Welcome back, friends! If you didn’t catch last Thursday’s newsletter, it’s not too late – reach out and I’ll forward you all the juicy bits. Otherwise, it’s Tuesday around these here parts, and you know what that means: Author Tuesday! I am delighted to feature author and photographer Matthew Paul Turner today; his children’s book, When God Made You, knocked the SOCKS of my boys earlier this year, because it features a little girl who looks like them, and gives validity to the divine image stamped onto every single one of us, regardless of skin color. Keep reading and leave a comment to score a copy!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? Sure. My name is Matthew Paul Turner. My family and I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve been writing full time since 2004. In addition to writing, I also am a photographer. My camera and pen have taken me all over the world to more than 30 countries. When I’m home, I also enjoy woodcarving.
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? When God Made You is about God’s utter delight for you, me, and every one of us. The Psalmist wrote often about how much God loves people. It’s a message that we can’t hear enough, especially children, especially today.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? After coming up the title, I spent weeks trying to figure out a way to start the book. My youngest, Ezra, was only a few weeks old at the time. One day, I was rocking him to sleep, singing words about how much I loved him. At some point, I sang “you, you, oh how I love you…” Something clicked and the words to this book started pouring out of me.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? My hope is that When God Made You will help them know how much God delights in who they are. I hope this book reminds them of that truth when they walked through an experience that causes them to question that or doubt that. My hope is that this book will instill the simple truth that “God loves you” in the hearts and minds of kids and that it will be one of those things that they remember when they need it the most.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? The response to the book has been overwhelming, so many people have written me expressing a small part of their story and why this book means so much to them. Some of the notes have been really personal and some even painful. It’s very difficult to engage the details of somebody’s story without being profoundly impacted. So, I’ve definitely been changed by this book’s release.
If you have kids, this book is a must-read – and if you know anything about me, I’m a little picky with children’s books (especially if they’re Christian, because, hello, Cheese Fest). But don’t listen to my hang-ups: do yourself a favor and leave a comment for Matthew Paul Turner. Tell him why you can’t wait to read his book. That’s all you have to do. Also, hustle over to your favorite bookseller and buy five copies of When God Made You for yourself and all the littles in your life. Contest ends Monday, August 14th. Good luck!
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