God's Very Good Idea
God’s Very Good Idea
As a freckled-faced caucasian, the closest I ever got to being a racial minority were the years I attended high school in Iran. At that particular community school, other ethnicities predominated, and while it was a bit of an adjustment, it was no doubt the best opportunity for me to gain a fraction of an inkling of what many experience every day. Regardless of what skin you were born in, what age you are, or what ability or disability you own, God’s Very Good Idea affirms that from the very beginning, God’s decision for diversity among His image-bearers is something to be enjoyed.
This brilliant account of the Bible’s overarching story of salvation celebrates cultural, ethnic, and social diversity in God’s family. God’s Very Good Idea’s illustrations are eye-catching and will provoke many discussions. One double-page spread is a park full of a variety of people enjoying life in God’s world, and the next spread is the same scene with those relationships soured by sin, giving families a great opportunity to drill down and ask what happened and why. The text is riveting, lyrical, and profoundly simple, and confirms that only in Jesus, do we find a solution to our sin-filled hearts. Whether you are, or are not, living or worshiping in a multicultural or diverse setting, your family needs this book. God’s Very Good Idea is a clear and beautiful introduction to the truth that God created a diverse world, and it ultimately should motivate us to celebrate that, both inside and outside the church.
From the Manufacturer:
God’s very good idea is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. This stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ.
This book celebrates diversity and will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church - God's delightfully different family.
Age range: 3 - 6
Author: Trillia Newbell
Illustrated By: Catalina Echeverri
First Published: 2017
Dimensions: 8.7" x 10.2" x 0.4"
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Awards and Endorsements:
"This book is not only a good idea to read as a family, it's a delightfully great way to be part of God's good idea! With vibrant illustrations that dance, and rich, wise words that point to the most beautiful Truths and Truth Himself, this is a book that could change our families, the church, this generation."
-Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way
"Parents, I highly recommend getting this book and reading it with your kids. So good and so helpful."
-Matt Chandler, Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas; President, Acts 29
"God-centered, clear, and helpful. I highly recommend this book."
-Blair Linne, Spoken-word artist
"God's Very Good Idea is a beautiful book, both in its pictures and in its faithful gospel lessons on what it means for all of us to be made in God's image. This work will shape young minds and hearts to love others and the Creator whose image we all bear."
-Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; author of Onward
"I will hang onto this book in the hope that I can some day read it to my grandchildren."
-Tim Challies, Author and blogger
I loved reading this with my 5 and 7 year olds. I’m constantly searching for new books to flesh out our Morning Time family devotions, and this was enjoyed by all of us. Very gentle introduction to this super important topic!
This book was fabulous.Very clear and to the point. Would definitely reccomend.
My kids love this book!
Amazing book!! This book is such a true picture of Christianity and how we are accepted by our heavenly father no matter what our color or nationality. It paints a very clear picture that God created us all different but still in his image. Very thought provoking at an easily understandable level!!!