Thursday, February 20, 2014

berenstain bears keeping the faith: book review

"now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

trooper is a BIG fan of berenstain bear books so i knew my bears, i mean, kids were the right ones to review this story!  the berenstain bears series  are written for kids ages 4-8.

brother and sister bear have a conversation with a friend who believes in science rather than God...this really gets them thinking about their personal faith...and exactly what faith is.

this is a hard question for any parent to answer so i was interested to see how the the author, Mike Berenstain handled it.

i was pleased with mama bear's answer that pointed the cubs to the bible, knowing God in their hearts, feeling His love and His love helping us love others.  

there could have been countless other "religious" answers but this pointed to a personal relationship in terms a child can understand, in my opinion. the family then ventures to ask pastor brown about what faith is.  he directs them to daniel in the bible who had faith the Lord would protect him from the lions in the den.  

there was only one negative comment from trooper {age 6}.  he noticed in the book how the king looks angry as daniel is thrown into the den.  trooper pointed out that in the bible it says the king was "greatly distressed and was determined to rescue daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him." {Daniel 6:14}  the king could not eat or sleep that night he was so concerned.  upon finding out the indeed the Lord spared daniel, the men who falsely accused him and their families were fed to the lions and the king decreed, "...He is the living God and He endures forever..." {daniel 6:26}

it's amazing to me that trooper picked up on that and was very adamant that it was not how the story goes. 

overall, the book was good and to the point.  each of our three kiddos 6-11 enjoyed the book as well as the "living lights" series.

thank you booksneeze for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest opinion!!

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