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September 23, 2015

Wee Read Wednesday: God Made All of Me

god made all of me a book to help children protect their bodies
"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 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.

My Thoughts:
This is one of those books that you cannot not read with your kids. Whether you have sons or daughters, and regardless of their age, it is important to introduce this book and the message that in on these pages.

This world we live in is evil and sick, and I’m all for doing whatever we can to further our efforts to protect our kids. In God Made All of Me, the message is clear – we don’t let people touch us in ways that make us uncomfortable, and we protect our parts that we need to keep private.

It is so important that we convey this message to our kids, and this book is a great resource for introducing that conversation with your kids. This book brings fun graphics, and words that all children can understand. It opens up a way to have a conversation with your kids about appropriate vs inappropriate touching, and secrets vs surprises. It is truly an amazing resource that each parent should have on hand, and should read with their kids over and over again.

I’m so thankful to have been introduced to this book, and will use it with both of my children both in the present and in the years to come. This book will be one that will remain on our bookshelf, and will often be a reminder of the message that we need to teach our kids, and of the message that they often need to hear.


Justin Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of On the Grace of GodKnow the Heretics, and Know the Creeds and Councils, as well as the coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace. He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments).

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Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of Is It My Fault ? and Rid of My Disgrace.
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