Teaching Kids About the Miracle of Birth

Spring is always such a lovely time for new little creatures, isn’t it? We can see that recognition of new life show up in our Easter celebrations (or at least in the candy and decorations displayed in stores) in the form of bunnies, lambs, chicks, and tulips. This is the time of year we celebrate babies and new life.

Teaching Kids About the Miracle of Birth - Wonderfully Made by Danika Cooley

Born Again to a Living Hope

Resurrection Sunday is about so much more than new barnyard creatures, though. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV) tells us:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Praise God! Jesus is risen and we have the opportunity to follow him in that new life in eternity. It doesn’t get any more amazing than that. All we have to do is be born again. (Wait, what?)

Midnight Spy

When Jesus was ministering at the Passover Feast in Jerusalem, a Jewish leader visited Jesus at night. The leader, Nicodemus, acknowledged that Jesus must be from God. After all, no one else could do signs (miracles!) like Jesus did unless God was with Jesus. As if being all sneaky and declaring Jesus to be from God in darkness rather than in the middle of the synagogue wasn’t weird enough, Jesus made things really strange by announcing that no one can see the kingdom of God unless he’s born again. Kind of weird, right? Nicodemus surely thought so.
Jesus and Nicodemus went back and forth a bit. Nicodemus asked how a man could go back into his mama’s womb and be born again. Jesus said those born again are born of the Spirit (that’d be the Holy Spirit). Then Jesus said the words many adults can quote by heart:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” ~ John 3:14-16, ESV

Jesus told Nicodemus about the greatest news in the entire universe. Jesus was going to be crucified (lifted up) for the sins of all who believe in him. Anyone who believes will be saved to eternal life.

Earlier, the Apostle John put it this way: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13, ESV)

Teaching Kids About the Miracle of Birth

When my kids were younger, I would tell them about the miracle of their birth–how they developed and grew inside of me (or for our two oldest, how they grew and developed inside their birth mama). We’d talk about how they pushed their little hands against the womb, and played with the umbilical cord, and squinted at bright lights. We’d also talk about how they were born–it hurt, but in the end, we were so happy to hold them. We rejoiced over their little lives!

I want you to be able to share that same story with your kiddos. My new book, Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth, not only tells the story of a baby’s development in the womb, it also briefly tells the story of Nicodemus and Jesus’ discussion about the second birth before explaining the good news of the gospel. We’re giving away a copy, so be sure to enter!

Giveaway ~ Ends 4/4/16 ~ One Hardcover Copy

Wonderfully Made: God's Story of Life from Conception of Birth is a lovely story of life for kids from ages 5-11, told from the perspective of a mom with science and Scripture.
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth (Christian Focus 4 Kids, 2016) is a science- and Scripture-filled picture book for kids ages 5-11. The book is told from the perspective of a mother telling her child about his or her development in the womb week-by-week. You can learn more about Wonderfully Made and download free resources like posters, Scripture memory cards, and a fetal development lapbook over at the Wonderfully Made book page.

Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth {Proverbial Homemaker}
Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.

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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, Wonderfully Made: God's Story of Life from Conception to Birth, and Bible Road Trip.


 
Danika Cooley is a mother of four. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest where they homeschool their youngest two children. In addition to her new book, Wonderfully Made, Danika is the author of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), and Bible Road Trip.
 
Image: A New Acquaintance, 1885, Kirill Vikentievich Lemokh (1841-1910), Public Domain

This Post Has 83 Comments

  1. All of my kids have asked many questions when they hear of someone expecting a baby. I think this book would answer many of their questions and sounds terrific

  2. That is from Christian perspective, placing value on life

  3. It looks like a greta tool to teach my kids with

  4. It excites me to find a book that explains birth from a Christ centered mind set.

  5. The age lvl for this book!

  6. I would love to win this book for my children. They all have had questions about how life starts, I do try to be truthful but keep it age appropriate. I have seen the book advertised and love how it is Christian based.

  7. I love how it is Christian based.

  8. I love that this book points children to Christ the Creator and helps them to remember in a beautiful way the truth about life in the womb, to counter the lies of the culture! This book is great!

  9. This is in my Amazon cart right now. I was just about to order it.

  10. What a lovely book and thanks for the giveaway.
    Marion

  11. I love the age level for this book. This looks like a wonderful resource that I would like to share with friends to help celebrate the miracle of life- and be filled with wonder all over again for our precious God who breathed life into each of us, and has a purpose for our lives.

  12. I want a Christian based book to help us explain the miracle of conception and life.

  13. Awesome been wanting to use this with my boys

  14. Awesome… Think my kids will like pics.I love that it is bible based

  15. This is a great looking book. It excites me that it is for the little ones too. They always have a question you don’t know how to answer!

  16. I love that it is a christian perspective.

  17. We so need this today ! My kids need to hear this !
    Linda

  18. We so need this in our home. Truth is so needed today

  19. My kids would love this, my littlest one is due this summer!

  20. My kids would love this, my littlest one is due this summer!

  21. This is such an amazing thing to share with our kids! Every time a new cousin is born they ask more questions! I would love this resource

  22. As a homeschooling grandma I am excited and looking forward to using biblical truth and science to explain the miracle of birth.

  23. Looks like a wonderful resource for our homeschool! 🙂

  24. It looks like a wonderful resource! We are studying anatomy and physiology this year and I am currently pregnant. This should be a great tool to use for learning.

  25. Thank you for publishing something to helps Mama’s!

  26. My kiddo is very interested in learning, asks a lot of questions about this subject, and loves to read. I think this book would be a hit!

