Several month ago, my wife brought to my attention a pseudo children’s book called “God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies”. We immediately pre-ordered it. And we are glad we did. While we have not gone over it with our children yet, it is something that we are planning on doing.
Before I get to the book, I want to ever so briefly answer this question: Why do we need such a book?
Well, we live in a truly perverse generation, and our most vulnerable members, our children, are entirely too often the victims of horrible, unspeakable acts of savagery. And all too often, they are victimized by those that are closest to them: teachers, coaches, family members, church leaders, etc. One of the aims of this book is to help teach children how to be aware of their bodies and that there are boundaries.
Now, onto the book. The first thing to take note of is that it is written like a story and done so in such a way that children will understand. Something that is poignant if we want children to understand and grasp the concepts we are trying to convey to them. Secondly, and of equal if not greater importance, it is Biblically based. Through use of Scripture, such as Psalm 139:14, and Catechism, it brings out to the point that we are made by God, and that God made everything. Here is a quote from the book which I think is an integral part of educating our child to protect themselves:
“Mom said, “God made every part of your body, and every part of your body is good. Some parts of your body are not for sharing; these are called your private parts.””
And this is the Biblical truth of the matter. Throughout the book, there are wonderful for children AND parents in how to deal with these issues and things to watch out for. There are statistics, such as “One in four women and one in six men have been or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.” Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean rape, but molestation as well. And, we need to make sure we are aware of these things.
I highly and strongly recommend this book to parents, Christian and non-Christian alike, to get this book, read this book, and use this book as a tool to help train your children to protect themselves. In my humble and professional opinion, there is no such thing as being hyper vigilant about teaching children to know how to protect their bodies.