After reading two other God Gave Us books, I was excited to read the three-book collection called God Gave Us So Much. The stories have the same lovable bear illustrations and simple question-and-answer format, but they have some potential theological problems.
In God Gave Us Heaven, Papa bear explains how we get to heaven. He says, “God knew that our bad choices might keep us from him forever… So he sent his very own Son, Jesus, to be our bridge. All we have to do is walk across it to head toward our forever home.” There is no repentance and a child won't know what it means to “walk across” a bridge.
In God Gave Us Love, the Grandpa bear repeatedly brings up the idea that “God's love brings out the best in us.” He implies that all love shown is God’s love. The Bible teaches that we are all sinful and there is no ‘best’ in us. When God's love enters our lives through salvation, then we can show God's love.
I did thoroughly enjoy God Gave Us the World. We must be extremely careful how we teach children about God, and this collection needs parental explanation.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books book review program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.