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EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Okay Children's Book - My Review of When God Made YouMay 19, 2017EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Written 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.
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.
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.
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.
Readerofbooks5 Stars Out Of 5An awesome author and awesome illustrator team!April 26, 2017ReaderofbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Initially 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.
AmyL5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging BookApril 20, 2017AmyLQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4You 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.
Mark Evans2 Stars Out Of 5It's Not About YouApril 12, 2017Mark EvansQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2If 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.
vics495485 Stars Out Of 5God loves you!March 21, 2017vics49548Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Written 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!