When God Made You, Matthew Paul Turner @HeyMPT

when-god-made-youWhen my wife and I adopted over three years ago, one of the things I was looking forward to was reading books with our little guy. I always enjoyed the Dr. Seuss books and remember reading The Foot Book with my kids as they were growing. My favorite Seuss book is still The Sneetches.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to receive a copy of When God Made You, the new children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner. We are always looking for good, Bible-based books to share with our kids and When God Made You is a good addition to our collection.

The artwork is a great background to the rhyming style of the book. With bright colors and active scenes, there is almost a story with in a story happening.

The story emphasizes that each child is created by God with unique talents and abilities that God wants every boy and girl to use.

I was drawn to this particular phrase as I flipped through the book again:

‘Cause when God made you
and the world oohed and aahed,
in heaven they called you an image of God

What a beautiful truth to plant into the heart of a child:  you are created in the image of God!

Our little guy is three and the first reading was a little long for his attention span, but the message is worth reading again and again over time.  When God Made You provides a tool to impress upon the children in your life that they were created by a loving Heavenly Father who wants them to be loving, kind and who God created them to be.

Get a sneak peek of the book When God Made You  or click here to read more about it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Some Good (& Free!) Parent Resources

Lunch Box Note from Matthew Paul Turner's Instragram (https://instagram.com/p/6zkxRKB4WS/)

Lunch Box Note from Matthew Paul Turner’s Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/6zkxRKB4WS/)

About a week ago I received an email with some free resources for parents.  After looking through the resources, I thought they were definitely worth sharing.

These resources come from a ministry called Parent Ministry.net.  They desire to help churches build an excellent parent ministry.

Around the same time I received the email, I remember seeing a lunch box note post on Matthew Paul Turner’s Instagram account. He shared a lunch box note he left for his son.  It underscored the importance of the resources that Parent Ministry shared.

The first resource is called Lunch Box Notes. They provide ideas for parents to use to leave various notes of spiritual encouragement to their children.  They offered 50 ideas for parents of children and parents of teenagers. You can view, download or print these PDF resources at these links:

Lunch Box Notes for Parents of Children.

Lunch Box Notes for Parents of Teenagers.

The second resource Parent Ministry provided was short videos for parents.  The videos are geared for parents of toddlers to parents of teens.  They deal with a variety of subjects that may speak to the specific season of parenting you may find yourself in. If some of the videos don’t apply to you, my guess is you have a friend or family member who could benefit from hearing one or more of them.

Besides, who couldn’t use some free parenting tips?!?

You can check out each of the videos below.  It is set up as a playlist and there are 8 different videos.  You can watch all 8 or just select the ones that interest you.