“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.
This Mom’s Review of “God Made All of Me”
It breaks my heart that so many children are abused by. They are so trusting and innocent. They need to be prepared so that they can hopefully spot and report a perpetrator before anything happens.
While it’s hard to talk to your children about this, it is doable. Maybe you have talked to your children already. Yet, there are things that you probably didn’t cover and didn’t even think of because you are not a perpetrator yourself. You as the parent, through the reading of this book, will be able to teach your children to protect their bodies.
God Made All of Me is a wonderful book for telling your kids it’s ok to say no and to tell on someone who makes them feel uncomfortable. It is written in a kid-friendly story format of parents and two children talking about the subject of touch.
In the beginning of the book is a letter to you, the parents regarding sexual abuse. Then the rest of the book is for you to read with your child.
What the Book Teaches the Child:
-The difference between shareable parts and private parts of the body, but that it’s okay to say no touching to any part of the body.
-That someone may not hear you the first time you tell and that it’s okay to keep telling over and over until someone listens.
-That there are people you can go to if and when you need help. It also includes a section to write your list of people to go to.
-The difference between surprises and secrets.
What the Book Teaches You, the Parent:
The book closes with nine ways to protect your children from sexual abuse. Some of these are part of what was taught to the children via this book. It goes into it deeper with you, the parent.
Parent, I strongly suggest you purchase this book and read it with your child. It is never the child’s fault when something like this happens. Yet, we can prepare them to response defensively so that they might be able to prevent them from being a victim. The pain and trauma lasts long past the day it happens. Do everything in your power to protect your precious children.
Disclaimer I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. You can read more reviews via the book blog tour.
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.
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