Since becoming a mom, I have been on a steep learning curve when it comes to raising boys. I was surprised by my son’s early interest in all things involving war and battles. Even though he didn’t have any toy guns to play with, when my son was a preschooler he managed to make them for himself out of tinker toys, legos, and PVC pipe. He constructed swords out of wrapping paper tubes and discarded cardboard pieces. I once showed a psychologist friend of mine my son’s drawings of battle scenes because I was a bit concerned about the violent content. He laughed and said, “He’s just being a boy.”
As time has gone on in my life as a mom of two boys, I’ve discovered that they have what seems to be an inherent interest in things that just don’t interest me: war, weapons, good guys vs. bad guys, cars, planes, bugs and super heroes. I’ve also come to terms with the fact that they are a bit wild, loud, and always on the go.
One thing that has been obvious to me from the very beginning–boys and girls are different. While they often enjoy the same sports, toys, games, and activities, there are also many differences. No matter how society might like to think otherwise, God made men and women different, and for a reason.
It is important that we as parents help our children learn about God’s wonderful design for His creation. If we don’t teach them, they will most certainly learn it from the world.
One of my favorite children’s book authors has a new book coming out May 1st, titled Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design. I have nearly all of Susan Hunt’s children’s books and am excited to share about this new one.
The characters, Cassie and Caleb, are siblings that have appeared in several of her other books. In this book, there are twenty wonderfully illustrated short stories about the siblings and the lessons they learn about God’s design for men and women, the Biblical standard for truth, and centrality of Jesus in Scripture. They learn from the book of Genesis how God created men and women in His image, equal and yet different. They learn about the similarities the genders have in their relationship with God as well as their unique roles. And just in case you were wondering, the book does not provide a list of things that girls do and don’t do or a list of things that boys do and don’t do, rather the intention is to guide children in developing a Biblical framework for understanding God’s design for the genders.
In one lesson, they learn that the members of the Trinity have unique and different roles in our salvation. God the Father chose us, God the Son saved us, and God the Holy Spirit helps us to obey and grow in our faith. Each role is distinct, yet not one is more important than the other. The Trinitarian relationship is then compared to the equal-yet-different roles in the genders.
One verse that is focused on in the book is this one from Psalm 144:
“Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.” Psalm 144:12
Rich in theological truth, this book is written in a devotional format which includes memory verses, catechism questions, and discussion questions. Though written for children ages 5-8, younger children can benefit from the book as well as those a little older.
My kids loved this book and often asked me to read more than one story. It encouraged a number of enlightening discussions. Today, I am excited to give away one copy of this book. To automatically enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below. Random.org will select a winner on Saturday, April 27 at 8:00pm EST. This giveaway is available to US residents only. *Update* 4/27 The winner of the book is Jody. Congratulations!