When God Made You

When God Made You


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YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601429186
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 20,789
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Matthew Paul Turner is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife, Jessica (The Mom Creative, The Fringe Hours), and their three children in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children’s books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!. He makes his home in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

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You, you, when God made YOU,God made you all shiny and new.

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Copyright © 2017 Matthew Paul Turner.
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When God Made You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book for children of all ages! I truly ENJOY reading this book to my children. The words are intelligent and encouraging, the rhythm is soothing yet engaging, and the illustrations are intricate, bold, and engaging. This book celebrates the everyday while challenging children to continue learning and growing into the person they are created to be. Most importantly, it emphasizes God’s love for each individual child. When God Made You is a bookish treasure to share with each uniquely special child in your life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first thing that caught my attention on this book was the colorful cover. Bright greens, pinks, yellows, and oranges flow throughout, like paint on a canvas. Keep in mind the hardcover book is a picture book but not a board book. I love reviewing children’s books because it allows me the opportunity to share with my kids and with my Sunday school kids. The group loves to read the book together. This book by Turner would make a great gift for a young child or early reader. For those often looking for diversity in their books, look no further. There’s a variety of different people in this book to show just how special and unique we all are. I think this is a fun, bright and colorful book sure to capture the eye of any child. Some of the paintings, both on the inner cover and within the book are random enough with shapes that could be made into a fun game. Like cloud watching, I’d take the opportunity to point out what might look like a fish, flower or a dragon. Or let them picture something that catches their eye. This is a sweet book that affirms that we are all God’s children, lovingly created in His image, yet unique in looks and talents. On days where my child might be upset because she’s not as good at sports as the other kids, I want to help her celebrate the differences: the areas she does excel in. If we were all the same, it would be so boring. How cool is it that we are unique, bringing to the table a variety of skills, both creative and logical? I may not be good at decorating, but I can often fix something. So as sad as I may feel when I see all that other Pinterest Moms accomplish, I need to remind myself that my area I excel in is problem-solving. Not exciting, but still valuable! Perhaps this book is good for adults, like me, who also need the affirmation that we are God’s children, creating lovingly by Him? I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most adorable children’s books I’ve ever read! Bold statement, but I stand behind it. It contains fun rhymes, brilliant illustrations, and most importantly, a gorgeous, powerful message. Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places. ~Excerpt When God Made You is a lyrical blend of inspiration, empowerment, and wonder. Every child should read this book or have it read to them—over, and over, and over again. It shares how God made you unlike anyone else ever known, and He instilled a unique purpose and voice inside you. He created special talents, dreams, and life adventures for you. This book is incredibly encouraging. It rouses a sense of authority to boldly be who you are—a one of a kind gift to the world. Out of the billions of people on this earth, nobody else was made to be YOU! A confident you, strong and brave too. You being you is God’s dream coming true. ~Excerpt Matthew Paul Turner has written a potent, rhyming message, and David Catrow’s colorful, full-page illustrations are the perfect accompaniment. Young or old, this book yields a sense of wonderment. I wish I had this book when my children were little. When God Made You helps build your child’s self-esteem, feeds their curiosity, and empowers them to be the matchless, exceptional person God made them to be. I’m excited about this book. I can’t think of another children’s book I’d recommend more highly! 5 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Pages: 48 Target Group: 3-7 years Publisher: Waterbrook ISBN: 978-1601429186 First Lines: You, you, when God made YOU, God made you all shiny and new. I was blessed to receive an advanced reader copy of from the publisher.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
