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God could have made us all exactly the same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good! As His children, those called by God to belong to His family, we can actually use our differences to help each other. Here’s some more great news: There are no rules about how we look or sound to be in His family. We have a delightfully different family on purpose. Every person is made God could have made us all exactly the same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good! As His children, those called by God to belong to His family, we can actually use our differences to help each other. Here’s some more great news: There are no rules about how we look or sound to be in His family. We have a delightfully different family on purpose. Every person is made by God, in His image, and therefore is equal in value and worth. Kids, somehow, already know this to be true. This short, colorful book (written with grade-schoolers in mind) will share the truth of God’s Word with them. The truth about how we were made with differences, how we sinned, how God rescued us, and how—if we understand that God’s diverse creation will be together in Heaven—it should motivate us to love one another on earth!


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God could have made us all exactly the same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good! As His children, those called by God to belong to His family, we can actually use our differences to help each other. Here’s some more great news: There are no rules about how we look or sound to be in His family. We have a delightfully different family on purpose. Every person is made God could have made us all exactly the same, but He didn’t. And our differences are good! As His children, those called by God to belong to His family, we can actually use our differences to help each other. Here’s some more great news: There are no rules about how we look or sound to be in His family. We have a delightfully different family on purpose. Every person is made by God, in His image, and therefore is equal in value and worth. Kids, somehow, already know this to be true. This short, colorful book (written with grade-schoolers in mind) will share the truth of God’s Word with them. The truth about how we were made with differences, how we sinned, how God rescued us, and how—if we understand that God’s diverse creation will be together in Heaven—it should motivate us to love one another on earth!

30 review for Creative God, Colorful Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I honestly can’t think of any other person on the planet who could address such difficult, divisive topics with such joy and delight. This little book is so fun and easy to read, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity. The content is critically important and rich with theological truth.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This was a fantastic book that clearly presented the gospel with a focus on the diversity of God’s people and how we can love others as He loves us. It was perfect for grade-school children, although my preschooler also listened in and participated in our discussions as well. Highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Lee

