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Book Blog Tour: Treasured / God Gave Us Love / God Gave Us Christmas

December 3

Oh, how I love to read! And, oh, how I loved these books!

Have you ever read Treasured: Knowing God by the Things He Keepsby Leigh McLeroy? Well, if not, I encourage you to.

Summary

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.

My Review

I have enjoyed reading this author’s story. She connects God’s story to the one she is living out now. She has motivated me to dig deeper into my King James Bible. The book is a great read just by itself, yet would make a great Bible study reference. I’ve never been a history buff, yet I find myself wanting to grab reference books, including my Bible, to search out more on the subjects she brings to mind. I want to know more about the fig leaf, and the dry waterskin, that once seemed insignificant in my earlier Bible readings. There is more to God’s story, if we just study it!

This book would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for a child. To buy a copy for a gift or for your own pleasure, visit RandomHouse.com.

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Are you looking for a few good books to read to your kiddos? Then consider God Gave Us Love and God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

Summary

In God Gave Us Love, ittle Cub and Grampa Bear’s fishing adventure is interrupted by mischievous otters, and the young polar bear begins to ask questions like why must we love others . . . even the seemingly unlovable? Why is it easier to love those we like? Where does love come from? And why does God love her so much?

Grampa Bear patiently addresses each one of Little Cub’s curiosities by explaining the different kinds of love we can share: the love between friends, the love between families, the love between moms and dads, and the love for God.
He also assured Little Cub that because of the love God has given her through his Son, there’s nothing she can do to make God love her any more or any less. Through Grampa Bear’s encouraging Little Cub to love others with a “God-sized love,” children will be inspired to love others and to be patient, gentle and kind, so that in every way, they too can demonstrate God’s love.

My Review

The conversation between Grampa Bear and Little Cub shares with the reader a wonderful illustration of God’s love for each of us, and the various ways love is shared. It’s an excellent way to share God’s love with a young child. I suggest sharing the importance of repentance, in order to receive the love that doesn’t separate us from God, which is talked about in this book; one should take their child’s age into consideration. The bears and otters are extra cute and I love the pastel and vibrant colors used in illustrating the pages.

This book would make a great Christmas gift. To buy a copy for a gift or for your own pleasure, visit RandomHouse.com.

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Summary

In 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 has something on her mind: “Who invented Chris tmas?” she asks. “Is God more important than Santa?”

Her questions reflect the confusion of so many children during the holiday season. And this heartwarming story takes them on a wonderful journey of discovery—right to the heart of Christmas.
Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns that God loves her and everyone— polar bear, moose, or human—so much that he gave us Jesus, the very best gift of all.

My Review

The book starts about with a question about Santa, and continues with sharing the greatness of God and Jesus and their importance in Christmas. The author shares with the reader where to find God (at work) in everyday objects, such as the sun and even a baby fox. I will be reading this one to my niece, Miss Shelby, when she comes to visit.

This book has a beautiful hardback cover, and would make a great Christmas or b
irthday gift. To buy a copy for a gift or for your own pleasure, visit RandomHouse.com.

About the Authors

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.

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.

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Enjoy! I know I have!

Disclosure: In exchange for my honest review, the above mentioned books were provided to me, free of charge, by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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