Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review: God Gave Us Heaven

God Gave Us Heaven

I had the opportunity to review the brand new book God Gave Us So Much by Lisa Tawn Bergren which includes three of her "God Gave Us..." books.  I was thrilled to see that this trio included the God Gave Us Heaven title. 

This book touches a special place in my heart because of my calling to help those who are grieving. I especially look for publications that can help children through the grief process.  This is an excellent book to help children understand Heaven. I was excited to receive this book as our children talk a lot about their Aunt being in Heaven. Hopefully by reading through this book they will have a little better understanding of what Heaven is.

Momma C's Thoughts: The book opens with Little Cub asking Papa, "What's heav'n?". This begins a precious question and answer time between a father and son about death, our needs in heaven, and God. My disappointment in this book is that Papa did not go deeper on the question of how we get to heaven. He does an excellent job setting up "The Bridge to Life" but misses the most important part.

"So he sent his very own Son, Jesus, to be our bridge. All we have to do is walk across it to head toward our forever home."

We "walk across" the bridge by admitting we are a sinner and have disobeyed God, believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again and that His blood was shed to pay for our sins, and confessing our sins and asking Jesus Christ to be first in our life. (For more information on this, click here.)

As parents, we sometimes are scared to go deeper with our children. But God says that it just takes a childlike faith to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Mark 10:15). We need to seize every opportunity to explain God's greatest gift.

This book can be purchased separately or in the trio with God Gave Us the World and God Gave Us Love.  To read a review on the other books, click here.

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