How God Makes Babies  -     By: Jim Burns
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How God Makes Babies

Bethany House / 2009 / Hardcover

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An age-appropriate introduction to basic sexuality, helping children ages 6-9 understand that God created males and females differently and with a purpose. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764202103
ISBN-13: 9780764202100
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 6-9
Series: Pure Foundations

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Publisher's Description

Author Jim Burns believes the key to instiling in children a healthy, values-centered view of sexuality is to start the discussion early--being open and honest at every stage. The Pure Foundations series is already guiding parents of preteens and teens through potentially awkward conversations. Now two fully illustrated books--one for pre-readers and one for early readers--complete the series.

How God Makes Babies is an age-appropriate introduction to basic sexuality, helping children ages 6 to 9 understand that God created males and females differently and with a purpose, emphasizing that God is a part of each family from conception to death.

Author Bio

Jim Burns founded the ministry of HomeWord in 1985 with the goal of bringing help and hope to struggling families. As host of the national radio broadcast HomeWord with Jim Burns, Jim's passion is to build God-honoring families through communicating practical truths that will enable adults and young people alike to live out their Christian faith. In addition to the radio program, Jim speaks to thousands around the world each year through seminars and conferences. He is also senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and an award-winning author, whose books include Creating an Intimate Marriage, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality and Confident Parenting. He has been featured through numerous media outlets including CNN, ABC, Focus on the Family, and Library Journal. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three grown daughters and live in Southern California. Visit www.homeword.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Keeping it Biblical, Keeping it Real
    July 20, 2011
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
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    Jim Burns is dedicated to equipping parents with the tools they need to educate their children about sexuality with a firmly Christian worldview. Well known for his resources such as The Purity Code for teenagers, Burns has now turned his hand to colorful, age appropriate resources for children.

    How God Makes Babies is his offering for the 6-9 age group, though some parents may choose to read only parts of this book to their children or delay reading it with their children until they are older - depending upon their life circumstances and individual children.

    Opening with a special note to parents Burns states:

    "Studies show that when children receive values-centered sex education at home, they are less likely to become sexually promiscuous and more likely to have a healthy view of their bodies and relationships."

    This is certainly one key reason why some gentle sex education should take place even in the younger age groups. There are many others as well - glorifying God through our obedience to His plan for sex, educating our children so that they are prepared to resist inappropriate sexual activity that they may otherwise fall prey to due to ignorance, and many others.

    God's plan for sex should be treated respectfully and in age appropriate ways - thankfully How God Makes Babies certainly makes this task easier for parents by being able to open a book, read, and discuss it with their children. I had read through parts of this book with my oldest daughter when she was younger (6 or 7), but I didn't read through the entire book with her until she showed signs that she needed to understand a fuller picture of human reproduction.

    Our discussions together had slowly been becoming more detailed - particularly as she began reading the Bible independently each day. Her questions from Bible readings naturally led into some gentle explanations. We have always told our children in very simple terms that mommies and daddies cuddle together in a special way that only married people do, and that is where babies come from.

    When my eight-year-old told me that bulls jump on top of mommy cows and stretch out their pee-pees inside of them (courtesy of a similarly aged relative of ours - sweet girl - and I didn't mind at all), I knew we had to get a bit more detailed in our talks together. I wanted to be the one to provide the more nitty-gritty details, not someone else. How God Makes Babies provided us with the next step to take in our discussions.

    Filled with birth color photographs, How God Makes Babies always places sexuality firmly within the realm of marriage as a normal expression of marital love, for which I am very thankful. Simple anatomical drawings illustrate the differences between boys and girls while using correct anatomical terminology. Protecting your private parts from inappropriate touches is briefly covered. A straightforward, facts focused explanation of the act of marital intimacy and conception is provided along with photos of sperm and egg coming together and the newly dividing embryo. Developmental stages of a baby in-utero are illustrated and described, followed by a description of birth, and explanations of how a new baby changes a family. There are also provisions made for diverse families that may be made up of different configurations than two parents and children (homosexual families are not depicted). Adoption is also covered.

    This is absolutely a fabulous book for when you are ready to share more deeply about sexuality with your children. It can be tempting to put off these conversations, but they are vitally necessary to imbue children with a proper, God-honoring view of sexuality. Remember - sex is not bad, it's a natural part of life, don't be afraid of sharing about its proper, God-appointed role in life with your little ones.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 23, 2010
    abbie
    How God Makes Babies, Jim BurnsThe second in the series, geared for ages 6 -9 this book has equally stunning photography and is easy to read. Again, However I dont find it age appropriate for my 8 year old daughter. I am still not comfortable discussing with her all aspects of sexuality. I do however love the fact that the author supports through this book the aspect of sexual purity until marriage. This is stated more than once. He does an excellent job of addressing the issue of sexual abuse in a non-threatening way so as to teach children that these part were specifically and specially designed for the marriage relationship only. I will be using parts of this book now with my daughter and other parts a little later.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 10, 2009
    Janet
    Great book for the curious early elementary school aged child. I like how it shows the size of a growing baby in comparison to food items (one month = cheerio, six months = coconut). My son and daughter loved the book and we had great conversations surrounding it. I received this book free from Bethany House.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 16, 2009
    Joesette
    This is a wonderfully written book! The author tastefully tackles this sensitive subject with just the right amount of information. God and his plan for procreations is covered throughout!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 6, 2009
    Jennifer Pixley
    This is a good book for a curious youngster who wants to know exactly HOW God makes babies but isn't yet ready for technical information or drawings. There are photos that show married people and photos that show a mommy with her children, but the photos are super simple and carry the theme of sex is for MARRIAGE and part of God's plan for families. There is a Bible verse for each stage of information, and I felt comfortable using it to answer my 8 year old's questions. YES, actually tells how sex occurs, but the line about sex was super tactful, simple, clear and non-descriptive. This book is not just about how babies develop and are born.
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