God Made Me In His Image Book Review

Book Cover for God Made Me In His Image. Girl at zoo using binoculars. Includes lion and rhino.
Bodies can be confusing and sometimes embarrassing to children. But with this simply told, beautifully illustrated children's book by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, Christian parents can teach kids the truth about how God made their bodies in his image and the human body is good.One day, a group of students and their teacher travel to a zoo safari park to learn all about the different animals. During a fun jeep ride around the park, the…

God Made Me In His Image – Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies is a timely topic that tackles the self-consciousness of bodies, especially the things that make us ‘different’. However, it’s more than the typical “you’re beautiful the way you are” theme. God Made Me In His Image does aim to boost children’s acceptance of their bodies and differences from one another, but lays down a solid Biblical foundation with the message.

Ruthie and Mateo’s school bus trip to the safari proves to be a fun adventure of seeing animals (otherwise known as God’s creation) and learning about what makes them unique. We see a similar diversity among the children on the bus. Mateo’s big ears, Ruthie’s frizzy hair and freckles, and Willow’s birthmark.

When the children visit the Big Five animals – the most famous of the African animals – they explore the differences among the animals to further celebrate uniqueness and beauty in God’s creation. The teacher uses Psalm 139 to explain that God put us together and designed us with a purpose. He knew exactly what he was doing when he created each one of us differently.

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The extra resources included at the end of God Made Me In His Image are helpful for parents and educators. One includes guidance about body image to help children accept and celebrate their uniqueness. The other includes facts and information about the Big Five animals in the story.

MEET THE AUTHORS, Justin & Lindsey Holcomb:

Justin Holcomb, PhD, is a minister and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He has authored many books, including coauthoring Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace. He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).

Lindsey Holcomb, MPH, counsels victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and is the cofounder of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade). Lindsey has provided crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and conducted a variety of training seminars to service providers. She is also the coauthor of Is It My Fault? and Rid of My Disgrace.


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