by Carolyn Byers Ruch
Bobby Gilliam dreams of becoming a pilot and a surfer, but mostly he wants to be a soccer player—just like his dad. After he has a nightmare about an alien who wants to take him away and give him the universe, his father teaches him about a real-life “alien” he may one day face—a person who might show him pornography or ask him to play secret games involving inappropriate touch. Later, someone Bobby trusts tests his ability to keep secrets and begins to show him an inappropriate video. But because of his father’s wise teaching and loving relationship with his son, Bobby knows what to do and who to tell.
Bobby Gilliam, Brave and Strong, our book for boys and Ana’s Song (formerly Rise and Shine), our book for girls, will help you build a bridge of communication between yourself and the kids you love and long to protect. Please, read our stories. Begin the conversation. Build the bridge. Break the silence. So your children, like Bobby, the hero in Bobby Gilliam, Brave and Strong, and Ana, the heroine in Ana’s Song, are free to become all they were created to be.
Bobby Gilliam, Brave and Strong and Ana's Song are available in both faith-based and community versions on Amazon.com.
Carolyn gives parents tools to empower their children for one of the most significant conversations we can have with those we seek to protect.
As a counselor it is astonishing to me how frequently my clients were unprepared for the crisis moments of their lives by a parental figure. A book like this will have such widespread impact on the next generation of children. Please make sure your kids are prepared for what is out there. ~Dr. Penny Nelson Freeman, LPC
In Bobby Gilliam, Brave and Strong, Carolyn Byers Ruch brings together the benefits of positive psychology and a clear strategy to keep kids/adolescents safe. Now there are spiritual, relevant, excellently illustrated, and usable tools from the author for both boys and girls. The centerpiece of this tool is a significant conversation that children may have with their parent or other adult following its reading.
~Rev. Dr. Robert J. Moore, M.Div., Psy. D.