God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
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Recognized as an ECPA Bronze Seller of over 100,000 copies sold.

God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is an invaluable resource and beautifully illustrated story to help families talk about sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children.

Because the private parts of our bodies are private, home is the ideal environment for a child to learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others—without conveying a message of shame.

Through carefully written language and relatable storytelling, God Made All of Me helps parents navigate discussion that can so easily be warped into confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy.

Instead of instilling a message that their bodies are shameful—which can often prevent children from recognizing and reporting sexual abuse—Justin and Lindsey Holcomb equip parents to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.

This helpful guide starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. With the help of God Made All of Me, parents and caregivers can begin conversations with boys and girls about their bodies, helping kids understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others.

This life-changing resource shows readers how to establish the foundation for a healthy bond with their children to meet increasing challenges of sexuality, which they will inevitably confront in childhood and adolescence. By teaching their children how to establish body and health boundaries, parents are imparting invaluable skills for their kids to express thoughts and feelings.

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 are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face, and they regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse.

Explore God Made All of Me and find encouragement, clear guidance, and the tools necessary to facilitate open conversations about how your children can protect their bodies, an important step in keeping them as safe as possible.

Author

Justin Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and apologetics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Justin is a City Network Leader for Made to Flourish. He serves on the boards of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments), Heart Support, and Leaders Collective. He has authored, coauthored, or edited more than fifteen books on numerous topics, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, biblical studies, and historical theology. He and his wife, Lindsey, coauthored the award-winning children’s book God Made All of Me and God Made Me in His Image

Lindsey A. Holcomb, MPH, works at Samaritan Village, a safe home and therapeutic program for adult survivors of sex trafficking. She is a former case manager at a sexual assault crisis center and a domestic violence shelter and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Together, Lindsey and her husband, Justin, conduct a variety of training seminars on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to child, sexual, and domestic abuse. She is also the award-winning coauthor of Is It My Fault?Rid of My DisgraceGod Made All of Me, and God Made Me in His Image. The Holcombs live in Orlando and are parents of two daughters. 

Trish Mahoney is a graphic designer and illustrator in Seattle where she runs The Mahoney Studio with her husband, Patrick, also a designer and illustrator. They have two children—both budding artists, too.

 

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Endorsements

"Protecting our children begins with conversations that help them understand how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, many parents simply aren't equipped to have these often difficult and awkward conversations with their little ones. Tragically, sexual offenders realize this and often target children who have never learned how to protect their bodies. The simplicity of the text and the wonderful illustrations make God Made All of Me the perfect resource for teaching our children this absolutely necessary information. What I love most about this amazing little book is how beautifully it conveys God's love for little ones by wanting them to be safe. As a former child abuse prosecutor, I have no doubt that God Made All of Me will be a major contribution to making our world a safer place for our precious children."
Boz Tchividjian, Executive Director, GRACE; Professor of Law; and former prosecutor

"Justin and Lindsey have written a book to help us protect our children from sexual abuse. In clear and simple language it engages the child in the discussion. Woven throughout is the foundational belief that our children have been purposefully created by God and that every aspect of their being was his idea. I highly recommend God Made All of Me to parents of young children. Love them well by educating them about keeping their bodies safe."
Diane Langberg, PhD, Psychologist

"This is a strange and beautiful book. Strange because it's so unique: exploring God's creation with a view to helping children protect themselves in an increasingly at-risk culture. Beautiful because it hits its mark: instilling practical wisdom in a way that teaches without terrifying. The combined experience of the authors makes this a terrific resource for parents as well. As a father of four, I highly recommend it."
Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California

"A lively, engaging, and straightforward little book, God Made All of Me is the perfect invitation to start a conversation with children about their bodies, boundaries, and the people in their life that make them feel safe. This book is both God-glorifying and visually stimulating and our homes and churches will be safer and more joyful places because of it. "
Rachel Held Evans, blogger and author of Faith Unraveled, author of Searching for Sunday  

