God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender

Marty Machowski
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God Made Boys and Girls helps children understand that their gender is a gift from the God who made them and loves them. The story begins as the girls and boys at Grace Christian School are discussing if boys will always be boys and girls will always be girls.

Their teacher explains that God gives each of us the gift of being male or female before we are born, and that you continue to be a boy or a girl whether you like to climb trees or play house, play tag or color pictures, cause a ruckus or sit quietly.

In a world where there is so much confusion about gender and identity, pastor and best-selling author Marty Machowski shares the simple, clear truth that all of us are made in God's image as either male or female—and what God made is very good!

Included in the back of the book is a special section just for parents and caregivers that gives biblical guidance and help as they have this important conversation with their children.


Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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"Are you watching the culture's rapid departure from biblical principles and wondering how to address these sensitive issues with your precious children? Marty Machowski has provided a timely resource to help you in that crucial task, his new book takes a gentle and scriptural look at what God's Word tells us about his design for the two genders. This volume offers parents a terrific way to initiate important discussions with their kids."
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

"This helpful book hits all the crucial talking points in an engaging and humorous story that connects with kids (including my own). Since even young children are bombarded with confusing messages, Marty gives needed clarity on the blessing and permanence of gender. He includes vital discussion on rejecting gender stereotypes and loving those with differing world views. In fact, the parents' 'cheat sheet' alone is an invaluable resource for your home."
David White, Director of Discipleship at Harvest USA; pastor; author of Sexual Sanity for Men and God, You, & Sex

"The message that God made boys and girls is much needed in our day. Marty Machowski does an excellent job of communicating that maleness and femaleness isn't about stereotypes but about embracing the design that our Creator has encoded into every cell of our bodies. What a tremendous resource for children!"
Mary A. Kassian, Author of Girls Gone Wise

"In our current day, children can easily become confused about all kinds of issues that are clearly presented in the Scriptures, particularly if their home, church, and school do not provide a consistent biblical foundation. Gender issues rank high on the list of areas that children can become untethered from the Bible's teaching. This beautiful book gently teaches children to cherish their God-given gender and to love their neighbor as themselves, a timely word on a sensitive issue."
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"In a culture that is increasingly accepting of gender-fluid identities, it's so important to teach our kids that gender is part of their personhood. God Made Boys and Girls is a wonderful tool for that task. It reminds children (and parents!) that being a man or woman is a gift we receive from God."
Jared Kennedy, Pastor of Operations and Families at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, KY, Author of The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible

"The sin of Babel was that human beings sought to fashion society and identity on their own terms, in denial of the loving purposes and rule of our Creator God. The current cultural challenges around sex and gender are similar attempts to deny what God has given and his purposes for human flourishing. God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender is a timely resource to equip parents to explain God's good gift of gender to their children, and to prepare children to meet a world that is bent on denying how wonderful it is to be made in the image of God, male and female, boys and girls."
Claire Smith, Author, God's Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women

"Clear, careful, and unashamed, God Made Boys and Girls is a great tool to help children learn from their early years the truth of God's design for them, and to help both parents and children celebrate the wonder of that design. Let this book help ground your family in the deep goodness of God's gifts."
Mike Bullmore, Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin

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  • 4
    The gift of gender

    Posted by Jill Potts Jones on 11 26 2019

    In a culture of gender uncertainty, it is important for parents to have resources to help them explain to children the gift God gave us when He created us male and female. Marty Machowski's "God Made Boys and Girls" teaches children about the uniqueness of their gender and why it is important to look at biblical truth when confronted with gender identity issues. When a boy makes fun of a girl because she likes to participate in a primarily male sport, a teacher takes the opportunity to explain how God created human beings and why He gave certain talents to certain people. While our talents do not always line up with a specific gender, it doesn't make boys any less males or girls any less females. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Growth Press through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • 5
    God Made Boys and Girls

    Posted by ReneeK on 11 26 2019

    Marty Machowski is one of my favorite children’s authors. He has the ability to clearly bring forth hard topics and present them in a way that is easily understood for children. He has a great way of having open discussions with children. Any parent will be able to talk about the topic of gender with this book. I hate it that we have to even talk about this subject but in today’s culture we need to give our kids a Biblical understanding. The story focused on God’s design for each gender. God has put in our DNA whether we are male or female. It does a very tastefully and doesn’t condemn any person and is written with children in mind. The message is clear and I’m sure it will be offense to many. The story explains the message of God and gender clearly. The girl in the story loves sports and is very good at it. One of the boys makes a comment, “That if she keeps playing with boys she will become a boy.” I appreciate that it is a clear Biblical explanation about gender and how God created man and woman. He made people the gender they were born and not leaving the decision up to us. The salvation story is weaved within the story and how sin came into our world. Also the characters talk about not making fun of a person because of what they like to be. I received a free copy of this product from New Growth Press

  • 5
    God Made Boys and Girls

    Posted by Leticia G. on 11 23 2019

    Very well written. This book couldn't have come at a better time. We are living in a age where people are confused about gender. It's rather shocking that this has happened at all, but now that our young children are being indoctrinated into believing there are more than two genders, this book will help parents and teachers to confront this detrimental issue and equip them with the knowledge that God created male and female. It will help them from becoming confused about what society is pushing on them to embrace.

