Tuesday, September 22, 2015

God Made All of Me {Quick Review}

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
God Made All of Me by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb
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Publisher: New Growth Press
Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
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 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.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Thoughts:
I didn't want to get this book because I didn't, and don't, want to ever think about my daughter in a bad situation. But I also am rational enough to know that Baby Girl isn't in a bubble. As she and I are making awesome strides in potty training, I figured now would be a good time to address privacy and modesty.

"God Made All of Me" is a great catalyst for beginning this tough conversation. Baby Girl can be pretty antsy with new books, and especially books without any Disney Princesses in them. I didn't read this book word for word with her, not yet anyways, but rather focused on some of the bigger themes: God made our bodies and called it good, secrets are different than surprises, and briefly listed some safe people to talk to. I personally feel better already for having talked to her about this.

However, I know it is a book that I will be returning to again and again until the concept is fully grasped. The back cover gives an age range from 2-8 year olds. Baby Girl is about to turn three so she has a ways to go yet in understanding privacy and modestly (especially when underpants are just so COOL), but 'God Made All of Me' is a fantastic tool in getting the conversation started. I highly recommend this book to EVERY parent on the planet, especially to those who, like me, want to believe their child will live in a safe bubble forever. 5 stars. 

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