You are created uniquely. There is no one else like you. You are always on God's mind. These are all sentiments that Eric and I want to teach Sarabeth and help her to come to believe. We want her to see the beauty in each and every person created. To be able to see beyond what is and create something new and beautiful from it. We got a chance to read When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, with Sarabeth last week. New books are always exciting days in our house, but this was was a little more special. Sarabeth was engaging with the photos. She was excited to turn the page, and we heard quite a few exclamations as the bright colors captured her imagination. When God Made You was written to help children about what makes every one unique. To discover character traits, talents, and personalities. It helps them learn that they have a special place in the world that only they can step into. It reminds children that God made them with a purpose in mind. With a plan in mind, God gave each child the likes and dislikes, skills and abilities that they need to carry out his dream for them. Even though the target age for this book is children 3-8 years old, Sarabeth was able to follow along with the story as I read it. The pictures engaged her in a big way. One note I've seen in several reviews is that some of the words are too big for toddlers to understand (Revue, debut). SB wasn't distracted by these words. But I do think they will give us chances to talk about what they mean as she gets older and better engages in language. I see them as opportunities for learning rather than distractions from the message. I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to be able to get this book for review from Blogging for Books to be able to review. A friend of mine had recently gotten it for her family and had such great things to say about it. The first thing that stands out to me before even reading the words is the illustrations. Oh my gravy but are the so whimsical and inviting. They complement the words so well while also engaging you into a second story all their own. The words were just as inviting and encouraging, the rhyming was spot on though the repeated You at the beginning of some pages were a bit awkward. Not overly awkward but just 'off' if that makes sense. From the Meme perspective this is a complete win and one that I hope grows with us through the years. However, we all know that even when the grownups like the book that doesn't always translate to the little ones so I went to them for opinions as well. With four Minnions of Mischief to chose from I went to the middle two this time. Squirt (2) doesn't quite have the attention span to get through a book this size though she seemed to like to try to grab the pictures off the pages. Munchkin at 8 (almost 9) thought about it and decided to pass on the review part as this is truly below his reading level. So MooMoo (6) and Goobie (4) were more than willing guinea pigs. MooMoo had trouble expressing what she thought about the book. She had trouble settling into the story and following along while also trying to read independently at the same time. She seemed to be drawn into the story the pictures told more than the words and to me that is a great marker of the story within the story. She didn't really have an idea of whether she loved/liked the story or not but did express that she liked the parts where the girl was drawing and making things. I think from the six year old perspective it's a bit of a mixed review. When she read her part of this review she's like but I like the book. Goobie had a lot of trouble settling in to the book as well. He was too busy trying to convince me that he should be Munchkin and his brother Goobie. Somehow, I think he totally missed the point of the story :) He was taken into the pictures and as we got into the book the pages with less words and (to me anyway) more impact to the words he became more engaged. He officially gave it an I liked it review. I have to wonder if it was just poor timing for reading this gem with my Minnions of Mischief. Though I have to agree, after reading it multiple times now, that perhaps the first part is a bit too wordy with the poetry for this age group and became more successful as the story developed and there was less to get through allowing more to focus on.the message. It does however, allow for repeated conversations about individuality and how God chose us, before we were born, to be who we are. In my house being a weirdo is a complement. This book helps, in our own zany way, to reinforce that. As stated above, I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Blogging for Books. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
freesamplequeen More than 1 year ago
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner Illustrated by David Catrow When God Made You is a fun book that has value for young and old alike. Readers follow a young girl in pictures as the story talks about things God valued and considered in making her, and creating her to be special and unique. As the pages progress, the illustrations take on more color and brightness, becoming more exciting with each page turn, leading readers to a final thought that "You being you is God's dream coming true". As a mom of four, each so unique and special, I have enjoyed reading this book to each child and talking about what makes them special. While the overlying theme is that God made them to be individual, there are many specific examples listed within the story, and each child could find something about themselves being talked about in the story. Illustrations are bright and engaging, cartoonish but realistic. Features are friendly and inviting and the increasing color and design invite readers to continue exploring. Even I enjoyed looking at the pictures for their boldness and fun. This is a very encouraging book to read to young children, and can easily be read by younger readers as well. It lends itself to many conversations about God and individual qualities and how we are each carefully crafted by His hand to be perfect in His sight. We have all enjoyed this book in my home and I would recommend it to other parents as well. * I was provided a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review as a part of the Book Crash review program.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Written in a charming rhyming fashion. Author Matthew Turner stresses to the child being read this book that God finds them important. In fact, He finds them so important that He made….them. Just one of them. But one that the world needed. The child is encouraged to dream, to dance, to create. All wonderful things for a child! And the illustrations by David Catrow are incredible. So colorful and imaginative. This is a book sure to please the child in your life!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
From gloriously colorful end-covers to dreamily imaginative pictures of a small child running through life, David Catrow’s images make Paul Turner’s When God Made You into an artistic delight. Which makes perfect sense, as the story tells of one small girl learning her place in God’s artistry. The tale is told with unforced rhythm and rhyme, respects its readers with well-chosen word craft, and gently repeats the theme that God chooses, sees and delights in the real you. Appropriately, the imagined child responds with imagination, creating images, delighting in ideas, and learning the wonders of who we are each made to be. Peacemakers, movers and shakers, brothers and sisters all over the world, God calls us to love one another and this beautiful book echoes the call delightfully. Highly recommended. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me and I offer my honest review.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Through a whirlwind of colors and rhyme, this book embraces the beauty of life,the joy of individuality and the treasure known as diversity. The cover already pulls into the fitting atmosphere with it's clear, religious title and the glorious freedom as the little girl falls through a sky of colors. Warm thoughts and feelings are immediately brought to the forefront of the mind and hold on the entire way through. The message is clear: you are precious. It's a necessary statement kids can never get enough of or hear too much about. The rhyming text brings this across on every page in different ways, allowing the reader/listener to be enveloped by the encouraging message again and again. The heavily religious tone encourages without weighing down. The vocabulary is a little advanced for younger listeners and a few words will need explanation even for older ones. The wording and rhymes are beautiful, but sometimes, the flow stumbles a little. Alone the illustrations make this book a sheer joy to read. Vivid colors invite to imagination and fantasy. The characters are lovingly depicted and offer a wonderful glance into the glorious diversity of life, all on their own. It's easy to flip through the pages again and again just to get lost in the artwork. Summed up, this is a lovely book with a beautiful message. The text and length lean more to ages 4+ and up. The text is fine, but it's the illustrations which bring the book to life and create a fantastic, warming journey. I received this book from Blogging for Books and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to dive into these pages.
BTHM More than 1 year ago
OH MY! I can't even begin to explain how GORGEOUS and BEAUTIFUL this book is! And I'm not talking about just the illustrations (which are too adorable for words,and that may make you pick up a second book, so you can frame some of them!) - but about the CONTENT! Isn't that EXACTLY what we as parents want our children to truly do? To fly with all their creativity, expression, personality and see where it will take them, knowing the God is there in every moment? Even when we as parents can't be? The book may be made for ages 2-7, but my almost 10 (EEK!) year old daughter was just as entranced with it. She declared it "a love song from parents to their kids" (I know, sometimes how she sees the 'big picture' SCARES me!), and it truly IS. It is about our (and God's) unconditional love and how that can spur our children to do things, be who they are, and to embrace life with everything in their essence! If you are going to buy ONE children's book this year, THIS IS THE BOOK to buy! Give it was gifts, keep a copy and share, share, share! EVERY child needs to read/have this book read to them! So don't walk, run and pick up your copy today!
RobinTroxell More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that will touch children and adults alike. I think it helped my 7 year old understand the point that I am trying to instill in my children that every individual is made in the image of God - even though we are all different, God is big enough to pull it all together. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. All thoughts are my own.
Triplestack318 More than 1 year ago
"YOU, you… God thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut." Beautiful story about who God made our children to be and reinforcing that they should use their God given gifts to their fullest potential. That our children should desire to be the best people they can, and so that people can see God in their lives. I think, that as parents who are believers, this is something that we all want for our children. To know the One who created the world and everything in it, and that they were thought of before they were ever born. The story is full of rhymes, which makes it an easy read. The artwork is absolutely stunning, and each page is a masterpiece. As I read this story to my children, I found myself getting goosebumps at certain parts. The words having that much of an impact on my heart, and I can only hope that my kids felt the same. This book will go on regular rotation for us, as part of our bedtime routine. "Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew That the world needed someone exactly like you!" ----- (full disclosure: I was fortunate enough to be a part of the launch team for When God Made You. The publisher provided a copy of the book for me to read, review, and share information about. A positive review was not required, and all thoughts/opinions are my own.)
