Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Reckless Love of God | Book Review


I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Alex Early's "The Reckless Love of God" book.  I'm still reading it, actually!  This book is not a light read...don't expect to sit down and read through it gaining tidbits of challenging words and then quickly moving on to another book.  This book is filled full of meaty, thought-provoking chapters, that you really have to stop and "chew on" for a bit before continuing.  Though it is set up in relatively short chapters, I have chosen to use it as more of a devotional type book, reading one chapter at a time.  There is so much to think about in each chapter, that you really need to stop and meditate on the Biblical principles presented before moving on.  

We all know the song "Jesus Loves Me"...we've probably known it our entire lives.  But, do we fully grasp it's meaning to us personally?  Probably not.  God's love isn't just a statement made to give us that "happy" feeling.  It's real...and found in every facet of our lives.  He knows us, feels our pains and hurts, and even suffers for us.  To go back to (or to learn for the first time) even a small portion of the magnitude of God's unending and unconditional love for us is life changing, to say the least.  

Early's book does just that.  What does God's word say about Jesus?  What about his love?  What do the Gospel authors say of Christ?  Early goes to God's word to explain what Jesus loves me truly means.  He also uses personal stories, where he is honest and transparent in sharing his feelings and how/what God taught him through those circumstances.  He also uses quotes from well-known speakers/authors to encourage and challenge throughout the book.  I love the quotes set apart throughout the book, and how they highlight a major point being made in that chapter.  

This book is worth your time to read...but be sure to set aside more time to read it than you would typically spend on a thin book.  It's an academic book with much to say about the true love of God. Get it, read it one step at a time, and let God use it to draw you in closer to Him!

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”