"When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner: A BABS Book Review
The book, "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner, was provided free of charge but the thoughts and views of this children's book are completely our own. There are affiliate links in this review, where if you click the link or purchase the product we receive a portion of the profits. Enjoy!
There are differences in all of us. It always amazes me to think how everyone has eyes, ears, a mouth, and a nose, yet not one of us are the same. But that's just the uniqueness of it. None of us are alike despite the many things we share!
Do you know what makes you unique? Do you use these things to stand out and shine in a crowd? Now you know us, we are always looking for ways to instill self-esteem and confidence in our girls. So we naturally took interest in the book "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner not unlike our last treasured book "Ahni and Her Dancing Secret" by Shereen Rahming.
"When God Made You" offers a loving insight to a young girl to help her realize just how unique and special she is. It expresses how she is a gift from God and how He thought about every detail about her before she even came to be in this world. It teaches her to take the love that God has for her and her uniqueness and use it to be a light of love, patience, and kindness. Now if that ain't powerful, I don't know what is.
I loved this book because it is a Christian story and teaches a young black girl to bless others because God has blessed her. The illustrations are so colorful and beautiful and help keep you captured in the book (if the words weren't doing that already).
The colors really got Jayla's attention the most. She loved looking at the big pictures and pointing at the girl in the story and asking questions. Not sure she got the true meaning of the story, but it is good for her to see main characters in books that reflect her and to read books about God and the connection He has with each of us. I will continue to read this book to her because it solidifies our family's beliefs.
There are quite a few unique features I see in my toddler Jay; some I wish I had. She is FEARLESS and I mean that in its entirety. I never want to hinder that fearlessness because that is something that is much needed in adulthood. She takes risks and speaks up for herself without second thought at such a young age. She is definitely feisty, but at the same time soft towards people. She has such a kind heart and wants others to be happy. She loves to say hello to EVERYONE she comes across and usually doesn't let up until the person starts talking back to her or at least acknowledges her presence. She has a way with languages that fills others with joy. She is a toddler with a high level of emotional intelligence that amazes others (not just her mama). She wants to be seen and heard and I believe she is here on this Earth to do great work.
Don't think I didn't take away anything for myself. Now obviously this stuff I already know, but it is a good reminder to us adults that forget the blessings from God. It helped me to visualize and focus on my amazing gifts instead of the things I feel I lack.
When Julia and I first unboxed the book, I was kind of awed by the cover. It is so beautiful with a little black girl rocking corn rows, looking as if she’s flying and falling at the same time; both without a care in the world and happy and with acceptance.
Being an artist myself, I loved the bright colors of the "When God Made You" and the depth captured by the illustrator, David Catrow, who did a great job with showing the energy and movement of the story. Call me reading into it too much, but his use of pencil and brush strokes plays well into the subject of being a unique but intentional individual (there’s no stroke that matches another stroke throughout the book).
Now, for the initial read. The book caught Ava’s attention with the bright cover. She saw it in the diaper bag and immediately wanted to take it out, but while reading it, she didn’t give it the same attention. She’s only one and there was no music involved so what do you expect.
Despite my child no longer listening to the words coming out of my mouth, I kept reading.
Starting out, I liked how Turner focused on just how special we are to God as an individual. How we’re specifically created with intent and there is no mistake in any part of us. Then it progresses from pointing out your originality to encouraging you to accept, use and grow the exclusive talents and quirks God decided to give to you.
I’m supposed to be talking about how this book is good for Ava and how it works with what I want to teach her as she grows. I mean the book is good for her, when she gets old enough to understand it, and it does work into the messages I want to teach the child through life.
I call her mommy’s weirdo sometimes because there are some things she does that has me tilting my head, but I never stop her from doing it or diminish anything about it. Her odd movements and exploratory nature are all her and I support it a hundred and ten percent, ten fold, and will only help to develop it more as she gets older. With all that being said, I’d be doing my review a disservice if I didn’t talk about how it touched my spirit.
I’ve dealt with low self esteem for as long as I can remember. After individual traits of mine were called out by family members – not to be intentionally harmful – and by bullies at school – can’t say the same for them – I learned to start picking apart myself. I remember when it was time for me to take showers before bedtime, I’d stand in front of the mirror, look back at myself and pin point everything I found wrong, physically, mentally and emotionally. I just felt like I wasn’t right.
Fast forward about a decade later, after going through a handful of therapy sessions and learning how to treat myself a little better, there’s still damage that I’m trying to mend and habits that I’m working on breaking. Well into adulthood, I had to learn to accept myself as I am. I had to teach myself that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me. I had to force myself to take time to use my own talents.
I think this book serves as a good reminder to everyone, no matter the age, that you are you for a reason. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you and everything that you are, you should cultivate. Let it grow, let it live and let it bless others that you may come across.
“A confident you, strong and brave too, you being you is God’s dream coming true.”
-Matthew Paul Turner
If you’d like to purchase "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner and see it’s amazingness for yourself, you can buy it from Amazon here.
If you have any books you think we just have to read, for ourselves or for our daughters, please drop the titles in the comment section below.