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God Gave Us Love by Lisa T. Bergren

As Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, the young polar bear begins to question why we must love others… even the seemingly unlovable.

In answering her questions, Grampa Bear gives tender explanations that teach Little Cub about the different kinds of love that is shared between families, friends, and mamas and papas. Grampa explains that all these kinds of love come from God and that it is important to love others because…

“Any time we show love, Little Cub, we’re sharing a bit of his love.”

This sweet tale will warm the hearts of young children as they learn about all the different sorts of love, while the gentle explanations of each provide a valuable opportunity to encourage children to share with others a “God-sized love.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400074471
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 321,356
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than 1.5 million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Love follows in Lisa’s classic tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Laura J. Bryant
studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She has illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books, including God Gave Us You, Smudge Bunny, and If You Were My Baby. Laura lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Read an Excerpt

         “Otters!” Little Cub shouted.
   “Otters! You’re scaring away the fish!”

“Easy, Little Cub,” Grampa said. “The otters can share our spot.”

“But Grampa,” Little Cub complained, “if they scare all the fish away, we won’t get any.”

“That’s all right,” he said. “Half the fun of fishing is being together, right?”

“I…guess so.”

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God Gave Us Love 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
ConsideringTheFields More than 1 year ago
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.
Nawny More than 1 year ago
“God Gave Us Love”, is another sweet book in the children's series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. This series of books centers on a family of polar bears. In this particular book, the theme is God's love for us and how we should be showing that love to others. Not only does Grandpa Bear explain various types of love to Little Cub, but he also explains how all love is an expression of God's big love for us. Through all, he says, Grandpa shows that because God is love, we are called to love others as we strive to be like Him. When it came to the main message of God's love and showing love to other people, it was portrayed very well. I love that these books are sturdy board books that withstand a lot of rough reading by children! As always, the illustrations are precious and capture the eyes of a child fast. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents of small children. I would also buy these books as gifts for All that have small children (daycares, pre-schools, est.) I read and write blogs for free. This book came from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
TisSewSweet More than 1 year ago
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 differently
BlessfulWritings2 More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet little story about God's love. My kids, although older than the recommended 0-3, still enjoy Little Bear. This particular story shares, in easy to understand terms, the different ways we love. Most importantly, the Truth of God's gift of love is at the center. I like the fact that the story ends with a prayer that little ones could emulate. The only issue we had with the story was that you don't know Little Bear is a girl until the end. My son was a tad upset by this. This book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah publishing in exchange for an honest review.
SelaBear More than 1 year ago
When I pick up a kid’s book, I’m looking for a few things. The first thing is good illustrations. You can say all you want to, but small children aren’t going to care what it says if the pictures are off. Second is the content; is it interesting? age appropriate? do I agree with what the author is saying? I think the best part about this book is the illustrations. They are fun, colorful, detailed, and go along appropriately with the words. The content. Well, it meets one out of my three criteria. I definitely agree with her points. However, it’s a board book and I feel like the content is way above my preschooler’s head. Some of the concepts are even above my 1st grader’s head, I think. There’s just too much information in one little book. She covers different types of love and how you can feel all of them. Why not just focus on one at a time? Write more books with less words if you’re going for the preschool audience. I found the story interesting enough, but my kids did not. You can tell how much my kids like a book based on how many times they request I read it. I think I’ve read this one to them just two times and we’ve had it for a few months (Yes, I’m behind on book reviews…oops) Not a bad book, just not a great one either. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
elffamilyblog More than 1 year ago
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." 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.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book from Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura Bryant – exactly what you wold expect from these two. I found the story a wonderful explanation of not only God’s love, but love in general. Little cub struggles with loving “the unlovable” and through the course of the book comes to understand the height and depth that God calls us to. This is a great book! Thank you Multnomah publishing for the opportunity to review this book.
kdwhatley More than 1 year ago
