About the Book
Author: Neil Tolsma
Release date: September 13, 2022
The Bible answers with one word: Love. What am I to do when my love is weak and in short supply? What difference does godly love make in the rush of everyday living? These are questions that Christians ask and need answered.
Love Matters answers these vital questions and others through a careful examination of what the Word of God has to say about reproducing God’s love in the exercise of personal faith. Love Matters is unique in developing this study of love in a redemptive-historical setting.
Love Matters is a biblical study of the divine call to love God and others wholeheartedly and the means by which the believer can overcome deficiencies in that call.
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Love is to be the identifying characteristic of Christians obedient to Christ. Tolsma explores the biblical background of love in the Old and New Testaments. He looks at the Law, at history, and then New Testament passages. He includes a review of why love matters at the end of each chapter as well as questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
An insight I liked was that the Holy Spirit in us is the key to our loving others. The Holy Spirit is the source of the love in our hearts. Believers have within them all the resources they need to practice Christian love. The standard of our love for God and loving our neighbor as self is nothing less than the very love of God. Tolsma shows us how great that love is.
This book is a good exploration of the love of God and our love of Him and others. It is a bit academic in style and I did feel the text jumped around quite a bit. I would have rather had a consistent flow in the progression of the information. Other than those issues, a good book on Christian love and why it matters.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Why Another Book on Love
Walk into any bookstore, Christian or general market, big or small, and you’re sure to be inundated by books on love, both fiction and nonfiction. How to love your spouse or significant other. How to love your children. How to love yourself. Love, love, love. That’s all we seem to hear about today. Love in all its forms, both good and evil.
So, then, why would I write another nonfiction book on love? Aren’t there plenty to choose from already? Well, yes and no. There are many on the shelves. Have your pick. But how many of those talk about what real, biblical love is, why we are to love, and where our one and only source of love is?
So many people today don’t know what love truly is. We have romanticized versions of flowers, chocolates, and violins. We dream of being swept off our feet and spending every waking minute with someone who will cherish us above all else. One of the most popular sayings of the day is Love Is Love.
Is it really? How do we know what true love is? That understanding only comes from God and his word to us. Only through him and in him do we find pure, holy, agape love. Love that sacrificed his only Son for us to give eternal life to us sinners—the impure, unholy, and filthy.
And so that’s why I wrote Love Matters. Because it does. It matters to our lives today, in how we relate to our spouses, our children, our family members, and the world at large. It matters to our eternity in how we view our salvation and how we are to love our Lord. It matters when we’re old and when we’re young, when we’re at home and when we’re at work, when we agree with someone and when we disagree with them.
Throughout my fifty years of in-depth Bible study as a pastor and counselor, I was brought back time and time again to the Bible to discover what love is. Over and over, I returned to the command God gave in Exodus, that we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Because God is love and love matters to him, it has to matter to us.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
Congratulations on your release of Love Matters, Neil, your book sounds like a great book to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!
Thanks, Avid Reader, for sharing your review!
Have a spectacular weekend!
Thank You for the review.
Thank you for the review, sounds good.
Thank you for sharing your review of Love Matters, as it most certainly does, this book sounds like an excellent read
This sounds like a terrific read.
This sounds really good!
Oh this book is definitely on my Christmas list!
Congrats on your release!
Thanks for your review , it sounds like just book I need to read.
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