This book has helped me realize in such gentle yet poignant ways that I have had some really distorted ideas about the Father and His love. It has inspired to go to the Word with a refreshed attitude and hunger. I usually have a very difficult time reading through Christian non-fictions, but this one has been completely different. I've read it at a slow pace over a few weeks to allow the insights and truth to sink in, and I look forward to reading the next chapter each day. The group discussion questions are very good, even without a group. I'd like to recommend this book to every Christian, who is tired of trying to live right. All of us can live loved.
Jacobsen reassures us that we will never be good enough for God, we will never be able to please Him with our own efforts at righteousness. Our status with Him is dependent entirely upon Jesus work on the cross. Our position in Christ rests not upon our striving to fulfill the laws commands, but rather the holiness that knowing Jesus will produce in our lives as we let His love fill us full to overflowing. I went into Jacobsens body of work with a degree of skepticism, being unfamiliar with his teachings. I wondered if Id encounter claims of universal salvation, the dismissal of sin or a philosophy of easy-believism. Thankfully none of these were present, only a rallying cry to return to the foundations of faith knowing Jesus and following Him.If youve been entrenched in a struggle to trust in Christs work on the cross on your behalf, these teachings regarding Gods love may take some time to sink in. Jacobsen acknowledges that tuning in to Gods love and experiencing Him daily takes time, patience, and trust. With each chapter Jacobsen provides points for personal application, as well as questions that can be explored in a group discussion setting. Seeking God in prayer that focuses upon the suggestions offered, and discussing these teachings with others will serve to deepen understanding and belief.For myself, Im inspired to read through the New Testament once again, seeking to understand the love of God through His word as I seek to draw near to Him. I am confident that He Loves Me! will reach many believers who are seeking to regain an authentic, personal walk with Christ as they emerge from works based expectations.
This book is the book I've wanted to write for a long time. It gets right to the heart of the matter of God's love and how it changes us into who God wants us to be and how shame and guilt does not. Filled with scripture on almost every page, this book is one you will want to read over and over.