What makes a boy a boy or a girl a girl? Marty Machowski wrote God Made Boys and Girls in the “God Made Me” series to help children understand that our two genders were created by God, and it is by his will that it is encoded into our DNA. Too many today are confused over gender for various reasons, and it is needed to have good resources to help children understand one of life’s basic ideas that there are only two genders: male and female. God created the word that way as he began with Adam and Eve.
Gender is actually a good gift from God. Kids don’t always treat it that way, as boys pick on girls (or boys) for being too “girly,” or even for being “tomboys” and so possibly they’ll turn into boys. Basically, kids can be ruthless. But that doesn’t mean they’re right. They need to be pointed to God’s goodness and to the cross of Christ. We try to go our own way separate from God, and we see this today in how people invert ideas about gender. Kids can show Christ’s love to others by encouraging them for who they are and what they like to do.
Marty does get into the weeds a little bit when he talks about chromosomes, so you will want to read through this before you you read it with your youngest children to see what you will skip or explain differently. But it’s helpful for older children as they will have had this in school already. Here it isn’t just “science” but God’s way of ordering his own creation.
Gender dysphoria is a real thing. Part of the confusion today is thinking that boys like playing with trucks, playing football, and wrestling, whereas girls play “house” with their dolls and cook. This isn’t true. Some boys like to cook, and when I went to school all of the girls in y class ran around and played tag. A few played football with the boys (something I am still terrible at). Personalities and preferences do not determine gender. Chromosomes do.
As well, there are genetic disorders and diseases that have occurred because of the Fall. Marty deals gently here and reminds parents (at the end of the book) to teach their own children to show compassion to any children they meet who have these disorders. Even the most basic parts of life have become complex for them, and they need friends who can show them the love of Christ.
- Author: Marty Machowski
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: New Growth Press (September 2, 2019)
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Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, and he has authored The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Wise Up and Listen Up family devotionals.
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