Matthew’s new children’s book When God Made Light released on Tuesday and soared to the top of the Amazon charts. It peaked at #9 of ALL books on Amazon and still is in the top 20!
Thank you to each one of you who have ordered When God Made Light this week and told others about it. Every photo, every message, every comment has been so encouraging. We are so grateful.
If you haven’t ordered this beautiful, inspiring children’s book, will you order it today? First week sales for a new book are critical to its success. It’s just $8.73 and I think is a book that is a must for all family’s shelves. It’s affirming, encouraging and stunning.
Here’s what others have said about When God Made Light this week:
It is magical, charming, gorgeous, beautiful. It is everything we want to tell our littles about God and how He made the world and each and every one of them with love. PLUS, illustrations by the undefeated David Catrow who is such a special talent. This book makes me cry, it is so lovely.
I am truly smitten with this children’s book! When God Made Light is unlike any Christian children’s book I have ever read — with a whimsical, rhyming prose that stays with you long after it is finished. Matthew’s prose is a captivating mix of Max Lucado and Dr. Seuss all rolled happily into one. An absolutely delightful, romping book, to be read again and again – highly recommend! It’s just as delightful as its predecessor, When God Made You. It’s truth-filled message is one that children need, as well as their parents.
And you know what? Our children’s books need to reflect the glorious diversity of the kingdom of God and these two books are desperately needed additions to every bookshelf and child’s library because these powerful visuals and diverse, affirming messages deeply matter.
When God Made Light is a five-star book and one that our family COMPLETELY loves.
Let me be honest, I love these books. They are two of my favorite children’s books out there. The message they contain, the art work, the interesting rhymes—these books are so, so good. I can not recommend them enough. But there’s one more reason I love them. Matthew and illustrator David Catrow made the decision to have the main character be a little black girl. Can I tell you how much I love that? When the book showed up and I started turning the pages, I teared up. I saw my daughter on the page. That’s no small thing. Try finding a children’s book where the main character is black. There aren’t many. But it’s so important for all kids to see themselves in books. They need heroes and protagonists who they can relate to. The fact that Matthew’s books showcase a creative, smart, playful, beautiful black girl flourishing in a world made by God for her pleasure is priceless.
I know Matthew got some pushback and even notes from parents asking that future books have white kids at the center, but I’m glad he’s resisting. And I hope that parents of white children buy these books. For one, the message is so important. And two, they need to learn to see children of other skin colors as normal, wonderful, and beautiful.