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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
God Made All of Me is a conversational book. The story is all in the form of a conversation between parents and their two children, but it’s also a great book to *start* a conversation between a parent and child. Taken from a scriptural stance, the idea is based on the fact that God made me and called it good, and to also recognize that we praise God for how he made us so wonderfully. By first establishing these two facts, we as parents can transition into teaching our children that because God made them and called it good, no one has the right to touch them when they don’t want to be touched. They can say no and that is okay. The next step is to teach them to ask for help and God Made All of Me provides a page to help the parent and child brainstorm and list the trusted people in their lives where they can get help. Another important step in the process of having this conversation with your child is reiterating that secrets aren’t good in families and that the child should know they won’t get into trouble for telling a “secret” like this one. In fact, they are encouraged to tell the secret.
I think this book is a great one to have around for any time the conversation might come up and a parent isn’t sure how to explain things or what words to use. There were a couple of times within the book where it was easy to lose track of who was speaking and that might be confusing for a moment. But as long as the parent has read through the book a few times before discussing it or reading it with their child, they should be fine.
There is a great introductory letter to the parent in the front of the book that provides helpful information, statistics and advice about the appropriate age to begin having these conversations. There is also the “9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse” in the back of the book. Regardless of if you think this book will be helpful to you and your child, this list is something every parent should read and be aware of.
It would be ideal if more parents could have these conversations with their children without the help of a book, but I am grateful there *are* books like this one out there for those who struggle and need the help.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided by New Growth Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.