Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Reckless Love of God - Book Review

   It's time for another book review.  It's been a while since I have reviewed a book, so I was kind of excited to read this one.  The outside looks great.  Great title.  Great cover.  The inside is full of great content.  Alex Early gave a lot of great thoughts in this book.  But it was just a little tough to read straight through. 
   I think my biggest complaint for this book would be the length of the chapters.  When I first picked it up, I thought from looking at the outside that it would be short chapters, easy to read.  But...the chapters are really long.  7 chapters spread out over 180 pages.  It's not just something you pick up and read  a little bit and put down.  It's a book that you must pick up to do some serious reading. 
   That's it with the cons.  Everything else was good.  The book was full of great thoughts about The Reckless Love of God.  And when you actually think about what that means, it is one of the most encouraging thoughts that a Christian can think.  God loves me!  That's amazing.  Alex Early does a great job of presenting God's love for us in a good way. 
  Here are a few quotes to give you an idea of what you'll find in this encouraging book:
  "Today, many are being way too soft on sin in the name of grace.  The most dishonoring thing we can do to God is call good what God calls evil.  The most graceless thing we can do to others is to leave them in their sin while we possess the keys of abundant life known as truth and repentance."
  God "lovingly invades our space so that we not only hear His words but feel His presence."  Mr. Early also points out that the Sermon on the Mount is a wonderful picture of God's love.  The way Jesus "frames the exhortations, rebukes, corrections, and admonitions is not merely rhetoric.  Nor is Jesus simply making the Old Testament law harder by adding a few more rules.  Instead, in love, He is teaching God's image bearers how to live...The lens God uses when He looks at you and me is love."
   This book is deep, thoughtful, and encouraging.  I would encourage you to pick it up and read it.  Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.  Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to review this encouraging book. 


God Bless,


Marcus

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