  27. Sounds like a great teaching resources to read with my kids, especially now as we just received a new little bundle of joy in our family.

  28. I’d love to show the pictures to my children.

  29. My 7 year old (almost 8 in June) is fascinated with learning more about how babies are born and how God decides who will give birth. I try to give her an explanation, without too much detail, but I think this book would help to answer and illustrate a lot of her questions.

  30. The Christian perspective of it…very important in a book about life. We are expecting our newest member next month. My four and two year old are full of questions!

  31. My oldest is definitely interested in this type of book. What age level is it?

    1. Hi Sherry! The age range is 5-11.

  32. I like how is is Christian based.

  33. I like how it is Christian based.

  34. Our kids are just now getting to this age where they ask questions. Eek!

  35. With 4 kids of my own and a new niece on the way it is fantastic to have truthful, informative, factual information from a biblical perspective to guide our conversations.

  36. Thank you for the opportunity to win this. The book sounds great!

  37. We’ve read many ‘preparing for baby’ books to our kids, but I love that this is from a Godly perspective!

  38. I’m interested in this book because we are looking for a book for our 6 year old that describes conception, pregnancy and birth from a biblical perspective. But I’m not sure if this book covers ‘how babies are made’ part. Would love to check it out!

  39. My daughter is starting to wonder where babies come from and this looks like a visually beautiful, wholesome resource.

  40. I’ve seen this book before and it would be great for my kids. I’l have to check into it anyway.

  41. Love that this is from a Christian perspective. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  42. I’m happy to find a book like this that is gospel based! There are lots of other books out there, but you really have to read them carefully to k ow what viewpoints you’re getting!

  43. I’m pregnant with #5, and the oldest (6yo) is starting to ask more pointed questions. We know we want to have the discussions early and often, but I’d love another resource to help us out!!

  44. Looks great with the week-by-week approach – unique!

  45. Would love to win!

  46. I’ve been looking for a book about new babies and love that this one is from a Christian perspective!

  47. This would be a great book to read with the kids!

  48. I like that the book guides through the stages of development and seems to be age appropriate for my child.

  49. Think my kids will love this book!

  50. I’m so glad to hear that a book like this is available so we can share it with our littles.

  51. Thank you for the resource recommendations! This book looks perfect for my children!

  52. My youngest has been curious about this. With both my oldest kids, I explained with my own “What to expect” and that type of book when they were expecting little brothers. My littlest has a nephew that sparked his curiosity, but I’ve gotten rid of all the books (shoot!). This would be great.

    I shared this over at my Homeschool Giveaway Linky. I’ll add the Bible Roadtrip one too. If you have any other homeschool giveaways in the future, feel free to stop by and share them (just in case I miss them):

    http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2015/07/homeschool-giveaways.html

  53. It sounds like an exciting way to show children a Christ centered view on how they grew inside and were born.

  54. Very neat. Anything to educate my boys and better their lives.

  55. I love finding biblical resourses for my children. I like the topic as it is an impoertant one to teach from the biblical truth.

  56. I’d love to read this book to my kids. Great to have a book like this with a biblical view. We are wonderfully made from conception to birth and beyond.

  57. Love how it is presented from a Biblical worldview, clean and truthful. Thank you!

  58. What an amazing tool! I will be getting many of these to give as gifts!

  59. My 5.5 year old has been asking many questions about how she was born and her pre-birth history, and she is also convinced that our family needs another (3rd) child. 🙂 A book like this would help me share with her how miraculously she was made and show how our (if God blesses us this way) next baby is forming inside me.

  60. My oldest 3 kids (ages 5, 7, 9) fall right in this book’s advertised age range (5-11), and these are topics I’m hoping to start exploring more fully with them, plus we’re always looking for good devotional material.

  61. Oh! This pleases my birth loving heart so much! I’ve had one csection, one birth center VBAC, and two home birth VBACS!

  62. This would be very helpful with teaching children about life and birth. Things that are granted by God.

  63. A beautiful book that teaches from a Biblical perspective. It would make a lovely addition to our home library, thank you.

  64. My kids are fascinated with babies. This book would be great, because there aren’t that much kid appropriate and accurate (not cartoon stupid) resources to teach this.

  65. I would love to use this for homeschool!

  66. I love having the science and scripture together! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  67. I just told my 5 year old daughter about the story of Nicodemus this morning!! We talked about salvation and being born again – of the Spirit not the flesh :). Good timing to hear of this book, not to mention I just had a new baby!!!

  68. What a great way to teach about the amazing process of development!

  69. I am excited about the biblical perspective and how it links the physical explanation of birth to spiritual rebirth!

  70. I would love to win this book. Love that it is from a Christian perspective and aged appropriate.

  71. I love that it is both scripture and science based and that it is Christian and age appropriate for little ones.

  72. We are expecting our 11th child and the “middle” children in our family have been asking lots of questions. This looks like a wonderful resource that they can look at and help understand the miracle of life. I especially like that it is from a Christian perspective.
    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  73. I love that it’s Bible based and mingled with Science as they don’t need to be separate, thanks!

  74. The pictures look lovely and the way it seems to be written is very mindful.

  75. This would be great. I’ve been looking for a Christian way to teach them.

  76. This would make a great conversation starter with my 5 kiddos.

  77. This would be a great conversation starter with my 5 kiddos.

  78. A celebration of God as the Creator of life

  79. This book sounds like great tool to explain how babies are formed onside their mom’s. I love that it adds in the word. God’s Word is the greatest book.

  80. The fact that everything is already put together and it is christian based!!!

  81. Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful teaching tool – I love that it is from a Christian view point.

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