1. When God Made You
    When God Made You
    Matthew Paul Turner
    WaterBrook / 2017 / Hardcover
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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Made You
    March 8, 2017
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful illustrations, but a bit confusing story
    March 2, 2017
    Will
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Sacrificing Orthodoxy for Rhyme Scheme
    March 2, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful book in every way! Highly recommend!
    March 1, 2017
    Treenz
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I must admit this book had me from the cover - what stunning colors and illustrations! The illustrator has successfully utilized complementary colors making the whole thing SO beautiful! You open up the cover and there's more beautiful artwork straight away on the opening page and it continues all the way through. (Sorry the artist in me is in raptures about this book! Love it)

    Now, onto the actual story. The story is a rhyming style - reminiscent of Dr Seuss. It starts off like this, for example:

    You, you, when God made you,

    God made you all shiny and new.

    An incredible you, a you all your own,

    a you unlike anyone else ever known.

    It is a sweet, encouraging, uplifting story. What comes to mind is similar to 'Oh The Places You'll Go' by Seuss. It reminds the child how important he/she is to God, how God knows everything about him/her, how He made him/her unique. It goes on to encourage the child that God has placed in them everything they need and to live their life to the fullest using every gift God has given. To create, to imagine, to help. It tells how we are made in the image of God.

    Rhyme-wise the rhythms all work well throughout, which was impressive. The only one I'm not 100% on is the last page, but it is passable. It stretches a little to fit the rhyme on the previous page and is a little unnatural 'Over you, God was smiling and already dreaming.' But at least the metre is correct.

    This is a great little book with a great message for kids. I don't think there can ever be enough of these books reinforcing our worth in God's eyes for children. I definitely recommend this one. Not only for the story but it's a piece of art in itself thanks to David Catrow's masterful work.

    Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the themes in this book!
    February 28, 2017
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The message of When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, is summed up on the first page: You, you, when God made YOU, God made you all shiny and new. An incredible you, a you all your own, a you unlike anyone else ever known. From there, the narrative expands on the concept, branching out into several ideas:

    1.) God knows each child even before birth.

    2.) God loves each child as an individual.

    3.) God places talents and passions within each child.

    4.) A child's self-expression through his or her natural gifts brings joy to the Creator.

    As a mother, I appreciate the messages in this book because I know when my four year old goes off to vpk, she faces a tough world. The culture will tell her that she's not pretty enough, that her talents aren't good enough, etc. This book stands against those messages. The little girl in the story is talented artistically, but it's framed in such a way that her talents are used to bring joy to God, not to be put into a competition where she may or may not be good enough.

    I recommend When God Made You for children ages 2 to 6. It was perfect for my four year old as my daughter has common ground with the girl in the book both have a younger sibling, both love to paint and create.

    The illustrations are vibrant and complement the story. It was good to see a Christian children's book that depicts an African-American girl. It might just be my experience, but it seems like the majority of Christian children's books use Caucasians. I like to teach my girls that diversity is normal and good and this book is a nice tool to use for that purpose.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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