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Children have lots of questions about God and heaven. While most kids have ideas of what heaven will be like, do they know what God says? Kids (and many adults) picture heaven as up in the sky, among the clouds, with angels who have wings and harps. They have a general understanding that heaven is with God, but few realize our ultimate destination is not up in the sky.
In God Made Me for Heaven, Marty Machowski shares deep theological truths through a creative story. Told through the perspective of a grandmother sharing her hope of heaven to her grandchildren and their friends, this picture book beautifully illustrated by Trish Mahoney includes a gospel presentation and speaks about eternity in simple language kids can understand.
God Made Me for Heaven invites children to understand that God made each person for heaven and provided a way to get there, through his son Jesus. In heaven, there will be no more sickness, suffering, or death.
Together with their parents and caregivers, children will have the opportunity to have life-changing conversations about how God invites each of us to live with him and enjoy him forever.
God Made Me for Heaven is part of the God Made Me series which equips parents to have important, impactful conversations with their children, helping them to grow in understanding of God, themselves, and others. Each book in the series contains a special section just for parents and caregivers that provides biblical guidance and offers additional information and resources for talking about the topic addressed in the story.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, The Ology, Don't Blame the Mud, Parenting First Aid, and Parenting First Aid Study Guide. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Trish Mahoney is a graphic designer and illustrator in Seattle where she runs The Mahoney Studio with her husband, Patrick, also a designer and illustrator. They have two children, both budding artists too. Trish is the illustrator for the God Made Me series and The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible.
“Marty Machowski’s God Made me for Heaven is a simple and delightful book that will help children look forward to living forever with Jesus and God’s people. It’s centered on the gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus, which is the basis on which anyone can be assured of Heaven. Beautifully written and illustrated.”
Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven, Heaven for Kids, and It’s All About Jesus
“Simple yet profound, Marty Machowski's new book, God Made Me for Heaven walks children (and adults) through the glorious future that we anticipate as Christians. Engagingly presented with attractive illustrations, this book will help parents teach their kids important lessons about death and heaven. Highly recommended!"
Iain Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; author of Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints
"Children naturally ask questions as they observe, interpret, and apply their worldview. We need trustworthy resources to help us confidently answer their questions according to what the Bible says. Reading and rereading God Made Me For Heaven to your children is an engaging and clear way to introduce and reinforce a biblical perspective on heaven and eternity."
Gloria Furman, Author of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and Labor with Hope
“Many years ago, Jonathan Edwards gave wonderful counsel to Christians when he said, ‘Labor to be much acquainted with heaven.’ Children need that advice just as much as anyone. Machowski’s simple yet biblically rich book will help that happen, and in the process moms and dads will be reminded of the glories up ahead as well. I highly recommend this book and, now that I’m a grandpa, I can’t wait to put it to use myself.”
Mike Bullmore, Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, WI
“As Christian parents, we all want to prepare our children for the real world—and for the next. Marty Machowski’s latest gospel-saturated book, God Made Me for Heaven, helps parents do both. Engagingly illustrated and written, Marty grounds his story in Scripture and invites young readers into the breathtaking delights that God is preparing. Hearing about the new creation never gets old.”
Champ Thornton, Pastor; author of several books including The Radical Book for Kids and Why Do We Say Good Night?
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Leo begins his summer vacation playing with his group of diverse friends. When Leo and his friends begin talking with Leo’s grandmother about his grandfather, it opens the door for the children to inquire about heaven, where Grandpa now lives. The children ask questions of Grandma about heaven and eternity that curious children would likely be interested to know. For example, does Grandpa now have wings like an angel? Was Grandpa sad to leave the family? How good do you have to be to go to heaven? Author Marty Machowski bases his concepts of heaven and Grandma’s answers about heaven on Scripture, as noted as an introduction and throughout the story, where applicable. Illustrator Trish Mahoney has illustrated other books in this series and presents Leo’s friends as a diverse group of children with varying skin colors and hair colors and textures. The colorful images convey the message of the story skillfully. Additional resources for parents or educators include a guide for teaching children about heaven, including discussion questions. The concept of heaven is evasive and mysterious, even to most adults. Mr. Machowski presents it in child-friendly terms, helping to establish a hope and awe for the afterlife. Indeed, heaven is like a summer vacation that never ends. The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. Our specialty is books on faith and new Christian book releases. We’re proud to be included in the Top 20 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.