The Things God Made

Explore God’s Creation through the Bible, Science, and Art

by Andy McGuire

On Sale: 2023-01-17

Book Summary

See the majesty and science of the natural world come together in this lyrical and informative picture book about God’s creation based on the book of Genesis.

About the Book

Combining Biblical truths and scientific facts, The Things God Made is an inspirational and informative picture book retelling of the creation story from the book of Genesis.

Take your child on a journey from nothingness to abundance and life, and discover the greatness of God’s creation through stunning art and incredible factual information about our amazing universe. The Things God Made captures God’s great joy as a creator and inspires curious kids to learn more about the wonderful world we live in and appreciate all the things God made.

The Things God Made:

  • Tells the creation story both from a Scriptural and scientific perspective
  • Is perfect for ages 4-8 as well as anyone interested in how our world works
  • Incorporates easy-to-understand educational call-outs with engaging, easy-to-read storytelling
  • Allows for further discussion about both creation and the wonder of the natural world
  • Is a perfect educational resource for home, homeschoolers, and Christian school and Sunday school classrooms


The Things God Made features:

  • Call out boxes giving additional information about each stage of creation
  • Interior feature depicting the full glory of God’s creation, with a list of animals for kids to search for and find
  • Supplemental information allowing parents and educators to dive deeper into the subject with their young readers


Blending the biblical narrative, science, and art, author and illustrator Andy McGuire portrays not only the majesty of God's creation, but also the beauty, delight, and love of the Creator for his handiwork. McGuire points to God who 'had an idea. He wanted there to be other things besides just himself.' And so God made the cosmos and all that dwells within it.
McGuire masterfully narrates and illustrates the truth that 'nothing God made can live on its own--everything works together.' For example, McGuire writes, 'Birds need plants. Some parts they need to build their nests. And birds eat plant seeds. When birds eat them, they poop out some of the seeds, scattering them far and wide as they fly to distant lands. This helps plants spread to new places all around the world--part of God's plan.'
McGuire's depiction of the creation of Adam and Eve is unique and authentic. In author notes, McGuire explains, 'Of course no one knows what Adam and Eve looked like, but I have given them skin color and features that defy easy categorization. Somehow Adam and Eve contained all the DNA of the human race, and they and their children were truly fruitful, spreading humanity to every corner of the globe.'
Highly recommended to parents, caregivers, and teachers as a fresh, educational, and worshipful picture book to be savored again and again with young children.

The story of creation is ubiquitous enough that one might wonder if we need yet another children's book on the topic. But wonder was, in fact, the word that came to mind as I read The Things God Made. Complemented beautifully by breathtaking artwork, the book has captured the staggering awe that the story of our fascinatingly intricate creation deserves. If we have lost our sense of wonder, McGuire aims to rekindle it. Brilliantly infusing expertise with humility, scientific fact with childlike joy, The Things God Made is a delight. I suspect it will lead readers--children and adults alike--one step beyond wonder and straight into worship.

Product Details

  • Imprint: Zonderkidz
  • On Sale: 2023-01-17
  • Pages: 40
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication Date: 2023-01-17
  • Trim Size: 237.000mm x 312.000mm x 11.000mm
  • Weight: 539.000gr
  • Category 1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Science & Nature
  • Category 2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Bible Stories / Old Testament
  • Category 3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Inspirational
  • Category 4 : EDUCATION / Home Schooling