Introducing the God Made Light Collection

by jessicaturner on October 22, 2014

God Made Light childrens book
Yesterday it was a joy to introduce you to our new children’s book, God Made Light. This incredibly beautiful book has been three years in the making and to take the leap into self-publishing has been a hard, exciting journey.

One of the ways that made pursuing self-publishing less scary was all the people who came along side of us and encouraged us in how much they loved the book.

People like Ann Voskamp:

“Matthew Paul Turner, takes the same zinging words and keen eye he’s esteemed for, and turns it towards a romping, memorable children’s story. With his signature fun sensibility and surprising poignancy, he writes words that one can see… and feel. As the mother of six, I’m thrilled to read a fresh voice: Max Lucado meet Dr. Seuss.”

and Angie Smith:

“Matthew’s phenomenal storytelling and clever writing style in God Made Light is captivating. This is a book I will gift at every baby shower because of its cadence and depth. It isn’t often that a children’s book is able to bridge the gap between interesting to listen to and importance of message, and this does exactly that.”

But also companies like DaySpring. As many of you know, I love DaySpring. I write for their site (in)courage, co-host their book club and offer many exclusive sales from them here on The Mom Creative. It is a wonderful company that creates quality products, so when the product development team said, let’s dream about a God Made Light product line, Matthew and I had to pinch ourselves.

God Made Light PuzzleWe brainstormed ideas, poured over illustrations and prayed over what products would bless families the most. We finally agreed on three products that bring God Made Light to life in additional fresh ways beyond the book – a giant 2′x3′ floor puzzle, a nightlight and lunchbox notes.

Just like every word and sketch, each of the three products in the God Made Light line are intentional, fun, colorful, and useful tools that not only highlight the various concepts of “light,” but remind us that we are light. They are wonderful products to come along and support the message of the book with your children. And with Christmas around the corner, they make great gifts!

GodMadeLightProductsHere’s a little more about the God Made Light product line:

Encouragement notes: This product is most personal to Matthew and me, because we’re big believers in putting notes of love and encouragement in our kids’ lunches. Matthew typically does lunches in our home and every day he takes the time to write a special note for each of them. Borrowing from the imagery of God Made Light, these notes feature Bible verses and/or rhymes (that Matthew wrote exclusively for this product) that remind children they are loved, they are light, and that God’s light is always shining on them.

A nightlight: One of the parts in the book that has resonated with a lot of families is about the fear of dark: “And if you’re ever afraid in the darkness of night, remember the shadows are no match for God’s light.” (See this sweet post from Natalie Grant about her daughter and how the book has helped her with this fear.) Including a nightlight in the product line was a natural fit. It’s beautiful and something we have in the kids’ bathroom. I think I love seeing it shine at night as much as they do.

A floor puzzle: Using one of the most wonderous pieces of artwork straight from God Made Light, this beautiful 2′x3′ floor puzzle is a favorite of Elias’s and Adeline’s. They love the big colorful pieces and the various rays of light make it just enough of a challenge to make it a challenge. The pieces are sturdy and the color is incredibly vibrant. We have A LOT of floor puzzles and without question, this puzzle ranks at the top in terms of quality.

God Made Light PuzzleSo if you are wanting a little extra to go along with God Made Light, I would encourage you to check out the God Made Light product line from DaySpring.

COUPON: Through November 3, you can get free shipping on DaySpring God Made Light orders of $34.99 or more with the code SHIPLIGHT.

Our kids love these products and I know your kids will too.

Thank you to DaySpring for believing in God Made Light and to each of you supporting this wild dream!

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A Lesson Our Children Need

by jessicaturner on October 21, 2014

God Made Light
Today when you turn on the news, images of violence, hopelessness and despair assault our senses. Parenting is a challenge, as we work to combat these negative messages by teaching our children biblical truths.

One of the foundational truths I want my children to know is that they are lights and have the power to shine brightly in this world. Matthew and I strive to teach their young hearts this powerful message through words and actions.

Chances are, if you are a parent or a grandparent, you also desire to teach your children this important lesson of shining brightly and making a positive impact.

God Made Light
Today we are delighted to introduce a book to you that has been three years in the making – a children’s book we have self-published called God Made Light.
This book is a fantastic resource for affirming the message of light with your children. It is available on Amazon with free prime shipping, or on Dayspring.com.

Y’all. It is SUCH a beautiful book – both in message and in art.

God Made LightLet me give you a little backstory.

