Saturday, October 31, 2015

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird: A Book Review

About The Book:

"I want to love my neighbor, but I don't know how."
Most of us feel guilty about Christ's command to love our neighbor, but let's be honest--we don't even know most of the people living around us.

How can we love people we don't even know? Besides, doesn't it count as "loving our neighbor" when we send money to missionaries and put out yard signs for our church? Are we supposed to just knock on our neighbors' doors and tell them about Jesus?

"They'll think I'm weird."
How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird helps you overcome fears about getting to know your neighbors and sharing your faith. You'll learn simple, practical ways to get to know your neighbors, using your God-given personality. As you venture out of the comfort of your living room and into the lives of your neighbors, you'll form authentic friendships, create a safer community, and find fulfillment in obeying Christ's #2 command.

Loving your neighbor isn't a random command; it's God's perfect plan.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Author:

Amy Lively is a writer and speaker who provides tips, tools, and teaching about loving our neighbors without being weird, offensive, or pushy. Amy draws from her own experience knocking on her neighbors' doors and leading a women's neighborhood Bible study. She is passionate about helping people identify their unique ministry gifts and use them in their community. She has a degree in practical ministry and oversees communication to the congregation and the community at Life Church Ohio. Amy, her husband, and their daughter live in Lancaster, Ohio, with a holy dog and an unsaintly cat. Learn more at www.howtoloveyourneighbor.com.

My Review:

This is the second book I have read in recent months that has encouraged me to let go of fear and really love on my neighbors in tangible, real ways and in the process show them the love of Christ and that He loves them too.

Amy Lively's book has a TON of practical ideas, just as I have seen in other "how-to" books about helping others. But this book was so encouraging and I loved how raw and honest Amy was. Each chapter has a section called, "Next Best Steps" that has questions to ponder, perfect for individual study, book clubs or small group study. 

Some of my favorite quotes from the book include:

"The Lord looks right past my weak excuses into the weary eyes of my neighbors. He has commanded us to love our neighbor, and He designed us with the ability to do it well" (page 108)

"It is offensive and rude to shove your agenda before you've shown your interest. Spiritual conversations must begin with natural relationships." (Page 101)

"we need fearless women, who are brave enough to tell us when we're wrong and wise enough to remind us of God's righteousness" (page 24)

"Your gifts are given to you but they are for others" (page 133)

This is a book that all Christians should read and all churches should have in their libraries and encourage their attendees to read. Get out there folks and lose the fear, be vulnerable and love your neighbor! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase How to Love Your Neighbor without Being Weird at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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