Machowski, Marty. God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender. New Growth Press, Greensboro, NC. 2019. 32 pages.
In our culture, there is a lot of confusion. One of the places this is currently most evident is with the gender debate. From a young age, the world is telling kids they can trust their feelings and choose their gender. Yet, for Christians who hold to a biblical worldview, we know feelings are not the most reliable guide and we are stewards over the bodies God has entrusted to us. Knowing the biblical truth and being made aware of the world’s philosophy, how can Christians teach their young ones the truth about God’s gift of gender in a way these children can understand? By reading to them Marty Machowksi’s new book, God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender.
Story Set at School
The book opens with a scene of kids at recess during the school day. Maya likes playing football, but Lucas teases her that liking and playing football will turn her into a boy. This leads to a conversation in class by Mr. Ramirez on God’s design for gender. The class of children learn being a boy or girl is in your blood (it is biological), sin has messed with and mixed up God’s plan and truth for human hearts and bodies, but God has sent Jesus who redeems us. The kids learn the biblical truth about gender and also how to love those who disagree or are confused.
Handled with Care
Marty Machowski handles a touchy topic in our culture today with great care. God Made Boys and Girls stands firm on the biblical conviction God created you and me male or female according to His plan—not based on personality, preference, but your parents and their makeup as God chooses your code—while emphasizing to show compassion by loving those who disagree on this truth or are confused about their gender. The book has a word on stereotypes, encouraging kids not to buy into them and also telling them not to make fun of those who don’t fit into such stereotypes. The structure of the book opens and closes with counsel for parents and caregivers as they speak with their children on this matter, and the story teaches children to understand gender through a biblical framework of creation, fall, and redemption.
Gift of a Book
God Made Boys and Girls: Helping Children Understand the Gift of Gender by Marty Machowski is a gift of a book for boys and girls to hear about the beautiful and wonderful design that God has created them as their biological gender all according to His plan. This gift of a book extends to others as children are equipped to show love and kindness to those who may disagree with them on these very points or may be confused about their own gender. Parents will want to have this resource on their bookshelf to read to their preschool and young elementary children, especially as the need arises (and the need is certainly there)!
I received this book from New Growth Press in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.