Berteau is concerned that “real love is not being taught and grasped to the extent Christ calls us to.” (Loc 2013/2189) It should be a hot topic in our sermons and relationship conversations. “Love wants to rearrange your life and challenge your priorities.” (Loc 2022/2189) He has written this book to draw our attention to love.
He points out the kinds of love the world offers and reminds us that only the love of Jesus will satisfy. He encourages us to keep our eyes and thoughts on Jesus. “We must wake up daily and desperately pursue [the] special love of God.” (Loc 1011/2189)
I appreciate his clarifying that God's love for everyone does not mean God approves of or accepts everyone. (Loc 993/2189) Nor does God's love tolerate everything. God's love, in fact, “will kick out all that does not belong.” (Loc 993/2189)
This is a book with good teaching on the importance of God's love and how it can and should impact our lives. It loosely looks at the story of Hosea and Gomer, developing spiritual truths from it. Berteau tells lots of stories and has written a very readable book, even adding in a little humor from time to time. I do think there could have been additional editing, however. For example, the first sentence in a paragraph reads, “Love is a choice.” (Loc 355/2189) The rest of the paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with choosing to love.
You can read an excerpt here.
Food for thought: “Love that lasts is only found in the One who has lasted from generation to generation.” (Loc 1641/2189)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Micah Berteau is the lead pastor of The House Fort Worth, which he launched in February 2018 and is one of the fastest growing churches in America. He travels and preaches all over the world. He and his wife have two sons and live in Fort Worth, Texas. You can find out more at www.micahberteau.com or www.thehousefw.com.
Revell, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. (Note: I read an uncorrected galley of this book and quotes I list may have changed in the final edition.)