January 20, 2016


When God Made You

GAH! It's here...

This new children's book, which I'm SO excited to see in published form, has traveled quite a long journey from idea to publication. Like most illustrated books, it takes a team of people, financial resources, and time for the book to make its way into the hands of a child. Having written this story when my big kids were little, it shows that the publishing world is a lot about patience...

Which is a lovely segue into the reason for this book. I truly wanted to write a story that explored, in a 32-page capsule, how we are all unique, endowed with such different gifts and virtues, such individual preferences--you love pink and are naturally patient, and I am crazy about orange! Why?

There's a little more about the backstory of When God Made You here, plus you can now order a copy HERE! The book is in the warehouse NOW, and why not get a tiny glimse into the actual pages of the book--you know, what it looks like with the words, and how Matt, my friend the art director, did wonders with the fonts and the layout?

Holy smokes. Wasn't expecting it to be ready so soon...

Of course. This book would be nothing without Megan Gilbert. If you know her, you know she's a first-rate artist, a pleasure to work with, and crazy professional. Her depictions of these lovely children that I first portrayed only in words, are outright magical...

My hope for this book is that the kids who read it will understand both their neighbors, and themselves better. That they will have another nudge toward knowing that they were made with a purpose, that they are LOVED just for being who they are. (Even if who they are means having a bird on their head all the time!)

Lastly, if your kids are interested in either writing a profile about themselves, or drawing their own portrait, with your permission we'll be collecting these images to post on the When God Made You facebook page, and maybe on a page here on my own website. And it doesn't just have to be kids! Feel free to send me your own writing or illustration as well!!! I wrote my own. Here goes:

When God made Jane, he found a nice quiet corner, spun her upside down twice, poured her a hot cup of tea, then spoke this riddle: It's fine to spin, and swirl, and dig in the dirt. Enjoy the tea, the words, the adventure, and the sunshine! But only if you seek Me, and speak to Me, will you really find all of You . . .

Cheers, Friends!

Published: January 20, 2016 | Filed under: Books

Comments (6)
Kh. Tammy said:
January 20, 2016 @ 7:03 PM

When God made Tammy, He planted a feeling heart that cries when she listens to beautiful music, placed a smile on her face to shine when seeing His creation, reminded her to enjoy the simple things in life and instilled in her bones the dry arid heat that can warm the most beautiful sands. He reminded her to constantly LOVE......and she is still being molded! until Eternity.....

jane g meyer replied:
January 20, 2016 @ 8:43 PM

Tammy, you are the best...

sara plew said:
January 20, 2016 @ 9:44 PM

How exciting, Jane! I went right to the AFM website :) Wonderful work, as usual. I'm very much looking forward to it.

jane g meyer replied:
January 21, 2016 @ 5:08 PM

How kind, Sara! All the best to you and your crew...

Jessica Archuleta said:
January 25, 2016 @ 5:45 PM

I love your books and sharing them with my kids! Can't wait to get this one!

jane g meyer replied:
January 25, 2016 @ 9:11 PM


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