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"An exclusive design, one God refined, you're a perfectly crafted one of a kind." Celebrating the individuality of each person, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations affirm that every child is loved by God---and should be valued for his or her unique gifts, traits, and characteristics. Ages 3 to 7.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601429185
ISBN-13: 9781601429186
Ages: 3-7

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YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

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 universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 
 
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 
 
’Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

Author Bio

MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife Jessica (TheMomCreative.com, The Fringe Hours) and their three children in Nashville, TN. 

DAVID CATROW is an editorial cartoonist whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children’s books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More and I Like Myself. He makes his home in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

Editorial Reviews

'When God Made You' is one of the most beautiful, most compelling, and most life-affirming children's books I've ever read--it's 'Oh, the Places You'll Go' meets the Divine. This book is a gift for kids of all ages!" –Amy Grant, six time Grammy Award-winning artist

"One of the most beautiful children's books I've ever read and the walls of our house are lined with books." –Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times Bestsellers, "The Greatest Gift" & "One Thousand Gifts"

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  1. plasticmom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Adorable
    May 26, 2017
    plasticmom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm many years past my childhood, but children's books still remain my favorite read. "When God Made You" is colorful, both in wording and art. The pages catch your attention, and the gentle rhyme of the story takes you on a wonderful journey. Perfect for any child (or grown up who will never grow up). We're never too old to hear that God made us special.

    This book was provided to me free of charge by Blogging for Books for review purposes.
  2. Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Okay Children's Book - My Review of When God Made You
    May 19, 2017
    Emily
    Rib Lake, WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Written by: Matthew Paul Turner

    Illustrated by: David Catrow

    Published by: WaterBrook

    I enjoy checking out all kinds of children's books - and there are so many out there! I was happy to have the chance to read and review When God Made You.

    The story:

    This book shares a poem of sorts that talks about how much God cares about the child who is reading the book. It talks about how God planned out that child and their life before they were born.

    The illustrations:

    I am not a big fan of the illustrations in this book. They are a little "out there" on some of the pages and just not cute.

    Who the book is for:

    The back of the book says that it is for those aged 3 through 8, but I think that younger children might enjoy it, too. There are also parts - and words - that no one under 8 is going to fully understand.

    What I liked:

    This book has a very positive message in regard to the child and their life. A message of God's love and his plan for them.

    What I didnt like:

    I am not a fan of the illustrations.

    I think that the book could have been written a bit simpler for young children to understand it.

    My conclusion:

    This is an okay book.

    I give When God Made You 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book free to review from Blogging For Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Readerofbooks
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An awesome author and awesome illustrator team!
    April 26, 2017
    Readerofbooks
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Initially I was attracted to this book because of the illustrator David Catrow. This book is filled with clever and heart warming drawings. But I also discovered an awesome author Matthew Paul Turner who has a true gift with words. His poetry is like music. It flows beautifully from page to page and the illustrations enhance his words. This book is equally pleasing to the child and adult who shares the book with the little one.The emphasis over and over on the unique blessing each individual is to the world, to their family and to God makes this an important message all children should hear. I really liked how the author emphasized how God made the child and planned for good things and sees good things in the child. This is a precious book filled with love and sweet affirmations.
  4. AmyL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging Book
    April 20, 2017
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    You are created uniquely.

    There is no one else like you.

    You are always on God's mind.

    These are all sentiments that Eric and I want to teach Sarabeth and help her to come to believe. We want her to see the beauty in each and every person created. To be able to see beyond what is and create something new and beautiful from it.

    We got a chance to read When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, with Sarabeth last week. New books are always exciting days in our house, but this was was a little more special. Sarabeth was engaging with the photos. She was excited to turn the page, and we heard quite a few exclamations as the bright colors captured her imagination.

    When God Made You was written to help children about what makes every one unique. To discover character traits, talents, and personalities. It helps them learn that they have a special place in the world that only they can step into. It reminds children that God made them with a purpose in mind. With a plan in mind, God gave each child the likes and dislikes, skills and abilities that they need to carry out his dream for them.

    Even though the target age for this book is children 3-8 years old, Sarabeth was able to follow along with the story as I read it. The pictures engaged her in a big way.

    One note I've seen in several reviews is that some of the words are too big for toddlers to understand (Revue, debut). SB wasn't distracted by these words. But I do think they will give us chances to talk about what they mean as she gets older and better engages in language. I see them as opportunities for learning rather than distractions from the message.

    I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
  5. Mark Evans
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    It's Not About You
    April 12, 2017
    Mark Evans
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    If you have read my other reviews you know that I ask always ask a first grade teacher to read the book to her students. Thus far I have received positive comments. However, with this book the teacher felt that the book was to "you centered, its all about you." She said that even her students recognized the "you centered" focus of the book. She didn't even want to add the book to her library. I supposed at first that she may have over reacted a little, but after reading the book I must agree. I am writing an honest review. I suspect that there may be readers who will criticize me for my opinion, and believe that I am taking things to seriously.

    The book is a sturdy hard cover. The illustrations are interesting. I'm not sure how to describe them. I liked all of the colors. I didn't care for most of the human illustrations (exaggerated freakish features), but the animals were done very well. The book does rhyme.

    I believe that the author intended to celebrate the reality that we are created in God's image and the we are loved by Him. However, after reading it, I feel that the book went beyond the truth that we are unique, original, and loved by God. Our culture insists that we must be ourselves and believe in our self, and it promotes self-value and esteem. I believe the Bible promotes God-centeredness, humility, Christ and others esteem. We are actually taught to esteem others better that ourselves (Philippians 2.3). Certainly we are valuable to God, I would never suggest otherwise. But this reality should not develop a faulty and ungodly perception of ourselves, or God. God want us to use our talents for Him, develop our gifts, and celebrate our uniqueness, but He wants us to change; He expects us to become more like Christ. These truths could have been included in the book.

    Children take things literally. Since this is true, there are a few things in the book that I must comment on. I'm going to share some quotes that I think can lead to wrong perceptions about God and ourselves (Remember, children take things literally.).

    "You, you, when God sees you, God delights in what is and sees only what's true. That you-yes, you, YOU-in all of your glory, bring color and rhythm and rhyme to God's story."

    Reality- God sees the secret places of our hearts, which includes the secret sin that we try to hide from every one else. When we speak of glory, we should speak of God, not ourselves.

    "Have faith but love more"

    No need for explanation.

    "You, you, when God dreams about you, God dreams about all that in you will be true, You being you is God's dream coming true."

    This is just not true. God doesn't dream. Nor is it true that "you being you" is God's dream come true. God's will is for everyone to repent of who they are and become more like Jesus.

    "Cause when God made you, all of heaven was beaming."

    "Over YOU, God was smiling and already dreaming."

    This is just not true, all of heaven was not beaming over you. Again with the dreams, God doesn't dream. (Remember, children take things literally.)

    In exchange for an honest review, Blogging for Books provided me a copy of When God Made You. I have written an honest review.
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