God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question

Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
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God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question
God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question
God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question
God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question
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Justin and Lindsey Holcomb tackle the tough question "Where do babies come from?" in a common sense, biblical way.

This common question all too often leaves parents perplexed about what to say and when to say it. When children ask "where do babies come from?," they ask because they are curious about where THEY came from. The question is not about sex.

The Holcombs, along with illustrator Trish Mahoney, help parents start the conversation with their children about reproduction by giving them the basic tools to guide them—including specific biblical content and age-appropriate ways of talking to children at different stages. Instead of leaving this conversation to "experts" or to the culture, they equip parents to answer questions about sex in the right way at the right time.

Drawing from the story of creation and how God made the living world to reproduce, God Made Babies helps children to understand the gift of reproduction in the light of God's goodness and care.

  • From the authors and illustrator of the award-winning God Made All of Me and God Made Me in His Image.
  • Part of the God Made Me Series which equips parents to have important, impactful conversations with their children.
  • Contains a special section for parents and caregivers that provides biblical guidance and offers additional information and resources for conversation.


Justin S. Holcomb, PhD, is a minister and professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has authored, coauthored, or edited more than twenty books on numerous topics, including abuse, biblical studies, and theology. Justin and his wife, Lindsey, coauthored the award-winning children's book God Made All of Me, God Made Me in His Image, and God Made Babies.

Lindsey A. Holcomb, MPH, works in non-profit development and is an advocate for survivors of abuse. 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). Lindsey is also the award-winning coauthor of God Made All of Me, God Made Me in His Image, God Made Babies, Is It My Fault?, and Rid of My Disgrace.

Lindsey and Justin, conduct a variety of training seminars on parenting topics such as child sexual abuse prevention, body image, and how to talk about sex. They also provide trainings on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to child, sexual, and domestic abuse. The Holcombs live in Orlando and are parents of two daughters.


Trish Mahoney is a graphic designer and illustrator in Salem, OR, where she runs The Mahoney Studio with her husband, Patrick, also a designer and illustrator. They have two children, both budding artists too. Trish is the illustrator for the God Made Me series and The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible.

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"A delightful and engaging book that captures the attention of young children who look out into their world and raise questions about the life surrounding them. The authors elegantly attend to the concrete world of their young reader and establish a refreshingly balanced view and foundation that relates faith with life, skillfully and clearly setting the stage for conversations about childbirth. Most importantly, the book creates a springboard for establishing positive and ongoing conversations for parents to speak with their children about sexuality."
John T. Chirban, Clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Health Alliance; professor of psychology emeritus, Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology; author of How to Talk With Your Children about Sex and Collateral Damage: Guiding and Protecting Your Child through the Minefield of Divorce

"Yet again Justin and Lindsey have created a resource that guides parents and caregivers to spark the most important conversations with their kids. As God Made Babies helps you connect with your kids and establish a foundation for many more conversations, your own eyes will be lifted to a Creator who shaped and formed you in his image and for his purposes."
David Robbins, President and CEO of FamilyLife

"Don't let those precious conversations with your little ones get away from you because you're not prepared, over prepared, or wishing it wasn't time for 'the talk.' My friends Justin and Lindsey are masters at helping you tell your children what they need to hear. Pick up a few copies of this book to give to your friends and your pastor. And then read yours to your sweeties. You'll be glad you did!"
Elyse Fitzpatrick,Author of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

"Now this is the 'birds-and-the-bees' book I wish I'd had as a kid—or as a parent of my four nearly grown children. Not only hitting the main biblical emphases, it's really practical in answering the actual questions kids ask. God Made Babies is definitely best in its class."
Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California; author of The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way and Core Christianity

"Sooner or later, your child is going to ask 'Where do babies come from?'. In God Made Babies, best-selling authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have written a go-to guide for helping you answer the baby question. With charming illustrations, simple explanations, and even a word to parents, this book is perfect for reading at story time and guiding conversation at dinner time. Justin and Lindsey not only say, 'Don't make it weird;' they help you know how."
Champ Thornton, Author of The Radical Book for Kids, The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles and Why Do We Say Good Night? When You Are Afraid of the Dark

"When your child's family dynamic doesn't match what they see in the families around them, the question, 'Where do babies come from?' has added layers of complexity. What's more, this curiosity often reveals a child's deeper longing to understand their own story and find where they belong. God Made Babies beautifully emphasizes that even before birth, every child has a special place in the heart of God."
Michelle Donnelly, President & CEO of Plus ONE Parents, a ministry to single parents

"God Made Babies helps parents answers the important question 'Where do babies come from?' in ways kids will understand. We are grateful to have parents who teach us about God's creation and answer our questions. This book explains how God's creation of the world relates to how babies are made."
Sophia and Zoe Holcomb, Daughters of Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

