the figures of child sexual abuse in our world today and most of those are under the age of 12, it is a very real threat to our children today – I experienced inappropriate touch in middle school from boys and teachers a like, it tormented me every day and I was so glad to leave school when everyone else was sad that they’d be leaving behind friends. Beginning with Genesis 1:31 the authors begin with a mom and dad discussing with their son and daughter how God made everything and using other Scriptures like Psalm 139:14 and Psalm 28:7 back up the book with God’s Word. The book teaches the difference between “bad” touching and touching that helps like when a parent needs to help with bathing or a doctor has to do an exam and also deals with if a child doesn’t want to be hugged or kissed by a relative.
The illustrations done by Trish Mahoney are cute, but not so cute as to distract from the importance of the overall subject matter but enough so that children remain engaged. Children are warned when not to keep secrets and what surprises are – one should not keep a secret even if there is a threat of harm to their loved ones. They do use the correct terms for body parts, which I know makes some people uncomfortable but they need to know, there is no slang terms used. There is an area in the book where parents can help their children come up with a list of safe people that they can get help or tell if someone touches them – even if it’s just an arm or a leg. The authors also include 9 ways to protect your child from sexual abuse along with websites where parents can obtain more tip sheets to help them in these subjects. I gave this to my then 10 year old to read and she thought it was really well written, but didn’t tell her anything she didn’t know, as we talk about this often. I know I’ll be reading this to my son very soon.
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