God's Very Good Idea

A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family

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Beautifully-illustrated hardback book telling how God made people to enjoy being delightfully different, yet all part of the same family.

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God’s very good idea is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. This stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ.

This book celebrates diversity and will help children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God and how Jesus came to rescue all kinds of people. It will also excite them about being part of church - God's delightfully different family.

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Age range: 3 - 6
Author Trillia Newbell, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784982218
Format Hardback
First published 2017
Dimensions 220mm x 260mm x 10mm
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

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

Touching and beautiful, this will engage kids and their parents too!

Nancy Guthrie

Bible teacher and author

What a great resource to share with the next generation.

Gloria Furman

Author of Missional Motherhood and Alive in Him

Independent reviews

"A unique and fabulous book"

Jon Gemmell, That Happy Certainty, July 19th 2017

It is a fantastic children’s book showing how the diversity of humanity was God’s very Good Idea.... continue reading


Children's Book Review: God's Very Good Idea

Emily, September 28th 2017

Newbell captures the wonderful story of God's gospel and the overarching story of biblical theology and retells it, all the while celebrating cultural, ethnic and social diversity in God's family.... continue reading


Robin Ham, That Happy Certainty, October 13th 2017

The best kids book are probably those that get adults excited too – and perhaps even teaching us a thing or two along the way. And by referencing the differences we should expect and encourage in our churches: skin colour, sex, languages, disability, hobbies, etc, Trillia has created a resource that will bless kids and grown-ups alike, helping us to have our eyes open to God’s very good idea.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“A beautifully illustrated story of creation, the Fall, redemption and restoration”

I really love this book and so does my preschooler (but it works for older kids too)
It's beautifully illustrated, with lots going on in the pictures that you can talk about. Really lovely details.
The story is The big picture: how God made humans in his image and loved them. And we were to love Him and love each other.

The book talks about how despite us not being able to love God or each other the thanks to sin, God still loves us and sent Jesus.
The last part of the book explains the role of the church in God's plan.
Another overarching theme in the book is that diversity is God's idea and that we are all different and all the same, because we all reflect the image of God. It's really beautifully explained and illustrated.
I would recommend this to parents and to Sunday school teachers.


“Every Family Should Have a Copy”

After reading this book for the first time, I wondered why it hadn't been written before. A necessary, challenging, joyful reminder that the church should be the most diverse group of people on earth; especially when SO often Christian books even show Jesus with a white face. I love reading this to my children and I think it's one every Christian family should have on their shelf.


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God's Very Good Idea | Trillia Newbell, Catalina Echeverri | $16.99