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God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

(God Made Me #1)

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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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by New Growth Press
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Calvinist Batman
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most important books we own.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and its specific, healthy language. The emphasis on talking without shame while also setting boundaries without shame is wonderful. Highly recommend to parents, teachers, and others who frequently interact with children and want to explore safe, clear ways of talking about this difficult subject.
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In recent months, the issue of sexual abuse has come to our attention as one which we can no longer ignore. This is especially true in the church where it is often brushed under the carpet and covered up. Often times it is the victim who is blamed and, in effect, re-victimized. To be clear, this hasn't come to the forefront of our minds due to personal experience or any specific case. The sad truth is, you don't have to try hard to find a news story about abuse. As a result, both Jami and I have ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good way to talk to your children about appropriate touching. I like how it distinguishes between secrets & surprises.

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Jacob Young
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To my knowledge, this is a singular and unique book: A book written to help children protect themselves from sexual assault and abuse from a distinctly Christian perspective. The Biblical doctrines of creation (God mad all things good) and protection (It's ok to say no) are written at an accessible level for children to understand appropriate and inappropriate touch.

One of the central lines to the book is "God made every part of your body and God called every part of your body good. Some parts
Becky Sayler
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
The instructional content of this book is written as a conversation between two kids and their parents. Bible verses related to the subject matter are interspersed with the illustrations. While all of it is good and important information, it makes for a disjointed narrative. I think this book is better as a parent resource than as a children’s book. The dialogue between the kids and parents doesn’t make for a good story, but it is a helpful example of different guided conversations you can have ...more
Michelle Rogers
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy to read with cute illustrations this book teaches young kids about how all of his/her body is good but some parts are private.
It covers good touch vs bad touch and surprises vs secrets. It also has a few pages of information for the parent or guardian to read about child sex abuse. As with all books like this, I think it is beneficial if the adult pre-reads it in order to be more prepared to discuss and answer questions that a child might have.
Create With Joy
If you are like most parents, you probably recognize how important it is to educate and protect your children from sexual predators. However, without guidance, you may be unsure of the best way to broach this topic with really young children.

That’s where Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb come in.

This couple recently wrote God Made All Of Me – A Book To Help Children Protect Their Bodies. This educational resource is designed to help parents with 2 to 8 year olds educate their children abo
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
There are so many mixed messages about our bodies going around in the world today. So the authors have delivered an excellent, faith based book for young children that will explain God's idea for about the body he made for them. Each page is designed to visually and verbally capture a child's attention while getting an important message across. Children will learn that God made them special, what is appropriate and inappropriate touch, the differences between secrets and surprises, and so much m ...more
Sep 26, 2015 added it
The Holcombs, who’ve already written two exceptional but difficult to read books on sexual abuse and domestic violence, have taken a different approach with this book—they’re giving parents a tool with which to teach their kids about their private parts, consent, and what to do if they need help.

My full review is available at:
Theron StJohn
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb provide parents as well as pastors, educators, Sunday School teachers, and children's ministry directors with a tool for protecting children with truth from God's Word. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, this book is a must read and a needed conversation starter!

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Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
really well done book about consent and boundaries.
Sarah Wiley
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was very clear and understandable for my girls but most of all I appreciated that it kept the focus on how God created them and why our bodies deserve respect.
Craig Hurst
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest responsibilities of parents to their children is to teach them about God’s design for their bodies and why they should and how to protect their bodies. Conversely, one of the greatest failures of parents is when they do not teach their children God’s design for their bodies and that they should and how to protect it. Parents need to love their children enough to talk to them about their bodies and sex and how to protect themselves against others who might try to violate those ...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I have to say it's interesting that my husband and I share the same names with authors Justin and Lindsey! Of course that's not why I decided to read God Made All of Me but it was a fun coincidence.

As soon as I saw that this book was about helping children protect their bodies, I knew I had to get it for my kids. With all the scary news we hear these days about the sexual abuse of children, it is at the forefront of my mind. I have a seven year old boy and six year old daughter tha
Sarah Bailey
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 t ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 perpretrator yourself. You as the parent, through the reading of this book, will be able
Rebecca Ray
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Today, I’m writing about one of those subjects that you wish you didn’t have to talk about. However, in a world where one in four women and one in six men have been or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, one of the things that it’s important to talk to children about is body parts and the associated good touches and bad touches that they can be exposed to.

