I don’t know of a more crucial time in my lifetime to engage in important, gospel-centered conversations with the next generation about race and the gospel than right now. My hope is that my new book, Creative God, Colorful Us, will be a resource to help teach the kids in your life how to really enjoy our differences!
And to further equip you, a few of my friends and I got together to have honest conversations about how to talk to the next generation about race, ethnicity, and the gospel. You’ll hear from those in every stage of parenting sharing key insights and ‘aha’ moments.
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I am thrilled to share that my newest kids’ book, Creative God, Colorful Us, releases in February! This short, colorful book (written with grade-schoolers in mind) will share the truth about how we were made, our differences, our sin problem, God’s rescue, and how we should be motivated to love one another on earth.
I’ve received so many questions from moms of 6—11-year-olds about teaching our kids about race and ethnicity and the gospel. I hope this starts the conversation and gives kids imagination for what can be in their lives and the world.
The cover art is by a young woman named Chase Williamson. She handpainted all of the pictures! It’s beautiful.
Be on the lookout for more information in the coming days. Until then, you can pre-order Creative God, Colorful Us! Here are a few locations:
I am so grateful that God’s Very Good Idea has been a resource for you all during this time. I pray it serves you well and the truth in the book gets deep into little hearts. Amazon has run out of the book. More is on the way but I wanted to direct you to the Good Book Company’s site. They have it for 40% off and they always have stock. I have put their link in my profile, stories, etc. I hope this helps you as you hunt for the book. 👉🏾May the Lord use it as you teach your children during this time (and beyond this time!!).
I just learned that my kids’ book, God’s Very Good Idea, is only $5.00 at Lifeway.com right now. That’s more than half-off!
Tonight, I will have the joy of reading God’s Very Good Idea to a group of about 500 kids and parents. I’m overjoyed by the opportunity to serve in this way. I had no idea that this book would go to so many places I’ll never be and encourage the hearts of parents and children alike. Only God can do that! Only He can use something that seems so small and insignificant for the good of His people and His glory.
A children’s book comes alive when it’s coupled with an inspiring, creative, and imaginative illustrator. The Good Book Company partnered with Catalina Echeverri to illustrate God’s Very Good Idea and it was a very good idea! It was a joy to work alongside her and her brilliant artwork, which brought my words to life. What a joy it is for me to introduce you to her today. Not only is she creative, she also loves Jesus and loves people.
Q: Tell us a little bit about you. Where are you from?
Catalina: I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. But I left home when I was 18 to study abroad and have lived in many different cities and places since. I have loved getting to know each culture and each way of life. I think that is probably the reason why I’ve enjoyed this project so much. Because I feel like there’s a little bit of each country I’ve lived in and the people I’ve met throughout all these years.
Catalina with her church in Italy during the summer outreach events for kids
When did you decide you wanted to be an illustrator?
I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. My parents say to me that as long as I had a pencil in my hand and a piece of paper, I was a contented little girl! But somehow I ended up venturing into graphic design in my university degree and so abandoned drawing for a bit. Then when I became a Christian while studying university in Italy I got involved with summer camps and Sunday School Activities. They needed someone to do big pictures for the songs that they where going to sing in the park and so I thought, hey why not? This is a great opportunity to get back to drawing, after all, I missed it so much! And that was it. That’s when I realised drawing for children was the thing I wanted to do! So I applied for a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration and the only two courses available at the time were in Barcelona and in Cambridge. I applied for both and got admitted to Cambridge School of Arts. And well…here I am drawing for little ones : )
Very first thumbnails of “God’s Very Good Idea”.
How did you decide what direction to go in God’s Very Good Idea?
When I think of diversity I think of an explosion of colours, and that is pretty much what drove the concept of this book, lots and lots of colours! Also, something that distinguishes this book from the rest of the series is the fact that it is set in the present but draws from the Biblical narrative. So representing this felt almost like a double narrative that needed to be unfolded visually. This is where the speech bubble idea came in.
Do you have a favorite character (besides Jesus) in God’s Very Good Idea? If so, who and why?
Mmm that is a tough one! I think more than a favourite character, I have a favourite page, and that is the one where the little girl is imagining what heaven will be like. Growing up I always thought heaven would be the most boring place possible, with people in white robes floating on fluffy clouds and just playing the harp. But when I became a Christian, I learned that is not the case AT ALL. Heaven will have all the best bits of this world except with no corruption or sadness. It will be a place of utter joy and delight. AND the best bit of all is that we will finally meet Jesus and enjoy His company forever. And that is why this picture means so much to me. I look forward to it so much!
What is your hope for the book?
I hope this picturebook helps children and their parents to realise that the fact that we are all different from each other both inside and out is not a bad thing but a great thing! God did not make one type of person, or one type of bird, or flower. But millions of different kinds and shapes! Unlike birds and flowers, people are the same–all made in the image of God–but we are unique.All of them are equally special and valuable to Him. He did this because He is amazingly creative, and we should celebrate our diversity and rejoice in what He has made!
More about Catalina:
Hello there! My name is Catalina Echeverri and I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. I have a background in graphic design from the Accademia di Comunicazione (Milan, Italy) and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Arts (Anglia Ruskin University).
I love to draw and all of the time, and take my little sketchbook everywhere I go. Especially when I travel! Find her at http://cataecheverri.com
Today is an exciting day…it’s the official release day of God’s Very Good Idea!
God’s Very Good Idea is ultimately an invitation to celebrate. Catalina, the book’s amazing illustrator, and I want to help children celebrate our wonderful Creator God, the amazing value God has given each person through being made in his image, and the rescuing work of Jesus on the cross.
God’s ‘very good idea’ is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. The book retells the big sweep of the Bible’s story—from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room—to show how, despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ. My hope is that the book will excite kids (and parents!) about God’s delightfully different family!
I invite you to watch this short book trailer highlighting my heart for parents, kids, and sharing the message of the book:
and anywhere Christian books can be purchased (independent Christian stores)
Here’s what others have to say about God’s Very Good Idea:
This book is not only a good idea to read as a family, it’s a delightfully great way to be part of God’s good idea! With vibrant illustrations that dance, and rich, wise words that point to the most beautiful Truths and Truth Himself, this is a book that could change our families, the church, this generation. –Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way
God’s Very Good Idea is a beautiful book, both in its pictures and in its faithful gospel lessons on what it means for all of us to be made in God’s image. This work will shape young minds and hearts to love others and the Creator whose image we all bear. –Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; author of Onward
I will hang onto this book in the hope that I can some day read it to my grandchildren. –Tim Challies, Author and blogger
Why didn’t someone write this book decades ago? A gentle and delightful introduction to a crucial topic. –Jonathan Leeman, Author and father of four
As a mom of six young bi-racial sons, I’m so very grateful for Trillia’s beautiful and joy-filled account of God’s design and purpose in creating us all uniquely. –Ruth Chou Simons, Artist and author of GraceLaced; founder of gracelaced.com
God-centered, clear, and helpful. I highly recommend this book. –Blair Linne, Spoken-word artist
This book is a treasure and a joy for our family. –Aaron and Jamie Ivey, Musician, and host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast
Touching and beautiful, this will engage kids and their parents too! –Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author
Young and old alike should read this story often. –Kristie Anyabwile, pastor’s wife, mom, Bible teacher, writer.
Compelling and captivating.-Champ Thornton, Author of The Radical Book for Kids
What a great resource to share with the next generation. –Gloria Furman, Author of Missional Motherhood and Alive in Him
A delight. Cuddle up with a little one and share the news of God’s very good idea. –Melissa Kruger, Author of Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood