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God Gave Us Angels [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Tawn Bergren , Laura J. Bryant

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“What do angels do all day, Papa?”
 
When Papa finds Little Cub looking for angels, it gives him a chance to tell his beloved child about those that may be in their midst, even when they can’t be seen.  Exploring their exhilarating Arctic world as they talk, Papa lovingly answers all of Little Cub’s questions about angels—and as usual, she has a lot. She wants to know what they do, how they look, how they guard God’s loved ones, and best of all, how they serve the Creator of the world. 
 
“God really created angels to serve him more than us, Little Cub.
They love him and would do anything for him.”
 
This uplifting tale will encourage young hearts by exploring the glory and design of God’s messengers, while turning toward him with praise.    
 
Also available:
God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us the World
God Gave Us Easter
 
Over two million copies in the series sold!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8936 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (16 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J6YBYJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian Perspective, but somethings don't match the Catholic Church 22 Oct 2014
By Rachel D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have enjoyed other books in this series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I love that the author can explain things in a Biblical Christian perspective so I had high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. The illustrations in God Gave Us Angels are adorable and the text is written in a way that the baby cub is asking questions about Angels to her papa bear; Some of the questions included why the angels have halos, what do angels do all day, why it seems like God does not always give us angels to protect us, etc.

This book is advertised to be appropriate for children 3-7. I read it to my 7 year old and my 5 year old. My 5 year old loved the illustrations and the use of the bears, because polar bears are his favorite. My 7 year old was able to read the text easily and enjoyed reading it to her two younger brothers.

One thing that did catch me off guard about this book is that my 7 year old asked some thought provoking questions as we were reading which led me to two points that I found disappointing in the story. The story is written from a Christian perspective, however, there is a discrepancy in how Papa Bear answers 2 of his little cub's question and how a Catholic would answer. One of the questions Little Cub asks is "Will we get to be angels when we die?" Papa Bear answers no and says that angels were created separately from humans by God and that we will see them in Heaven but will not become them. Well, Rebecca wanted to know then why we call her brother Travis who was stillborn, her and her brothers' guardian angel. I had to explain that we don't always agree with everything that we read, and that in our household we believe that are ancestors are our guardian angels and we believe that God's love allows them to become angels. Our beliefs on that subject are just different from the authors. I also did not agree with Papa Bear's answer to whether we should pray to the angels. Papa Bear answers no, that we should only pray to God. As a Catholic, we are taught that we can and should pray to our Guardian Angel to ask for protection and shelter in times of need. I reminded Rebecca and Jacob of this and also reminded them that just because we don't agree with the author on these two points that the book is still full of useful information of learning about angels. It helped lead me to remind my children that OUR family believes in Catholicism and others may believe in Christ and Christianity, but they have different beliefs in how we worship.

Overall, I was happy with the book in that it is age appropriate and appeals to my children, even if it did not 100% agree with our family's Catholic beliefs.

DISCLAIMER: I received this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has beautiful illustrations and would be appealing to young children 13 Nov 2014
By Alysa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book by: Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant is another encouraging tale of the cute polar bear family that appear in several “God Gave Us” stories. The book starts out with Papa Bear finding Little Cub up on a tree branch…

“What are you doing up here, Little Cub?” Papa Bear asked.

“Lookin’ for angels,” she said in a hushed voice. “The bunnies said they’re all around us.”

Little Cub and Papa Bear continue their casual conversation while walking over snow covered hills, swimming through icy water, playing with the penguins and other animals. Little Cub asks a series of questions about angels and his Papa Bear patiently answers.

“What do angel’s do all day?”

“Does all that worshiping’ give them those halo thingies?”

Little Cub ends the day dreaming peacefully of angels.

This book has beautiful illustrations and would be appealing to young children. You can see the connection between Papa Bear and Little Bear not only with the written conversation but also with the pictures. The questions that Little Bear asks are relevant and real questions that a child may have. Papa Bear answers them in a though provoking and sincere way. The answers were also perfectly geared toward a child’s level. I personally agree with how all of the questions were answered. I would imagine that there may be other teachings about angels within different denominations that would disagree with some of the responses. I would recommend this book for young children who are curious about angels (and/or who like polar bears).

Side Note: From a scientific perspective, polar bears and penguins do not live in the same habitat. Polar bears live in the North Pole and penguins live in Antarctica (South Pole). I personally don’t think this is an issue because a child would probably not care but I thought I would mention it just in case.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect bedtime (or anytime) story! 10 Nov 2014
By Cheryl H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
God Gave Us Angels is filled with short phrasing and lovely pictures that tells a cute story about Papa Bear and his daughter, Little Cub.

The story begins with Little Cub, on a tree branch, looking for angels. She tells Papa Bear the bunnies told her angels are all around them. She asks Papa Bear a series of questions about angels, Have you seen one? What do they do all day? Do they have halos? and more. Papa’s answers are honest, clear, and satisfy Little Cub’s curiosity.