"God Made All of Me is a sweet, compelling, brilliantly sensitive invitation to teach your children the beauty of their body and the honor due to being made in the image of God. It offers simple and clear wisdom little ones can grasp about how to protect themselves from inappropriate or unwanted touch. It is the responsibility of every parent and grandparent to address uncomfortable subjects. This glorious resource is an investment in care, protection, and honor. I am grateful I get to read this to all three of my grandchildren."
Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; author of The Wounded Heart and Healing the Wounded Heart 

"I wish my family had this book when I was a little girl because if they did I wouldn't have the sexual abuse story I have today. This is an important, straightforward book."
Mary DeMuth, author of Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing After Sexual Abuse

"As a parent to a young daughter, I'm already thinking through how to parent well in this area. Too many resources, when I was growing up, made us feel shame because of our bodies, or just simply didn't talk about it. I'm so thankful and completely indebted to Justin and Lindsey for giving us a resource like this."
Jefferson Bethke, author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion 

"This is a must-read for any parent who wants to help empower their child to be safe from those who hurt little ones."
Michael Reagan, President, The Reagan Legacy Foundation

"This book is an absolute gift to parents! Finally, there is a quality book that engages children while providing a way for parents to discuss the difficult topic of sexual abuse. This is a vital tool to help parents raise healthy, brave children."
Lindsey Strickland, former child advocate at Sexual Assault Resource Agency, Charlottesville, VA

"It's sad that we have to educate our children in self-protection; but it is profoundly necessary. The good news is we can rejoice that we are God's creation and teach our children to live in that sacred dignity. This book is a great help!"
Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida 

"Educating our children about their bodies is one of the most important steps in preventing child abuse. That's why God Made All of Me is a valuable resource. A simple story with colorful artwork, and theological and practical truth—all packed into one small book. Parents, educators, Sunday school teachers, children's ministry directors, and many others should pick up a copy today and read it to their young children."
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC); and author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church and The Pastor and Counseling

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Justin Holcomb
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Publication Date:
08/21/2015
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God Made Me
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15 Reviews

  • 5
    A Needed Conversation Starter With Kids

    Posted by Theron St. John on 09 29 2018

    The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is both necessary to shine a light to expose the sexual assault that goes on around us and to be proactive in protecting children from such abuse. Yet, much of the awareness and preventative steps suggested are directed toward informing adults. A genuine question needs to be asked, “If children are the target of some of this assault and abuse, then wouldn’t it make sense to inform and equip them on the matter?” Of course, it is important to be age-appropriate with the details. Still, because of the current climate of our culture, parents must begin to brace themselves for conversations with their children on these tough topics. To come alongside and help parents do that, Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb have written a unique children’s book, God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies. Writing as a child sexual abuse victim and a board member of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments), Justin Holcomb’s goal is to place a tool in parent’s and caregiver’s hands. This tool lays down the foundational biblical truth to children that God has made their bodies. Building on that, the book discusses an understanding of private body parts and touches that are appropriate and inappropriate (Parents, please note that the book does use formal terms for private body parts). The book teaches children private parts are not for sharing but if something does happen, what occurred between them and the adult is not meant to be kept a secret. They are also warned about those who may try to trick them into being alone with them. Children are instructed to say, “No!” and to ask for help immediately. God Made All of Me takes a sensitive subject and provides helpful content in a conversational style. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb present this important information by sharing a story of a talk between parents and their two children, Kayla and David. The illustrations by Trish Mahoney further contribute to the engaging manner of the book. Serving as bookends of the story, the book opens up with a letter to parents or caregivers of children who will read the book or who will hear the book read. The book closes with a section on “9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse”. Because the book is written for 2-to-8 year olds, parents will want to be thoughtful as they use anatomical language to describe private body parts. In the end, Justin Holcomb and Lindsey Holcomb provide parents as well as pastors, educators, Sunday School teachers, and children’s ministry directors with a tool for protecting children with truth from God’s Word. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, this book is a must read and a needed conversation starter!

