Growing Up God’s Way for Boys
The Growing up God’s Way books are colorful, fully illustrated, in separate versions for boys and girls. It is intended for children approaching or experiencing puberty, about 10 to 14 years of age.
The artwork has been specially produced for the book and includes accurate biological drawings as well as cartoon illustrations appropriate to a young reader. Most importantly of all, the Bible is the constant reference point. What God’s Word has to say about these matters dealt with is always front and center. The result is a book that conveys essential biblical ethical teaching as well as the facts about puberty.
Growing up is God’s idea. During puberty you will experience many changes to your body and mind. God designed these changes, so that you can become an adult and maybe one day get married and have a family of your own. This book will help a boy understand the changes of puberty, how and why these changes come about, some practical ways to look after yourself and how to honor God in making good choices.
For example, here’s an extract from the teaching on the chapter on Physical Intimacy:
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So special that God has given us rules
“It might seem attractive to live in a world where there are no laws. (Of course it would mean that your parents would never be able to tell you that you were doing something wrong!) But have you ever thought what would happen if there were no laws about how we should drive a car? The laws of the road make it safe for us to drive. If there were none, many more people on the road would get injured and driving would be a very frightening experience.
God has given us a law regarding how we relate to the opposite sex in sexual intimacy. This law is the seventh of the Ten Commandments: You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). From this verse and other passages in the Bible, we learn that all sexual activity outside marriage is wrong. The word adultery means either being married and experiencing sexual intimacy with someone who is not your husband, or experiencing sexual intimacy with someone else s husband. In the New Testament, God warns us to flee from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18). The term sexual immorality includes any sexual activity that is not between a husband and his wife.
The fact that God has given us a specific command to keep sexual intimacy for marriage shows how important God considers sexual intimacy to be. The husband and wife are important to Him, their marriage is important to Him, and the new life that may result from sexual intimacy is important to Him. God s law about sexual intimacy is for our safety and well-being it protects us, it protects marriage, and it protects young life.”
About the Authors
Dr. Chris Richards is a Consultant Paediatrician in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is married and has four
children. Chris also serves as a deacon at Gateshead Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Liz Jones is a retired Community Pediatrician. She and her husband have three married daughters and seven grandchildren. With her husband, she attends Welbeck Road Evangelical Church, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Richards are also co-authors of Growing Up God’s Way for Girls.