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.