Growing Up God’s Way for Girls and Boys by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones

From the Amazon description:

Growing up God’s way is a colorful, fully illustrated book available as separate versions for boys and girls. It is intended for children approaching or experiencing puberty, typically represented by the 10-14 years old age range. The artwork has been specially produced for the book and includes accurate biological drawings as well as cartoon illustrations to keep the young reader interested. Most importantly of all, the Bible is the constant reference point, so that what the Bible has to say about the matters dealt with is always front and center. The result is that this book conveys essential biblical ethical teaching as well as the facts about puberty.

My Review:

These are two separate books, one for girls and one for boys, that guide children through an understanding of the amazing changes that happen during puberty.  Each book is set up in a similar manner and talks about marriage, the changes that take place in both boys and girls, physical intimacy, changes in the way boys and girls think as they mature, and preparing for the future.

I really like the no-nonsense, straightforward approach the authors take as they share the biological and emotional changes that occur.  The pictures are colorful and engage the interest of young readers and help to enhance their understanding.  The text is helpful to parents that might be uncomfortable in engaging their children in conversation about puberty.

The best thing about this book is the way it honors God throughout the entire book.  I think the information is presented in such a way that children can be clear about the wonderful way God designed their bodies to change and how they can honor Him by respecting their bodies.

I also appreciate the way the authors took care to explain that singleness is honoring to God, as well as marriage.  It is surprising when elementary age children talk about “boyfriends” or “girlfriends”.  It is difficult to encourage your children to defer romantic relationships as middle-schoolers or teens when it has been commonplace with peers since third or fourth grade.  The authors make it clear that navigating feelings of attraction call for caution.

If you are a parent or someone looking for a resource to open communication with children about puberty, these books are great resources.  I highly recommend them.  They are great to read together, and for your children to read independently.

I received complimentary copies of both of these books from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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