Review of “When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow


WhenGodMadeYou

 

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is a beautifully illustrated book that inspires children to be themselves, and to be genuine and true to who God created them to be. The poetic writings and vibrant colors bring each and every page to life, inspiring children to be true to their creative nature and whatever talents lies within each of them. It assures children that each and every one of them was made unique and special, and are loved for who they are.
Matthew Paul starts the book out describing how God created each and every aspect of our being, from our hair, to our toes,  to even our name. It helps them to understand that who they are now was planned from the beginning. What I rather enjoyed next was how they included the diverse culture of us all, how God made people of all different cultures, and races, from all different places. It goes on to encourage us to view each other as sisters and brothers, and to live by the words: love one another. I feel like we’re in a time and place when children need that encouragement to love one another regardless of our differences, be it physical, mental, or characteristic, and to remember that we were all created in God’s image.
As an artist, I’m always drawn to the illustrations almost immediately, sometimes before I even read the first page. The cover of this book definitely caught my attention, I found it beautifully done. David Catrow’s illustrations in this book start off simple, playful, and fun. I loved how part-way through the book they turn vibrant and exciting. The complexity of the colors, shapes, and designs used toward the end of this book will help awaken the imagination of young readers. Overall, it was a very adorable story, and I loved the message behind it.
-I received this book for free through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and given in honest.
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About charii23

My name is Charissa, I am an inverted, self-taught artist as well as a wife and mother of two. I am a Christian with a faith that was built from the inside out, influenced only by music and beautiful sceneries. I have many strong passions in life, including hobbies I like to practice on a daily basis, such as photography, painting, writing, reading and most recently blogging. I've spent the last couple years mostly as a homemaker with my two kids. As much as I love my life at home with my kids I've spent most my life working and making an income for myself. For years before I had met my husband I worked as a preschool/daycare teacher in a toddler classroom where I was able to utilize the artist in me, creating crafts and art projects for my toddlers. Prior to that I had worked in and out of different coffee shops and daycares, both jobs I loved deeply. Now with two kids it just isn't the logical option to go to work, but neither do I want to be a homemaker for the rest of my life. I've had dreams since I was little to be something big in life. A big time photographer for National Geographic, an artist for a company like Disney or Pixar, an author for a popular book series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. All of which I hold the talents, I was just never paved a path or given the opportunity to be any of these. My life held a lot of ups and downs and it wasn't until recently, as my kids are becoming older and more independent, did I decide if I wasn't going to make it to college or placed on any other fast track program to making my dreams come true, then I am just going to have to try to get myself as far as my bare natural talents can take me. That is what led me to blogging. If I can't publish a book right now, then I'll spend my time reading them and expanding my knowledge on writing. I'm hoping to become more recognized as a blogger/book reviewer with hopes that when the time comes to get a book published my name will already be recognizable to an extent. As much as I would like writing to be my career I don't exactly know whether that is where God wants me. I have other talents I could very well use to build a career for myself. None of which are going to make me money right away. That is where I hand God the reins and pray he guides me. I don't know where I am headed, I only pray my journey starts to take off soon.

Posted on April 22, 2017, in Book Reviews, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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