When God Made You: Book Review

Kari Rothstein

4 Stars

August 16, 2017

n these dark and trying times, it’s important to fuel our tanks with positivity. That’s especially important for the little ones in our life. I like to focus on any kind of positive story for our son from Raggedy Andy to the Saggy Baggy Elephant, but I really enjoy it when we can focus on stories that help him understand better the nature of God. If there’s anything that our children need to understand right now it is that all people of all ages, races, shapes and sizes- including them- were made by a loving God. When God Made You (by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow; published by Waterbrook) does a beautiful job of teaching just how beautiful and colorful God’s best creation: people, truly are.

The story in When God Made You is simple enough a beautiful young, African-American girl with a gorgeous head of hair, goes through a day seeing the world in and all the different colors both in people and in her imagination in a delightful rhyming text. Kids will be able to both relate to her simple observations about fingers and toes and to her dreams filled with compassion and promise. I only have trouble with one line in the whole book. Children can learn how we are all special and all made by God for a purpose. I don’t like it when it says, “have faith, but love more.” While you can certainly argue that many people of faith are not stepping up to show love right now, I believe that shows a fundamental lacking of faith, as the Bible tells us we cannot know love without knowing God (1 John 4:8).

The illustrations in this book are whimsical, exciting and inspiring. My son loved trying to name all the colors and look at the patterns. When God Made You is a wonderful for book for children to read because it truly depicts our multi-ethnic world allowing children to appreciate our physical diversity.

When God Made You is a great tool not only for story time, but to help develop an appreciation for how God made them and all the beautiful people that God calls us to live and love on this planet.


Kari Liked: The illustrations are gorgeous! The message in When God You Made You is great too.


Kari Didn’t Like: I didn’t like one line of text.