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
The message of When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow, is summed up on the first page: “You, you, when God made YOU, God made you all shiny and new. An incredible you, a you all your own, a you unlike anyone else ever known.” From there, the narrative expands on the concept, branching out into several ideas: 1.) God knows each child even before birth. 2.) God loves each child as an individual. 3.) God places talents and passions within each child. 4.) A child's self-expression through his or her natural gifts brings joy to the Creator. As a mother, I appreciate the messages in this book because I know when my four year old goes off to vpk, she faces a tough world. The culture will tell her that she's not pretty enough, that her talents aren't good enough, etc. This book stands against those messages. The little girl in the story is talented artistically, but it's framed in such a way that her talents are used to bring joy to God, not to be put into a competition where she may or may not be good enough. I recommend When God Made You for children ages 2 to 6. It was perfect for my four year old as my daughter has common ground with the girl in the book – both have a younger sibling, both love to paint and create. The illustrations are vibrant and complement the story. It was good to see a Christian children's book that depicts an African-American girl. It might just be my experience, but it seems like the majority of Christian children's books use Caucasians. I like to teach my girls that diversity is normal and good and this book is a nice tool to use for that purpose. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
When God Made You By Matthew Paul Turner Illustrations by David Catrow When God Made You is a picture book that is written so that children will know just how uniquely one of a kind they are. The words have a rhythmic flow as the story develops - explaining the plan God had in mind before time in the creation of each and every child. The illustrations are bright, colorful and eye-catching. They bring the story to life and move in harmony with the flow of the story. The suggested age level is 3 - 8 but from reading this book myself I think most anyone would enjoy it and delight in the pleasure that God took in planning each and every life. The story itself takes 40 pages but every page is not worded so even the shortest attention span should be able to sit through this book - and if you add in a little snuggle time all the better. When life gets difficult the assurance that "God knew your name.... God's family without you would not be the same," is just what they need. This book would make a wonderful gift for just about any occasion. It would also be a perfect special time alone with Mom or Dad reading the book. This book does not delve into Biblical matters so if you are looking for a book that teaches the spiritual you will be disappointed. This book is more of an assurance of one's importance to God. I believe children who are in a broken family situation would truly benefit from this assurance of their importance to God - the God who planned and designed them. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Waterbrook with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
georyl_com More than 1 year ago
When God Made You has a wonderful message and is beautifully illustrated - and if those are the only criteria that I'm looking at, I would have given this book 5 stars. However, I think the target audience of this book should not be children ages 3 to 8. This book has 48 pages, 25 of which has texts. Some spreads have 8 lines of text (especially the first few pages), the others 4, some just 1. My preschooler lost interest halfway through the book and thought the illustrations looked sad. My second grader liked it. Bottomline: a beautifully illustrated book with a wonderful message but probably more suited for children ages 6 to 9.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the Book: YOU, you... God thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut. From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God's divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 'Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew That the world needed someone exactly like you! My Review: When God Made You is a sweet and special book. This is a book that will convey to a child just how special and unique they truly are. As we grow older we either forget that important fact or just don't believe that a big ole great God could love little ole imperfect us. So I feel like this is a great book to share with our children because it will get them in the habit of seeing themselves as God sees them. God knew us before the world every did. We are truly unique, loved, and always on His mind. We are exceptional. We are children that belong directly to Him and He knew our name, face, and frame. A sweet book that will quickly remind our children of the dynamic relationship between them and their creator. With creative prose and rhyme this book will tell a story to them that will leave them happy and carefree to live in the world God created especially for them. The illustrations are phenomenal as well. Full of color and life! This book is a winner! **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
Children are always trying to figure out where they fit in the big world. From a very young age, they are learning what they’re good at, how they can help, what their talents are, etc. We, as parents, need to encourage our children to be all that they can be for God. To do things for His glory. We need to make sure they know God made them just the way they are, and has plans to use them. They are unique, and no one is exactly like them. I was honored to be a part of the launch team for this book! It was an amazing story that held my children’s interest. It has a powerful message; one that I believe all of us could learn from, not just children. The illustrations are just beautiful. I’ve read books similar to this one, but I just love the way this one is written. It is written in a rhyme, so even the youngest children will enjoy it. I love how Turner points out that even before children know who they are and what they can do, God knew who they were going to be and gave them the talents they have to use for Him. Grab it for the little ones in your life today! You won’t regret it. **I received this book free as a part of the launch team. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
KristinSmith More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for any child to read. With bright, imaginative pictures on every page, Matthew weaves a story of the wonder and delight that God has for his children. This book reads like a song that is being sung of all the ways that God makes us unique. It is affirming and life giving, a beautiful book that will be enjoyed over and over again! I have purchased this book for every child in my extended family and can't wait to share it with them. Get this book today!!
