Book Review – God Made Your Body

“The Talk”

Perhaps no two other words instill more fear and trembling in the mind of a parent than the thought of having “the talk” with their child. Many parents (myself included) often wonder when is the right age to begin discussing intimacy, sexuality and biology with your children. While there are many books written on the subject, few that I’ve read address it with such delicacy, simplicity, and beauty as Dr. Jim Burns does in his book series “Pure Foundations.” In this series, Burns seeks to “lay the foundations for healthy sexuality” with “age-appropriate resources” in order to equip parents to teach their children that their bodies and sexuality are God-given gifts. I had the opportunity to read and review the first two books in the series.

The first, God Made Your Body is aimed at children ages 3 to 5. With beautiful, yet simple photography, this first book helps children to recognize differences, not just between boys and girls, but between everybody in things such as eye color, skin color, hair texture, ability, etc. “God made boys and God made girls. God made all shapes and sizes. He created all colors and languages.” In noting both the similarities and the differences between boys & girls, the book smoothly segues into the “special way” that God made our bodies different from the opposite sex. On one page, the almost nondescript outline of a 3-year old boy is shown, noting the penis and testicles. Similarly, the outline of a 3-year old girl is also shown noting the vagina and the womb. Although the concept of “making love” is briefly touched on, the book (appropriately) does not go into detail as to what this entails other than to say, “Making love is something that God made just for a husband and a wife to enjoy together. When a mommy and daddy make a baby, they each give one special part of themselves….” It then shows the progress of how a baby grows inside the mother’s womb and how the baby comes out (“the baby travels through the birth canal, or vagina, which is between the mommy’s legs.”)

There were several things I appreciated about the book, the first being the recognition that at this age a child doesn’t need ALL the facts. Another thing was that when talking about how the baby grew, it gave size comparisons that a 3-year old would be familiar with – a Cheerio, an orange slice, etc. Perhaps most important was the clear impression that a baby, even at one month in the womb, is very much a person, complete with heartbeat. As the father of three children who were adopted, of especial interest to me was the inclusion that, while “most of the time, babies are born into their families…sometimes, babies are adopted into their families.”

I would highly recommend this first book of the Pure Foundations series to parents of younger children.

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