Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love  -     By: Brennan Manning
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Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Hardcover

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Influential and best-selling author Brennan Manning brings to children the message of the endless love of God with this wonderfully illustrated book. The first of Manning's children's books, this tender message is right on for the popular speaker and author who has traveled the world sharing Abba's incredible love for His children.
Willie Juan and Ana couldn't have their own children, but their home is always filled with children and their laughter and love. One day, Willie Juan asks the question, "Little friends, what is one thing you think Abba will ask you someday when you are in heaven?" After discussing it, the group comes to a common consensus that Abba loves each of us and that we are all smack-dab in the middle of His love. Recommended for ages 4-8. 32 pages, hardcover from Thomas Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.00 X 11.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1400317134
ISBN-13: 9781400317134
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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.

 “Abba loves you so much and wants you to enjoy his gifts every day. Gifts like Ana’s absolute best, most delicious sopapillas. And the hummingbirds and burros. And abuelas.”

The first of Manning’s children’s books, this tender message is right on brand for the popular speaker and author who has traveled the world sharing Abba’s incredible love for His children.

Author Bio

Brennan Manning is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers The Ragamuffin Gospel and Abba's Child. He leads spiritual retreats in the United States and Europe for people of all ages and backgrounds.

John Blase is a writer, editor, husband of one and father of three. He lives in Colorado, but he'll always be from the South.

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  1. gjoyellis
    Sylva, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love
    November 23, 2012
    gjoyellis
    Sylva, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love is a book about a middle age couple, Willie Juan and Ana, who live in a small Mexican Village. They loved each other very much. Most of all, they loved God. Willie Juan and Ana, were unable to have children of their own, but they loved children dearly and always had a houseful of children from the village come to visit.

    Willie Juan loved to ask the children questions and asked them one day, "Little friends, someday, when you are in Heaven, what do you think Abba will ask you?" This got the kids to thinking and a couple of the kids had a couple of very good questions.

    I liked this book a lot for a couple of reasons. The main one is it is trying to show just how much God loves you. Not only do they show it through the couples love of children, but also in the conversations they have with the children. It does it in a way that younger children can understand it. Also, the illustrations in this book are beautiful. Very colorful and eye catching.

    Overall, this is a very sweet book. My 6 year old and I loved reading it together. It will be a book that we will read often together.
  2. cwong77
    MY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good for my child
    April 19, 2012
    cwong77
    MY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love - eBook.
    Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love by Brennan Manning and John Blase is a children book, which is meant for children age 4 and above. The book writes about God's Love to every one, and Willie Juan and Ana whom do not have any children, but having the neighbors' children visiting them and laugh together with them. Willie & Ana is also a loving couple where they stroll the market each day hand in hand. Despite not having any children, they are able to communicate and well accepted in the neighboring children. Willie named God as Abba, and he taught the visiting children God's Love is just endless.

    When Willie asked what is one thing that the children think Abba will ask when they in heaven, one child has a fear that GOD must be BIG since he has endless love for everyone. Willie take time to explain that there should be no fear on GOD.

    I shall say that this is a simple and good book to illustrate God's Love, since the wordings are easily understand. The book is also not too thick for a child to read.
  3. Angie
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 20, 2011
    Angie
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is a cute childrens book that talks about the love of God

    It is about a couple who could not have children of their own but they had so much love to share with so many children. They opened their home, hearts and lives to the children where they lived.

    This book leaves a great message for children of God's love as well as a good message to minister to others.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson for my honest review.
  4. Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An engaging and beautiful book!
    September 19, 2011
    Linda
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love - Brennan Manning and John Blase

    This is a story about a Mexican couple, Willie and Ana Juan, who don't have children of their own. However, they don't let that stop them from opening their home and hearts to the children in their village. While Ana makes sopapillas with the children, Willie tells them about God's love for each of them. Nicole Tadgell did an excellent job with illustrations; they're bright and cheery and add a distinct Mexican flavour.

    I definitely recommend this beautiful and engaging book for all children. The story is simply written, so even young children would understand it, although it's probably geared for children between 3 - 9 years. The message about God's love is the focal point of the story and is illustrated in a variety of things little children can relate to: grandparents, animals, food, and people who love them, all of which are God's gifts to us. Furthermore, this Mexican couple are role models of what they're teaching; they not only talk about God's love -- they themselves demonstrate a kind and loving spirit in their interactions with the children.

    I especially appreciated some of the delightful phrases: "Plop a little (honey) smack-dab in the middle." That made everything just honey-wonderful. Smack-Dab in the middle of God's Love,' is a great title -- a catchy little phrase that children will easily pick up on.
  5. JRiale
    Binghamton, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book, But Missing Something...
    September 13, 2011
    JRiale
    Binghamton, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I love reading fun children's books, and Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love is definitely a fun book. Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love is the story of Willie Juan and his wife Ana. Although they don't have any children, their house is always filled with children from the neighborhood. The children enjoy the food, the company, their surroundings, and they enjoy learning about God from Willie Juan. Willie Juan, who is kind of like a second dad to all the children, calls God "Abba." I like that this book points out that relational view of God for children especially. The authors do a great job with the setting of this book, too. While the story could have taken place anywhere, the authors chose a little village in Mexico. The culture is tied in through bright colorful pictures and a plot that occasionally features an abuela or sopapillas or a burro.

    I like that this book clearly shows children that God loves them. However, the text focuses on God's love as seen through things here on earth. While I agree that these items are indeed a manifestation of God's love, the book doesn't mention the greatest manifestation of God's love: the fact that He sent His son to die for our sins. The book is, however, a "cute" story that mentions that God love us, something that IS reassuring for children. I just think it should express that further. Additionally, the book mentioned that Willie Juan and Ana couldn't have any children. My seven year old asked the obvious question: "Why?" I wasn't really ready to have that conversation, so I wish the book would have simply said that they didn't have any children. I can, however, see the redemptive aspect of this in the fact that Willie Juan and Ana are always surrounded by children anyway.

    All in all, I would say this is a cute book. It isn't deep and it doesn't mention the greatest feature of God's love for us, but it is still a fun book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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