There are many aspects of this book that make it extra-special. The story never contradicts Bible teachings, references to God are capitalized, Little Cub’s curiosity is realistic, and Papa Bear’s responses are loving, kind, and non-judgmental. There are no bratty outbursts, no outrageous, or weary parental replies—just a sweet, loving family relationship.

To put it simply, this book is adorable! I love the creative bear characters, the spirit of the story, the message, and the child-friendly illustrations. There’s not a single thing I don’t like about this story. The gentle pacing and loving message about God’s messengers and protectors makes it the perfect bedtime story.

This book is going on my keeper shelf. I’d like to collect the entire series of God Gave Us books.

Also available:
God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us the World
God Gave Us Easter

5 stars - the highest recommendation. It’s a great gift for children, parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pages: 40
First Line: "What are you doing up here, Little Cub?" Papa Bear asked. “Lookin’ for angels,” she said in a hushed voice. “The bunnies said they’re all around us.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy from Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels for Little Ones 15 Oct 2014
By H. L. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This summer, my niece who is now 2.8 years old began dealing with a lot of fear. Her fears range from an utter terror of thunderstorms to a strong uncomfortableness with the dark. Normal fears for a small child yes, but still a quandary for the adults as to how to comfort and instruct her in dealing with them. All summer we have been teaching her to recite scriptures, trust God, and know that we can pray to Jesus about all the things that frighten us and He will care for us, and also to know that God sends His angles to care for us as well.
But how do you explain to a small child what an angel is, looks like, and does??

Enter "God Gave Us Angels" by Lisa Twan Bergren! I was very pleased to see this book show up in my selections for my next review and immediately put in my request.

This book is really charming! The art work done by Laura J. Bryant drives the simple narrative and in soft tones illustrates a 'day in the life' of a baby polar bear and his papa as they discuss the angels that the bunnies told Little Cub about. The doctrine on angles revealed by Little Cub's questions is solid and accurate. I found that the story itself however, was a bit lacking, and could have in fact, used a bit more story. I didn't notice it at first when I first read the book but in reading it to my niece I suddenly found myself adding little descriptions, helping phrases, and many 'papa said' and 'said Little Cub's' to the story because they weren't there to help the story along and smooth the imparting of the theme information.

Though my niece is slightly younger than the recommended 3-8 years old age range she usually does really well with books for many older age ranges. In this case she struggled to keep interest in the story and while I had hoped that this book would really illustrate for her, and capture her imagination as to what angels are like and do she missed a lot of what is great information- do to not being able to keep up with the 'just the facts' style of storytelling.

In the end, I would recommend this book. It is a lovely storyline, and the pictures are beautiful and engaging. Just be aware that this might be a bit easier read for an older child. I hope that as my sweetie grows she will better grow into the story and be able to learn more about how to trust the Creator of all things- angels included!

Final rating: 4

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Introduce Your Children to the Subject of Angels! 28 Sep 2014
By BethR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven."-Matthew 18:10

Angels are mentioned a lot in scripture. It is not a subject we hear taught a lot about though. Author Lisa Tawn Bergren has added a new book to her God Gave Us series for children, this one addressing the subject of angels.

God Gave Us Angels is part of a series of God Gave Us books that include God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Love, God Gave Us Two, and many others. In this particular book, the author addresses Little Cub's questions about angels in a dialogue with her dad, Papa Bear.The book starts out with Little Cub looking for angels that the bunnies told her about, which her mama said were, as Little Cub puts it, "imbisible."

As I read through the text, I thought I would look up some of the scriptures that I believe the author could have taken the text from. I learned as I was researching, that depending upon which translation you read, angels are mentioned anywhere from 294-305 times in the Bible, according to an article on Bible.org. Here are a few samples of what you will find in the story, and the scriptures they match. I encourage you to do your own research on angels as well.

"Angels live to serve God. Whatever he wants them to do, they do. And he loves us. So Sometimes they bring messages from him to us. Other times they guard us or even fight for us. And they are always worshiping God"
-See Luke 1:30

"There are angels that protect us. Sometimes God sends them to keep us from harm. And sometimes he just uses plain ol' parents."
-See Psalm 91:11

"Angels can look so much like us, we wouldn't even notice them. That's one reason why we should be nice to everyone we meet, because some might be angels in disguise."
-See Hebrews 13:2

These are just a few samples of what you will find in the dialogue between Little Cub and Papa Bear. I am still researching for my own benefit. It is a hefty topic and so much could be covered. Lisa just gives our little ones an introduction to the celestial beings created by God.

As soon as I received my book for review, my little guy was interested. He listened intently as I read the book to him, and didn't budge until I finished. The text and the illustrations are both engaging. That is the real test of a good children's book, if it captures the attention and interest of its intended audience.

I am a big fan of Lisa's God Gave Us series. We have them all. My personal favorite is God Gave us Two. I would recommend God Gave Us Angels to any parent who would like to open the discussion about angels with their child. It is one of those books that will help you teach spiritual truths to your children. You will enrich your walk as a believer also as you, the parent, research and learn about where text fits in with the Bible.

Many blessings to you as you read!

Beth

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Blogging For Books. I was not required to give a favorable review. The thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.
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