  • 5

    Posted by MaureenT on 11 12 2019

    A wonderful book and timely to add to your shelf for all of our children. With the promoting of picking your own gender, saying God made mistakes, a Christian book to share with young ones. The author does a beautiful job and there is additional information at the back of the book to go further in your sharing with facts and scripture, called Truths about Gender. The story written for children shows girls out running boys, and goes on to explain that doesn’t mean a gender change. I thank the Publisher that we have choices for our children! I received this book through Read With Audra and the Publisher New Hope Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • 5
    A God-honoring Approach to a Hot Topic

    Posted by Kristin Bush on 11 09 2019

    The story starts revolves around a little girl named Maya who prefers to play sports like football at recess. She's also really fast. So fast that when they line up for recess, her classmate (a boy) remarks that if she keeps playing with boys then she'll turn into a boy. This sparks a discussion about gender and how it does not change because of what we do or how we act. Gender is a gift from God and even if you like to do things that are considered "boy-ish" it doesn't change that gift. Gender is what you're born with and it doesn't change. It's ingrained so deep in us, it goes beyond what we can physically see down into our DNA and cells. Again! New Growth Press does it again with another good book with a much-needed lesson. This is definitely worth reading, especially those who may have children or even teens who are struggling with gender identity and as a parent, you want to take a God-honoring approach to discuss it. This book does that and points them back to Jesus. {I received this book from the publisher, New Growth Press, in exchange for my honest review.}

  • 5
    God Made Boys & Girls

    Posted by Laura V. Hilton on 11 07 2019

    GOD MADE BOYS AND GIRLS is a timely reminder that regardless of interests, boys are boys and girls are girls. In today's day and age there is a concerted effort to let people pick their own gender, feel like a different gender (which could change by the day), or "Become" a different gender (which could change you physically but not your genetic makeup.) I applaud Marty Machowski for tastefully tackling this controversial topic and giving parents and conservative Christian educators a well-written book to share with their children to counteract the gender confusion issue. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

  • 5
    thank you so so much for “God Made Boys and Girls!”

    Posted by Connie Denver on 10 28 2019

    I really don’t intend to tell you what I think of every new book you come out with for kids. :-) but I did want to say thank you so so much for “God Made Boys and Girls!” We’ve been waiting for a book like this and it was so well done! We have many people in our area who are trying to figure out what to tell their kids and it is so difficult. Most every public school around us includes kids coming from families with two mommies and two daddies, as well as kids who are Or confused about their own gender identity. We’ve noticed that no matter how careful parents are there language, kids often parrot what their parents tell them without bringing/knowing how to bring love’s nuance into their speech. What comes out can sound harsh and unloving and winds up not being a good first step for the gospel for people who are struggling with these gender distinctions. Marty’s book does a good job of telling the truth of how God has made us and everyone’s need for the gospel, but focusing on compassion, love and basic facts, and making room for further conversation and commending the gospel to those who need it. His little intro at the beginning and extra notes at the back are extremely helpful. It’s a masterpiece.

  • 5
    Helps children understand God's gift of gender

    Posted by Wendy on 10 05 2019

    God Made Boys and Girls by Marty Machowski is written to help children understand the gift of gender. It's set in a class when one little girl outruns all the boys and one boy suggests she might turn to a boy. The teacher uses it as an opportunity to explain the differences between boys and girls by simply explaining genetics. He uses the correct terminology of XY and XX to explain male and female genes and links it all back to God's creation in Genesis 1-2. Variations in skills and interests among boys and girls are all explained as part of God’s creative plan. Sin is explained as us wanting our own way and not God’s way, but that God dealt with our sin by sending Jesus. In the end, we are called to love people and be kind to them, even if they are different to us. Machowski has done an excellent job of explaining gender in a way that a 4-7 year old would grasp and understand. It is balanced in explanation, gentle in tone and does not try to do too much (eg explain gender dysphoria). Trish Mahoney is the illustrator for this whole series, and so each book has a distinct yet familiar feel, with clear, fun illustrations. The whole series is worth having for those with young children.

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