The 7 Laws of Love: Essential Principles for Building Stronger Relationships  -     By: Dave Willis
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Love is the heartbeat of God and the focal point of our faith. Why is it so misunderstood? Offering practical insights and biblical teaching, Willis unpacks seven principles for bringing healing and renewal to every facet of your life. Discover how to better cherish yourself, God, your spouse, family, friends, neighbors, even enemies. 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0718034333
ISBN-13: 9780718034337

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"The Seven Laws of Love is insightful, compelling, inspiring, grounded, and immeasurably practical. We love this book! Everyone needs to read it. Don’t miss out on its powerful message."

—Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God.

But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives.

In The Seven Laws of Love, Dave Willis makes the case for a love revival and proves that in returning to a life of love we have no greater model than the one who is love himself.

In Dave’s humorous, touching, down-to-earth style, The Seven Laws of Love takes you on a journey through the ins and outs of everyday relationships—with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers—using practical, applicable examples and guiding principles that demonstrate what a life of love actually looks like.

There is no higher calling on earth than to love and be loved. It’s time to learn The Seven Laws of Love, and to make loving a priority over all other pursuits. Anything else isn’t really living.

Author Bio

Dave Willis is a pastor and the founder of www.StrongerMarriages.org, which has a total weekly reach in the millions. He speaks regularly at conferences and churches across the country, as well as on podcasts and webinars, on issues ranging from leadership to social media strategies to marriage. Willis, his wife, and their four sons live in Evans, Georgia.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Seven Laws of Love
    August 21, 2016
    Jennifer M
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    The Seven Laws of Love, by Dave Willis, makes a strong case for the importance of love, and walks the reader through the seven principles that will help us get there. Drawing from biblical references, Willis essentially outlines a blueprint for love that is intended to strengthen all of our relationships. While the primary focus is on marriage (and other long-term commitments), the same principles apply whether one is addressing a relationship with their spouse, their children, their friends, or their coworkers.

    Initially, I was not all that excited to read this book. A book about love seemed like it might be dry and even tedious. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case. In fact the opposite was true. Willis takes a serious topic and makes it light, readable, and practical without veering into an area of making it all fluff and no substance. His writing style is conversational and down to earth, and he uses both humor and plenty of personal stories to make his point. He delivers solid information without talking down to the reader, and has crafted a book that is well organized and easy to read. I brought my copy on a recent road trip, and read it in its entirety in one day in the car.

    Love is something that all of us could learn to understand - and execute - better. This book helps you do exactly that. It is a worthy addition to the bookshelf of anyone who wants their relationships to grow deeper, stronger, and more authentic.

    *I received this book for free from the Booklook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Seven Laws of Love
    June 13, 2016
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is all about the things necessary for love in any kind of relationship, whether that is a romantic relationship, a friendship, and just every day interactions as well.

    I actually really enjoyed this book, though I wasn't sure if the subject matter would really interest me. I thought I'm a pretty nice and loving person, so I wasn't sure what I would get out of a book about how to love. However, I found this book to be extremely helpful and informative. In addition to my normal note taking when I review books, I also made tons of notes and did some journaling for my personal benefit as well.

    The author, Dave Willis, states in the book that if we were to get one thing out of the book, he would want it to be that God loves us, and I think that he expressed that extremely well. In addition to explaining what healthy and functioning relationships need, Willis also explained and gave evidence to how much God loves us.

    Willis is also extremely funny, friendly, and easy to listen to. Pastors who write instructional books such as these can sometimes come across as holier-than-thou, and they don't seem very human or relatable. They don't express having made mistakes, and their advice is often not taken. However, Willis was extremely funny in explaining his various mistakes, mishaps, and shortcomings, all the while relating those incidents to Biblical lessons. All of the stories provided wonderful and creative analogies that made understanding easy. He actually made me full on laugh out loud a few times.

    The book itself was a normal sized paperback that fits comfortably in your hands. The quality was very good, and BONUS the pages were super soft. The cover is simple but it stands out with the red and the black. I really like it.

    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was in one section in which Willis described roles of husbands and roles of wives. This short section just seemed sexist to me, though I am sure he did not mean it that way. There was so much of husbands should do this, wives should do this, and so on, if a relationship is going to go the distance. While many things are in fact necessary for a healthy relationship, they work both ways, and Willis did not express it in that way. I may be only noting this because of personal experiences with people misinterpreting Biblical roles with unhealthy consequences, but I really wish that he had included that all of those roles for supporting and giving respect and so on must come from both the husband and the wife toward the other.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and gave it 4 stars out of 5. It is a book that I'd recommend for anyone who wants to learn about the subject of love as expressed in the Bible with real world applications.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Seven Laws of Love
    June 6, 2016
    Darryl Eyb
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Seven Laws of Love by Dave Willis seeks to offer practical ways that followers of Jesus can understand and develop stronger relationships. The book is laid out in 2 parts the first outlining the laws of love; and second demonstrating how this looks in practice. Both sections are full of practical and easy to apply principles which move the reader away from a theoretical understanding of love. Instead the book helps the reader to appreciate the necessity of love being demonstrated.

    I was apprehensive upon receiving this book because of the title. I expected a rather dry didactic book, however really surprised to find its pages full of narratives. Willis writing style invites you into the book as he incorporates his story, along with those of others, to develop the laws of love. He intertwines his stories with those from the Bible, especially those focussing on Jesus, to paint a visual picture of what it means to love in a Christ-like way. In essence the first part of the book to offered profound insights in such a way that it was a joy to read.

    I found the second part more wearisome. It lacked the number of stories, preferring a more teaching approach, and was subsequently less engaging. In some ways this section need not have been written. It gave practical context of ways to apply the laws of love however these had been demonstrated previously by Willis use of narrative. It contained several numbered lists which made the work scannable and at times had a blog-like feel. The downside was at times Willis wasnt able to fully develop his points.

    Overall, I recommend this book for anyone who wants to practically follow Jesus. Willis makes Jesus to be the star. At times I found myself wanting to stand and cheer during Part 1 but also frustrated at times in Part 2. But overall, I liked it. Even more important, I believe the 7 principles offered provide a thorough picture of a love to aspire for.
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    The Seven Laws of Love
    March 17, 2016
    Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Seven Laws of Love is the title of a new book by Dave Willis. The title may be a bit legalistic sounding, and perhaps he might have re-thought the title a bit before the book went to press. That said, the material contained in the book is very good information and people should read it for themselves. You may not agree, you may not apply each of the seven "laws" consistently, or you may find you want to simply ignore most of the information. Regardless of how you apply the material, you should be informed with what this author has to say.

    Most people seem to believe they know all about love, yet in reality what they perceive to be love is really substandard for what God created us to experience. In this book Willis explains how there are seven laws regarding true love, including commitment, sacrifice, fear and grace to name a partial list. To experience love as we were created, these components must work harmoniously and not individually. The first half of the book is dedicated to understanding each of the "laws" in context so the second half of the book can be understood.

    The second half of the book is application based utilizing the "laws" given in the first half of the book. Willis explains how different relationships will have application of the seven laws to develop healthier, more productive relationships than many people ever maintain.

    Much of the material contained in this book is thought provoking to say the least. The author does a nice job of presenting his premise and supporting it with biblical accounts to explain his point. I did feel some of his points were forced in his support, yet others were quite organic in their support of his positions. As I said, you really should read this book for the information contained and then decide how you can best apply the information. I believe it can help improve any relationship in which you struggle.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes in exchange for a fair and honest review of the material contained. A positive review was not required and all thoughts on the book are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love for Everyone!
    January 8, 2016
    sjobabe86
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is great for everyone! Married, single, old, young, families, etc. I love Dave Willis' books but this really touches on how love plays a big role in so many of our relationships. I enjoyed the real life examples in the book - first book that ever made me cry! I look forward to reading future books from Dave Willis.
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