CBF Podcast: A Conversation with Matthew Paul Turner


By Andy Hale 

My girls love to read. Even from a young age, both of them would retell the story with their own words, both in toddler incoherence and freestyle.

Our cars are full of books. Their playroom and bedroom are full of books. We have stacks of books in our living room, including the illustrated Harry Potter series and Star Wars tales, among many others.

But, if I were honest, which you know I am going to be, most of my kids’ books are not faith-related. If I were even more realistic, I’d say that many of the existing faith-centric books out there for kids require a theological fixing after being read. Moreover, I’ve had more success taking normal stories for kids and using them to talk to the girls about God, how God works in the world, and where we fit into all of this.

“I wanted to write stories that my kids would enjoy reading, and I didn’t have to fix afterward,” said Matthew Paul Turner on the CBF Podcast. “So this story about creation is told in a way that I have understood this narrative, but not necessarily seen in other children’s books renditions.”

Matthew Paul Turner is writer and journalist, contributing to USA Today, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and Relevant.

He has written five best-selling books, including When I Pray For You, When God Made You, and When God Made Light. His new book, When God Made the World, is part of our conversation with the author on this week’s episode.

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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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