Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: God Gave Us Angels

God Gave Us Angels

by Lisa Tawn Bergen
Art by Laura J. Bryant
Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2014

God Gave Us Angels is the latest release in the "God Gave Us . . . " series which started in 2000 and has sold over two million copies. Written by Lisa Tawn Bergren and beautifully illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, it features a young bear cub asking her daddy about angels. He tells her that "Angels live to serve God," and that "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."

This book is from a Christian viewpoint. From a Catholic perspective, one thing I liked was that angels are portrayed as a different species from humans. The daddy makes clear that we don't become angels when we die. Unfortunately, there is also one part that is not in keeping with Catholic tradition. The little bear asks if we should ask angels to help us, and the daddy tells her no, that only God can tell them what to do. As million of Catholics raised on the "Angel of God" prayer can attest, we do ask our guardian angels to help us and watch out for us. Catholics reading this book might want to alter the text of that page a bit if reading it to little ones.

Overall, this is a charming book for a little child to learn more about angels.



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