Important messages in a kid-friendly format

Terry Perrine

4.5 Stars

January 6, 2018

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow, manages to address God's aseity, eternality, and perfect future foreknowledge, while speaking to children about self-confidence, creativity, originality, identity as a child of God, racial equality, and a future world filled with peace and love. Yes, this is a kids book! It's really quite wonderfully done, although I was surprised by the powerful content of this book. The illustrations are beautiful, though I wish the overall tone would have been a bit more vivid. The theologian in me took issue with two of the expressions used in the book, but these are probably nit-picky things when it comes to a children's book (e.g. "'Cause when God made you, somehow God knew that the world needed someone exactly like you." Somehow? I would change this to "God already knew…."). Despite the number of concepts tackled by this short book, it never feels overwhelming or scattered--the author does a nice job of holding it all together. When God Made You is marketed for kids ages 3 to 8, and I agree entirely with the top end of the age-range (which is generally what I focus on with this type of book). Kids that are being bullied, feeling different than their peers, and struggling with their own identity could surely benefit from this book.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, the opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.