Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review: God Gave us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen

Editor's note: My wife Hannah and I collaborated on this book review. Since Hannah is now 17 weeks pregnant, we were delighted to be able to review a book that talks to a child about what this time is like.

God Gave us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant is a simple book that teaches children about their beginning in mommy’s tummy and shows them how much they have been loved, even before birth. The scenes portraying polar bears add a cozy layer of fur to the story behind the question, “Where did I come from?”

As the title suggests, children are pointed to the giver of life as the answer to this question. The book shows momma bear praying for the infant in her womb, reminding parents to be in constant prayer for the physical and spiritual well-being of our kids while reinforcing the essential concept of our dependence on God.

The text has an even flow, and like the other books in the series, it has adorable illustrations that make you want to reach through the page and hug the bears. Bright colors, soft textures, warm embraces, and unique borders make it engaging to child and adult alike.

Many pictures stretch across two pages and some pages have illustrations off to the side of angel bears, penguins, or other creatures. The pregnant polar bear pictures were particularly funny.

Our culture likes to portray children and pregnancy as a hindrance to our happiness. God Gave us You portrays children as blessings from God. That, for me, is the best part.

This book would be most appropriate for children ages 3 to 6.

To buy the book, visit (direct link).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books Program. 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."

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