Friday, December 04, 2009

Book Trio Review (Christmas)

I received three new books to review from Multnomah, and I love them!!

The first two are these beautifully illustrated and well written children's books. Both are written by Lisa T. Bergen. The first, God Gave us Love, is about a young polar cub going fishing with his Grampa when some otters start causing problems. He asks why they need to love others, even those who cause problems. This is a great book for kids to learn about love for others and the unconditional love Christ has for us!

In the book, God Gave us Christmas, Little Cub is asking questions about who invented Christmas and who is more important: Santa or God. Great book to introduce the meaning of Christmas to young children and to remind us older kids that Christ is the center of our Christmas! Both books would be great presents for any youngster in your family!

Author Bio:

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.

The last book I received was, Treasured, by Leigh McLeroy. In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy considers tangible reminders of God’s active presence and guides readers in discovering evidence in their own lives of his attentive love.

The idea for the book came from a cigar box filled with odds and ends of my grandfather’s life that arrived a few months after his death. Sifting through the objects in the box, I experienced him in a fresh new way. This made me wonder what treasures might be tucked away in Scripture that could frame God for me in an equally intimate, tangible way. This process also helped me uncover my own “treasures” of my walk with the Lord: objects that remind me of my history with him and his faithfulness to me,” says McLeroy.

Drawn from the pages of Scripture, the author considers twelve such treasures and personalizes their meaning for readers, such as a green olive branch that offers proof of God’s “new every morning” mercy and a scarlet cord that demonstrates his willingness to adopt “strays” of every sort.

Weaving these treasures together with scenes from her personal history, Leigh McLeroy invites readers to discover God’s heart for them and embrace their unique role in his redemptive story. Treasured offers readers a guided experience of God’s love and character and invites them to consider their own treasures that point to their part in God’s ongoing story.

Author Bio:

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 and

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

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