Wednesday, February 13, 2013

God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Recommendation: *** (3-stars)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in the "God Gave Us..." series and was anxious to receive this new book. Little Cub has questions about Easter and in this book Papa Bear is the one who is able to instruct her. Papa Bear explains how God always knew he was going to give us Easter and as they hike through the woods they talk about how out of death comes life because Jesus didn't stay in the tomb. They talk about how God had an even bigger plan than just sending Jesus. His plan was for us to be with him forever in heaven.

Positives: I love that Little Cub always find the answers to her questions from her parents! What an example of how our homes should be.

Negatives: There were a few things that I wish would have been a little different in this story. When Papa Bear is talking about the disobedience that came again after the flood it says "...[God] had to find a way to keep us connected, once and for all..." I don't like the word choice here because it makes it sound like God to readjust his plan. She did earlier state in the book that God knew all along He would give us Easter, but I think this could be confusing to young children. Secondly, Little Cub asks if God talks to Papa Bear and Papa Bear responds, "It's like he whispers in my heart." I wish the author would have made a mention that God speaks to us through the Bible. I think it would be a more concrete image for a child to understand than God "whispering to our hearts." Lastly, Papa Bear says that "God forgives us when we make bad choices." I wish the author would have used the word sin. We can make bad choices that aren't sinful and children can easily understand the idea of sin and wrongdoing.

Talking Points: While this story does a great job of teaching some of the ideas of Easter, it does not tell the Easter story. I think it would make a great supplement to reading the gospel accounts of Jesus' death and resurrection, but it falls short of explaining the need for Christ to die and shed his blood. What a great opportunity to grab your Bible and share the gospel story with your kids once again! Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, John 18-20, 2 Cor. 5:15-21

Age Level: 3-6 years of age

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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