Written in a charming rhyming fashion. Author Matthew Turner stresses to the child being read this book that God finds them important. In fact, He finds them so important that He made.them. Just one of them. But one that the world needed. The child is encouraged to dream, to dance, to create. All wonderful things for a child! And the illustrations by David Catrow are incredible. So colorful and imaginative. This is a book sure to please the child in your life!
When God Made You is a visually stunning piece of art. This book illustrated by David Catrow is so gorgeous. The way each page just comes alive is remarkable. My youngest just loved looking at the pictures in this book.
The writing was whimsical and the whole book just flowed well with all the rhyming. That being said this book only focuses on God's love for us. While that is not a bad thing, if your looking for a book about a relationship with God this is not it. The book's sole purpose is the description of God's love for us.
Overall it is an good book. We need to know that God loves us. The simplicity of this message is rooted in the whole book: Love one another.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
When God Made You, written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow, is a delightful childrens book. With its colorful pictures and catchy rhyme and rhythm, it is sure to be a favorite in any home with young children.
This book strives to inform children that they are loved. In fact, God not only loved them before they were born, but He planned and created every aspect of their being. The book tells little ones that God knew such things as their physical traits, personalities, and talents before they were even thought of here on earth. It encourages them to use their gifts for Gods glory from a young age.
I enjoyed this book. It was charming and held my attention to the very end. The illustrations were interesting and appropriate for young children. I liked the idea that children can be taught about their importance and usefulness to God early in their development.
I would recommend this book to anyone with young children in their lives.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
Beautiful illustrations, but a bit confusing story
March 2, 2017
When the opportunity came for me to review a children's book I was excited! Being a father of three (soon four) has turned me into a bit of an expert. (To an extent)
The book arrived at my house while I was at work, and since my kids love getting mail they were excited for me to open it as soon as I arrived home. The moment I pulled the book from the mailer, my kids were immediately drawn to the colorful cover. "Woah! What book is that?" My kids are used to books arriving in the mail, but usually they're "church books", but today this was a book for us to read together. When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner andillustrated by David Catrow.
Evening came. Baths. Snack. Teeth brushed. Now it was time for the story.
The most glaringly positive thing about this book is the color. I mean, this guy left no color unused. The illustrations are absolutely rich and beautiful. For me, this is definitely the highlight of the book. Not that the writing is poor, because it's not. The book is written in a wonderful poetic rhyme, which makes for a fun read. However, the issue I had with my kids is that they weren't understanding how the words connected with the pictures. The book is listed as being for children ages 3 to 8, but I would lean more toward the older side.
Throughout the book, the reader is reminded again and again how special they are to God. How God made them. How God thinks about them. How God loves them. All while the illustrations unfold a story of a girl who is creatively using the gifts God gave her to explore and use her imagination within the world around her. Each reminder and promise about God is creatively paired with an illustration that shows the main character implementing a portion of that trait into her imaginative play. She's coloring and creating a fantastical world of color and beauty, thereby expressing her God-given talents and abilities.
Overall, this is a creative book that vividly explains the ever abundant love of God, for kids. Like I mentioned, wonderful poetic writing combined with beautiful illustrations. The main negative being that my children struggled to connect the words with the pictures; with the over-arching theme being a bit over the head of a typical child. I even had trouble understanding how the poem matched what was being illustrated on the last few pages.
Theological note: I was disappointed theologically in this book. The first 5 or 6 pages were on target and encouraging for a child. However, as the book continues I feel like the rhyming aspect sacrificed the overall quality of the original message. The book began geared towards God's love and creation of the child, turning into the child's amazing qualities impressing God. "You being you is God's dream coming true." Yet, the writer never implies that the girl loves God in return, believes, has faith, recognizes God's existence, or any other such things. Finally, when the writer speaks of what God expects from the girl, all is listed is that she is to live by three words: "love one another". The author clearly missed loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. (The first part of the two-part greatest commandment) Also, in the bookGod was never identified beyond just "God", with which I always have trouble.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, and published by Waterbrook publishers, is a colorful book that aims to teach children why they were created.
As a conservative evangelical Christian, I expected this book to agree with the basic tenets of orthodox Christianity. As a result, I strongly disliked this book. This book is written to seem as though we as people were created on a whim and God didnt have any idea of what he was doing or why he was creating us. This book also gives too much credit to our abilities as humans and denies the sovereignty of God. While trying to explain the sovereignty of God the author takes too many creative liberties in trying to explain an important yet complex subject matter to children. This in conjunction with some grammatically suspect sentences makes the reading of this book quite confusing. On top of these issues with the text, the book talks about the glory of man that God instilled in us, an idea that flies in the face of Biblical teaching.
The art in this book is bright and colorful, however, the artwork is too busy and abstract to encourage the child to focus on the story. On top of this, the further into the book I read the less the pictures seemed to have to do with the text of the story. Therefore, it saddens me to say I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
This book was provided to me at no cost by waterbrook publishers via bloggingforbooks in return for my honest review.