    How can we teach our children to embrace our God-given differences? How will they learn to love the nations and reach others for the Gospel? In Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell shares how our differences are good and how God wants us to love one another. The Gospel on Full Display Newbell writes directly to her intended audience of grade-schoolers, explaining Bible passages that help us see God’s plan for a big, diverse, colorful family. The Gospel is on full display, and Newbell writes i How can we teach our children to embrace our God-given differences? How will they learn to love the nations and reach others for the Gospel? In Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell shares how our differences are good and how God wants us to love one another. The Gospel on Full Display Newbell writes directly to her intended audience of grade-schoolers, explaining Bible passages that help us see God’s plan for a big, diverse, colorful family. The Gospel is on full display, and Newbell writes in a winsome and wonderful way. She will help you capture the hearts and minds (and attention) of your children to point them to Jesus and what it means to be in the family of God. The book moves from learning to love our Savior to loving our neighbors. The Church is championed in this book, and it is here where Newbell makes the connection of having brothers and sisters in Christ from all around the world. She warns that “our differences aren’t sinful, but the way we treat each other because of our differences can be.” This is an important message that must be communicated to our children today. A Future Home Filled with Beautiful Diversity The book ends by focusing our gaze on Heaven, asking us to look towards a future home filled with diversity and beauty and our best friends forever. And we can take steps toward that future now, by getting to know others, being kind to others, inviting others to events, and learning about others. We can love each other despite our differences. With sections on helpful words to know, discussion questions, suggested activities, Bible verses for further reading, and highlighted big ideas – there is something for everyone in this book. And at the end, she pleads with parents to be “colorsmart” – as opposed to being “colorblind” – so we can rightfully celebrate God’s creation. Created in the Image of God Parents who wish to teach their children and speak to their family about important topics of the faith will find this book to be a favorite. It is clear and concise, with great questions and conversation-starters. I can’t forget to mention the beautiful paintings throughout the book by Chase Williamson. The book is a literal work of art. This book is also perfect for Sunday School classes or children’s groups. It speaks to our current cultural moment in a Biblical way that young students can understand. And it will refresh teachers and parents on the fundamentals of what it means to be created and loved in the image of God. I received a media copy of Creative God, Colorful Us and this is my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    Trillia Newbell designed this book for children from the ages of eight to twelve, and invites them to consider how they can learn to love people who are different from them. She writes in an engaging style, and the illustrations from Chase Williamson are colorful and inviting. The book is easy to read, and each chapter has one big idea, clear vocabulary explanations, fun illustrations, and discussion questions and activity ideas at the end. Children can read this book on their own or with their Trillia Newbell designed this book for children from the ages of eight to twelve, and invites them to consider how they can learn to love people who are different from them. She writes in an engaging style, and the illustrations from Chase Williamson are colorful and inviting. The book is easy to read, and each chapter has one big idea, clear vocabulary explanations, fun illustrations, and discussion questions and activity ideas at the end. Children can read this book on their own or with their parents, and it could also be great in a Sunday school or children's church setting. Creative God, Colorful Us focuses on issues of race through the lens of the gospel. Newbell explains that we are all created in God's image, have equal value and worth, and experience division and conflict in our world because of sin. She encourages kids to place their faith in Jesus as their rescuer, and shows how God can work in our hearts to help us love the people around us. With this gospel foundation, she shares practical, basic advice for how children can understand diversity, recognize areas of sameness and difference, and get to know people who are different from them. She also encourages children to consider the diversity of heaven, in which we will represent every nation, tribe, and tongue. Because our differences are so important to God that they will follow us to heaven, she explains, we should honor them on earth as well. Newbell adds a note for parents at the end, and encourages them to avoid the language of "colorblindness," since God created color on purpose and does not intend for us to ignore our differences. She recommends the language of being "colorsmart" instead, saying that we can recognize our differences in ways that are loving to other people and show interest in their lives. This is a great book for parents to use to start conversations with their kids about race, and even though the book does not address racial history or the specific conflicts that continue to play out in America and in the world today, it is a solid guide for Christian parents who want to give their children a positive awareness of diversity. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    All we have to do is look around and we can see that God made us all differently. We have different hair colors, different body shapes and different abilities. We are also different colors. In Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell helps middle grade students understand our differences and to celebrate them--as all of us are God's children in His family. Creative God Colorful Us starts out with a letter from Newbell explaining why she wrote the book and how to use it. There are seven chapters. All we have to do is look around and we can see that God made us all differently. We have different hair colors, different body shapes and different abilities. We are also different colors. In Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell helps middle grade students understand our differences and to celebrate them--as all of us are God's children in His family. Creative God Colorful Us starts out with a letter from Newbell explaining why she wrote the book and how to use it. There are seven chapters. Each chapter is framed around one big idea for kids to focus on. At the end of each chapter, Newbell asks them some questions to think about and to either write about or talk about. There is also an activity at the end of each chapter to help each big idea stick in the kids' minds. At the end of the book, Newbell also includesa list of helpful words to know from the book, Bible verses to read, and a letter to adults who are guiding families to help them enjoy their differences. Creative God Colorful Us is a good book to help middle grade children better understand racial issues. Newbell does this by first helping readers understand how to be part of God's family and how he made us all differently. It is definitely a Christian book with the Gospel message clearly relayed to readers as a big part of understanding how we are all made differently including our skin colors. I thought it was all well presented and easy to understand for the age group. Initially, I thought it would have a clear racial message and only a racial message. I wanted to read it because I know that the author is a black woman and I have read another book by her that I enjoyed. As I reflected on the book, I thought she tied everything together quite well and it made sense how she presented our racial differences as part of God's family so we can learn to better love one another as God intended. I would definitely recommend Creative God Colorful Us. I also liked the gorgeous cover and illustrations from Chase Williamson. I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers. All opinions within this review are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thanks to Moody publishers for a copy for my review. Written with ages 6-12 in mine, this book is part workbook, part chapter book that walks children through the truth of God's Word. The truth about how we were made with differences, how we sinned, how God rescued us, and how—if we understand that God’s diverse creation will be together in Heaven—it should motivate us to love one another on earth! I loved this book and how it walks kids through the truths paired with questions, big ideas, and ac Thanks to Moody publishers for a copy for my review. Written with ages 6-12 in mine, this book is part workbook, part chapter book that walks children through the truth of God's Word. The truth about how we were made with differences, how we sinned, how God rescued us, and how—if we understand that God’s diverse creation will be together in Heaven—it should motivate us to love one another on earth! I loved this book and how it walks kids through the truths paired with questions, big ideas, and activities. It points children to loving God and loving others and gives them some tools to help them do that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Such a great book I read with my kids each morning. Trillia does a wonderful job laying out a clear presentation of the gospel combined with the beautiful diversity in God’s family. I love how she presents a “big idea” in each chapter and gives questions to add discussion to the chapter information. But I think the other piece that makes this so great are the opportunities she discusses to move from knowledge to action- in ways that kids can grasp and relate to, and can work on right away. Will Such a great book I read with my kids each morning. Trillia does a wonderful job laying out a clear presentation of the gospel combined with the beautiful diversity in God’s family. I love how she presents a “big idea” in each chapter and gives questions to add discussion to the chapter information. But I think the other piece that makes this so great are the opportunities she discusses to move from knowledge to action- in ways that kids can grasp and relate to, and can work on right away. Will definitely be coming back to this book, and will highly recommend to other families!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Lee

