God Gave Us Love {children's lit review}

"Choosing love is always right."

God Gave Us Love is a sweet board book written by Lisa Tawn Bergren, with illustrations by Laura J. Bryant. It's less a story than a conversation between a polar bear grandfather and his granddaughter about the nature of  Christian love.

"I think this is God bringing out the best in us," whispered Little Cub.  "I think God is giving us love right now."

It touches on faith and family and choosing love even when we are frustrated.  The narrative lacks, but the teaching is good, and it opens the door to a worthy conversation with preschoolers about what it means to demonstrate God's love to the people around us.

"Grampa, could we ever do something to make God not love us?"
"Nope.  He always hopes for the best in us.  He sees a bit of himself in us.  And that bit is love.

I like that explanation of the imago dei in child-like terms and its reassurance of our worth as God's beloved.  What a fabulous lesson to set in young hearts.

The pictures are playful and appeal to little eyes.  The text engages my four year old, but even a baby would appreciate the animals, and the study board pages will stand up to many reads.

Review copy provided by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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