When God Made You, by Matthew Paul Turner is a beautifully illustrated children's book for ages 3 - 8. The colors and pictures will definitely keep a child's interest. In a rhyming format, it tells the story of how God made you. Quite honestly, I wish that I had this book when my children were young so I could have better encouraged their personalities, and helped them to realize that they are who they are because that is who God designed them to be; and no two people are the same. Also, that God created them for a purpose.
It presents a beautiful picture of so many parts of who we are: "An exclusive design, one God refined, you're a perfectly crafted one of a kind. 'Cause when God made you somehow God knew that the world needed someone exactly like you." "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."
In reading it the first time, I actually thought, "Wow, I never really thought of it quite this way". Although I really love the book, it is definitely one that an adult would have to read to the child and help to explain. Because of the rhyming pattern, you really have to think about some of what is being said and I feel it would be difficult for a young child to understand on their own, "'Cause God loves you creating, your true self displaying, when light on the inside through art is portraying". It doesn't happen often, but a few pages would definitely be over a child's head. I would not discredit this book for those few instances though. The points being made are wonderful and I would definitely recommend this book for any young child's shelf … and what better way is there to spend time with a young child then to share a book with them - it is time well worth investing!
I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.