    As this is meant for kids/teens it was obviously a simple read. Trillia presents the Gospel so clearly and it is a huge portion of this book. The chapters are short, have a “big idea”, discussion questions, and an activity and are probably just right to engage with your kids.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Newbell writes about God's creativity and redemptive plan for all people in this middle-grade book about wholeheartedly loving God's family. Newbell writes about God's creativity and redemptive plan for all people in this middle-grade book about wholeheartedly loving God's family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Viola

    In a world that is diverse and yet divided, children need a book to teach them truth about the very way God intended to form His family. In her book, Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell presents us with a beautiful book for children that explains how God created all of us differently on purpose for a purpose. This is a short, colorful, and delightful book for grade school aged children. It is easily understandable and each reading is sure to engage every young reader. It is seven chapters beg In a world that is diverse and yet divided, children need a book to teach them truth about the very way God intended to form His family. In her book, Creative God Colorful Us, Trillia Newbell presents us with a beautiful book for children that explains how God created all of us differently on purpose for a purpose. This is a short, colorful, and delightful book for grade school aged children. It is easily understandable and each reading is sure to engage every young reader. It is seven chapters beginning with the creation of the world and man. The author takes us through the fall of man (sin), our need for a Savior, the differences we now see in the people around us, and the importance of getting along. In each chapter, you will find: The Big Idea – the overall thought of the chapter. What Do You Think? – which includes questions to ponder, discuss, or journal. A Prayer An Activity A Point to Remember The pages themselves are colorful which pull a child into the book and hold their attention and interest. The author also includes a letter to adults in which she reminds us our children are watching and learning from us every day. They will take their cue from us and can learn to love people from every nation. This book is a wonderful resource for individual family use or a youth Bible Study. A leaders guide can also be obtained. The material will foster excellent discussions and a solid biblical foundation of the importance of diversity. “Every tribe, tongue, language, and nation will be in heaven together perfectly worshiping, loving, and enjoying one another.” Trillia Newbell, Creative God Colorful Us, page 91 *I was provided a copy of this book by Moody Publishers. All opinions are honest and my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tara Rounds

