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Posted April 6, 2012
God Gave Us Love review
God Gave Us Love is a sweet children's board book by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I did not realize that this little book is actually in a series of "God Gave Us" books by Bergren. I have not seen or read the others but enjoyed this one. In God Gave Us Love the Grampa Cub is explaining to Little Cub God's great love for us. He helps Little Cub think through why we are called to love others, even "pesky otters" when we don't feel like it. The book is a great discussion between generations of love of various relationships such as grandparent/grandchild, mothers/fathers, brothers/sisters, and then ultimately the love of God for us.
These are questions I have seen come up even from my daughter, 3.5 years old. While the book does an excellent job of approaching deep theology for the younger age set it is really quite long. The format I received is a board book, recommended for ages 0 to 3 (according to the back of the book). Most of the board books we have or have read tend to have limited text per page. While God Gave Us Love's content message is important and wonderful to begin addressing at a tender age I find it rather unlikely many 0 to 3 year olds will be able to sit or comprehend its message. The books is also available in a hardcover format and for a child ages 4 or older, I can see this being a wonderful gift.
My favorite part of God Gave Us Love are the beautiful illustrations by Laura J. Bryant. Every page is colorful, playful, and the detail is lovely. Even if the content may be long or tedious for the younger age set, the pictures are sure to delight. Overall, I would recommend this book to parents who are seeking to train up their children as we are called to do in the Bible.
Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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Posted December 27, 2012
My children enjoyed reading this book. We read it often as a bed
My children enjoyed reading this book. We read it often as a bed time book. God gave us love is a sweet way of reminding ourselves and our children that everyone was given to us by God and he made each relationship in our lives unique and special. Our children are better able to understand how we love all people but some people are closer to our hearts and our affections for them can be displayed differentlyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2012
God Gave Us Love is a great little story about a little bear cub
God Gave Us Love is a great little story about a little bear cub and her grandpa. Through the story little cub is faced with many challenging people and behaviors, but grandpa's words of wisdom shine some light on the issues for little cub. Through grandpa, little cub is shown that "anytime we show love....we're sharing a bit of His love."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It was a great story, but a bit long for a toddler to sit through (meaning the dialogue per page). The pictures and artwork work were colorful and created perfect images for the story. I love that the book was in board book format and small enough for little hands. This is a great addition to our library and would be great for any little believer.
Posted March 3, 2012
Lisa Tawn Bergren has written another great children's book fill
Lisa Tawn Bergren has written another great children's book filled with the amazing artwork of Laura Bryant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
God Gave Us Love is an adorable little board book for any age that illustrates the loving relationship between Little Cub and Grampa as he teaches his grand-daughter patience, sharing, faith and love. Mostly love though - who we are to love; why we love; where love comes from; what love looks like; when we are to show love and how we know we are loved.
Little Cub becomes quite upset when three playful otters decide to share the same fishing spot she and Grampa had picked out. Right away Grampa has to explain to Little Cub that God wants us to love everyone - especially otters. (I just love how that almost sounds like others)
When Little Cub asks why we love Grampa explains to her that it is something deep within us that God put there when He creates us. God is Love so He created us to love.
Little Cub said she didn't want to love the otters like her Mama and Papa love each other with all that kissing and hugging. With a smile on his face Grampa goes on to explain to Little Cub that God gave us all kinds of love and that it brings out the best in us and others.
Excited by what she had learned Little Cub yelled "group hug!" As the family nestled in close together, nice and tight for a few moments Little Cub realized God was giving them love right then and bringing out the best in them. "Any time we show love, we're sharing a bit of His love."
In the beginning of the book Little Cub states she loves the otters but she just doesn't like them right now because they are messing up her adventurous fishing trip with Grampa. Later in the book she compares her brother and sister to the pesky otters and Grampa has to remind her that we may not always feel like loving others but choosing love is always right. Love is a choice. We love because God loves us.
Little Cub becomes curious and wants to know how we know God loves us and Grampa explains that God sent His Son to save us and forgive when we don't make good choices. He reassures her that we won't ever be separated from God because of his God-size love for us.
What a great story of reassurance that we are all loved and created for love by the One who is LOVE.
Posted February 22, 2012
God Gave Us Love By Lisa Tawn Bergren is a sweet story about a little cub asking a lot of really good questions to her Grandpa.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Little Cub is curious why she has to love the otters. So she starts to ask “What is love?” Grandpa explains that love comes from God, God is love, and God is the one who created us to love. Grandpa then goes into different examples from Little Cubs life of when she should show love because God has given her love to show.
Overall, the story is sweet and has a good simple message for young readers. I thought that pages of the story jumped rather quickly, but the author seemed to want to get several messages about love across in a short picture book. The illustrations are sweet with mellow colors that are not over stimulating. I also enjoyed the fact that it was Grandpa explaining what love is. Not all children grow up with their parents, so this is a sweet way for children to feel loved when reading this book.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for my honest thoughts.
Posted February 8, 2012
Sweet Story About Different Kinds of Love
Out fishing with Grampa Bear, Little Cub isn't happy when playful otters scare the fish away. But Grampa Bear tells her she has to love the pesky animals, even though they're annoying, and different from her. Little Cub being the inquiring little mind that she is, this leads to a whole bunch of questions and answers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
She doesn't want to love the otters like Mama and Papa love each other—all that kissy and huggy stuff. Grampa Bear patiently answers her questions and provides wonderful, wisdom-filled answers about the various kinds of love—answers every "Little Cub" should know about the love of Mamas and Papas, the love of siblings and other family members, the love of friends…and the unmatched love of God.
Bergren has a unique gift for explaining biblical truths and teaching lifetime lessons…both of which are seamlessly woven into an interesting, touching story. All of the "God Gave Us" books are wonderfully educational and sweet, but very young children may find the beautiful, eye-catching pictures in this one of more interest than the text, which could be a bit wordy for tots. Nevertheless, the message of loving one another is very clear. Even if it needs to be shared with a child in a couple of sittings, the core message is well worth the effort.
This beautifully illustrated board book is a wonderful addition to any collection of beloved children's books. Highly recommended.
Posted December 2, 2009
Learning about love
In God Gave Us Love, Grampa teaches Little Cub about showing love to others because God first loved us. Grampa tells Little cub about the difference between loving someone and liking someone and that there are different kinds of love. There is repetition about God loving us, which is probably good for children. The only problem I had with the book is that while Grampa explains that God sent His Son because He loves us so much, he doesn't talk about the need for faith and belief (whoever believes in Him) to never be separated from God. I think a parent can easily fill in those gaps, but I think it's important for parents to be mindful that children don't get the message, which is easily embraced by our culture, that God loves us so we are okay just as we are.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.