Sunday, January 23, 2011

God Gave Us So Much - Book Review

God Gave Us So Much is a limited edition three-book treasure of stories by Lisa Tawn Bergren, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant. The book contains 3 stories through the eyes of curious little polar bear and his family. Each story helps to answer children's questions about God. The first story, God Gave Us The World, introduces that God is a master creator and loves that His creation is all different - just like different bears living in different environments around the world. The second story, God Gave Us Love, introduces the idea that God wants us to show His love to everyone. I love that this story includes that God loved us so much that He gave His Son for us. The third story, God Gave Us Heaven, brings the idea that heaven is God's home, down to a child's level of understanding. I applaud Laura Bryant on this story because she didn't stop at the idea that heaven is God's home, but she "finished" it by including how we get to heaven - that Jesus is our bridge from this world to the next.

My 3 1/2 year old loved the stories, but I must admit they were not "easy" bedtime stories. Each story was a stepping stone for her to ask so many questions. I loved that it provided us with some great teaching moments and we were able to use verses that she knows to support the book. Originally I had planned on reading a story a night and finishing the book in 3 days. Well, in our house it got pretty deep when I introduced the book and she wanted to reread each story multiple times before moving on. I was thrilled it kept her attention, she loves the polar bear family. Her favorite aspect of the book is that the little polar bear cub is a big brother with twin siblings. She could relate to having a younger sibling. This is definitely a keeper at our house. If anyone is dealing with the death of a friend or family member, God Gave Us Heaven is a wonderful resource to help take away the fear of death or separation.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. These opinions are my own.

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