When God Made You

“You being you is God’s dream coming true”

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As part of the When God Made You launch team, I couldn’t be more excited to share this life-affirming book with you! This whimsical, glorious picture book debuts today, but it is already considered a classic at my house. Too many ‘Christian’ books for kids are, unfortunately, just not written at the same caliber as ‘regular’ children’s books. As a mom who reads a ton of children’s books, I am not kidding when I say that When God Made You is truly special.

Written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow (I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More), When God Made You features a celebration of all of the characteristics God loves about each of us. The repeated message is acceptance and affirmation that all of our differences–that our uniqueness–is part of God’s plan and design.

An Important Message of Acceptance

This book has such a special message for kids, and the fun sing-song rhyming text grabs their attention and makes the message even more memorable. It is just as fun to read aloud as it is to look at:

“God pictured your nose and all ten of your toes.
The sound of your voice? God had it composed.
The lines on your hands, your hair, every strand,
God knew every detail like it was all planned.”


All of us could use some encouragement and reassurance from time to time–kids especially. That’s why this book is so special! Everyone, no matter their age, will feel assured from this book’s message that their unique traits are part of a greater design. This comforting message flows throughout the words and pictures in God Made You, and this reassurance leaves readers with a smile on their face.

Each page is so beautifully illustrated with special hidden surprises, that it’s difficult to turn away from it. David Catrow is one of my favorite illustrators, and this book proves why. And now, Matthew Paul Turner is one of my favorite children’s book authors.

When God Made You is my top choice for new children’s picture books this year.

Go ahead…celebrate YOU!


The publisher provided an advance review copy of When God Made You.


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