When God Made You
by Matthew Paul Turner
Waterbrook Press, 2017
Review by Tijuana L. Canders
Jun 26, 2017
When God Made You focuses on teaching children about their individual and unique gifts and personalities. Beautiful, heartwarming, encouraging, well thought out with diverse dialogue, the story is told with unforced rhythm and rhyme, respects its readers with well-chosen word craft, and gently repeats the theme that God chooses, sees and delights in the real you. Author Paul Turner and and Illustrator David Catrow reaches into the heart of their readers telling them how very special and unique they are, and that God created them perfectly.
Children are so curious about the world around them. But they also wonder about themselves. Are they special? Why are they different from everyone else? Who made them? Author Matthew Paul Turner and illustrator David Catrow worked closely together to create a book that tells and shows children exactly why they are the way they are.
As parents we are constantly looking for inspirational, motivating, God-centered books for our children to encourage them along. From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big world will encourage them through this children’s masterpiece to spread their wings and fly.
The illustrations are colorful, humorous, and highly expressive. Turner also interjects diversity with the phrase “Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places, God knew your name” an important message for uniqueness and difference in the world.
When God Made You celebrates the everyday while challenging children to continue learning and growing into the person they were created to be. Most importantly, it emphasizes God’s love for each individual child. This children’s literature is a great read to help generate dialogue between parent and child about how God has a plan for their life and how that plan changes as the child grows and explores the world around them.
© 2017 Tijuana L. Canders