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.
We 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!
Here’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.
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!