God Gave us Love by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant is a wonderful children’s book. The story is about Little Cub and his Grandpa. Grandpa takes Little Cub fishing to find pesky otter in their spot playing and scaring away the fish. Grandpa helps Little Cub to see that we are to show everyone love. Grandpa also explains the difference in love that God gives us for each other. He learns that go loves us so much and he wants us to give his love to others, even if sometimes they are hard to love. The author captures the true love of Christ and makes it easy form a child to understand. The illustration in the book is beautiful and is sure to keep the child wanting to turn the next page. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...]: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Little Bear goes fishing with Grampa Bear but the Otters were so playful and mischievous that Little Bear just knew they would chase all the fish away. Grampa sensed that Little Bear was getting upset at the Otters. Grampa decided to have a talk with her about sharing the love of God. The story is very endearing. I could almost hear the tone in Grampa Bear's and Little Bear's voices. Grampa being loving and patient, Little Bear being curious and sometimes confused. Grampa does a wonderful job getting God's message of love for others across to Little Bear. The illustrations in this board book colorfully depicts the feelings shared between Grampa Bear, Little Bear and the rest of their family. Let's not forget the playfulness of the Otters that prompted the lesson of God's Love. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own review. It is my own opinion.
EmBar1 More than 1 year ago
The story is about a little bear cub fishing with his Grampa. The sea otters in the river are disturbing the fish. Little Cub is upset that the otters will make the fish swim away. Grampa goes on to comfort him and let him know that the otters are sharing their space. Grampa explains that we need to show love for everyone even though they may upset us. God installed in each of us love. All the good things in life are from God. Grampa helps little bear understand that God is love and when we show love, we're sharing a bit of His love. I love that this book talks so much about God's love. That we should all have love for everyone and everything. This is a very sweet book to have for my children and in helping them understand kindness I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions expressed are mine.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book with a magnificent art and will make an unforgettable gift to any child and he/she will ask you to read it until the book is completely worn out. The presentation is gorgeous: a hardcover book with a beautiful art in the cover and inside. The content is great. The book is written in a very easy language appropriate for children. GramPa Bear gently explain to his Granddaughter Bear the different types of love and the importance of sharing God's love for his creatures. This beautiful message is passed in a lovingly way. This is a must have in the permanent library of any Christian family that wants to transmit the message of God's love to their child/children. This book was written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by artist Laura J.Bryant and was published in September of 2009 by WaterBrook Multnomah Books. The publishers were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Blogging for Books Program.
Michelle2m More than 1 year ago
This story as the title indicates is all about love. During a fun outing with her Grampa, Little Cub learns all about love. And this book does a beautiful job of explaining the wonderful gift of love that God has given to us. I really appreciate the tempo of these books. They so thoughtfully unfold God's truths in a way that little one's can understand and grasp. It touches on the different kinds of love that there are, how God always loves us and how sometimes we have to choose to love even when it's not an easy choice. Like when you're upset with a brother or sister, you can still make the choice to love them. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"God Gave Us Love" by Lisa Tawn Bergren is an adorable story written for children all about love. The basic moral of the book, told through a Grampa polar bear and his adorable grandson polar bear, is that God gave us love, in many forms. The book talks about loving siblings, God's love for his children, love between a mommy and a daddy, and loving people we may not really like. This book is perfect for young children, between ages 1 and 5. The words are simple and easy for young children to understand easily, and the illustrations are adorable. We will definitely be adding this book to the rotation for my three year old. Adorable.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
This board book is about how much God loves us and how we can share His love with others. It uses a little girl bear and her grandpa to illustrate these things. I have a five year old son and a three year old daughter. So I read this book to them one evening and asked their opinions. My opinion - The artwork is really great. The premise for the book is a great idea, but I felt like it might be a bit over my children's head. It's a board book so it seemed deeper than the type of book it was presented in. Five year old opinion - He liked the pictures and reading about God, but didn't like that it "talked too much" and that nothing happened. Three year old opinion - Her attention kept wandering while I was reading it. When I asked what she thought she said it was nice. It's a cute book with a very good "story" so we will be adding it to our collection. I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sonshine_Girl More than 1 year ago
Lisa Tawn Bergren has written another great children's book filled with the amazing artwork of Laura Bryant. 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.
nickelb More than 1 year ago
We received the board book god gave us love to review. My 3 year old loves the God Gave us series. she especially loves that this one is a board book so she can tote it around and flip the pages as she pleases. I loved the over all concept that this book teaches. Even if we are bothered or irritated by someone or something, we still need to love them. All of the children I read the book to loved the illustrations and story line. The only down fall was that for a board book, it was a little wordy. Over all another great addition to our home library I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for Review. This review is my opinion.
