Let the Children Come
"Let the Children Come gives concerned individuals, groups and congregations an important resource to learn more about protecting children and becoming advocates for their well-being. It's substantive enough that it could be used as a resource for college classes on abuse yet is written in a style that makes it appropriate for use in a Sunday school class or small group study. This will be a valuable tool for helping make our homes, churches and communities safer places for children."
—Carolyn Holderread Heggen, PhD, author of Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches
"In clear, readable, and quite practical terms, Harder provides fundamental resources for understanding and taking seriously our responsibility to protect our children. Drawing on her Christian faith and her professional expertise, she has given us just what we need to carry out our Lord's charge to 'Let the children come.'"
—David A. Sherwood, Ph.D., LICSW, Editor-in-Chief, Social Work & Christianity
"Weaving biblical texts, social research, and stories, Let the Children Come arrives at a compelling conclusion: the faith community must respond to child abuse . . . there is no excuse for every church not to own a copy and to share it with staff, volunteers, and parents."
—Beth A. Swagman, MSW, ACSW, JD, Director of Safe Church Ministry for the Christian Reformed Church in NA
"Let the Children Come is a resource that is long overdue. Being proactive at working at prevention, as well as responding to disclosures of abuse in Christ-like ways, is the responsibility of the Church. Jeanette Harder addresses the tough issues head on, provides valuable insight, and the opportunity for dialogue on this often avoided topic. This book offers valuable equipping tools for all congregations."
—Jane Woelk, Program Coordinator of Voices for Non-Violence, Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
"Jesus said: 'Let the children come.' As his followers, we also want them to come to know him through our programs and activities—and also to be safe and secure in our churches. Let the Children Come can help us make sure that's the case. I am happy to commend this book."
—Ervin Stutzman, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA