Book Review: God Gave Us Christmas


Title: God Gave Us Christmas

Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren

Illustrator: David Hohn

Publisher’s Synopsis: As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder…
“Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…
Jesus is the best present of all.
This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.

After reading God Gave Us Love, I was curious what Ms. Bergren would do with Christmas!  Being my favorite holiday, I assumed I’d love or hate it.  I was right.  I loved it!  The book, perfect for preparing children for the upcoming holiday and focusing on the true meaning behind it all, starts with a little cub asking, “Did Santa invent Christmas?”

Now, honestly, I read that and thought, “Oh no!  I don’t want to rehash the old ‘Santa vs. Jesus’ thing.  Fortunately, God Gave Us Christmas doesn’t do that.  Instead, the book is a delightful journey through the frozen tundra of the north to see the northern lights, the beauty of the glaciers, and a beautiful star.  It’s a reminder that God shows us every day, in a million little ways, that He is here with us, loves us, and has provided for our comfort and welfare.

God Gave Us Christmas is probably the best children’s picture book I’ve seen on the subject of Christmas in a long time.  Check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Waterbrook for providing this book for review.  I can’t wait to share it with friends.

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