Monday, July 23, 2018

PBT God Book #11: When God Made You

Below I feature again a wonderful God book by Turner and Catrow. On Friday look for this pair's new book in the series, When God Made Light

Picture Book: When God Made You
Author: Matthew Paul Turner
Illustrator: David Catrow
Summary: Through charming rhyme and hilarious illustrations, this picture book celebrates when God made "an incredible you," a you that the world needs. 
You were in God's mind long before you were born. God imagined how you would look, what you could do, and how you would respond to the world. 
God knew your name all along. You are an important member of God's family who brings "color and rhythm and rhyme to God's story." 
Perhaps it's with paint, amazing tricks, a make-believe story, or the beauty of a dance, but for sure God is pleased, for you are an image of God!
God dreams about you, especially "all that in you that will be true." God knows your potential to be "a lover of nature", a "peacemaker," and a "builder of dreams." 
And you definitely can learn to view other children of God as a part of your family, ready to be loved by you. "You being you is God's dream coming true."
Hanna’s Comments: Picture books about the nature of God featured here at PBT I call God Books. I especially like the non-gender nature of God here. This book is a jewel because it emphasizes each person’s value as a uniquely created, child of God, made in God’s image and loved beyond measure. This is such an important message for each person in our world. In this oh-so-colorful book, you have encouragement for children (really people of all ages) to explore their gifts and abilities while considering how they might make the world better. You may recognize the art. David Catrow’s PBT books about Molly Lou Melon, have a similar look and a delightful little girl with similar imagination and enthusiasm but in a secular setting. Check out Molly Lou’s books [here] and [here]
Original Publisher & Date: Waterbrook, 2017
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up
Formats other than Book: Tablet 
Scripture Connections: Made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27); for I am wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book to a group of children or adults to remind them that they are all unique children of God, made in God’s image with gifts to share with and for the world's other creatures.