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Do you really comprehend how much God loves you? Revealing transformative truths for married, single, and widowed women, Brestin explores how the Song of Songs uses an earthly marriage as a metaphor for the intimacy Jesus longs to have with you, and offers an invitation to respond to that love with an echoing, passionate commitment to him.
He Calls You Beautiful includes a Bible study, questions for spiritual growth, and prayers at the end of each chapter that can be used individually or in a group setting.
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from the Song of Songs
Did you know that God loves you with a passionand He wrote a love song to help you experience that love in a personal way?
Tucked away in the pages of Scripture is one of the most fascinating and most misunderstood books of the Bible: the Song of Songs. Although the Song of Songs details a passionate, earthly love story, it is intended to illuminate the best love story, the intense love God has for us, His beloved.
In He Calls You Beautiful, Bible teacher Dee Brestin explores this love song from God to reveal transformative truths for each of us, whether married, single, or widowed. With rich contemporary illustrations and insight from biblical scholars, Dee shows how God uses poetry and exquisite images to illuminate the intimacy that Jesus longs to have with you.
God calls you to know His love not only in your head but also in your heart. He sings over you a song of love, a song of salvation, a song of hope. A Song of songs.
Includes an in-depth Bible study for use individually or in a group setting.
Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart
"Every womans heart longs for her own personal love story in which she is desired, pursued, and cherished. As I read Dees new book, He Calls You Beautiful, I wept again and again at the depth of love God has for me and for you. I underlined whole paragraphs so I could go back and read them again. If you long for your faith to move out of your head and into your heart, savor this book. You will feel undeniably loved."
Leslie Vernick, Christian counselor, relationship coach, speaker, and author of numerous books including The Emotionally Destructive Marriage
"Dee Brestin joyfully leads readers through the enigmatic book of Song of Songs, causing our hearts to melt with the beauty of Christ and making us long for more intimacy with Christ."
Nancy Guthrie, author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
"Bernard of Clairvaux, one of the most beloved and influential writers of the Middle Ages, believed he could interpret the entire Bible through one book, the Song of Songs. Imagine seeing not the Gospels or Galatians or Romans but the Song of Songs as the best lens for understanding all of Gods heart in all of Gods Word. This seems strange to those of us who might approach this book of the Bible with detached curiosity and lingering questions. Yet drawing on trusted resources and relentlessly pointing her readers back to communion with Christ, Dee Brestin similarly navigates between the false choices of romantic love poem or simple allegory to help readers embrace the modern-day relevance of this ancient song."
Rankin Wilbourne, pastor and author of Union with Christ
"In He Calls You Beautiful, Dee Brestin poignantly weaves together story and biblical truths to illustrate Gods enraptured heart for His people. Several times as I read these pages, it was almost as if His breath was on the back of my neck. I had chills, feeling this nearness that Dee extracts so aptly from the Song of Songs. Just one chapter into this book and I was already making a list of friends with whom to share it. This is an excellent read for the hungry believer."
Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet
"Dee Brestins fine books always strike me as deeply human, personal in the very best sense. This one is supremely so. Dee has done her homework. Taking the Song of Songs as a living picture of an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus, she traces the relationship from before its beginning to its death-defeating end. Even those Bible students who do not follow all the parallels she sees will be greatly enriched by letting her help them dig into this Old Testament illustration of Christ and His bride, the church."
Greg R. Scharf, professor of homiletics and chair of the department of pastoral theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and author of Relational Preaching: Knowing God, His Word, and Your Hearers
"My years of ministry to women struggling with relational and sexual brokenness have shown me how often they find it difficult to understand the depths of Jesuss tender love for us and how He actually can transform our lives! People all around us have distorted views of sexuality and feel trapped in patterns of disordered desires. Now in He Calls You Beautiful, I have a resource to offer that plumbs the beauty and wonder of intimate love with God, and the glory of His design for sexuality within marriage. I highly commend this book to the single and married, younger and older, because it will guide you through the Song of Solomon, a book often misunderstood or avoided, into the spacious place of intimacy with Christ!"
Ellen Mary Dykas, womens ministry director at Harvest USA and author of Sexual Sanity for Women
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