In His Image

Jackie Long

5 Stars

January 22, 2018

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

It is so sweet to finally be writing again! The past month has been a whirlwind with holidays, conferences, and the busyness that comes with the end of the year. Taking a little holiday break from the blog has been refreshing, rejuvenating, and made me excited to start the year afresh with new books and reviews!

Besides the crazy holiday schedule, I've found summoning up the energy to read and write to be challenging lately. Being in the first trimester of pregnancy certainly does that! We were so excited around Thanksgiving to learn that our little one is on the way, but since then I've found I rarely have the energy to get the mail...let alone read and write reviews! Now that we're heading into the second trimester, the fatigue is easing up (yay!) and I have so much more energy to do more things I love and enjoy, including reading and sharing about my latest favorite books here!

Lately I've been keeping my eye out for new children's books. I have two reasons for this. One, to start building up a Biblically sound library for Baby Long to enjoy in the first few years of life. And two, I really only had the energy to read short, easy books!

I was so surprised by When God Made You. I expected lovely illustrations and cute rhymes. However, I did not expect the theological depth that Matthew Paul Turner is able to bring to its pages in a way that children can so easily understand! This isn't a book just about why YOU are special and unique, but how every person is fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image. He encourages the reader of their true identity in Christ and to live in the full potential humans have as God's image bearers:

"'Cause when God made you, this much is true, the world got to meet who God already knew."

"You, you, when God sees you, God delights in what is and sees only what's true."

and my favorite...

"When you dance alone, spinning like a cyclone, being whoever, whatever, in a world all your own, God smiles and here's why- in the spark of your eye, a familiar reflection shines bright from inside. 'Cause when God made you and the world oohed and aahed, in heaven they called you an image of God."

How beautiful and true! We are made in His image!

I also love the diversity within the illustrations...people of different ages, sizes, and races, which emphasizes the author's message of every person being created in the image of God and displaying His glory through our diversity. The author gives action to this message by encouraging the reader to love others, dream God-sized dreams, and bring reconciliation among the world's people.

My rating? 5/5
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any parent or parent-to-be! I can't wait to read this with our little one and watch as he or she begins to understand what it means to live as an image bearer of our Creator.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest, unbiased review!*