"I'm so grateful for Justin and Lindsey's willingness to create this beautiful and important resource. God Made Babies is a gift—not only for how it equips parents with the language we need to tell our kids about true and sensitive things, but also for how it teaches a new generation to approach the topic of reproduction without shame."
Kendra Dahl, Director of Content, Core Christianity and White Horse Inn

"Justin and Lindsey just might be the best voices on helping parents navigate those pesky, difficult, but also VERY important questions our kids ask. This book is par for the course for them—huge amounts of wisdom, beautiful art, and all simple enough for a kid to understand. I'm so thankful for them!"
Jefferson Bethke, NYT Best-selling author of Take Back Your Family

"Justin and Lindsey have written a beautiful start to the conversation parents need to have with their children about where babies come from. Trish Mahoney's vibrant and loving illustrations communicate what every child needs to hear: 'God was excited to make you!'"
Kendra Fletcher, Author of Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace; mother of eight

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  • 5
    God Made Babies

    Posted by Ginny Paramore on 04 22 2023

    This is a great book that helps parents to “start the conversation with their children about reproduction by giving them the basic tools to guide them—including specific biblical content and age-appropriate ways of talking to children at different stages.” I couldn’t say it any better. This is a great supplement to the Bible. God’s Word has equipped us as parents to share the Truth about life & reproduction & this book has been a helpful supplement with how to phrase certain answers that will be helpful for toddlers & young children. I love the questions they ask parents at the end to help guide & reflect as you prayerfully seek the Lord’s wisdom & point your little ones to our Creator who has intelligently made us for His Glory & Purpose. Definitely recommend this book to add to your library.

  • 5
    Great Book

    Posted by Hillary Little on 03 04 2023

    As a mother and a counselor, I’ve always heard that “the talk” needs to be an ongoing conversation rather than a one time talk. I have a two year old who loves babies and all things pregnancy and mama. This book begins to set the foundation for kids to understand where babies come from at a developmental appropriate way. This book is probably targeted towards elementary school aged children, but we feel comfortable letting our toddler read it. The main topic is reproduction- how plants reproduce, animals, from eggs, pregnant, animals, then human development. The book super briefly mentions sperm and egg, but nothing beyond that. Our toddler took away that babies are made “from a little piece of mommy and a little piece of daddy” which we are happy with!

  • 5
    Great Starting Place for Discussion

    Posted by Laura on 11 10 2022

    God Made Babies is a wonderful introductory book from a Christian world viewpoint that is age appropriate for preschool and early elementary-age children. This is the latest addition to the God Made Me Series, and it is another winner. It uses easy to understand text, engaging illustrations, and scriptural truths. Of particular note is the "Things to Consider" section in the back of the book. It provides additional insights and support for parents to engage in meaningful conversations about where babies come from with their children. While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

  • 5
    Great kids version of how babies are made

    Posted by Wendy on 09 11 2022

    A fantastic addition to the God Made Me series, as Justin & Lindsay Holcomb give parents of little ones a head start on the conversation about where babies come from. Like all the books in this series (10 at last count), they are aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers, and again Trish Mahoney demonstrates her skill with eye-catching and engaging illustrations. What I loved the most was their angle into the topic. It didn’t leap straight to people, but started with God creating the world, plants, animals, and people. Then they break down how reproduction works across the variety of life God has made, starting with flowers, then reptiles and birds, and finally to mammals. Scant but adequate details are given about how a mom and dad both give a small part and they join together in the mom’s body to make a baby. Then details show how the baby grows from the size of a poppy seed to the size of a watermelon, and how it develops over that time. I think they have hit the mark with just the right amount of information for this age group. It’s accurate, with the correct words used (reproduce, sperm, egg, womb, vagina), but not too detailed. This means parents can use it as is, or if it prompts more questions, they have the groundwork laid to give more information. If you read books to little ones, you'll want to add this one to your collection.

  • 5
    Great resource for parents with inquisitive kids!

    Posted by May Manlapaz on 09 03 2022

    This is a great picture book that discusses how reproduction is God's design -- it's quite comprehensive, even tackling how plants and animals reproduce and how a baby develops in a mother's tummy. It gives just the right amount of accurate, scientific information without going into too much detail. My kids loved seeing how the baby starts from something as small as a seed and then grows into the size of a pineapple! The best thing is that it always points back to how God is the creator of all and reproduction is part of his wise, loving design. I found the Parent's Guide very helpful, too.

  • 5
    God Made Babies

    Posted by Leticia Glidewell on 08 27 2022

    Absolutely LOVED this beautifully written book. It's biblically accurate. It is written in a way where a small child can understand the marvels of how God created life.

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