Your Magnificent Chooser: Review

Book Description

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Illustrations: Your Magnificent Chooser

Book Review

It is a beautiful journey for individuals and also for families to discover their unique dance in making choices. Once a mother says goodbye to his or her kindergartner at the bus stop, she has released her precious child to the world of choices at their school, along with their peers. There are tons of books written about the human will but what I applaud enthusiastically is John Ortberg's biblical approach to the age old battle of 'self on the throne' and the beauty of knowing God's ultimate will for us. What's so spectacular about this well-written children's story is a clear foundation in naming self, Chooser. The author successfully weaves our ability to make choices every day and farther down the road when we're a bit grown up, hopefully, we will want to choose God's very best for our lives.

Children will see whether they're shy or an extrovert, they can choose their favorite clothes to wear or when they're tired and want to go to bed. The beauty of making simple choices, like reading a book can develop into a lifelong passion in reading books. You see, your choices get better and stronger. 

I love the book. It's the right size, the right amount of pages and the illustrations are bright and refreshing. For those who find difficulty in making choices, and perhaps make some wrong choices, the heart of the story encourages you to begin anew! I highly recommend the book for home and Sunday School library. It's brilliant for little minds! You see, doing things God's way and making wise choices is the best decision and He promises He'll come and help us, too.

5/5 stars! Love the book. Highly recommend!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

About The Author

John Ortberg: Your Magnificent Chooser


John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of All The Places To Go; Soul Keeping; Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You've Always Wanted; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (March 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496417429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496417428

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 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

When God Made You: Review

About When God Made You

YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.
From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.
Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin create for themselves.
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

Listen to the children on YouTube... When God Made You.

Illustrations: When God Made You


Matthew Paul Turner has successfully written an encouraging love letter to children everywhere explaining their purpose in beautiful rhyme and simple prose. Children everywhere will embrace their own uniqueness, creativeness, and special talents. On the wonderful journey of self-discovery, while learning who they are and building upon why am I here questions, excitedly the children will discover and share with one another the Biblical truths that bring them joy. The illustrations enhance the story line perfectly. Beautiful colorful detailed pages will encourage kids to dream, and to celebrate being YOU! The story is so life affirming! Children of all ages will choose to celebrate life and see that their gifts and talents can help someone else! I especially like, "So be you - fully you - a show-stopping revue. Live your life in full color, every tint, every hue!" What a marvelous foundation for parents and grandparents to share with their children that a loving God delights in the creation of every child! My favorite line in the book, "'Cause when God made you, this much is true, the world got to meet who God already knew."

5/5 stars! Loved the book. Highly recommend for home and Sunday school library.
Every child needs this book!!

I received the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

The book will be released, February 28 and you can order it here,

When God Made You

Illustration: When God Made You

About The Author

MATTHEW PAUL TURNER is the author of sixteen books. He lives with his wife Jessica (, The Fringe Hours) and their three children in Nashville, TN. 

He explains why he wrote the book here on YouTube. When God Made You.

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 with his wife, Deborah.

Book Illustrations: When God Made You

When God Made You: Book Illustrations

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis

Book Review: Good Good Father for Little Ones

Inspired by the #1 hit song “Good Good Father,” as heard on Chris Tomlin’s new album.
“Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like . . . but I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night . . . and you tell me that you’re pleased . . . and that I’m never alone. You’re a good good Father.”
Experience the truth of God’s love for His children in refreshing, heartwarming ways through the children’s board book Good Good Father for Little Ones, illustrated with stunning art by Lorna Hussey and penned by Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett.
With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you!
Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

Back of Book: Good Good Father for Little Ones

Board Book

Book Review

As a grandmother of 5, I especially wanted the little ones to understand the character of God with a simple story line, word pictures they would remember, and a connection with warm illustrations. I found this charming book to do just that and more! The good news of God's love for His children has a fresh approach in comparing a Father as a lion (like a kind and fair king) who is sometimes like a warrior protecting you; like a teacher (friend), who helps you learn and grow; like a doctor (healer), who makes you feel better; like a farmer, who provides the food you need; like a musician, who brings you joy. I especially like this part being a piano teacher and playing the keyboard on worship teams for over 30 years. I love to worship and Chris Tomlin is the best! Most of all, a good, good Father (like a daddy) loves you! This story answers in a wonderful way many questions little ones have regarding what a good, good father is like. The board book has great cover art and within the 24 durable pages is a precious story that will warm hearts of all ages!

5/5 stars! Love the book! Highly recommend it!

About the Author

With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison
Pat Barrett is a husband, father, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the worship pastor of Grace-Midtown Church and cowriter of the #1 song “Good Good Father.” Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.

I highly recommend this one for Sunday school and home libraries. Excellent for gift-giving, too.

Happy Reading!

 “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis