Saturday, October 31, 2015

No Fear in Love: A Book Review

About The Book:

How to love fearlessly--even when we disagree
In an age when we are as connected as we are contentious, an astounding number of religious, cultural, and political polarities do more to divide us than unite us. In fact, Christians are getting the reputation of being "against" just about everything. But is this the best way to bear witness to the love of God before an unbelieving world? Or does it simply serve to push others further and further away from the life-giving power of Jesus?

Perhaps it is time to trade condemnation for compassion.

Story-driven and biblically based, No Fear in Love challenges us to love others the way God loves us--unconditionally, brokenness and all--and to trust that God is truly in control.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Andy Braner is the founder of Ahava Ministries, a nonprofit youth ministry that teaches teens and college students to think about the world through a Jesus paradigm. A popular blogger, he speaks to over 100,000 students, parents, and teachers every year at churches, conferences, and personal tours. He has appeared on CBN, Fox News, and various other media outlets, and lives in Colorado.

My Review:

A book about loving others and overcoming fear is not one that would have necessarily been on the top of my "to-read" books but this one absolutely was a great read. It was one that I needed to read, that I HAD to read. I often struggle with really, truly, in a Christian manner, loving those who are different in thought and conviction than me but I know I should. This book explain how we often fear this, why and how we should overcome these fears to love as Jesus loves. This book very easy to read and understand, flows well and engages the reader, and is definitely thought-provoking.

The chapters are quick reads but so full of thought provoking ideas, that it is a book i look forward to re-reading to absorb all the author wants to share. 

One quote that really resonated with me is right at the end of the book:

"Having no fear in love isn't about being silly and ignorant. IT's about being confident enough in our own relationship with God that nothing and stand in our way of loving another  human being. God did not give us this spirit of fear. In order to align our theological living with our practical everyday relationships we all need to take a long, hard look and identify our most fearful areas,  and begin to face those fears with a deep well of compassion for others." What a great read that will help you think outside the "Christian love" box and truly love others. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase No Fear in Love at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communciations 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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