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Treasured December 3, 2009

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 8:05 pm
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I am finishing up a sweet book called Treasured by Lisa McLeroy.  The summary is below, but each chapter reflects on one item from the Bible that if God kept a memory box He might have saved.  The items are not ones you would automatically choose and name.  McLeroy weaves stories and illustrations from her own life throughout and does an amazing job at making the characters from the Bible come alive as well.  The book is not very long and small in size so it would make a great Christmas gift for someone that might be kind of hard to buy for.  It is a book rich with meaning but not difficult to read nor theologically overwhelming.  I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

The two children’s books by Lisa Twan Bergren are God Gave us Love and God Gave Us Christmas.  Both share sweet dialogue between a little bear and her family member.  They share God’s Truths about love and Christmas.  Both concepts can be challenging to explain to preschoolers.  The books do a good job taking a heavy subject and making it understandable.  I personally preferred the illustrations and content of the Christmas book more than the other.  These would be great keepsakes for a child or grandchild.  Check out the link where you can buy one of these books below and the summaries and author info.  Hope you find something you will enjoy!

These books were provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Book: Treasured, God Gave Us Love, God Gave Us Christmas

Author: Leigh McLeroy, Lisa Tawn Bergren


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.

In God Gave Us Love, Little 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.

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 Christmas?” 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.

Cover art:

God Gave Us Christmas

Author Bios:

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 and

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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