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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400317134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400317134
  • ASIN: 1400317134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 11.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.


More About the Author

Brennan Manning is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author of more than ten books, including Abba's Child , Ruthless Trust , The Ragamuffin Gospel , and Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately I think the book could have been a lot better.
Edie Carter
Smack-Dab is a children's book about how wonderful God's love is and how it's big enough for all of us.
T. Murrell
The simplicity of this colorful book would make this a great bed-time story for younger children.
Amber C. Stokes

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwendolyn J. Ellis on November 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.

Disclaimer~ This book was given to me by BookSneeze, in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are of my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Estrella on September 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoughtful and kind book about how an inspiring, middle-aged couple teaches young children about God's love. We are all smack-dab in the middle of His loving arms. The book is super colorful and kids will enjoy looking through it again and again. The reading level for this book is ages 4-8, but for the younger kids I definitely think they will need an adult's help.

A small book showing Abba's love is big enough for us all!

Booksneeze sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Booksneeze.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, I had to read this a couple of times to get a good feel about how I wanted to review the book. I have a mixed review about it...I didn't dislike it but I didn't love this book.

What I Liked: I liked the message of this book, that we are all smack dab in the middle of God's love just like a dollop of honey is smack dab in the middle of Ana's sopapillas. This was a very creative multi-cultural story that not only taught of God's love, but of other cultures too (the story is set in Mexico). The pictures were beautifully done, and added depth to the story. I think it was a fair stab at the evangelistic message for children...but...

What I Didn't Like: I tried reading this to my son, and he just wasn't captivated by it like some books. The sopapillas captivated is 3 year old tummy, but I don't think that is what the authors were aiming at. The concepts were a bit "old" for him to grasp and I'm not sure what age it would have been more appropriate for...6-7 maybe. To give the author a fair chance, Amazon rates this book for 4+.

Overall, the book was catchy and well written and illustrated. My three year old just isn't quite ready for the big words and concept comparisons yet.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roechelle on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The story line of the Mexican couple who couldn't have kids of their own but loved the kids in their city is very heartwarming. The beautiful truths that they spoke about was touching. God's love is large and wide and the writers did a great job of portraying that, young kids and old will enjoy this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Wencl on August 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Smack-Dab in the Middle of God's Love is a beautiful book that teaches children about God's love for them using the catchy phrase, "smack-dab in the middle". As neighborhood children and animals crowd into Willie Juan and Ana's Mexican home, they enjoy homemade sopapillas and discuss God's love. Willie Juan asks the children what God will ask them in heaven. Several children say He'll ask if they completed certain acts of kindness. Willie Juan reassures them that even if they fail, God will still love them.

Although I enjoyed the book, I was concerned that it portrays a works-based salvation. Most evangelical Christians would say God will ask us if we have trusted in Jesus and good works should flow out of that love. Willie Juan could have explained how we show love because God loved us. Instead, the book does not qualify the children's comments at all.

The bright watercolor illustrations show children of all colors and sizes in a realistic way. Each picture complements the words and adds details like animals, food, emotions, or flowers to the scene. The faces are particularly interesting and varied. Overall, the book was attractive, multicultural, and entertaining, but the sketchy theological views make me hesitant to recommend it for children.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of their book review program, Booksneeze. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.
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