Review: God Gave Us Family by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Much to my delight, my daughter, Hope, loves to read. We read in the morning, in the afternoon, and before bed. The other day, we even caught her reading while she was trying to go potty.

This girl likes books – a fact that couldn’t make me happier.

Because of how much Hope likes books, I’m always on the lookout for good books to put into her hands. Lisa Tawn Bergren’s God Gave Us Family  is one such book.

God Gave Us Family

God Gave Us Family is about a wolf family headed to a family reunion. As curious Little Pup thinks about his family, he begins to ask his parents all kinds of questions about different families. This gives his Mama and Papa the chance to tell him about how God makes all kinds of families.

One of the things I really appreciated about God Gave Us Family is its inclusiveness. It includes big and small families, single and two-parent families, as well as families led by grandparents and families who have adopted. It even addresses how some families include people who aren’t technically related to them.

God Gave Us Family includes prose that parents will enjoy reading to their kids as well as captivating illustrations by David Hohn that kids will love. As Hope and I read this book together, she kept pulling it closer and naming all the things she saw in the pictures – a sign of engagement that I truly appreciate.

Now that Hope is in preschool, she’s slowly becoming aware that there are different kinds of families. I’m excited to have God Gave Us Family as a resource to help Hope understand her friends’ families and appreciate her own.


Disclosure: I received a free copy of God Gave Us Family from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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