About Being a Boy or a Girl: Discussing Gender and Marriage with Little Ones in Light of God’s Word
By Lisa Updike
In her inviting and understandable way, master storyteller Lisa Updike discusses God’s good plan for making boys and girls different for God’s glory. Using scripture passages throughout, she explains to young children that when people think they know better than God and want to do only what feels good to them, it is sin, and sin is sad. In the final pages, she presents the hope of the gospel and the help God offers through Christ to live for His glory.
Charming illustrations by T. C. Lookabill enhance the lessons taught.
Lisa Updike, the Director of Children’s Ministries at Covenant Presbyterian in Harrisonburg, VA, has extensive ministry experience, which includes curriculum writing, training children’s volunteers and spearheading children’s programs in several churches over the past thirty years. Most of all, she
loves Jesus! Telling all about Him to the next generation is her passion.
T.C. Lookabill is a wife, a mom, and a lover of all things beautiful, creative, and caffeinated. She is passionate about serving God with her artistic talents even in the everyday small opportunities like rock painting with her children. She likens her joy in creating art to that of Eric Liddell’s joy in running and feeling God’s pleasure.
“Many Christian parents feel the culture is forcing topics on our young children that we would rather discuss when our children are older. How do we talk about marriage with our preschoolers? What does the Bible say about gender that is relatable to young children? Lisa Updike’s book, About Being a Boy or a Girl, answers these questions.
“She lovingly shows God’s plan for gender and marriage by using compassionate, simple language and Scripture, reinforcing that Christians are a people who look to God’s Word for guidance. About Being a Boy or Girl is rich with many gospel truths. I want to read it again and again so I will have these truths imprinted on my heart and be able to communicate them to the youngest child.” – Becky Sinclair, Member of PCA Children’s Ministry Team
“This is a great short resource for parents and young children to read together. It’s not a complex theological treatise on gender, but a simple straightforward book to help shape children’s hearts in alignment with God’s Word. The best part is it gives parents clear and helpful words to talk about the culturally-changing understanding of gender with truth, compassion, and grace.” – Jimmy Brock, Pastor, Resurrection Community Church, Virginia Beach, VA