God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity

by Shai Linne

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This beautifully illustrated children’s book invites kids to explore God’s design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers—both parents and children—to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God. Designed for four- to eleven-year-olds, God Made Me and You by Shai Linne is the second book in the God Made Me series, starting with God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.

Because Scripture teaches that ethnic diversity is not something that should be tolerated but rather enthusiastically embraced, Christian hip hop artist Shai Linne helps children, parents, and caregivers to celebrate this biblical truth through a lyrical, rhyming style and colorful illustrations.

God Made Me and You is an approachable guide for families to begin conversations about cultivating a God’s perspective on ethnic diversity, confronting the sins of racism, bigotry, and ethnic pride.

Because children learn from family members, media, or peers, parents and caretakers have a responsibility to teach their children what God has to say about the beauty of diversity in his image-bearers, with a particular focus on ethnic diversity.

This colorful and compelling children’s book serves as a resource and lifelong gift for children and parents, helping families understand diversity from a biblical perspective and with a clear picture of the beauty and glory of God.

Author

Shai Linne is a recording artist who has released numerous acclaimed Christian hip-hop albums, including The Atonement and The Attributes of God. After completing a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., Shai co-founded Risen Christ Fellowship, an inner city church in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Blair and their three children, Sage, Maya and Ezra. Shai is the author of God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity and co-author of It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God

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 also the illustrator for God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies and The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible.

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This beautifully illustrated children’s book invites kids to explore God’s design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers—both parents and children—to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God. Designed for four- to eleven-year-olds, God Made Me and You by Shai Linne is the second book in the God Made Me series, starting with God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb.

Because Scripture teaches that ethnic diversity is not something that should be tolerated but rather enthusiastically embraced, Christian hip hop artist Shai Linne helps children, parents, and caregivers to celebrate this biblical truth through a lyrical, rhyming style and colorful illustrations.

God Made Me and You is an approachable guide for families to begin conversations about cultivating a God’s perspective on ethnic diversity, confronting the sins of racism, bigotry, and ethnic pride.

Because children learn from family members, media, or peers, parents and caretakers have a responsibility to teach their children what God has to say about the beauty of diversity in his image-bearers, with a particular focus on ethnic diversity.

This colorful and compelling children’s book serves as a resource and lifelong gift for children and parents, helping families understand diversity from a biblical perspective and with a clear picture of the beauty and glory of God.

Author

Shai Linne is a recording artist who has released numerous acclaimed Christian hip-hop albums, including The Atonement and The Attributes of God. After completing a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., Shai co-founded Risen Christ Fellowship, an inner city church in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Blair and their three children, Sage, Maya and Ezra. Shai is the author of God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity and co-author of It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God

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 also the illustrator for God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies and The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible.

Endorsements

“This is a wonderful resource for teaching our children about God’s heart for the nations. Shai rightly reminds us that we are all united in Adam and that we ought to rejoice in ‘saints of all colors.’ Diversity, rightly understood, is not a PC slogan; it’s a biblical hope and expectation. I’m excited to share this book with my own kids.”
Kevin DeYoung, Author, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC; Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

“O what a difference it would make if every family would pick up this book and take to heart its message, starting at a young age! This is biblical theology for kids—and all of us!—on God’s beautiful design of ethnicity, as winsomely told and displayed through creative and faithful artist-theologians. I recommend it with great gratitude and enthusiasm!”
Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible

“Thoughtfully-written and whimsically-illustrated, this resource will help children (and those who love and lead them) learn to identify thinking and behavior that diminish humans made in the image of God, see ethnic and other differences through gospel eyes, and celebrate the diversity He has created for His glory.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author; teacher; host of Revive Our Hearts 

“Shai Linne has given us a beautiful story that will not only captivate little hearts and minds, it will help parents clearly explain biblical reasons for why we can and should celebrate God’s design for ethnic diversity. But don’t think the story is all Linne has for you—read the back to be inspired to continue the conversation when the book is closed. Well done!”
Trillia Newbell, Author of God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family

“The reality that all people—with their vast array of diversity—are made in the image of God is foundational for how children will relate to others and calls them to respect the dignity of all people. Shai and Trish have captured beautifully God’s design for ethnic diversity. Children will be drawn to this book.”
Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb, Authors of God Made All of Me: A Book to help Children Protect Their Bodies

