This is a review of three separate books from Waterbrook Multnomah that would make wonderful Christmas gifts: Treasured by Leigh McLeroy, and Lisa Tawn Bergren's God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas.
Treasured: Knowing God By The Things He Keeps by Leigh McLeroy
Cigar boxes. Refrigerator doors. Scrapbooks and sock drawers and top shelves. These are the places we store our treasures–the keepsakes that tell the story of whom and what we’ve loved, how we’ve lived, and what matters most to us. God is a collector, too, whose treasures are tucked securely into the pages of his book: a golden bell here, an olive leaf there, a scarlet thread, a blood-stained cloth, a few grains of barley. Each of these saved artifacts reveals a facet of his heart and tells the story of a Father whose most precious possession is…us. In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy considers tangible reminders of God’s active presence and guides us in discovering evidence in our own lives of his attentive love.
Leigh McLeroy is the author of The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary. An avid collector and recorder of everyday moments, words, and wonders, Leigh’s keen eye for God’s presence in ordinary life infuses her writing and living with a deep, insistent joy. A frequent conference and event speaker, the author makes her home in Houston, Texas, and posts often on www.leighmcleroy.com and www.wednesdaywords.com.
MY REVIEW: Leigh McLeroy has written an encouraging book that helps us know God better as we also gain a more personal understanding of His great love for us. Leigh helps us look into our own life stories and recognize the pivotal moments in our faith walk with Christ. Just this past month, my own pastor asked us to share with him any pivotal moments in our walk with God. My husband and I each retold our stories to our pastor as we discussed our personal testimony and our relationship with Jesus. Leigh helps others do the same, and to see the meaning within those moments.
Treasured would be an excellent book to give to young Christians, or those who are seeking God. It could be a blessing to someone who just needs to see the beauty in their difficult journey. Sometimes our lives are messy or sometimes just mundane. Yet, God treasures each of us and there are moments in our relationship with Him that we treasure as well. That is what Treasured celebrates.
God Gave Us Love by Lisa Tawn 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.”
God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
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.
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. Her website can be found at http://www.lisatawnbergren.com/.
MY REVIEW: I had not previously read any of the God Gave Us books by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I was missing out on beautiful children's books. Now that I've read God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas, I'll be purchasing the remaining God Gave Us books for my children. Lisa's God Gave Us books are each tender, sweet, and charming. The artwork is beautiful and warm, and each story helps children understand how special they are in God's eyes.
God Gave Us Love teaches children about loving others, even when they're difficult to love. God Gave Us Christmas teaches children about the true meaning of Christmas -- not Santa, decorations, or presents. These are delightful books I will enjoy reading to my children for years to come.
These books were provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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