It’s a scary world out there. We probably all know someone who’s life has been affected by sexual abuse and we all desperately want to protect our children from this traumatic experience.
But where do we begin?
What should we warn our children about?
How should we bring it up?
It’s a tough subject to tackle, so when I was given the opportunity to review a picture book for kids aimed at this very topic, I jumped on the chance. The book is entitled, “God Made All of Me” and it is designed to help children protect their bodies.
About the book:
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. Grab a copy of God Made All of Me on Amazon.
My Take on the Book:
At first, I was a little hesitant to read this book to my four and five year old. We’ve covered the subject of modesty, but this seemed a little intense for me. However, I knew it was something that had to be done, so one night we dived in during bedtime stories. I have to say, it was a lot tougher for me to read some of the words than it was for the kids to hear them and it was a lot less awkward than if I sat them down to give them a warning on the same subject.
I love the concept this book conveys that God made every part of our body and every part is good, but not every part is for sharing. I think the message is clear, concise, and very easy for little ones to understand. I love the fact that heads off possible situations and tells kids “we don’t keep secrets from mommy and daddy” and explains the difference between a secret (they make us feel sad or confused) and a surprise (something that makes us feel excited and happy).
The night after we initially read this book, my kids requested it again and they seemed to really understand the ideas in the book. I think this book is a great way to open the doors of communication and it’s something that will have a permanent place on our bookshelf.
A Professional Opinion
On another note, my husband works for Children’s Protective Services and of course, he regularly encounters instances of child abuse, including sexual abuse. He took a look at this book when it arrived in the mail and was very impressed with the content. He loves the fact that it uses Bible verses to back up the content and that everything is explained in an easy to understand way. In fact, he was so impressed that he’s already recommended it to three people in his office (we just received the book last week).
Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.