God's Great Love For You by Rick Warren {Picture Book Review}

I've always been a fan of author, Rick Warren's, work. For those who may not be familiar with him, he's written the #1 bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life. When I became a mother, I was immediately blessed with many opportunities to share some of his children's books with my son. One of the things that I really enjoy about these books is that they seem to revolve around the message of God's true purpose for each of our lives. What an inspiring truth to be told, especially to children who are just beginning to find their place in life. Mr. Warren's latest release, God's Great Love for You, follows almost the same suite, this time conveying the message of how the Lord's love was responsible for all of creation, including His children.

New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor, Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey as they explore God’s love through this delightful picture book. Illustrations by Chris Saunders paired with Warren’s prose teach children that nothing can separate them from God’s great love. It's sure to become a treasured family favorite!

As founding pastor of Saddleback Church with his wife, Kay, Dr. Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 34 million copies. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries.

I first have to say that the illustrations in this book far surpassed what I had initially expected. While the cover design is beautiful, showing a little girl rowing a boat through a lake of flowers, the inside pages get even better. The books starts with the creation of the Universe and everything in it, including animals and eventually humans, or as it states to children reading it, "Including You."

Everything that God had created was done with the utmost love, and that message is spread throughout the book as the author expresses how His love runs deeper than the ocean and higher than the moon and stars. The simple and sweet text flows perfectly with the amazing illustrations that show whales in the ocean and the beautiful night sky with a big bright moon and twinkling stars.

Another thing that I appreciated is that the text on each page, while offering a very important message to little ones is very minimal. This makes it the perfect picture book for beginning readers. My son and I read this together, however, I'm working on teaching him how to read books on his own. This one has been added to our go-to practice books since it has just the perfect amount of text for new readers.

No matter where we go, God's love is with us. Whether we have good days or bad, He is right beside us along the way. Rick Warren does a wonderful job at reminding children of this in his book. I am more than happy with God's Great Love For You and the encouragement that it offers to little ones. Plus, the illustrations are fantastic! This is definitely one to add to your holiday wishlist.