So, in aid of having those kind of discussions with my children, I received a copy of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children P
LeAnne Klopfenstein
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a mom to six kids, ranging in age from 15 to 1. I'm also a foster mom and a part of our Children's Ministry staff at church. So keeping kids safe is a big part of my life. That said, it can often be difficult to find the right words to talk to our kids about being fearfully & wonderfully made, while also discussing the fact our private parts as areas others shouldn't been looking at or touching. 'God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies' does an excellent job at a ...more
Jennifer Smith
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I appreciate the idea and thought behind this resource. This book deals with an extremely sensitive and important subject, and as a parent of a three-year-old, I want to make sure my son understands what kind of attention is appropriate and inappropriate, as well as how to respect his body and others'.

This book is great if you need help or ideas on how to talk openly about these issues with your kids. My personal opinion was that the book itself wasn't all that engaging as a children's book, how
Pam Burke
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
(As a part of my review of God Made All of Me, I shared the book with my daughter -- a mother of two toddlers -- to get a reaction from her perspective. My comments are a compilation of our observations and thoughts.)

God Made All of Me provides an excellent resource to help parents approach the very difficult topic of sexual abuse with their young children. The book is filled with colorful pictures, dialog between parents and children, and scattered scripture verses to help children understand
Rachel DeVaughn
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is relateable to kids because it’s told in a family, story type setting. There are bible versus through out the book which are really nice. For example; “God saw everything he had made. and it was very good.”

The Dad in the story shares with his kids things like public body parts and private body parts and what that means. I like that he mentions its even okay for kids to say “no thank you” when someone, even a family member, wants to give them a hug or kiss. No child should be made to
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The authors have done a great job writing a book that opens the door to educating children about their bodies and safety. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb use scripture to introduce children to the idea that God made them as amazing and wonderful people. In the story Mom and Dad teach their children through conversation about their bodies, from nose to toes. As the parents teach the kids they are in charge of their own bodies, they assure them it's okay to say no, to tell, and to not keep secrets. At ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good book that for sure initiates the conversation with your children about safety. There are some references from the Bible, but nothing that is truly specific to the theology of Christianity. It's mostly just generalizations of what is good what is bad and how that specifically relates to allowing yourself – you being a child – to be touched or not touched. There are definitely times where the person reading the book to the child is reading essentially a paragraph, so depending on the a ...more
Crystal Carney
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. I have three daughters, so I feel it's especially important that they learn that their privates aren't anything to be ashamed of, but they are just that...private, meaning no one should ever touch them there, or even make them feel uncomfortable in anyway by talking about their private parts, or by invading their personal space. It is NOT okay.

This book makes it easier to talk about this difficult topic. We have had this talk with all three of my daughters. They know
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, christian, childrens
God Made All of Me takes a subject that can be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss with children and makes it easy. It focuses on how bodies are special and prepares children to have some defenses in place if they ever face a situation of sexual abuse. It sets some rules down for children and parents. It also has some tips at the end for parents to help protect their children. The statistics are staggering, stating that "one in four women and one in six men have been or will be sexually assaul ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is definitely a special and unique book, a book that is very much needed for all parents. God Made All Of Me gives parents a unique way to teach their children about their bodies, and how to handle their bodies. Sexual abuse is so scary, and it is sad that so many children are victims, and if this book keeps one child from that abuse, it is worth it all. Teaching children that God made all of them, every part of their bodies for a specific reason, and teaching them t
Stacy Luce
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Our daughter liked it so much she took it to bed afterwards. It's basically a book talking about how God made our bodies and loves us just the way he made us. We don't need to be ashamed of them, and we need to take care of them. It is presented in a story format with a mom, dad, son, and daughter. There are a few verses to back the story up along the way, with very straightforward facts such as what to keep private, and what is ok when you are ok with it (hugs, etc). It talks about secrets (bad ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I am glad, so very glad is published for parents and children. As a mother I want my children to know that God made them and every part of them is good but some parts of private. This book allows children to put away the guilt or embarrassment or shame of their private parts--all the while realizing that the private areas as not for sharing.

As a former teacher this is a book I would want to have in the hands of every parents. This book deals with the difference between secrets and
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Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and a professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University. Justin holds an M.A. in Theological Studies and an M.A. in Christian Thought from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He serves on the b ...more

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