5 Stars Out Of 5
How to Love the Not-So-Lovable: A Lovable Book
July 15, 2014
"How to love the not-so-lovable" is the major theme of this book. Pastor Rudy Rasmus explains how our communities, our churches, and our world would change for the better if we all tried a different approach to living with others. If we just choose to Love, Period. This book will show you how to change your interaction with others, by applying the biblical principles of Matthew 19:26, "with God, all things are possible," and 1 Corinthians 13, "_ if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing... It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
So, because all else fails, throw away your biases, your uncomfortableness, your anger, your suspicion, your racial tension, and your divisiveness. Love others. Period.
It can be done! Pastor Rudy and his congregation at St. John's in Houston have been successfully applying these Love principles, and oh, what a difference it has made in their community. Pastor Rudy gives plenty of personal examples from his early life as a street hustler, to his appointment with Jesus, and how he became a Christian pastor who loves the unlovable like Christ loves us. Pastor Rudy teaches that you can experience this kind of biblical love for yourself - but only by giving it away to others.
Pastor Rudy gives the reader great insights into how to respond to evil and anger, how to extend a second chance, and how to be consistent in loving the un-lovables. Pastor Rudy explores "compassion fatigue," and leads an interesting discussion on how to identify it and how to avoid it.
Included is an excellent section on developing a service plan for your church and community, and don't miss the "Four C's of a Loving Community." These plans are stellar.
While Rudy Rasmus is a stellar guy doing a fantastic service for Christ, his past, and who he rubs elbows with, also make him a little rough around the edges. I'm referring to the "Love is PIMP-proof" section of the book. A bit of a risquÃ© subtitle, but it makes for a very interesting read! Also edgy is his use of The Message as a Bible source.
What touched my heart about this author is Rudy's thanksgiving for those that showed him love and also for those that denied him love. In his Acknowledgements section, Rudy writes, "Every experience has been a learning experience on love."
Way to love, Rudy! Discover it for yourself by reading this lovable book.
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Worthy Publishing has provided True North Book Review with a complimentary copy of this book for review.