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4 Stars Out Of 5
May 14, 2014
Love-ology is written by John Mark Comer and it's a book on, well, you probably already guessed it, love. He talks on what a God honoring relationship looks like, how to have one, how far is "too far" when you're dating, etc., etc.
I really like the way the book is written and I think most girls will appreciate the color scheme (pink and white. holla!). While I didn't agree with some of the author's opinions or views, most of them are pretty solid and will benefit any couple or single. Yes, I did say single. This book isn't just written for those who are dating or looking to date, it's written to singles as well. Because 1) you never know if God will send someone your way or not, but best to be prepared, yeah? and 2) this is FILLED with lots of history regarding the creation of the world and how it relates to males and females; our differences, similarities, how that points to the heart of God, how we point to the heart of God... stuff like that.
The author has a very honest writing style which I think most people will appreciate and most everything in this book is stated plainly so everyone can understand it. Towards the end of the book a Q&A with the author and his wife is included and I found that to be a very interesting read.
I would definitely recommend this book to anybody. It's great for all ages and all people. Go out and pick up a copy!
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for the exchange of a review.
Loveology is an amazing book. "God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the never-ending story of male and female." It is an honest and unapologetic look at what the Bible says about all of those topics. John Mark Comer makes excellent points, woven together with a bit of his own love story, and rooted and based in Scripture.
There were a number of things in the book that really stood out to me. One is that while Christian culture tells us what we shouldn't do in relationships, it really doesn't tell us what we should do. Which when it comes down to it, really isn't too helpful.
Another thing I really loved was an explanation of the Hebrew words originally used for love in the Bible and what each specifically meant. In the English language we have one word for love and we use it for everything from puppies to chocolate to our family and friends to God. So I think it has lost a lot of its impact. But in Hebrew, there were multiple words, and each had a specific meaning.
The other thing I want to mention that really impacted me (there were many, but I had to narrow it down to the top few) was the breakdown of Psalm 37. It was written by David during a time when he was waiting, hiding from King Saul and waiting to become king. And from this psalm we can learn the eight steps to waiting well. When I read the chapter dedicated to that, I was blown away by the depths of meaning I had never noticed before in that psalm. It is things so simple, but so powerful. And I think it is something we all need to learn, no matter who we are or where we are in life.
At first I was a bit skeptical about the book. Then I started reading and it became very interesting to me.
The book tackles love from a biblical standpoint. It tackles different angles of love from romantic love to agape love but it always come back to romantic love.
John Mark Comer views love as the ultimate. It is completely God's design and consistently in use by Him. John Mark Comer takes different stories of the bible and shows where love is inter-weaved in it and how it applies today. For example many of us want to date in a way that is acceptable to God and some defend dating as we know it saying its off limits because its not directly addressed in the bible. Comer goes to show that while dating may not be directly addressed in the bible, the bible does show different relationships as they progressed and how we use that as a model for how we should date.