Special God

By Julie Melilli, Illustrated by Matt Stevens

Special God

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Special God

By Julie Melilli, Illustrated by Matt Stevens

Written to make the truths of the gospel accessible to children, this book uses simple illustrations and concrete, easy-to-understand language to explain important theological ideas, such as sin, heaven, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit. Each of the 25 chapters introduces a biblical concept by asking a question and answering it with simple vocabulary and plenty of review to help the information stick. Written by a former teacher and the mother of a child with intellectual disabilities, this book meets a critical need for parents and teachers looking for a tool to teach kids about God, humanity, Jesus, salvation, and more.

Ages 5-8 (read to me)

Ages 8+ (read myself)


Julie Melilli is a former schoolteacher with international teaching experience. She now lives in the Midwest with her husband and six children.


Matt Stevens is a designer and illustrator with a passion for finding the best way to tell great stories visually. He runs his own small design and illustration studio in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and three children (and two dogs).


“Jesus said, ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ The gospel is so simple, even the heart of a child can understand it—if it’s presented rightly. Special God is the clearest presentation of the good news I have ever seen. What a gift to those of us who live to build the kingdom of God one child at a time.”
Wess Stafford, President Emeritus, Compassion International; author, Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute

“Jesus offered revolutionary dignity, love, and personalized attention to each person that he encountered. This book offers the same. Special God is a timely offering that clearly and gently tells the story of Jesus in a way that is uniquely accessible to all audiences. Julie Melilli is a translator of hope, and we will all be better because of her work.”
Mandy Arioto, President and CEO, MOPS International; author, Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood

“Julie Melilli has taken profoundly important truths and laid them out in beautifully concise and accessible language. A heart-piercing, meditation-inspiring explanation of God and his work, Special God opens the gospel to a wider spectrum of readers. This is a precious resource for those with language challenges or learning disabilities.”
Gail Schoonmaker, illustrator, The Big Picture Story Bible; author, Big Picture Bible Crafts

“Children have a large capacity for the things of God. And with Special God, Julie Melilli provides us with a book worthy of pouring into the minds and hearts of our kids. I trust that God will use it to grow strong followers of Christ.”
David R. Helm, Pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago; author, The Big Picture Story Bible

Table of Contents:

God Is Holy
God’s Holiness Is Important
Sin Brings Separation
Prayer and Confession
Special God
Jesus Instead of You
Jesus Was Crucified
Jesus Was Resurrected
Jesus Is Really God’s Son
God Can Really Forgive Sin
Jesus Defeated Death
Physical and Spiritual Body
Eternal Life
Grace and Faith
Becoming a Christian
Following Jesus
Words to Know


Category: Children & Youth
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 64
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6251-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6251-8
Size: 7.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 14.73 ounces
Published: September 30, 2018