by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb, illustrated by Trish Mahoney After our Safe Church training this past fall, we want to make sure that we let everyone know about books that can help families talk to their children about their bodies and how to keep their bodies safe. This book provides a good starting place for those conversations.
God Made All Of Me is most appropriate for young children ages 3 to 8. The pictures are simple and the language exact. The book is more a springboard for conversation. I’m not crazy about how it is framed as a conversation between a mom and dad and their children David and Kayla. I think it could say the same thing without being placed in the context of another family’s conversation. However, this third person approach might be helpful if it is being read to a child older than six who perhaps is already feeling self-conscious about talking about his or her body.
The explanation about the difference in secrets and surprises is an important one and well placed at the end of the book.
I like the way scripture is used in the book and I think the verses chosen are the right ones for this age group. I also appreciate the brainstorming exercise where a child and parent can list people with whom the child feels safe. The explanation about the difference in secrets and surprises is an important one and well placed at the end of the book. The final section for parents, “9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse,” contains much of the pertinent information provided in the Darkness To Light training the church offered in early November.
I would recommend God Made All Of Me if you are looking for a way to begin a conversation about helping your child protect his or her body. You may even read it as an adult and find the information given there something you can transform into a more natural conversation than even a book reading. The book is available in our church library.
- Traci Hoover, Blacknall Director of Elementary Children’s Ministries