Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love by Brennan Manning & John Blase

Recommendation: Recommended

 This is a touching story of a middle-aged couple who are reflections of Christ's love to their community. The love they show and share with the children around them is a testimony of their love for Jesus. The children enjoy spending evenings with Willie Juan and Ana, and they especially enjoy Ana's warm, sugary sopapillas with a drop of honey! Ana and Willie Juan teach the children about a God of  love and that they are each smack-dab in the middle of Abba's love.

Positives: I loved that this story showed a couple ministering in their community, being a part of the lives of children and showing them God's love in a very practical and tangible way. I loved that Willie Juan was a father figure to these children, an abba who taught them about Abba God. I also enjoyed seeing the love the children had for Ana and Willie Juan and how the conversation was easily centered around God's love.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: I John 4 tells us several times that God is love. God defines what love is, love is at the very center (smack-dab in the middle) of who He is. Children can be told of God's love, but they will understand God's love best by what they experience. The children in this story understood God's love through the love that Willie Juan and Ana showed them. Your children will understand God's love through the love that you and others around them show. Scripture also helps us see God's love. Some of my favorite verses that speak of God's love are Romans 8:38-39 - For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Age Level: 2-7 year olds

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