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Monday, November 30, 2009

"Treasured" / "God Gave Us Love" / "God Gave Us Christmas" Blog Tour








"Treasured: Knowing God by the Things He Keeps" by Leigh McLeroy is a great little book that all should add to their bookshelves. It it unusual that a book which is so open-ended can be so engaging. The author fills the pages with Bible quotations and her own person anecdotes. Each chapter hones in on a Bible story--mostly from the Old Testament--and expounds on it further. Some of the stories the author shares are so candid that readers will actually recoil in shock that she would divulge that information. From the nice hard cover (the type without the jacket) to the fancy font to the actual prose itself, readers will enjoy this book and cherish it. While reading this book, readers will feel like they are with their legs crossed and their chin rested upon their palms with their elbows on a coffee table, listening in rapt attention as Leigh shares her walk of faith with them.

"God Gave Us Love" by Lisa Tawn Bergren [and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant] is a copacetic children's book. The main character is a female cub that sparks a conversation with her grandfather about malice, more or less. While they are fishing, the otters are scaring away all the fish, and the cub does not like this. The grandfather then discusses how the cub should love everybody and look at them through God's eyes. Subsequently, several types of love are depicted (among friends, family, God, etc) for children to understand with cute pictures. In the end, children will learn a valuable lesson about not judging others. Plus, they will sleep soundly knowing God loves them immensely.

"God Gave Us Christmas" by Lisa Tawn Bergren [and illustrated by David Hohn] is a fantastic book for children. It starts off with a cub asking "Mama Bear" what the true meaning of Christmas is. The youngster thinks Christmas is about Santa and presents, but the mother assures her otherwise. The mother takes the cub outside to awe at God's creation--including Aurora Borealis, the Northern Star, glaciers, and more. The cub learns that God is everywhere (not just around once a year). At one point, the bears even visit a church and see a nativity scene. This book explains the true meaning of Christmas in simple enough terms for kids, and the illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Learn more about or purchase these books at RandomHouse.com:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400074815

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400074471

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