The Value of Good Sportsmanship: Win or Lose, I Love You! by Lysa TerKeurst Children's Book Review and GIVEAWAY

I love books that have a moral to the story, ones that teach children important life lessons. Win or Lose, I Love You! is definitely one of those books. We live in a society that has a tendency to put a lot of emphasis on winning, so it is vital to teach our children to not overlook what's really important and that losing doesn't determine a person's value.

 Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. –  Philippians 2:3-4 

Every child experiences the highs of winning and the lows of losing, and both scenarios can be tricky for parents and children to navigate. Win or Lose, I Love You! will show your child that no matter what, their value is tied to who they are, not how they play! Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That’s why it’s so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing! Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu’s forest. But as the animals soon find out, not everyone can win. Sore losers, unkind winners, flaring tempers, and a few tears are taking the fun straight out of Field Day!

Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes. She is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6

Throughout the book we follow Lulu, Max, and all of their woodland friends as they gear up for Field Day. During the competition, some of the animals lose sight of the importance of getting together and having fun with friends, but one of them doesn't forget. He does whatever it takes to lead the group and encourage them throughout, reminding them that there's more to life than winning.

There are many values to be learned in this book:
  • Good sportsmanship is important. Always be happy for others who may win, even if you haven't.
  • Winning isn't everything and losing doesn't change who you are or how people feel about you.
  • It is important to look at things with a glass half-full attitude – seeing the many blessings around us.
  • Always be fair to others and offer encouragement.
  • Love is unconditional

    Whimsical illustrations of Lulu and Max with 
    their woodland creature friends in the forest.

    This book is a true gem! There's even a list of related Biblical scriptures (10 Biblical Words of Wisdom Whether You Win or Lose) in the back of the book to offer even more encouragement. Win or Lose, I Love You! offers a fun way for children to learn about the important lessons of good sportsmanship and keeping a positive mind-set, no matter what.

    I've recently partnered up with Tommy Nelson to offer a giveaway to Our Everyday Harvest readers. One winner will receive their very own copy of Win or Lose, I Love You!