“Shai Linne poetically guides us through the biblical pattern of creation, fall, redemption and glorification, unfolding the grand story of the Bible. As he reveals each step in bite-sized chunks, he also teaches the character of an infinitely creative God—One who delights in building a diverse and set-apart people to live with Him forever. This is a great addition to every child’s bookshelf.”
J. A. Ellis, Cannada Fellow for World Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Shai Linne is a pastor at heart. And it shows on every page as he brings all of his talent as a theological wordsmith to bear on this simple story of God’s delightfully diverse design. Get this book to remind yourself and the little ones you love of the glorious message of Jesus that is bringing together people from every tribe and tongue.”
Dan DeWitt, Author of Life in the Wild; associate professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville University; director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity

"God Made Me and You by Shai Linne is a theologically sound resource for parents and teachers to raise a new generation who will honor God’s gift of human diversity.  With his poetic gift, Shai wonderfully displays the glory of God right where we need to see it afresh—in how He made me and you!”
Ray Ortlund, Pastor of Immanuel Church, Nashville, TN; author of The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ

“We read this book to our four daughters. They loved it. So did we! It’s biblically driven, pastorally careful, lyrically beautiful, and, frankly, just inspiring. Use this book to establish good foundations for your children in how to think about God's plan for diversity and then to praise him for it.”
Jonathan and Shannon Leeman, Author; editorial director of 9Marks; elder at Cheverly Baptist Church

“Shai Linne’s new book, God Made Me and You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity, is a gift. It teaches kids that God making people different is something we can delight in, not fear. More importantly, it shows how our differences are for the purpose of magnifying Jesus, who died to save all kinds of people. Beautifully illustrated and creatively written, I can’t wait to read this to my grandkids.”
Bob Kauflin, Director of Sovereign Grace Music

“The first time I heard Shai Linne’s song ‘Penelope Judd,’ I knew he had a beautiful father’s heart and a keen ability to communicate deep ideas in simple ways to children. God Made Me and You applies these gifts to the vitally important topic of race. It is biblically grounded, and therefore God- and gospel-centered, and provides a joyful and unifying perspective on a divisive topic. I want every child and adult I know to read this book!”
Erik Thoennes, Professor, Biola University; author of Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most

God Made Me and You, is a book for every family bookshelf. This colorful, poetic presentation of ethnic diversity shouts the truth of God’s creative design as found in Scripture. God Made Me and You is more than a storybook, it is a teaching tool designed to bring a biblical worldview of humankind into your living room.”
Marty Machowski, Family Pastor; author of The Ology, Long Story Short, and other gospel-centered resources for church and home

“The rhythm of words and the magic of rhyme will open your child’s eyes to the beauty of race in God’s good design. In God Made Me and You, Shai Linne has created a masterpiece of biblical truth that your child will love and all of us need. I look forward to reading it with my own family. It’s the perfect gift to spread the unifying message that Jesus brings to our divided culture.”
Champ Thornton, Pastor, author of The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation

Reviews (9)

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Lovely books proclaiming God calls all people to himself

An excellent book for 3-8 year olds showing how God enjoys and celebrates the diversity of his creation and how we also should appreciate all the variety found in people of the world.

Written by Shai Linne in engaging rhyme, the scene is set in a school bible class where some boys start teasing others, but the teacher is quick to show how God created everyone with all of their wondrous differences. Sin is explained in terms of people hating difference, yet Jesus has come to die for the sins of mankind: “There’s no type of person that Jesus left out”!

The illustrations by Trish Mahoney (who also illustrated God Made All of Me) are captivating – clear, precise and engagingly detailed. She has included a child with a cochlear implant, a girl with a facial birthmark, a man in a wheelchair, kids with glasses and braces, every type of hair imaginable (possibly with even a turban suggesting no hair), and a variety of skin tones.

A lovely book for little ones which proclaims the truth that God calls people from every tribe, language, tongue and nation to himself.
Posted by Wendy on 27th Oct 2018

Teaching Kids God's Design for Ethnic Diversity

How should we think about race and ethnicity? More importantly, what does the Bible say about these matters? We live in a time of cultural tension, and our churches need to speak up where there is silence against the sin of racism and we need to bring love and unity instead of contention. More than all of this, we need to have these tough conversations with our children. How can we even begin doing this? Thanks to Shai Linne’s new children’s book, God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity, we have an answer.

