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How Big Is God? [Hardcover]

By Lisa Tawn Bergren (Author) & Laura J. Bryant (Illustrator)
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Item description for How Big Is God? by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant...

With help from his mother, a little boy tries to understand the immensity of God.

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When a young boy asks his mother where God lives, she tells him "in your heart." This inspires a slew of curious questions: Is he invisible? Is he like a superhero? Can he fly? How can he be everywhere all at once? In this heartwarming conversation between mother and son, all the ways in which God exists are discussed and the possibilities are endless. Through bright, dreamy illustrations, How Big Is God captures the immensity and wonder of looking at God--and the world--through a young child's eyes.

From Publishers Weekly
A mother leads her son through a conversation about God in this smoothly conceived if slightly bland picture book. The boy begins by asking where God lives, and when told that God lives in his heart, the boy concludes, reasonably enough, that God must be extremely tiny. The mother's responses use kid-friendly language to point to the mysteries of God (Think of him like sand, small enough to make its way into your sock. Or big enough to make a whole dune). Alternating between traditional layouts and the occasional vertical spread for emphasis, Bryant (previously teamed with Bergren for God Gave Us You) depicts the talk as action unfolding over the course of a day, in an enticing array of settings, from snowy fields hemmed in by mountains to the bottom of the ocean, from outer space to a waterfall. Despite the range of scenery and an abundance of patterns, the sameness of the palette and of the characters' pared-down expressions tends to dampen the visual interest. On the plus side, Bergren's nondenominational approach presumes little; parents can be anywhere from vaguely spiritual to active in a religious community, and still want to share this book with their children. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
How Big Is God? by Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 10/01/2008 page 387
  • Christian Retailing - 01/07/2008 page 49
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 01/01/2008 page 37
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/28/2008 page 71
  • School Library Journal - 04/01/2008 page 103
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2008

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   29
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 8, 2008
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  3-7
ISBN  0061131741  
ISBN13  9780061131745  
UPC  046594131744  

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More About Lisa Tawn Bergren & Laura J. Bryant

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lisa Tawn Bergren is the award-winning author of nearly thirty titles, totaling more than one million books in print. She writes in a broad range of genres, from adult fiction to devotional. God Gave Us Heaven is Lisa's fourth children's book, following in the tradition of the best-selling God Gave Us You. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband, Tim, and their children, Olivia, Emma, and Jack.

Lisa Tawn Bergren currently resides in Colorado Springs, in the state of Colorado.

Lisa Tawn Bergren has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Full Circle
  2. God Gave Us...
  3. Harperblessings
  4. Remnants Series

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction

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Reviews - What do customers think about How Big Is God??

Adorable book  Feb 9, 2010
It is a great book when kids start asking questions about religion. It puts it in their own language and they learn to love God their way too...
Beautiful illustrations, but may give children wrong information about God  Jan 29, 2010
This book teaches that God lives in your heart and is IN everything....using nature illustrations. While it seems sweet and harmless, if you carefully consider the words in the book, you can see that it may actually teach your children confusing things about God. For example, God does not live in everyone's heart. Rather His spirit indwells when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior. While that is a concept likely to be difficult for the 3-7 yo range to understand, I think there is a danger in teaching children that God is already in their hearts and also in everything in nature....such as a grain of sand. This is an inadequate illustration of God. Yes, I am sure I will be told to lighten up as this is a childrens' book. However, if you read this book thoughtfully, you will see that it may be teaching your children poor theology about God that could ultimately lead to confusion about the true nature of God. He is the CREATOR of everything rather than IN everything and everyone and he could never be "small" as this book "explains." It is a lovely book and I hate to be critical of it as I am sure the author had good intentions. However, be careful that you don't confuse your children. Also, realize that if you read this book to your children, you may be prompted to explain "God in lives in your heart" to your children before they are old enough to understand what that really means.
G G Chris  Dec 23, 2009
Beautiful book. Illistrations are lovely, and the story is perfect. This is
the perfect gift for my Great Grandsughter.
Beware of what this may teach your child.  Jun 16, 2009
This book was purchased for my son by his well meaning Grandmother (she selected it from a book club). I myself at first glance thought it may be a treasure. The one star I gave is for the artist's beautiful paintings and the authors attempt at a difficult subject. I have to heartily dissagree with Him (my God) being concidered 'small' in any way. He 'fit's' in our hearts because it is in Spirit and not a physical thing. We will not fully know until we meet God, his size (if this is even a concideration). Likening him to the wind was the only reasonable equation in the book. In my humble opinion. I felt a concern that my son might misconstrew what the author was saying and start thinking God is litterally IN everything. When any one who's read the bible with prayer knows God CREATED everything. His hand was the only one IN the making of our universe. I think any parent even concidering this book should first read it and then concider the message it is conveying. I'm guessing this is why the book is now out of print.
Awesome Book!!!!  Feb 24, 2009
This is a wonderful book! Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant do a very good job at demonstrating how big God is to little ones in an easy to understand way. I have a 3 1/2 year old who really enjoys reading it.

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