Book Review—Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger

Today I want to introduce you to an important new book for parents, unlike any other resource on the subject of child sexual abuse.

What’s different and special about this book?

It teaches you how to create in children and teens themselves the kind of warrior heart that can shield them even when protective adults are not around.

Beth Robinson is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor of counselors, a certified school counselor and a frequent expert witness in legal proceedings involving sexual abuse.

Latayne Scott is an award-winning writer with over two dozen books and a theologian with a PhD in biblical studies.

As the introduction explains, a having a warrior heart means learning to say no to whatever puts our heart at risk. A child can be trained to have a brave, noble, and prepared heart with which to face the world.

The authors combine real-life stories from a counselor’s files with Scriptural insights and encouragement and practical guides for every age and stage of childhood.

You’ll learn how to recognize potential dangers—some of which may surprise you—and you’ll learn how to prepare for them and guide your children through them safely.

And if abuse has already occurred? This book will show you the path toward healing.

This really is a book of hope—for those who want to prevent harm to their children and for those who need to see the healing that can come in the worst of circumstances.

Whether your children are toddlers or teens, you need this book.

Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger
Beth Robinson, EdD, and Latayne C. Scott, PhD

published by Bethany House (2019)
paperback, 240 pages, 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

A version of this post first appeared at in 2019.

About These Reviews and Recommendations

My career as a children’s book editor, acquisitions editor, and editorial director greatly influences my response to books.I have high standards for text, illustration, book design, and the purpose of a book.

I understand too that parents, grandparents, and others who buy books want and need good value in the books you choose. Your book budget is not unlimited.

I’m not writing these reviews as hype or promotion for fellow author’s books. I do care about helping authors—after all, I am one. I understand the effort authors pour into every book and the hopes they have for each one. The books I recommend, however, I’m choosing because of the merit I see in the book, no other reason.

I want to point you to the best books more than I want to point out books I don’t like, so I won’t be writing negative reviews. If I can’t support a book, I just won’t write about it. At times, however, I may note details or features I would have changed in a book I otherwise recommend. This is to help you make your own decisions about what books are right for your family.

– Diane

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