    I loved Trillia's book Creative God, Colorful Us. The cover captures you with the bright colors and as I read the book I loved it more and more. This book is for children but I found myself rediscovering God's love for me and His calling for us to love Him and all people. The book is easy to read and the content flows easily through the chapters. Trillia includes a letter to readers in the beginning of the book and a letter to parents at the end of the book. The colors are bright and eye catchin I loved Trillia's book Creative God, Colorful Us. The cover captures you with the bright colors and as I read the book I loved it more and more. This book is for children but I found myself rediscovering God's love for me and His calling for us to love Him and all people. The book is easy to read and the content flows easily through the chapters. Trillia includes a letter to readers in the beginning of the book and a letter to parents at the end of the book. The colors are bright and eye catching with beautiful illustrations throughout the book. Words in bold red are included in a glossary at the back of the book. Scripture is included throughout the book in each of the topics explored in this book from Creation, The Fall, Salvation/the Gospel, Heaven, and a few more topics. Each chapter includes a bubble with a summarized Big Idea from the reading; questions for thought, journaling, discussion and application, and activities to reinforce topics and apply to our daily lives. Topics are explained in a way easy for children but still kept my attention as an adult. Trillia's book explains why God created us, that God created us to love and include others in spite of race or differences, and that because of sin we tend to treat others differently and create division in our cultures. I recommend this book for children and even adults. This book can be used for family reading and discussions or even in a discussion group for children at churches or Bible study. I received a copy of this book through a giveaway. The opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    This is a great resource for grade-school and middle-schoolers to better understand the gospel as well as the beauty in the diversity of God's family. Just as a body has different organs with different functions, God's family, filled with Christians from different parts of the world, all have an important role in the Body of Christ. Our different abilities, color of our skin, personalities, and other distinctions are all valuable, so we are called to love one another's differences and rejoice in This is a great resource for grade-school and middle-schoolers to better understand the gospel as well as the beauty in the diversity of God's family. Just as a body has different organs with different functions, God's family, filled with Christians from different parts of the world, all have an important role in the Body of Christ. Our different abilities, color of our skin, personalities, and other distinctions are all valuable, so we are called to love one another's differences and rejoice in our similarities (that we are all created in God's image, that we are all forgiven and saved by Jesus, that we all have worth and dignity as His children). Trillia explains the gospel in a fantastic way through the first half of the book, with applicable examples an images for young readers, but still deep enough for adults to mull over as well. And then she focuses on how to love one another and celebrate our differences as a reflection of our Creative God. For each chapter, she had a Big Idea, a summarizing statement that she encouraged readers to memorize by creating a song, rap, or chant. She also has a discussion section and a corresponding activity at the end of each chapter. There are illustrations that help convey the messages of each chapter without distracting the reader or appearing to childish for and older child or pre-teen. I really enjoyed reading through this small but impactful book, and plan on reading it to Elliot when he is older. Rating: G Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Garber

    I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautifully made book for Christian children ages 8-12 although it could be used as young as 6 if a parent read it in shorter bursts. The point of the book is to share how God created us all as equal and in His own image. The book is full of colour and easy to understand text. There are What do You Think sections for kids to contemplate what they are learning. There are activity sections with easy thi I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This is a beautifully made book for Christian children ages 8-12 although it could be used as young as 6 if a parent read it in shorter bursts. The point of the book is to share how God created us all as equal and in His own image. The book is full of colour and easy to understand text. There are What do You Think sections for kids to contemplate what they are learning. There are activity sections with easy things to do to further their understanding. Each chapter has a Big Idea that is the main takeaway of the chapter. All the text, thinking sections and activities reflect that. An example of some Big Ideas are: -Every person is made by God and in the image of God and therefore is equal in value and worth. -God loved the world so much that He sent His son Jesus to rescue it, and now we can have a relationship with God forever. -Every tribe, tongue, language, and nation will be in heaven together perfectly worshiping, loving and enjoying one another. This would make a great gift for a 8-12 year old. It’s not specifically meant for girls but I think girls would enjoy it more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Edy Gies

    I can not recommend this book enough! Trillia Newbell did a phenomenal job with this book and dealing with the sensitive social issues that need to be discussed. Rather than informing kids about the hate in the world, she points them to God and the Gospel. She calls out being unkind to someone because they look different than you as the sin of partiality. Throughout the book she points back to God and his marvelous creation. At the end in the letter to the parents/guardians, she combats the uses I can not recommend this book enough! Trillia Newbell did a phenomenal job with this book and dealing with the sensitive social issues that need to be discussed. Rather than informing kids about the hate in the world, she points them to God and the Gospel. She calls out being unkind to someone because they look different than you as the sin of partiality. Throughout the book she points back to God and his marvelous creation. At the end in the letter to the parents/guardians, she combats the uses of the phrase, "I'm colorblind. I don't even see color." She states that a creative God made us different and unique so saying you don't see it ignores God's creativity. She also points out that the Bible says people from every tribe and nation will worship God in heaven and we will know that we are surrounded by the nations. This implies that our differences will follow us in our new bodies but we will celebrate and be united in Christ. Highly, highly recommend. I plan on reading United her "grown-up" book on this topic ASAP.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Elsbury

