1. God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity
    Shai Linne
    New Growth Press / 2018 / Hardcover
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  1. Lauren DuPrez
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating, Timely, and Important
    January 17, 2019
    Lauren DuPrez
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You may be familiar with Christian artist Shai Linne by way of the rap music he's produced over the years. My husband and I have enjoyed his songs are thankful for his being a light in a dark industry. We were especially thrilled when we found out that Shai Linne had a children's book coming out and couldn't wait to read it with our daughter. God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity tells the story of young students whose teacher helps them understand diversity from a biblical perspective. This book is fun not only because of the captivating illustrations but because, in true Shai Linne form, it is written in rhyme. I am thankful for the timely and important message of God Made Me and You which is that all humans have been created as image bearers of God and have equal value, dignity, and worth. This is an especially important resource because it allows parents to make diversity one of the earliest values they instill in their children. The way in which Shai Linne writes about diversity is easy for children to understand and his approach to the topic is unique as it points to God as the author of diversity. Prior to reading God Made Me and You I hadn't really considered diversity as a mark of all creation but looking at plants, animals, and people, it is clear that a caring Creator is at work and this is a fact that individuals of all ages can rejoice in. My family enjoyed God Made Me and You and I believe that you will too! I received God Made Me and You compliments of New Growth Press in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God Made Me and You
    January 4, 2019
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    GOD MADE ME AND YOU is a cute children's book celebrating how God made everything different. Place, animals, and people. It focuses mainly on people so to eliminate the racial divide. Or color divide. Like if every child is blond or dark haired and there is a red-head in the group, he stands out and some bullies might be tempted to call him names. This explains why each are representative of God's creativity while still being made in an image of him.

    Each ethnicity is represented in the book, with culturally correct coloring, and even some who are blind, deaf, or mobility-challenged.

    If you are looking for a book that emphasizes God's creativity with people or how God created all nations and nationalities, then GOD MADE ME AND YOU is a great book to consider.

    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
  3. Theron St. John
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Teaching Kids God's Design for Ethnic Diversity
    October 25, 2018
    Theron St. John
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How should we think about race and ethnicity? More importantly, what does the Bible say about these matters? We live in a time of cultural tension, and our churches need to speak up where there is silence against the sin of racism and we need to bring love and unity instead of contention. More than all of this, we need to have these tough conversations with our children. How can we even begin doing this? Thanks to Shai Linne's new children's book, God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity, we have an answer.

    Creative Teaching on Celebrating Ethnic Diversity

    In this beautifully illustrated book (illustrations by Trish Mahoney), Shai Linne uses his poetic style as a hip-hop artist to creatively teach kids through rhyme God's design for ethnic diversity. Using the story of an elementary classroom incident, God Made Me AND You takes children and their parents through the story of the Bible to show God's beautiful and good design in His diverse creation. The book uses the classroom incident between students as an opportunity to highlight Acts 17. From there, the book highlights God unity and diversity in the world He has made, displaying and celebrating the beauty of ethnic diversity. The book also dives into the sin of racism and how the only solution to this problem is found in the gospel as Jesus died for the sins of mankind and no type of person is left out. The ethnic diversity of the church finds its unity in Jesus Christ. Simply put, God Made Me AND You teaches ethnic diversity is something the Bible calls for us to celebrate as God saves a people from all ethnicities for Himself.

    A Gift of Grace for Understanding Race (for Kids)

    Shai faithfully portrays the beautiful display of God's creation, the problem of man's sin of racism, and the solution provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He even opens the book with a letter to the parent or caregiver and closes it with an article on "Six Ways to Help Your Children Appreciate God's Design for Ethnic Diversity" to equip the parent as the wage their way through this complex conversation. In a time where tensions are high on tough topics like ethnicity and racism, this book teaches faithfully the biblical truth of God's design for ethnic diversity in an engaging manner for kids. The book is ideal for elementary school-aged children but parents themselves will benefit from such a resource too. One line of the story sums the book well, "What some call ethnicity and others call race, We should celebrate as a gift of God's grace." This book is a gift of God's grace to those who want to teach their children what the Bible says about race. Shai gives parents guidance on how to educate children on ethnicity through a biblical lens. If you are a parent of an elementary-aged child and want them to know the beautiful biblical truth of God's design for ethnic diversity, then get this book!

    I received this book from New Growth Press in exchangefor this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.
  4. Jolene
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Ethnic Diversity Resource!
    October 17, 2018
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In God Made Me and You, Shai Linne addresses the sensitive topic of ethnic diversity. Rather than adopting the "be color blind" stance, this tale promotes celebration of all of God's creation. The narrative points out, rather than ignores, the differences in nature as well as the differences in people. Delving deep, the text identifies living in a world cursed by sin as the root of racism and bullying. Next, the author points to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross as the remedy for sin. There's a clear presentation of the gospel and as well as an explanation of how the gospel calls us to love each other. Following the story are two pages that give parents direction about helping a child appreciate God's design for ethnic diversity.

    I think this is the first children's book I've seen in which the author addresses how racism and bullying are more than bad behavior issues. The text cuts to the heart of the matter as it discusses sin as the root of all the meanness. Like this book says, since the fall of man, the world exists under the curse of sin and "the very differences meant / to give God praise / Are now reasons for hatred, / so evil our ways." Thankfully, the story doesn't end there! It continues on to address redemption, salvation, and love for "saints of all colors."

    I find this book is more of an educational resource for us than a book for recreational reading. My daughters request it only occasionally, but they look, listen, and appear to embrace its ideas when we do read it. We homeschool so I use books like this to teach my girls how to respond and appreciate people of other races.

    God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity appears to be targeted to early elementary age children. My six year old was immediately interested when we received the book and the children depicted in the illustrations seem to be about her age. The colorful illustrations by Trish Mahoney complement the rhyming narrative of God Made Me and You. They are modern, fun, and help to accentuate the theme of the book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this complimentary book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A sensitive book on a tough topic
    October 15, 2018
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Author Shai Linne and illustrator Trish Mahoney have delivered a thoughtful children's book about celebrating the ethnic diversity in God's great creation. The book begins with an all too frequent classroom scene - the teasing and bullying of some students while the teacher is out. Just as one boy begins to cry because others are laughing at the color of his skin, Ms. Preston, a wise teacher returns to the room. Grabbing onto the opportune moment for a lesson, she shows the students that our differences are all part of God's design for the world, just as the sun, planets, stars, and moons are each different. Told in brief rhymed stanzas, this book a fun read-aloud, but also a starting point for serious discussions on accepting others. Because of its picture book format, the book can be used with young audiences, but I can also see it as a non-threatening book for slightly older kids.

    I think this book would be an excellent buy for church school libraries, parochial schools, and even family libraries. I received a copy of this title from New Growth Press. All opinions are mine.
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