Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

As a child, The Berenstain Bears series was certainly among my favorite books. I had (and actually still have) all the original books, and now enjoy sharing them with my own children.

Mike Berenstain, son of The Berenstain Bears original authors Stan and Jan, has continued the series that begins down a sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country in his parents' footsteps. The recent books have Christian messages and themes, such as giving thanks, showing forgiveness, and in the newest Berenstain Bears book, The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith, understanding and having faith in God's love.

In the story, Brother and Sister Bear spend time with scientist cub Ferdy Factual, and find out that he doesn't believe in God, rather he believes in science. Befuddled, Brother and Sister Bear ask their parents why some bears don't believe in God, but they do. Mama and Papa Bear take the cubs to see the Bear Country preacher, Preacher Brown, who explains faith using the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den. Brother and Sister then realize that faith is an important part of their lives.

Stinker enjoyed this book, and so did I. I'm very happy that Mike Berenstain is keeping his parents' legacy alive by continuing to write and illustrate Berenstain Bears books so I can continue sharing this wonderful series with my children.

*Thank you to BookLook and Zondervan Publishing for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed in any way.

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