God Made All of Me by Justin S. & Lindsey A. Holcomb, Illustrated by Trish Mahoney (Blog Tour Review)

God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their BodiesGod Made All of Me
A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
by Justin S. & Lindsey A. Holcomb
Illustrated by Trish Mahoney
Children's Book, Christian
Hardcover, paperback & ebook, 32 Pages
September 1st 2015 by New Growth Press


“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 Review

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 assaulted in their lifetime." Hopefully this book can help parents help their children not become a part of that statistic. The pictures and text were very well done, allowing children to easily connect and understand the messages. A great resource and way to open a discussion with children to hopefully prevent sexual abuse. Highly recommended for parents of young to grade-school-aged children.

Source: I would like to thank New Growth Press through Litfuse for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

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 God," "Know 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).

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."

About the Illustrator

Find out more about the illustrator, Trish Mahoney, here.

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