When God Made Light

When God Made Light

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Overview

When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow

From the author and illustrator of the best-selling When God Made You comes a new illuminating message about God's design affirming young readers.

'Let there be light!' that's what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread." Wild and creative illustrations from top children's illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner's lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child—an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601429209
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 87,933
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is the author of sixteen books, including When God Made You and Churched. He lives with his wife Jessica and their three children in Nashville, TN.

DAVID CATROW is an editorial cartoonist whose vibrant illustrations have appeared in more than seventy children's books, including several New York Times bestsellers, such as I Ain't Gonna Paint No More and I Like Myself. He makes his home in Ohio.

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When God Made Light 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
Rhyme, Rhythm, and Repetition: When I was earning my teaching credential many years ago, our professor for our early reading courses told us the three most important elements in picture books were rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. The author of 'When God Made Light' has done a masterful job of including these three components in his manuscript. I particularly enjoyed the higher-level vocabulary words he included in the story: gleamed, streamed, beamed; berries, cherries, strawberries, canaries; camping, stamping, tramping; constellations, formations, creations; etc. Artwork: The illustrator has made the characters, children and animals, come alive on the pages of this book! His use of color, facial expressions, and light versus dark make the illustrations a supporting character in the story. I especially enjoyed the activities and body language the two African-American girls displayed throughout the book. The dog's exuberance from beginning to end was entertaining and humorous. As I reread the book several times I found different things to look at on each page. Those intricacies make a child want to hear a story and look at its pictures over and over again. Faith: This story includes a positive view of how God sees the light in each of His children. Not only does the author touch on the creation of the world, but he writes the light at creation is the same light God put inside each of us. This is an excellent read-aloud book for families to share or for Sunday school teachers to read with their classes. Highly recommended! I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. I received no compensation from Blogging for Books or any other party for posting this review here or on any other sites. #########################
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Each one of our children (ages 5 through 13) has taken a turn spontaneously reading the pages and/or perusing the whimsical illustrations, soaking up each detail and pointing out parts that make them laugh or stop to ponder. This book blesses my mama heart! It is a joy to see our children pour over the pages of an encouraging and faith-filled book like this one. The engaging artwork and beautiful prose are soothing and heartfelt. Reading this book aloud is a delightful experience and one I look forward to reliving often for years to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Clambaker More than 1 year ago
Beautiful message, gorgeous illustrations, fun to read and a great gift, especially paired with When God Made You, also by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David The one thing that surprised me was that a book title with “light” in it actually focused its illustrations on the nighttime. However, in an underlying symbolic sort of way, it reiterated the message that each of us is the light in the darkness (because otherwise, why do we need more light, right?) Regardless, the message is timeless and an approachable way to deliver to children. My 5 and 3 year old love it. I received a copy from the publisher, but all opinions are my own. (and I purchased more)
connywithay More than 1 year ago
~ What ~ This forty-eight-page hardbound targets children ages three to seven years old who like to read stories about how God made the sun and moon, and especially them. With no scary scenes, the book should be read out loud to beginner readers based on several three or more syllable words. Full-page illustrations with flashy colors that are engaging and exciting cover all pages. In this rhyming tale, a little girl and her younger sister are making art crafts with their pet dog and cat frolicking in fun. As the two girls learn how God made the sun and stars, they also find that they have God’s light in them too. When all four of them go outside to play, they also see the moon at night and its shine, another reminder about being a light that shines for God. ~Why ~ I like how this book is colorful and visually stimulating as each page has bright colors. Encouraging young readers to be aware of God’s creation and how He made each of them are important to explain to preschoolers to second graders. The rhymes are whimsical and fun to read. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not believe in God may avoid this book. Some children with ADHD or visual issues may have problems understanding the vibrant, colorful, and intricate designs and complicated wording. Others may not be able to comprehend or read the complex words. ~ Wish ~ While the book does mention God, it does not mention Jesus or the eternal plan of salvation, but that may not be the author’s intention. Some scenes seemed too busy to me. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a children’s book that focuses on God’s creation of light, including His light in us, this would be a nice bedtime book that rhymes and has colorful illustrations. Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another adorable and inspiring book from Matthew Turner. I'd previously read and reviewed another of his books: When God Made You. The first thing that caught my eye with this book was the cover illustration. David Catrow manages to capture the story told by Matthew Turner. And the hardcover will hold up to rough hands ( though the pages may not).  While it starts with "Let there be light", the book is so much more than that. It's not the story of creation, but rather what happens when the light touches and affects everything, including us. "That very same light is in you." What an encouraging book for a young reader! How the life filled rays bring so many things. The book even notes that the moon is like our nightlight, reflecting the sun's shine. And the good that comes out of shiny things, light comets, fireflies, and so on. The illustrations within are cute and colorful for daytime scenes and cool and beautiful for the night portion. Two barefoot kids with their dog and cat explore and play with light and shadow in this adorable and uplifting book, perfect for any toddler to early reader. My daughter is 8 years old and the cover immediately caught her eye. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful follow up to the book When God Made You, this book is simply beautiful. A standalone, you don’t need to read the first one but they are lovely together. The whimsical illustrations will entice the littles in your life to open this book again and again. The wonderful message will entice the adults to read it to the littles again and again. Showing how God made light, according to the book of Genesis, When God Made Light will also encourage the reader to be the light of the world, to let your light shine brightly. Full of joy and playfulness, I encourage you to get this book1 I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
HeatherF89 More than 1 year ago
When God Made Light is so beautifully illustrated and shares a great message! This is a must have book if you have children in your home. My boys enjoyed looking at the colorful pictures and hearing the encouraging message.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
When the opportunity to review this book and help the author with the book launch came up I jumped at the chance. Turner’s first book ‘When God Made You‘ has become a favorite in our world. I actually purchased a second copy for my niece on her birthday as, despite the initial mixed signals from the Minions, they have all fallen in love with that book. The only problem? Right now I don’t have access to my Minions to get their reactions to this book. I know they would love it. The illustrations are so whimsical and inviting. I really enjoy David Catrow‘s style. The words weren’t as overwhelming and heavy as the first book but more perfectly spaced throughout the book. Genesis 1:3-5 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. This book is a creative play on the creation story in Genesis about how God made light. He made light to shine on the day, he made light to shine on the night, he made light with lightning and bugs, he made light to shine within you. OK, that is not from the book people that’s just my sorry attempt at somethingness. The rhymes in this book are touching and honest. They help to draw you into the illustrations to tell the story within the story. They also allow for deeper conversations about how we are to be the light of God into the world. Every single one of us has a light within us that needs to shine into the world. A light of love, of friendship, a light of talents that all need to be shared. We are a light of purpose. I got a chance to read this book a few dozen times with Squirt this past week. She’s a bit too young to share her thoughts but she was drawn into the illustrations and she seemed to be caught into the rhymes and words. She brought it too me again and again, but then she does love to be read to and this book was pretty handy since it was in the review stack. This book has the ability to open doors for conversations, not only about the creation, but about our individual creation. This book allows opportunity to open discussions about how each of us as individuals can become lights to the world. This book allows opportunity to open discussions about our individual talents to share our light with the world. It also opens opportunities for discussion about how we can be a light to others through our love and friendship and personality. While wrapped in deeply Christian themes this book is ideal for any child as they grow into their own personalities and embracing those things that light their own life. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Waterbrook Press. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“Shimmer and Shine be a beacon so bright 'cause when God made you, child, God made light.” When God Made Light is a book written for children 3 to 7 years of age. The story is about how God made light, all the different kinds of light and how it looked. Light flickered, dashed, blinked, flashed, glared, glimmered, flared and sparked. The story tells us light came from the stars the sun, the moon and even fireflies. The light warms us, it helps plants grow, and inspires us. “And all that light-every bright golden hue-is the very same light that God put inside you.” This is a nice story to help children learn about light and why it is so important and all the places we can find it. The pages are so cute, with active children as well as a dog and cat on every page. The illustrations are very bold and colorful. The story is written in rhyme and just the right length to hold the young child's attention as well as for the young reader. This story is written by the creators of When God Made You. The author, Matthew Paul Turner has written 17 books. The illustrator, David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist who has illustrated over 70 children's books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“Shimmer and Shine be a beacon so bright 'cause when God made you, child, God made light.” When God Made Light is a book written for children 3 to 7 years of age. The story is about how God made light, all the different kinds of light and how it looked. Light flickered, dashed, blinked, flashed, glared, glimmered, flared and sparked. The story tells us light came from the stars the sun, the moon and even fireflies. The