The miracle of life is an amazing thing. I’m in awe of how mighty our God is – how wonderous, intentional, and thoughtful He is. You can see all of these things in His creation of a human life.
I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant with our 8th baby and it never gets old – how miraculous life is. I don’t think my children have ever been more curious about anything before than what is currently going on inside my tummy.
How big is the baby?
What does the baby look like?
Can the baby hear? See?
What is the baby doing all day?
How did the baby get in there? How will it get out?
Danika Cooley’s new book Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth could not have been released at a more perfect time. While there are many books available that help prepare children for a new baby, I am especially excited about Wonderfully Made because it is from a Christian perspective and shows children that God made everyone special and has a plan and purpose for their lives.
Wonderfully Made takes children, and parents, on a journey of life in the womb from conception to birth. It reads as a parent talking to a child about when he (or she) was inside their mommy’s tummy and what is happening to them – how they are growing and forming and what they are doing.
With each turn of the page, the child learns what is happening to them during a specific week (or over several weeks in some cases) of pregnancy. It starts out by briefly discussing how they were made – the author does such a wonderful job of this and makes it God-honoring and age-appropriate. Then the journey continues by discussing cells splitting, organs forming, body parts taking shape, and what the baby is doing all the way up to the day the baby is born. Often, the author compares the baby’s size to a kind of food, like a banana or an apple. This makes it very relatable to kids and easy for them to understand just how big the baby is at a certain time of pregnancy.
At every opportunity the author points to God’s perfect plan and purpose for the life of the child in the womb and sprinkles scripture throughout the book among the beautiful illustrations of the growing baby.
The book ends with the birth of the baby and the author uses that as an opportunity to discuss ‘an even more wondrous birth’ – how our spirit can be reborn if we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ.
I love this book! I am so blessed to have been able to share this beautiful book with my kids during my pregnancy. Even if you aren’t expecting a new baby, this book is a must-have for your bookshelf to help show your child(ren) just how much God loves them, that He has a special purpose for their life, how Jesus died for them and how they can live their life for Him.