By Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
These two books are for girls and boys on growing up! They answer all the questions a pre-teen may have concerning body changes, marriage and more. I really appreciated the regard the authors gave to GOD'S word. They explain clearly the WHYs and WHEREFORES in light of God's laws.
As an adult, I was curious to see what this book contained for children who have yet to reach those years of change, change change! The book is recommended for ages 9-13. I have some issues with that age range, which I will explain further.
These books each begin with the changes that will happen in the body. This I agree with. If it's going to happen, there is no wrong in explaining why and how it happens. I would insert here that I think it's better when the Mother explains things to her daughter. But for some parents, this can be difficult I can imagine. So this book is a good alternative.
This portion of the book, as well as the basics on modesty and keeping our hearts and bodies pure is great for your average 9-year old. So is the prelude to the marriage chapter.
But this little book goes just a little too deep in my opinion for 9 year- olds when it comes to the ''Married'' portion. The authors give a pretty thorough explanation of what is meant for husbands and wives only and in my opinion that is a little unnecessary for your average nine-year old. On the other hand, it goes without saying that if your child goes to public school some in-depth explanation on purity is going to have to happen. At an even earlier age than 9 years. It's up to you, the parent how much that talk will entail for such a young child. I DO agree that it is important for the parent to make sure their child hears about these things from a Christian source. BEFORE the world tries to indoctrinate them. And before they 'accidentally' find out such stuff on their own. Also before they start asking too many embarrassing questions. I can imagine that parents want to keep their child innocent. But you can only do so for so long.
I also didn't think it necessary for a pre-teen girl to read even the short blurb on boy's changes which is included in this book. Again, the parent will have to decide this.
Likewise, I think the short chapter on changes in girls which is found in the book for boys was a little too detailed. Maybe I'm just too private. But I wouldn't want boys of the ages 9-13 knowing what's going on with girls their age... Again, this is up to the parents discretion.
You can trust that your child will come away with a Biblically-sound view of why we are created male and female! I thought the authors did a great job upholding the differences between males and females, the reason why we were created thus, the sanctity of marriage, etc. etc.