Book Review: The Wonderful Way That Babies are Made

Rating: ★★★★★

Astonishingly, given the obsession our culture has for sex, many books on the topic (both Christian and secular) somehow make it boring and uncomfortable.  This book, beautifully written and pleasingly illustrated, is neither.  The author does a very nice job placing sex within a larger context by describing how God created the universe and the world, and how He allows living beings to participate in that creative work through procreation.  The institution of marriage is described as the appropriate place for sex, and the mechanics of sex and procreation are described accurately and respectfully.  Wonderfully, at the end of the book the author notes that babies also come into families through adoption, and that Jesus Himself was adopted by Joseph and subsequently listed in Joseph’s family tree.

The book is targeted for readers between the ages of 3 and 14, and strikes a balance between too much and too little information by giving simple lyrical text in large print for young listeners, and additional details in small text to be read by older children.  Unlike many other books on this topic, the illustrations are quite modest, with one image of partial nudity (Adam and Eve seen from behind, viewed from the waist up) and one image of a married couple embracing beneath a modestly-draped blanket.

There is absolutely no substitute for an ongoing conversation between loving parents and children about sex and marriage.  This book makes a very nice supplement (and possibly a jump-start) to that conversation.

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Publication Information: Christenson, Larry. Wonderful Way that Babies are Made, The. Bethany House. 2000. ISBN: 0764223410.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on January 20, 2010

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