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Smack Dab In the Middle of Mediocre August 19, 2011

Last night I read “Smack Dab in the Middle of God’s Love” by Brennan Manning to my 8-year old son.  I’m a Brennan Manning fan and have read many of his books, heard him speak, shared hamburgers when he came to speak at our church and know many of his personal stories.  So I was very excited to see that he had written a children’s book and hoped it would contain his unique, quirky personal style.  I hate to say it left me smack dab in the middle of a mediocre read.  The story is about Willie Juan (ok…a little odd to say with two “w” sounding names and it’s repeated over and over throughout the book) and his wife Ana.  They never had children, but found themselves always surrounded by the neighborhood kids and loved them like they were their own. They taught them about the sweetness of sopapillas as they thought this surely was what happy would taste like.  They talked about an abuela’s (grandmother’s) love.  They taught them about friends and the love of acceptance for being who you are and then the ultimate of being smack dab in the middle of God’s love for us.  It’s a great lesson in God’s love.  It’s filled with Spanish words and opens that door of understanding other cultures.  It’s beautifully illustrated.  It’s good…I was just expecting great! Hmmmm…

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