God Made Me and You: Celebrating God's Design for Ethnic Diversity
“The rhythm of words and the magic of rhyme will open your childs eyes to the beauty of race in Gods 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. Its 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 GenerationSee All
“God Made Me and You, is a book for every family bookshelf. This colorful, poetic presentation of ethnic diversity shouts the truth of Gods 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 homeSee All
Pastor, author of The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation
“The first time I heard Shai Linnes song Penelope Judd, I knew he had a beautiful fathers 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 Lifes Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter MostSee All
Family Pastor; author of The Ology, Long Story Short, and other gospel-centered resources for church and home
“Shai Linnes new book, God Made Me and You: Celebrating Gods 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 cant wait to read this to my grandkids.”– Bob Kauflin, Director of Sovereign Grace MusicSee All
Professor, Biola University; author of Lifes Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most
“We read this book to our four daughters. They loved it. So did we! Its 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 ChurchSee All
Director of Sovereign Grace Music
“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 Gods gift of human diversity. With his poetic gift, Shai wonderfully displays the glory of God right where we need to see it afreshin 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 ChristSee All
Jonathan and Shannon Leeman
Author; editorial director of 9Marks; elder at Cheverly Baptist Church
“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 Gods 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 ChristianitySee All
Pastor of Immanuel Church, Nashville, TN; author of The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ
“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 GodOne who delights in building a diverse and set-apart people to live with Him forever. This is a great addition to every childs bookshelf.”– J. A. Ellis, Cannada Fellow for World Christianity, Reformed Theological SeminarySee All
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
“The reality that all peoplewith their vast array of diversityare 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 Gods 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 BodiesSee All
J. A. Ellis
Cannada Fellow for World Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary
“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 Gods design for ethnic diversity. But dont think the story is all Linne has for youread the back to be inspired to continue the conversation when the book is closed. Well done!”See All
Author of Gods Very Good Idea: A True Story of Gods Delightfully Different Family
“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.”See All
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Author; teacher; host of Revive Our Hearts
“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 kidsand all of us!on Gods beautiful design of ethnicity, as winsomely told and displayed through creative and faithful artist-theologians. I recommend it with great gratitude and enthusiasm!”See All
Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible
“This is a wonderful resource for teaching our children about Gods 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; its a biblical hope and expectation. Im excited to share this book with my own kids.”See All
Author, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC; Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
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.