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Book Review: Safeguards by Julie Lowe

Written by Greg Palys on

“Safety” has become a buzzword in our modern times. Warning labels, policies, and products aimed at keeping us safe bombard us everywhere we go. Parents in particular face a dizzying number of decisions regarding their child’s safety. Modern parents must consider internet safety, home safety, child abuse safety, media safety, car seat safety, and infant sleep safety, as well equipping their child to stay safe in social settings (e.g., bullying, peer pressure, drug/alcohol/vaping use, dating, sleepovers, etc.).

How can a parent respond to these pressures? This is where Julie Lowe’s timely book Safeguards steps in. Lowe recognizes that many parents fall into one of two ditches (19-25). Some become hyper-vigilant, creating an air of fear in their homes. Others underappreciate the reality of danger in a fallen and broken world, leaving their children open to harm.

Safeguards, instead, presents a sober, hopeful, and actionable vision for Christian parents seeking to put “safety” in its proper place. Safeguards does this in three ways:

1. It soberly and realistically deals with the reality of danger.

Many Christian parents act as if bad things only happen to other people. Whether from ignorance, laziness, or simply not wanting to hurt others’ feelings, Christian parents can be surprisingly naïve about the reality of danger. Yet Christians should understand better than anyone how deeply sin has affected our world. Lowe frames safety training as wisdom training (2-4). When we teach our children to spot danger, not only do we help them avoid foolishly falling into danger (Prov. 27:12), but we teach them how to spot evil and call it what it is (Isa. 5:20).

2. It offers hope that guards against fear.

Though danger is real, God is in control. In Safeguards, Lowe offers a plan to help your children wisely assess danger in such a way that leads to life and flourishing rather than fear and withdrawal. God is sovereign over every minute of your child’s life (Ps. 37:39-40). He protects and comforts his sheep (Psalm 23). And he will someday do away with all evil (Rev. 21:1-4). This does not mean your child will escape all danger. But it does allow your child, if he or she is a believer, to navigate a dangerous world with confidence in their King. Only with this balance can our children wisely take risks, have courage, and defend others.

3. It gives lots and lots of practical, actionable advice.

A vision for safety is nice, but most parents want the nitty-gritty. Wonderfully, Lowe provides this in abundance. Over three-fourths of Safeguards details suggestions for what to do in various scenarios. Highlights include:

  • Her rejection of emphasizing “stranger danger.” Most danger comes from people we know (48-61).
  • Her regular encouragement to role-play scenarios (62-71).
  • Her awareness of the very real dangers of technology (85-92; 151-163).

I invite you to consider whether you can grow in equipping your children to live in this world. I benefited greatly from reading Safeguards, and I recommend it to you, as a Christian parent, as well.

Greg Palys

Greg serves at College Park as the Assistant Pastor of Children’s Ministries. He is passionate about equipping families to instill the goodness and truth of God’s Word in the next generation. Greg received his MDiv from Faith Bible Seminary and his ThM from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a certified biblical counselor. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and their children Ruth, Ezekiel, James, Eden, and Luke.

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