We read 1-5 children’s books every night with Elias and Adeline, and we own several hundred children’s books. Books are our family’s thing. But one thing we have come to realize is that many children’s books aren’t that great. And when it comes to Christian children’s books, the pickings are even slimmer.

So Matthew set out to write a book that taught biblical truth in an accessible way for children and that was as fun to read as Green Eggs and Ham or Llama Llama Red Pajama.

And he did it. God Made Light has the cadence of Dr. Seuss mixed with biblical truth. It’s one of those children’s books you want to read again and again.

To be completely frank with you, God Made Light is one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. I don’t say that because my husband wrote it, either. But I believe deeply that this project has been blessed with special favor and that each of you are going to love it.

God Made Light
In God Made Light, Matthew takes children on a rhyming tour of all the beautiful ways light makes up our days, all the while teaching that the light of God also lives in the child.

The book ends with these words:

Shimmer and shine;
be a beacon so bright -
’cause when God made you, child, God made light.

I still get choked up proclaiming those truths over Elias and Adeline when we read the book at night. It is such a profound message to instill in our children.

We have invested a good chunk of our savings into getting the book illustrated, designed and printed because we believe deeply in this project. And today is the big day when we are releasing it to the world.

God Made Light
Would you consider purchasing a copy of God Made Light?
And if you are able to, buy more than one copy. Help us get this message out to children across the country.

Buy one for your niece  or nephew
Buy one for your daycare or school library
Buy one for your neighbor
Buy one to keep on hand for when a friend has a baby

Additionally, we partnered with Dayspring to develop some beautiful products that go with the book – encouragement notes that are perfect for lunch boxes, a sweet nightlight and a beautiful floor puzzle. (I will be sharing more about these products tomorrow.)

You are going to love this book. Your children are going to love it.

Thank you for standing with us in belief that light is a message our children need.

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$20 Credit for Minted Christmas Cards + $25 Credit for New Customers

October 20, 2014

With Christmas just over two months away, it is already time to think about Christmas cards. Each year, I shared the best deals I find on the Internet to help you save on your Christmas cards. Minted is probably my favorite card company. I have been using them for two years and am always blown […]

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DIY Pumpkin Snack Jars + Yummy Trail Mix Recipe

October 17, 2014

Since being introduced to Aladdin plastic mason jars earlier this year, I have found so many uses for them, but these pumpkin snack jars might be my family’s new favorite! When Aladdin contacted me about doing a sponsored Halloween post, this idea instantly popped in my head. It is easy to execute and your kids […]

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Decorating with Noisy Decorations Kids Love

October 14, 2014

This weekend my Aunt Sandy was in town, and we went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday. Though it rained for much of our time at the patch, it really got me in the spirit of decorating for Halloween. With being in my third trimester, I am doing my best to keep things simple, but […]

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Giveaway: Win a BIG Box of Books

October 13, 2014

With fall officially upon us, I thought it would be fun to send someone a box of good books to enjoy! These are all duplicate books (affiliate links) that Matthew and/or I have been sent, and I am delighted to bless one of you with them. (Some of these books are “ARCs” or advance reading […]

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Wow and Other Unwanted Pregnancy Comments

October 9, 2014

Me with 2 pregnant friends & colleagues who just had their babies last month Last week, I cried almost every day because of comments made about my pregnant belly. Because I’m petite (5’0″) and this is my third pregnancy, I popped even earlier than with my other two children. At nearly 27 weeks, my belly […]

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Star Wars Party with Jedi Training Academy

October 8, 2014

For Elias’s 6th birthday, we threw him a Star Wars party to celebrate. Despite it raining that morning (and us having to move the party back a few hours) and the yard being too wet for an obstacle course, we were able to modify plans and the kids had an absolute blast. Below are all […]

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Stop, Drop and Roll: Fire Safety for Families

October 6, 2014

About two months ago, Adeline came home from school and emphatically told me, “if you are on fire, you STOP, DROP and ROOOLLLL.” At just three, Adeline often amazes me with how much she retains, but this lesson was an especially important one. That lesson at school gave us the opportunity to talk more about […]

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Our Night at ‘Disney on Ice presents Frozen’

October 2, 2014

It’s rare that we do activities during the week, but last night we planned a big surprise for the kids – tickets to Disney on Ice presents Frozen! We were so grateful to be given complimentary tickets to the show and let me tell you, it was an evening to remember. We were joined by […]

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