KID'S BOOK REVIEW:: God Gave Us So Much
God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a compilation of 3 stories...God Gave Us the World, God Gave Us Love, and God Gave Us Heaven.
In God Gave Us the World, Mama Polar Bear has the task of teaching her Little Cub about the vastness and beauty of our world as it was given to us by God. Little Cub has many questions that Mama answers about God making the world perfect and the people and animals in it each perfect AND different.
In God Gave Us Love, Grampa Polar Bear teaches Little Cub about the love that God has given to each of us and that God shares with each of us. Grampa answers Little Cub's curiousity about love by teaching him that "God is Love so he created us to love."
In God Gave Us Heaven, Papa Bear answers Little Cub's questions about Heaven and explains Heaven in a very gentle loving way. He explains to Little Cub the wonderful and joyful things that we may see there.
In these stories, Bergren does a wonderful job of helping to explain difficult questions that most, if not all, young children ask. The answers to the questions were accessible to children but were not overwhelming or depressing (especially in the story of Heaven). I love how gentle and refreshing the stories were and how they were accompianied by wonderful illustrations by Laura Bryant.
I read these stories over the course of 3 nights to my 4 year old daughter. She LOVED the illustrations and the story lines. She did not ask a lot of questions after the stories, but that may change when we read it again as she gets older.
In my opinion, this is a great discussion starter book for those difficult questions that children may have. I was impressed by the story God Gave Us Heaven, as it allowed the idea of Heaven to be accessible to children without focusing on death. I will definitely be re-reading this with my daughter again.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.