Praise and Awards
This website is based on our parent’s guidebook and the best-selling companion children’s books designed for parents to read with and to their children (published by NavPress). Much of the material on this site was taken from How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character by Stan and Brenna Jones. Copyright © 1993, 2007, 2019 by Stan and Brenna Jones. Used by permission of NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO. www.navpress.com.
The books in the GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX series all received the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association as the Best Book and Series in Family and Parenting.
The GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX series books have together sold over 1.2 million copies in English alone; this tally does not count sales in many other languages including Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Danish, Faroese, Ukrainian, Russian, Mongolian, Hebrew, Chinese, and Hungarian. Clearly, the series is the most trusted reource for Christian parents around the world trying to thoughtfully shape their children’s sexual character according to biblical standards.
Praise for the GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX series
“The sexual revolution has come as a wake up call for Christian parents and educators alike. The ‘home team’ now feels like the ‘away team’ and, in a society so far adrift of its Christian moorings, parents can no longer try to out-source the moral formation of their children. Our greatest challenge is to show what we are for as well as what we are against, and here Stan and Brenna Jones have done the Church a great service. A comprehensive and authoritative set of resources, The God’s Design for Sex books integrate biblical instruction with evidence from the social sciences, sound common sense and practical wisdom. Most importantly of all, it fires the imagination with a positive vision of the divine gift of sex and human sexuality. This is the ‘go-to’ resource for all those Christian parents, educators and pastors who care about the biblically-rooted formation and flourishing of their children.”
Glynn Harrison, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK
Internationally known psychiatric epidemiologist and Christian speaker
Author of A Better Story: God, Sex, and Human Flourishing
“Over a decade ago, and before I knew them personally, we relied on Stan and Brenna Jones’ book, How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex, for guidance on how to talk to our kids about sex. Having seen their wisdom and insight up close, we still call them for parenting advice! The good news is that you can also rely on their wisdom in their newly updated version of How and When, with solid advice needed in today’s world.”
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., D.Min.
Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College
Billy Graham Distinguished Professor of Evangelism and Mission, Wheaton College
Internationally known evangelist, preacher, teacher, author and researcher (www.edstetzer.com)
“Talking with your kids about sex sometimes feels like the hardest thing to do in the world, but these books have helped the discussions happen in my household for over 10 years now. I’ve also been recommending these books to listeners of my podcast for years and years. These books will help you guide a conversation between you and your child that glorifies God and his desire for our sexuality.”
Jamie Ivey, Best Selling author of If You Only Knew, and host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast
“This series is a helpful resource for parents seeking to teach their children about the good gifts of sex and to counter the false messages that the children are exposed to. The God’s Design for Sex books are filled with wisdom and practical guidance. We have found these books very valuable in our parenting and often recommend them. Given the radically changing understanding – and promotion – of sex and sexuality in our culture, I’m grateful that Stan and Brenna Jones have produced a new edition that tackles additional, difficult questions through the lens of the unchanging Word of God.
Ken Magnuson, PhD, Professor of Christian Ethics
Chair of the Department of Worldview and Culture
Director of The Commonweal Project on Faith, Work and Human Flourishing
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This is a book for our times. Though directed to parents, it will be useful to all involved in nurturing next generation grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and the whole church community. How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex deals with sexuality as part of God’s good plan for humanity and parenting as nurturing godly, wholesome young men and women rather than producing good kids. It is comprehensive and deals sensitively with difficult topics, using research on parenting styles and sexual health to encourage and empower parents to be the first, principle, and continuing source of sex education for their children. In addressing relationships from the perspectives of chaste singleness and faithful, godly marriage, the book confronts the clash of cultures between a biblical worldview and the postmodern, individualistic mind-set. It challenges parents to enable children of all ages to live in a way that is countercultural to current tropes for sex, identity, and gender. Above all, it directs us all, as fallen in forgiven people, to grace-based (rather than law-driven) parenting.”
Patricia Weerakoon, M.D.
Retired as Director, Graduate Program in Sexual Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
Sexuality Educator, Researcher and Therapist, and Christian writer (www.patriciaweerakoon.com)
“Stan and Brenna Jones have done their homework. The world of great sexual confusion, where cheap opinions and ‘hot takes’ seem to be winning the day, these two are rising up as incredibly sane and sophisticated voices that can help show us the way.”
Daniel Grothe, associate senior pastor at New Life Church
“Sex is too important to God to leave to culture and schools to teach children. If you are not teaching your child about sexuality, your child will learn distorted lessons from culture. The first message a child hears about sex and relationships becomes the filter through which all other information is received. That first message, on this most-important life issue, must come from an informed parent.
For a decade, PEACE Education Services has directed parents to the God’s Design for Sex series because it provides biblical thinking that is informed by contemporary science. To address the changing sexual content our children are exposed to, we are so grateful Stan and Brenna have stepped up to the challenge. These updated resources equip parenting adults and church leadership to shape the sexual character of our children and youth, empowering them to make healthy, medically accurate, and biblically-aligned decisions.”
Phil Lees, Founder of PEACE Education Services (Canada, Hawaii)
“Many Christian parents struggle with how to engage and influence their kids around questions of sexuality and gender – all the more as norms regarding sex and gender seem to shift beneath their feet. The God’s Design for Sex series by Stan and Brenna Jones provides valuable guidance and practical information that will serve as both anchor and lighthouse to many parents who feel tossed by the waves of a rapidly changing culture.”
Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D.
The Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Jean May Rech Chair of Psychology at Wheaton College
Author of Sexual Identity and Faith, Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Homosexuality and the Christian
The God’s Design for Sex series was recommended enthusiastically by Tim Stafford, respected Christian journalist and writer, in the pages of Christianity Today, and described as “smart,” as “blending research findings with biblical reflection,” and as “very practical.”
The God’s Design for Sex series is recommended by Focus on the Family