Monday, September 5, 2011

About the Book:

"Willie Juan said, 'Little friends, what is one thing you think Abba will ask you someday when you are in heaven?'

Willie Juan and Ana couldn't have children of their own, but somehow, their home is always full of children and laughter and love. One day, when gathered together enjoying a beautiful evening and Ana's most delicious sopapillas, Willie Juan asks this most curious question.

As the group discusses the question, all come to the wonderful realization that Abba loves each of us, and we are all smack-dab in the middle of His love."

Amber's Review:

Sweet! From the lovely and adorable illustrations, to the tasty and engaging descriptions, Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love is a sweet book! The theme of being "smack-dab in the middle" is creatively expressed and like a warm hug reminding readers of the wonder of God's love for each one of us.

The simplicity of this colorful book would make this a great bed-time story for younger children. (Or even for children at heart, like this book-loving college student!) The use of a few Spanish words might make it difficult for young English-speaking children (perhaps Kindergarten or first-grade age) to understand, but if parents or other older family members read the book aloud and help clarify the imbedded explanations of the words, I think this would have a lot to offer in terms of a great message and some teachable moments!

The book has a rather unique take on God's love in regards to the question posed to the characters. While I think some ideas could have been expressed more clearly (such as the definition of "Abba"), overall this is a great children's book - wonderful in its message of God's all-encompassing love, with a narrowed focus on the truth that God wants us to enjoy the good gifts He gives us.

*With thanks to Julie Backman and Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

*Be sure to stop by the BB on Friday for your chance to win a copy of Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love!*

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(Book description and cover image from


  1. Thanks for the great review, Amber. I'll be sure to check it out for my school library! The bookcover is very appealing!

  2. Kav,

    You're most welcome! And if you like the cover, I think you'll love all the great illustrations inside the book!! :)


  3. luv brennan manning for adults! think this one will be just as Fantastic =) great to hear about it ~ many thanks!

  4. Faith Hope Cherrytea,

    I wasn't really familiar with this author, but I thought this was a great children's book! :) Glad I could help spread the word!



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