  • 5
    Fantastic Resource for a Difficult Conversation

    Posted by Patrick McConnel on 09 28 2018

    Parents, If you watch the news or are connected to Facebook, you will no doubt know that our children live in a dangerous time. We live in an age where you need to check the sex-offender registry before moving into a neighborhood and do background checks on church volunteers. In this culture, it is paramount to begin educating our children on the dangers around them. No one is insulated from this risk. A recent study of reported child abuse cases shows that only 10% of children are molested by a stranger. That means that 90% of molesters are family members and friends. You may think that your children are not old enough to begin thinking about keeping their private parts, private - but 45% of molested children are under the age of 5. To be honest, that makes me sick at my stomach. So what do we do? Starting this conversation can be a difficult task because it raises questions like “what is age appropriate” and “how much should you share”. We now have a great resource to help us answer those questions and train our children. Justin & Lindsey Holcomb have published a handy little book called, “God Made All of Me”. I love this book for a lot of reasons. First and maybe most important, the conversation is rooted in the fact that when God created people, we were declared perfect, in all of our parts. This is a uniquely Christian approach to the conversation and for parents who have utilized any form of a catechism with their child, this will fit right into that methodology. The second thing I liked is the content for parents is spot on. It starts with a basic introduction to the purpose for the book and gives a simple, but good framework for the need to read the book. The most helpful portion of the book for parents is the very practical section in the back called ‘9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse’. The third thing I liked about the book was the blending of age-appropriate content with fun artwork throughout the book. Keep in mind that this is a book that you want to read with your child and guide him or her through the content. This is probably not a book you want to put on your four-year-olds shelf and leave it for them to read alone. Half-way through the book there is one page that gives medical names to a child’s private parts - depending on your preference and your child’s age, you may want to augment this. This is a fun little book that may be helpful in starting the conversation with your child if you haven’t already. As a parent of six, this would be on my must read list with my children if they were between two and eight years old.

  • 5
    Awesome book!

    Posted by Lauren Leonard on 09 28 2018

    Facilitates healthy discussion without any body shame! I was not sure how to talk to my 2 & 3 year about body boundaries as they are going to school and I have noticed my 3 year old has had more and more questions about babies and bodies. It really helps guide you how to talk simply to them about their body and protect it. It also give some great tips for parents such as discussing that there are no secrets from you and your co parent and then and that no one should ever touch their private parts other than changing their diapers and if they ever feel uncomfortable to say no and Immediately tell someone.

  • 5
    God Made All Of Me is timely and helpfu

    Posted by Jacob Young on 09 28 2018

    To my knowledge, God Made All Of Me is a singular and unique book: A book written to help children protect themselves from sexual assault and abuse from a distinctly Christian perspective. The Biblical doctrines of creation (God mad all things good) and protection (It’s ok to say no) are written at an accessible level for children to understand appropriate and inappropriate touch. One of the central lines to the book is: "God made every part of your body and God called every part of your body good. Some parts of your body are for sharing and some parts are not for sharing." Children are encouraged to clearly say No when they do not want to be touched. Additionally, the private parts are defined by bathing suit and underwear lines – a helpful starting point that’s easy for kids to understand. Even Grandma gets told No with confidence to illustrate saying No to kisses (unwanted touch), even to family members. Clear language about body parts and names are used, with good justification which the authors explain in the back. The introduction and final remarks aim to equip parents (and all involved with caring for children) with clear facts about sexual abuse and clear, simple steps to help protect their children. God Made All Of Me is timely and helpful. I would recommend all parents have this and read through it with their kids. It may not take precedence over Curious George, but it wasn’t designed to. It’s aimed to equip our children against real threats to their safety, without making them fearful of everybody. The aim is to equip children, not scare them. In this way, it not only uses Christian categories, but illustrates sober Christian grace.

  • 5
    God made every part of your body and God called every part of your body good. Some parts of your body are for sharing ...

