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Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Talking with your child about sex can be scary! Sex + Faith helps parents incorporate their faith values with sexual information so they can answer questions, discuss sexuality at each stage of childhood, and show support of sexual differences. Section one explains how faith relates to sexuality and the essential role parents play in forming healthy, faithful children . The sec ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Nov 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Reviewed this book through NetGalley...what parent wouldn't want more preparation for indepth conversations that I know are coming? However, I was quite disappointed, as the "Biblical basis" of the book is very liberal, and many parts were NOT Biblical in my opinion. Take for example how the author repeatedly refers to the other person in a sexual relationship as "a partner," leaving that role open to interpretation, and being okay with gay/lesbian relationships and premarital sex. While I know ...more
Lis K
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the description of this book, I was excited to read it--- a book to help Christian parents to speak to their children about sex. The book is separated into two parts. Part I provides background information for parents: common myths about sexuality education and information, the parent's role in raising children, connection between faith and sexuality, what sexuality education is (including defintions of sexual/gender identity terms), what has changed since parents were kids, and step ...more
I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!

I was very interested in reading this book or at least the section on birth to kindergarten , since my son is currently 4 and should be getting ready to ask all these questions soon. Artificial reproduction is discussed to some degree, but adoption is not . It is alluded to, as in some people help raise children by adoption, but it is made to sound as if the adoptive parent is only helping to r
Sara Pantazes
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic resource for parents. The first part helps parents find their footing in how to approach discussing sexuality with their kids. Chapter titles include "Five Common Myths," "The Parent's Role," and "What's Changed Since I was a Kid?" The second part takes four separate age groups and discusses the physical development, relational development, and faith development that is occurring at that age, and draws connections between those areas (an approach I really appreciate).
Yoni Esterman
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Christians have it hard when it comes to talking about sex. Frankly, the stork story just isn’t cutting it anymore. The sex talk usually comes up about the time that the child stops believing in Santa, and well…back then children may have been more easily deceived, but with the advances in technology and Google being just a slogan away…the stork is easily checked on Snopes before a parent can finish.

So, how to address it then? After all, my two year old is already well-versed on navi
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crucial conversations to raise your children from small babies to adults that are knowledgeable and mature. Sexuality in all aspects in a Christian family too often is a scary topic to talk openly about. Leading by example as a parent makes you a sexuality educator even without saying anything about ‘sex’. And no, the book’s not just about intercourse or another book on ‘save sex for marriage’. Kate Ott deals with all age groups, from birth to kindergarten years (age 0-5), elementary school (6-1 ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I wish I could give this book 10 stars! It's not a sex ed book. So if you don't know what a vulva or an epididymis is you'll need to learn your basics somewhere else. What this book does do is provide a guide, and oftentimes a script, for what every age group should know and how to explain "sex" to them along the way. It's never going to be one conversation, it's going to be many. But how you explain genitals and pleasure at
Alex McGilvery
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sex + Faith is a very well written book that talks about the intersection of sex and faith and their development. In each chapter Kate provides an outline of where children or teens of a particular age will be in their physical, sexual, relational and spiritual growth. The text in interspersed with books dealing with very real questions that children may ask about sex and faith.

I found the book very easy to read. Kate is clear about the difference between sexuality and the act of sex
Sandy Richardson
Nov 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
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I was received this book from Goodreads in return for an honest review.

I eagerly anticipated reading this book, I was very interested in a book that addressed sexuality from a Christian background with the Bible as the essential resource. I was very disappointed in this book as the faith portion of the book was not based on Biblical teachings. I hoped this book would portray sexuality in the beautiful God given manner as described in the Bible. Instead this book portrays gay/lesbian sex as an a
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome book! It addresses how children of different ages require different methods and standpoints when talking about sex. I love that God and His will are brought into the equation and focused on in the explanations. There are some things that aren't hit on as hard, such as the importance of marriage before having children or sex, but these are things that my husband and I can adapt to the concepts of the book. It's a great combination of development and faith, addressing both. There are many ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written, informative, very helpful data based resource for parents from a faithful perspective. A great resource for both my parenting and my ministry. I only wish it was longer and more in depth. I will unapologetically say that it is Bible based in the sense that it engages with scripture and encourages parents to openly discuss sexuality as a gift from God to be enjoyed. This books Bible basis is not in line with the current trend of using the phrase "Bible based" in a more euphemistic m ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you believe in love and inclusion as part of your Christian values that this is the book for you and your family. It is a wonderful read for anyone interested in exploring the intersection between faith and sexuality and the perfect resource for taking about the two with children or non-believers. DO NOT be discouraged by one-star reviews. This book gives an accurate and thoughtful perspective on how to bring Christianity and sexuality together in a healthy, life-giving way!
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing, holistic, practical, and faithful alternative to the myriad, toxic purity-culture tomes. From start to finish, Sex + Faith affirms the good gift of sexuality, makes important distinctions about sensuality and intimacy, and provides realistic Q&A scenarios for kids from toddlers to teens.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A different approach to talking to children and teens about sex and how it relates to their faith
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