Creative Teaching on Celebrating Ethnic Diversity

In this beautifully illustrated book (illustrations by Trish Mahoney), Shai Linne uses his poetic style as a hip-hop artist to creatively teach kids through rhyme God’s design for ethnic diversity. Using the story of an elementary classroom incident, God Made Me AND You takes children and their parents through the story of the Bible to show God’s beautiful and good design in His diverse creation. The book uses the classroom incident between students as an opportunity to highlight Acts 17. From there, the book highlights God unity and diversity in the world He has made, displaying and celebrating the beauty of ethnic diversity. The book also dives into the sin of racism and how the only solution to this problem is found in the gospel as Jesus died for the sins of mankind and no type of person is left out. The ethnic diversity of the church finds its unity in Jesus Christ. Simply put, God Made Me AND You teaches ethnic diversity is something the Bible calls for us to celebrate as God saves a people from all ethnicities for Himself.

A Gift of Grace for Understanding Race (for Kids)

Shai faithfully portrays the beautiful display of God’s creation, the problem of man’s sin of racism, and the solution provided by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He even opens the book with a letter to the parent or caregiver and closes it with an article on “Six Ways to Help Your Children Appreciate God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity” to equip the parent as the wage their way through this complex conversation. In a time where tensions are high on tough topics like ethnicity and racism, this book teaches faithfully the biblical truth of God’s design for ethnic diversity in an engaging manner for kids. The book is ideal for elementary school-aged children but parents themselves will benefit from such a resource too. One line of the story sums the book well, “What some call ethnicity and others call race, We should celebrate as a gift of God’s grace.” This book is a gift of God’s grace to those who want to teach their children what the Bible says about race. Shai gives parents guidance on how to educate children on ethnicity through a biblical lens. If you are a parent of an elementary-aged child and want them to know the beautiful biblical truth of God’s design for ethnic diversity, then get this book!

I received this book from New Growth Press in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.
Posted by Theron St. John on 25th Oct 2018

Outstanding Book

God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity is a new release from Shai Linne and New Growth Press that explores what the Bible says about God's creative beauty seen in mankind. The image that John paints for us in Revelation 7:9-10 has always been one of my favorite passages of Scripture. John states that he sees, "a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” I want this vision of heaven to be something that captivates my family as we seek to love others right now, no matter how different they may be from us. 

As a father of two 6 year old boys I am constantly looking for quality books to read to them and books that they will enjoy reading on their own. New Growth Press has always been a trusted resource for me and this release by Shai Linne is one of my favorites. God Made Me and You explores God's creative design in the planets, animals, and plants that he has made before turning to the crown jewel of God's creation: man. The message of the book is made crystal clear through wonderful rhymes: God has displayed his creative beauty in making his image bearers look so unique and different from one another. Sin has caused our differences to oftentimes be a reason for division instead of worship of our Creator. Through the cross we are brought together to worship our God, together, forever. Shai Linne brings the beauty of God's multiethnic bride down to the heart of small children. 

The illustrations in God Made Me and You are very well done and fit perfectly with the truths that this book is communicating. I hope my children never judge others based on how God has made them, but instead are always amazed at God's creative skill. I am thankful for God Made Me and You as it is a wonderful tool for families to read together over and over again and marvel at what God has done in creating man. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is simply outstanding 

Shai Linne has also released a children's album titled Jesus Kids that is a great companion to this book. My kids are already singing along to it and requesting it when we are in the car!

I received a copy of this book from New Growth Press in exchange for an honest review. 
Posted by Joey Parker on 21st Oct 2018

Additional info

SKU: 2021
Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours
Weight: 0.65 LBS
Width: 8.75
Height: 8.75
Depth: 0.45
Author: Shai Linne
ISBN-13: 978-1-948130-13-4
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-1-948130-14-1
Publication Date: 09/17/2018
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 32
Age Level: 3-5
Grade Level: Preschool
Read a Sample: https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/God-Made-Me-and-You-Sample.pdf