Clambaker More than 1 year ago
This children's book has a lovely message to share and the most gorgeous illustrations that captivate all 5 of my children, from ages 2-10. I've already read it a dozen times to the younger ones and the older ones recognize the illustrations from an illustrator of a series of books they liked when they were younger. I love that I can share God's big love for my kids through a children's book! I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has quickly become our favorite. I have 2 little girls and they love the beautiful illustrations and we all the message of the book, which is that we are all created uniquely and this book helps us learn to celebrate the unique ways God created us. It's a beautiful picture of God's love for His children.
LadyD-Books More than 1 year ago
Matthew Paul Turner has successfully written an encouraging love letter to children everywhere explaining their purpose in beautiful rhyme and simple prose. Children everywhere will embrace their own uniqueness, creativeness, and special talents. On the wonderful journey of self-discovery, while learning who they are and building upon why am I here questions, excitedly the children will discover and share with one another the Biblical truths that bring them joy. The illustrations enhance the story line perfectly. Beautiful colorful detailed pages will encourage kids to dream, and to celebrate being YOU! The story is so life affirming! Children of all ages will choose to celebrate life and see that their gifts and talents can help someone else! I especially like, "So be you - fully you - a show-stopping revue. Live your life in full color, every tint, every hue!" What a marvelous foundation for parents and grandparents to share with their children that a loving God delights in the creation of every child! My favorite line in the book, "'Cause when God made you, this much is true, the world got to meet who God already knew."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a beautiful picture of how God created each of us uniquely, and how he celebrates each one of us. The words and illustrations and captivating, and remind children (and adults too!) how much God loves us and values us as individuals.
TinaRazz More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet story about God's creation and love for His people. A great addition to any children’s book collection! It has rhyme and repetition, perfect for children. The pictures are beautiful, colorful, and artistic. My three-year-old daughter loves it. The best part of this book, is that there is no agenda. The theme of this book is that God made everyone an individual, just the way they are. I highly recommend this book!
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! A visually engrossing read about how God knows all about you and that He made you. He made you for a purpose and gifted you with each of your personal attributes. The illustrations leap with joy from the page as the characters are colorfully splayed across the pages finding how God has a purpose and plan for them and uniquelly fitted them for that plan. Awash in soft pastels from every color of the rainbow the pages are beautifully illustrated with charming, exuberant, happy critters and characters. After being told in rhyme that God made you uniquely, the reader further reads that he is to.... Discover. Explore! Have faith but love more. And learn and relearn all that God made you for. Use your talents and passions, those gifts that God fashioned Think up ideas and then put them to action. The story also brings in the "Love one another" theme and touches on the color in all races and kind. I see this as a beautifully colorful book that envelopes the child with the wonderful fact that God made him or her. God has a wonderful plan for the child and that no matter your race or talent, your shape or your form, God's purpose is there for you and He wants you to live it and fulfill it. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Waterbrook, to facilitate this review. Opinions are solely my own and I was not compensated.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Having two young granddaughters, I am always on the search for new children’s books. But not just any book. I want to share stories which will draw them closer to God and their identity in Him. When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is beautiful! It is a story with words which will speak into the heart of every child. The illustrations are colorful, winsome, and leap out from every page, catching both the eye and the heart. The story brings to mind Psalm 139 with a beautiful rhyme all its own: An exclusive design, one God refined, you’re perfectly crafted one of a kind. ‘Cause when God made you, somehow God knew that the world needed someone exactly like you. It also brings the powerful message that God loves all of us, regardless of race or the places we live: Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places. God knew your name. Your picture is framed. God’s family without you would not be the same. This book is beautiful in its message, illustrations, and rhyme. Children will want to read it repeatedly as they will feel affirmed and loved on each page. This is a book we will all want to read – no matter our age – as we always need this powerful reminder of our unique design and purpose. Once you see and read this book, you will want to buy one for every child in your life. *** I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Waterbrook in exchange for my review. Opinions are solely my own and a joy to share.