m77outreach More than 1 year ago
First off let me take care of legal business...I received this book "God gave us love by Lisa Tawn Bergren" for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, ok now let me tell you a little about it. It's a hardback children's book, and upon opening it Khloe and Kamille absolutely loved it. The bears in the story find out about the awesome power and amount of God's love. Throughout the story they learn patience and the gift of loving everyone and everything around them. A keeper in this household, even after reading the book to my little one's they are still looking at it and reading it to each other. Great children's book.
uncommongirl More than 1 year ago
God Gave Us Love by Lisa Tawn Bergren art by Laura J. Bryant Juvenile Fiction/Board Book Christian Family Ages: 0-3 The illustrations: I LOVE picture books and God Gave Us Love is full of beautiful art that captures your attention. The text: I think the text is wordy for a board book. In this story, Grandpa polar bear explains to the little cub how God has given us all kinds of love. This is a huge concept that would be better understood by little listeners if the sentences were smaller. I also think it would be a better read-aloud with some rhyme and/or repetition.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
freesamplequeen More than 1 year ago
Another book in the "God gave us..." line, this book is equally as cute and cuddly, filled with a Christian message of loving one another. The story addresses the different kinds of love we might have, depending on who or what it is for, and reinforces the message that God created us to love and that we should always try to love, even when we do not feel like it. A children's book, this version is a smaller board book. Because it is a board book, I expected it to be simpler in wording and shorter in length, as board books are generally geared toward toddlers and very youg children. This book, however, is fairly complex and wordy for little ones, with concepts more advanced than a board book would generally be. Reading it with my 2 year old became frustrating and we eventually gave up because she lost interest when pages did not turn quickly and the story was too deep for her understanding... And this is a child who usually engages in books easily. Because of this, I would say that a recommended audience is ages 4 to 7. Unfortunately, this audience may be less apt to consider reading it as it comes in "baby book" format. Still, a great message with a familiar set of characters. Illustrations are soft and warm, inviting and matched to the story. A book I would recommend with the above precUtions as to age appropriateness. I was provided a copy of this book through the Waterbrook Multnomah publishing company's Blogging for Books Program.  I was in no way compensated for this review nor was I required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
itvln02 More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable book! I had a great time reading it to my 15 month old daughter. She has already wanted to read it over and over. I appreciate the great lesson about God loving us and that is why we love others. The book also dabbled a little bit in the different types of love. My daughter may not understand now, but as she gets older and we continue to read this book, I'm sure it will create many conversations about love. The pictures are also well done and very cute. Although very cute, I would have liked the characters to be human. Putting that aside it is still a well done book. I will look forward to reading other books by this author, Here is a link for more information about the book. “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”
ejamsmama More than 1 year ago
A young polar bear asks her grandpa why we must love others, even the unlovable, when some otters disturb their quiet fishing trip. Grandpa tells her; "Anytime we show love, Little Cub, we're sharing a bit of His love." This little book was cute. My daughter really liked it. It tells a story and demonstrates how we are a treasured gift from God. It also lets us know that we are to share the love that God gave us with others even if we don't think they deserve it. There is not much else to say about this book without writing down the whole story for you. The story was written so that the young can understand it. the illustrations are colorful and attractive. One part I found hit home for me was when little cub tells her grandpa; "I love the otters. I just don't like them right now." There are many times we all feel that same way with the people in our lives. We are to love everyone all the time. Even when it is difficult for us to do so. God gave us all kinds of love, such as the love between friends, spouses and siblings. But the greatest love He gave was from Himself. He gave us the sacrifice of His son, Jesus, so that we will never be separated from His love once we chose His gift to us. I received this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers and was not required to write a positive review.
DeliaLatham More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
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DaisyC More than 1 year ago
Lisa Tawn Bergren's delightful stories reach the heart of the issues we want to discuss with our children. Writing in a gentle way, Lisa touches the heart of why God loves us, wants us to love each other, and desires that we love even bothersome critters - like otters. In "God Gave Us Love" Grandpa Bear and Little Cub have an adventure together while they talk about the love God has for us and wants us to share with others. My almost 3 year old really enjoyed this book, and her older brothers, 7 & 10, did as well. The whole series by Bergren would be worth owning. Timeless messages for our children. :-)