    “Creative God, Colorful Us” by Trillia Newbell focuses on the beauty of diversity. Written for grade-school-aged children, the book points out the differences in each of us and how we have all sinned but God saved us. Ms. Newbell shares practical Biblical perspectives on how children can ignore their differences and love those around them. The book contains short chapters with questions and activities to be completed by the child and adults to reinforce the various Scriptural concepts and princip “Creative God, Colorful Us” by Trillia Newbell focuses on the beauty of diversity. Written for grade-school-aged children, the book points out the differences in each of us and how we have all sinned but God saved us. Ms. Newbell shares practical Biblical perspectives on how children can ignore their differences and love those around them. The book contains short chapters with questions and activities to be completed by the child and adults to reinforce the various Scriptural concepts and principles. Newbell encourages adults to avoid the language of "colorblindness," since God created color on purpose and does not intend for us to ignore our differences. Her recommendation is to use "colors mart" instead, so we can recognize our differences in ways that are loving and show interest in their lives. This is a great book for adults to use in starting conversations with children about race and the beauty found in diversity. I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    This is an excellent book, especially for the times we live in. Trillia Newbell writes with clarity, conviction, and connection. It is clear her heart for children and her love of God and Scripture. This book is accessible, easy to read and understand, and filled with simple yet profound Gospel Truth. I would highly recommend this for kids, and for the adults who love them! Not only is their great content in the book, there are questions for discussion, action steps that can be taken by kids to This is an excellent book, especially for the times we live in. Trillia Newbell writes with clarity, conviction, and connection. It is clear her heart for children and her love of God and Scripture. This book is accessible, easy to read and understand, and filled with simple yet profound Gospel Truth. I would highly recommend this for kids, and for the adults who love them! Not only is their great content in the book, there are questions for discussion, action steps that can be taken by kids to apply what the Bible teaches us about loving our neighbor, and activities kids can do with others.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zacarias Rivera, Jr.

    What a wonderful book for kids to read. First, I love the narrative voice. Newbell write in a very personable voice. Second, I love the illustrations that she uses to make the concepts clear to the reader, they appeal to their young experiences. Third, the book is filled with so many helpful ways to access and learn the biblical truths she is conveying: activities, capitalization of key words, a helpful glossary at the end, and the beautiful artwork by Chase Williamson. I highly recommend this b What a wonderful book for kids to read. First, I love the narrative voice. Newbell write in a very personable voice. Second, I love the illustrations that she uses to make the concepts clear to the reader, they appeal to their young experiences. Third, the book is filled with so many helpful ways to access and learn the biblical truths she is conveying: activities, capitalization of key words, a helpful glossary at the end, and the beautiful artwork by Chase Williamson. I highly recommend this book for children to learn about the unique diversity that Yahweh has created and how we can embrace with loving arms our fellow human beings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I purchased this book to share with my 6 older grandchildren on Spring Break vacation. It seems like it will interest them, hold their attention, and help us to talk about loving everybody, with all of our God-given differences. Also included is a clear presentation of the gospel on their level. I love this and can’t wait to get into it with them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Piper

    Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia J. Newbell is a really cute book that takes us through God's amazing handiwork. It teaches us how having a diverse world is the way that God intended it. Lexile:490 AR:2.6 Six Traits: Ideas,presentation Creative God, Colorful Us by Trillia J. Newbell is a really cute book that takes us through God's amazing handiwork. It teaches us how having a diverse world is the way that God intended it. Lexile:490 AR:2.6 Six Traits: Ideas,presentation

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mlawler

    Great book on the uniqueness God created in each of us! Can’t wait to use this with my kids!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Harriette

    Slender book intended for 8-12 year olds, carefully addressing racism and discrimination within a faith context.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Penn

    Good to read with my 7 and 8yo kids. Particularly liked the image of God discussion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katheryne

    This book is a colorful introduction for young readers about the diverse family of God by a trusted voice in the Christian tradition. Newbell has divided the book into short easy-to-read chapters and has included discussion questions, big ideas, a glossary, and a note to adults about avoiding the term “colorblindness”. The art and graphics are visually appealing to kids and the text is written in a casual conversational tone. This is an excellent resource for families and churches alike. I recei This book is a colorful introduction for young readers about the diverse family of God by a trusted voice in the Christian tradition. Newbell has divided the book into short easy-to-read chapters and has included discussion questions, big ideas, a glossary, and a note to adults about avoiding the term “colorblindness”. The art and graphics are visually appealing to kids and the text is written in a casual conversational tone. This is an excellent resource for families and churches alike. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen Venuso

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Harmon

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa Whitaker

  30. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnne Hommel

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