Friday, December 4, 2009

Treasured/God Gave Us...Blog Tour

I recently became apart of the Random House/Waterbrook Press Blog Review Team. I am having so much fun reading wonderful books from them and wanted to share the books from a blog tour I recently was part of.

Thank you to Random House/Waterbrook Press for giving me a complimentary copy of each of these books for the purpose of review!

Treasured:  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.
 

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.”

 

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.

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.

My Review:


All three of these books are wonderful and would make perfect Christmas gifts for children or adults alike!


When reading Treasured, I was reminded that no matter what I go through, or do, in my life, I am a treasure of God's. He made me who I am and will be with me every step of the way. 

One quote from the book that really resonated with me was in the chapter, entitle, A Strip of Bloodied Cloth (The God With A Bigger Plan). I have experienced many difficult times through the last 5 years, including struggling to conceive, a cancer diagnosis, losing several member of my family, and other very stressful situations. 

This chapter reminded me that, "All evidence to the contrary, God is at work in the very parts of the story we'd most like to skip over. He is at work in tribulation, distress, persecution, and famine. In the vulnerability of nakedness, in the threat of peril, and in the bloodshed from the sword." (p. 74)




God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas are beautifully illustrated stories of how a bear cub learns the true story of Christmas and how to love others, even when we don't feel like it. Very good truths for children of all ages to learn. My daughter loved these books, and I felt they were very appropriate for reading to a three year old. This is a wonderful way to introduce the Christmas Story and the concept of God's Love to your child. With vivid illustrations that will catch, and keep, your child's attention throughout.



BUY IT!: All three books can be purchased directly through Random House using the following links and can also be purchased through your local Christian bookseller.
                                      Treasured
                                      God Gave Us Love 
                                      God Gave Us Christmas 



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