Monday, November 30, 2009

God Gave Us Love & God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

God Gave Us Love
by Lisa Tawn Bergen
art by Laura J. Bryant
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7447-1
Publisher: Random House

Book Summary

God Gave Us Love: 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.”

From the Publisher:

In God Gave Us Love, Little Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, and the young polar bear begins to ask questions like why must we love others . . . even the seemingly unlovable? Why is it easier to love those we like? Where does love come from? And why does God love her so much?

Grampa Bear patiently addresses each one of Little Cub’s curiosities by explaining the different kinds of love we can share: the love between friends, the love between families, the love between moms and dads, and the love for God.

He also assured Little Cub that because of the love God has given her through his Son, there’s nothing she can do to make God love her any more or any less. Through Grampa Bear’s encouraging Little Cub to love others with a “God-sized love,” children will be inspired to love others and to be patient, gentle and kind, so that in every way, they too can demonstrate God’s love.


God Gave Us Christmas
by Lisa Tawn Bergen
art by David Hohn
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7175-3
Publisher: Random House



Book Summary

God Gave Us Christmas: As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?” Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that… Jesus is the best present of all.

This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.

From the Publisher:

In God Gave Us Christmas, as Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear has something on her mind: “Who invented Christmas?” she asks. “Is God more important than Santa?”

Her questions reflect the confusion of so many children during the holiday season. And this heartwarming story takes them on a wonderful journey of discovery—right to the heart of Christmas.

Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns that God loves her and everyone— polar bear, moose, or human—so much that he gave us Jesus, the very best gift of all.

My Review

Both of these books is beautifully illustrated! They have different illustrators, but that doesn't take away from the story. Lisa Tawn Bergen delivers a wonderful message in each of the stories.


Her most recent book, God Gave Us Love, shows the many kinds of love God created. The ones between a mommy & a daddy and with friends & family. And the most important relationship is the one we have with God. Lisa shares with children that sometimes it's not easy to love someone, but they can make the choice to love anyhow. I love how she discusses between the Grandpa and Little Cub how God shows us he loves us and how we can know he loves us. What a precious gift to share with our children!


In God Gave Us Christmas, Lisa describes though an adventure with Mama and Little Cub how God is different and more important that Santa. They go on a trek to find evidences of God. Mama shows Little Cub the Northern Lights and shares about Jesus coming and Christmas beginning. Mama shares how powerful God is from an ice cliff falling into the sea. I love that Lisa doesn't knock Santa and in turn losing potential readers. Kids learn that Santa is a great reminder of "...good things like generosity and care."


I'd love to share these books with you, but alas they will be going to my neice. Sorry. Thank you for visiting and learning more about Lisa Tawn Bergen's children's books.


Author Bio

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 lives in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

*I'd like to thank Ashley at Multnomah Books, a division of Random House for the copies of God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas. To learn more about these and other titles from Multnomah and Random House visit:
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400071753
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400074471

2 comments:

Joshlin said...

Thanks for this review. The books look like what I was looking for.

Just Me said...

I love Lisa Tawn Bergren! How fun that when I stopped by you were reviewing her, i will definately keep an eye out for these books.

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