Saturday, September 17, 2011

Book Review: Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love

By: Brennan Manning and John Blasé, Illustrated by: Nicole Tadgell

Best for ages 3-10 years

This is a children’s book that tells the story of a middle aged couple, Willie Juan and Ana, and their love for children. This couple was unable to have their own children, but they invested time and much love into the children of their Mexican village.

I greatly appreciate that this book speaks of God’s (“Abba’s”) love for all. I think it is very important to teach our children that God loves them and has a special plan for each of their lives. My only complaint about this book is that the salvation story is never shared. A “works based” theology is alluded to and grace and forgiveness are never mentioned.

On a positive note, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I kept looking at the book and enjoying the sketches that appear to be painted with watercolors. The colors are very vibrant, and rightfully so for a Mexican story. I think this story is a wonderful reminder to all of us, children and adults alike, that we are all made in God’s image and He loves us very much.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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