Now that my girls are older, I rarely get the opportunity to read children’s books.
Okay, that’s a lie…
On occasion (aka not so occasionally), you can find me sitting in my library/sewing/writing/soon-to-be-bed room reading Dr. Seuss — out loud. (Not sure what it says about me that there’s a room in my house with an identity crisis) (Also, in case you weren’t aware… out loud is the ONLY acceptable way to read a Dr. Seuss book!)
Since my girls are now 17 and 12, there aren’t many children’s books that I’m even willing to read, let alone take the time to re-read over and over again. (Other than Seuss, obviously.)
For a book to achieve such an honor in my currently WAY overloaded schedule, it has got to be phenomenal. To be honest, I would have told you such a book did not exist.
Turns out, I was wrong (again).
Normally, being wrong makes me want to vomit. (FYI – I hate the word vomit. It makes me want to vomit and I use it here only to emphasize how strongly I oppose even the idea of being wrong… Also, sorry for the use of the word, vomit.)
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner was one time that I can say, I’M SO GLAD I WAS WRONG!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE THIS BOOK WITH MY FUTURE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!! (Yes, the shouting was necessary.)
Not only did I read this book out loud to myself, but I read it to my 17 year old daughter (twice) and then to my husband! I just loved it so much I HAD to share it!
The rhythm of the words are written in such a way that I felt as if I was reading a Dr. Seuss book. The way Seuss wrote in a fun, upbeat way to convey important matters has always been inspiring to me. I love finding new books able to do that just as well as the Cat in the Hat man, posthumously can.
I would dare say that When God Made You isn’t just for kids. I’d give it as a graduation present along with Oh, the Places You’ll Go. (Are you Seuss’d out yet?)
It’s so uplifting and its message so powerful that I would recommend it for anyone struggling with depression or just going through a “down” time. I know that I can get really harsh with myself and start to feel as if I don’t matter…
This book reminds us that we are ALL important, loved, cherished, and needed.