At All Times-Psalm 34:1

February 8, 2011

Book Review: “God Gave us So Much” by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Whitney Standlea @ 2:17 pm

God Gave us So Much is a collection of three books called God Gave us the World, God Gave us Love, and God Gave us Heaven. It is well-bound and include darling illustrations of a family of polar bears. The colors are cheerful and pleasing to kids and adults. The story line for each book is mostly dialog between Little Cub and and one of her older family members. The publisher appropriately recommends this book for ages 4-8. While my three-year-old loved to read through the books, the dialog was mostly over his head.

There’s much to like with the illustrations and the easy everyday language and examples that carry the stories. Parents will find the stories useful for generating spiritual conversation in everyday areas of life once the books are closed. God Gave us Love was little lacking in a grounded Biblical view of God’s love. It offered great examples of how and why we should love others, but failed to point the child to the reality that God’s love is given to us even though we are in no way love-able. When Little Cub asks “Grandpa, could we ever do something to make God not love us?” Grandpa simply responds “Nope. He always hopes for the best in us. He sees a bit of himself in us. And that bit is love.” Later Jesus is pointed to as the ultimate expression of God’s love, but Grandpa certainly missed an opportunity to present the truth at the heart of the Gospel: Because of our sin, God’s wrath is upon us and we are separated from the greatest blessings of a loving God. It is only through Jesus that we can be changed from “children of wrath” to “children of God.”

Because of the parent-child dialog of the books, any spiritual truth that is presented in a way that parents would rather express different can easily be adapted to flow with the story.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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