For The Love was such a fun read! Especially when you know that a bunch of your girlfriends are all reading it at the same time. No matter your phase of life, Jen’s honesty and wit connect all of the dots for a picture of actionable ways to live out the love of Jesus, particularly as a woman in America where our good fortune frequently blinds us and the snares of things like social media often turn us into the worst versions of ourselves. As Jen eloquently states “We are not good gods over one another; we are better humans beside each other.” Even though it’s geared toward women, I think men would really enjoy this book as well. In a time where it seems that everything seeks to divide us, it is refreshing to see voices like Jen’s ring out and encourage us to find unity in our messiness. Jen quotes John 1:4-5 which says of Jesus “in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” I highly recommend this book, and suggest you send a copy to your best girlfriend too! After all, there are some amazing looking recipes in here too!
I. Loved. This. Book! Seriously, I needed to hear the convicting message of this book so badly. I am often aware how anger is one of the most prevalent emotions in my daily consciousness. Whether it’s something that seems big and important in its injustice or some small and trivial moment of feeling wronged, anger is such a precious and natural part of our lives. We hold onto it like it’s a prized possession. Without realizing it, we use anger to justify a myriad of actions and feelings all day long. We feel like it’s our right to have it, to deal it out, to share it, to keep it as long as we want. Here’s the thing: we aren’t justified to it at all. Anger will always deceive us. It will always make us feel like we’re the victim, that we were wronged, that we deserve something. Our default posture is our strengths and justifying our decisions, our behaviors, and our intentions. We think we need to be right so that others realize they’re wrong. What if instead of being right, we just decided to be love? If we are not capable of judging our own intentions, what makes us think we can judge the intentions of others? In this book, Brant ties these concepts to scripture in such a wonderful, humorous, and truly convicting way. We don’t need anger to seek justice and love mercy. I went into reading this book preparing myself to not be convinced – if anger could be a sport, I would be a star player. Except everyone is a loser in the game. It’s time to stop playing. I’m throwing out my jersey. I hope you check this book out and share it with friends. You will not be sorry!
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