“Where do babies come from?” This common question all too often leaves parents perplexed about what to say and when to say it. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb tackle this tough question in a common sense, biblical way. They help parents start the conversation with their children about sex by giving them the basic tools to guide them—including specific biblical content and age-appropriate ways of talking to children at different stages.
The Holcombs along with illustrator Trish Mahoney have been helping parents tackle difficult but important subjects with children for many years, beginning with the award-winning God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies as well as God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies. Now they bring their expertise to the all-important conversation about sex in God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question. 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. Rather than waiting to have this conversation with their child at the “perfect” time, the authors encourage parents to answer questions at every stage with just the right amount of information.
God Made Babies is part of the God Made Me Series which equips parents to have important, impactful conversations with their children, helping them to grow in understanding of God, themselves, and others. Each book in the series contains a special section just for parents and caregivers that provides biblical guidance and offers additional information and resources for talking about the topic addressed in the story.
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 and God Made Me in His Image.
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, 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.
“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
- Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb
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- 4-7 Years
- God Made Me
- BISAC Category 1:
- REL091000 RELIGION / Christian Education / Children & Youth
- BISAC Category 2:
- REL012160 RELIGION / Christian Living / Parenting