    Posted by Jacob Young on 09 28 2018

    To my knowledge, God Made All Of Me is a singular and unique book: A book written to help children protect themselves from sexual assault and abuse from a distinctly Christian perspective. The Biblical doctrines of creation (God mad all things good) and protection (It’s ok to say no) are written at an accessible level for children to understand appropriate and inappropriate touch. One of the central lines to the book is: "God made every part of your body and God called every part of your body good. Some parts of your body are for sharing and some parts are not for sharing." Children are encouraged to clearly say No when they do not want to be touched. Additionally, the private parts are defined by bathing suit and underwear lines – a helpful starting point that’s easy for kids to understand. Even Grandma gets told No with confidence to illustrate saying No to kisses (unwanted touch), even to family members. Clear language about body parts and names are used, with good justification which the authors explain in the back. The introduction and final remarks aim to equip parents (and all involved with caring for children) with clear facts about sexual abuse and clear, simple steps to help protect their children. God Made All Of Me is timely and helpful. I would recommend all parents have this and read through it with their kids. It may not take precedence over Curious George, but it wasn’t designed to. It’s aimed to equip our children against real threats to their safety, without making them fearful of everybody. The aim is to equip children, not scare them. In this way, it not only uses Christian categories, but illustrates sober Christian grace.

  • 5
    Solid theology and thorough answers for kids

    Posted by Lulu on 09 28 2018

    I love the way this book explains God's authority over us as His creation and showing what it looks like in real life situations. There is thorough and appropriate direction for children if/when they end up in scary or awkward situations. I recommend this book to my friends who have small children because the earlier the better, in my opinion. Of course, revisit the book as a reminder often enough for it to sink in. Well written, great design and color. We all loved it!

  • 5
    What a great and necessary book!

    Posted by Adam Embry on 09 28 2018

    What a great and necessary book! As a parent of multiple children, the statistics on sexual abuse are frightening and demonic. My family is at the stage where we need to have conversations with our children about appropriate and inappropriate touching. This book approaches those issues from a biblical, God-focused, embodied perspective. There is a "word to the parents" at the beginning, which provides an excellent introduction to why the book is necessary. The stories of the children Kayla and David and their parents kept my children's attention and are told in ways children as little as three can understand. There are Bible verses spread throughout the story to reinforce how good their bodies are and how God desires to protect us. Little ones need these reminders. At the end of the book is a list of 9 ways to protect your children from sexual abuse. This is a helpful list for parents to read through and apply. I'm so thankful for this book!

  • 5
    A great addition to the book shelf

    Posted by H Bon on 09 28 2018

    It's a book about children and their bodies and appropriate touch vs inappropriate. Which on the surface could seem like a pretty daunting subject. One that many of us might like to shy away from, but this book does a good job of making it natural and not awkward. One of my favorite things about the book is that it incorporated part of the catechism which we have already been instilling in our kids. Q"Who made you?" A"God made me." Q"What else did God make?" A"God made all things." It incorporates scripture. It discusses saying no to unwanted touch that isn't necessarily bad, as well as touch that shouldn't happen. I also like that it talks about the difference between secrets and surprises, that if anyone tells your child to keep a secret that they should always tell mom and dad and that they will not get in trouble for telling mom and dad about things that have made them uncomfortable etc. My 3 year old asked me to read it 3x in a row and she enjoyed answering the catechism questions like we do at night and listing the parts of her body that God made. Some of it is a little above her head but I think it is great to start early and have both parent and child comfortable with open conversation.

  • 4
    Short and to the point, reinforces ideas throughout the book.

    Posted by Dan K on 09 28 2018

    I thought this book was forward and simple--much shorter than I expected but I think the repetitiveness and simple explanations helped my child understand the safety issues. I particularly liked the idea of Surprises Vs. Secrets explaining what is a secret and when is it bad and not telling someone vs. a surprise which is usually celebratory...

  • 4
    I Recommend this book for children of all ages!

    Posted by Ashlee on 09 28 2018

    Such a great book to teach even the smallest child about their body and how God made it. Helps to teach them to know boundaries when they aren't quite sure. It also comes with some great parent reading in the front also which is nice for helping with such a tender subject. My 5 and 9 year old love this book and really enjoy it whenever I read it to them. They also like the pictures because they are very kid friendly and almost cartoonish! I would certainly recommend this book for even the smallest of children.

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