light warms us, it helps plants grow, and inspires us. “And all that light-every bright golden hue-is the very same light that God put inside you.” This is a nice story to help children learn about light and why it is so important and all the places we can find it. The pages are so cute, with active children as well as a dog and cat on every page. The illustrations are very bold and colorful. The story is written in rhyme and just the right length to hold the young child's attention as well as for the young reader. This story is written by the creators of When God Made You. The author, Matthew Paul Turner has written 17 books. The illustrator, David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist who has illustrated over 70 children's books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“Shimmer and Shine be a beacon so bright 'cause when God made you, child, God made light.” When God Made Light is a book written for children 3 to 7 years of age. The story is about how God made light, all the different kinds of light and how it looked. Light flickered, dashed, blinked, flashed, glared, glimmered, flared and sparked. The story tells us light came from the stars the sun, the moon and even fireflies. The light warms us, it helps plants grow, and inspires us. “And all that light-every bright golden hue-is the very same light that God put inside you.” This is a nice story to help children learn about light and why it is so important and all the places we can find it. The pages are so cute, with active children as well as a dog and cat on every page. The illustrations are very bold and colorful. The story is written in rhyme and just the right length to hold the young child's attention as well as for the young reader. This story is written by the creators of When God Made You. The author, Matthew Paul Turner has written 17 books. The illustrator, David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist who has illustrated over 70 children's books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
The exuberance and joy that leaped from the pages of Matthew Paul Turner's first book in this collection, When God Made You, is again beautifully displayed in the second book, When God Made Light. David Caltrow's art is so intensely colorful and radiates a joyfullness and a lightheartedness that all children should and can experience when they confront the fact that God is the Creator. The Creator of the child and the Creator of Light. This story has children. Innocent. Busy. Lovely. The story has a dog and a cat both of which are frolicking across the pages. And it has light shining on them and their activities. And that light is manifest in a variety of scenes and events from sun and moon to stars and galaxies and to the tiny light bugs captured in the child's jar. Light glared and glimmered, it flared and sparked, and where light shinned, dark stopped being dark. Think about that. Think beyond the children on the pages. Think of Creation and Salvation and light - The Light - and how the dark stopped being dark. And then in the darkness a galaxy was formed out of the light - "a universe lit up,..." This children's book is a playful, joyful "take" on God's Creation of the World and Universe. Separating light from dark, speaking light into being, setting the sun and moon in the sky. Turner's lyric verse takes the children on an adventure through the day and night embracing children's play and activities that span the daylight and night time hours and the seasons when light makes play in the warmth of the Sun's light so much fun. And he goes on to tell the child that there is light in him, too. When the child was born God imparts a light in the child. . So light drives away the darkness - that is as literal as day and night but the light of God drives away sin. So the opportunity for some spiritual deep diving is easily transitioned to. The concept of the child having God's light in him at birth is another opportunity for the child to learn that he has a soul created by a loving God that wants to dwell in the child with the light of God's goodness. So this little book is fun, beautifully illustrated, and a joyful read but it also contains some pretty deep concepts that can even stimulate an adult's thinking. I encourage my readers to acquire copies of both: When God Made You and When God Made Light. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Waterbrook, on behalf of the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
Bright colors, fun illustrations, and rhymes that make you smile! These three things come together to make this an excellent reading experience for your child. “And if you ever feel scared in the darkness of night, remember the shadows are no match for God’s light.” You and your child will enjoy reading together about God creating light; the different ways we encounter light in our world; and reminds us of the fact that we ourselves are “beacons for God’s light.” I predict that this will become a family favorite to read over and over again. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
"Shimmer and shine, be a beacon so bright, ' cause when God made you, child, God made light." These are the final words of "When God Made Light" and I absolutely love them but I also love all of the words preceding them! Author Matthew Paul Turner uses rhyming verse to tell how God gave light to the world after declaring "Let there be light" and illustrator David Caltrow uses bright, vibrant colors to create pictures of children and animals that are fun, creative and just a little quirky. These characters are encouraged to enjoy the light that God made for the day and reminded that they can feel safe at night because of the light that He made for the darkness. But the most important lesson comes from hearing that the God who created the world and gave it light also created them to be filled with light. God made all of His children to be filled with His light. This book is filled with words that hypnotize and images that capture the imagination and it is perfect for all ages. Young children will love listening to it, older children will enjoy reading it and adults will experience joy in sharing it. Definitely five stars for "When God Made Light"! I chose to review this book and all comments are my honest opinion.