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If you have been around Christian circles long enough, you have heard the phrase, "child of God." As believers, we use language like this all the time describing our relationship with the Father-but do we really know what it means?
What if we actually lived out of the relationship and reality we talked, preached, and sung about? Easy. We would change the world. The roadblock preventing us from stepping into our identities as sons and daughters of God is not lack of discipline, resources, or creative ideas. We have all of this...What's missing? To discover who you are, first, you must know Who the Father is and what He's like.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Destiny Image
Publication Date: 2014
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Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love UnrestrainedJune 16, 2014Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review Title: Love Unrestrained (a review of Prone to Love by Jason Clark)
Reviewer: Janice S.Garey
Jason Clark's book, Prone to Love, compels one to think deeply about the all encompassing love of God that surpasses all else. He uses personal stories to engage readers in his own journey beginning with a limited understanding of God's supreme love of His own. One helpful thought among the many was a discussion of how some people view God to be similar to an oscillating fan. One moment He shows favor and the next He turns away. Jason Clark disputes this view of God's love. I found the book to be down to earth, and a bit surprising in the ways it's author found to accurately portray the extent of God's love. Some people who have always had a view of God waiting to catch a person doing wrong so He can show His wrath will have that way of thinking fully challenged and defeated through reading this book. You will feel swaddled in God's love on each page of the book. By fully trusting in God's love, God's children find new incentive to be good stewards of all God has entrusted to them.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for reading it and posting an honest review. I thank the author for sharing what he has found to be the truth of the extent of God's love. This is indeed a message that needed to be shared and will benefit believers as well as those who are seeking to know more about God.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational ResourceApril 1, 2014jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Prone to Love Jason Clark presents a different perspective of God's love and our Christian walk; a different view of God and His love in light of daily struggles and periods of difficult trials that many deem from God for a purpose in our lives; and a look at the lives of Peter, Zaccheus, David, and the very Son of God.
Clark leads us to see that God is not a power that seeks control of us and allows evil happenings for our own good. Clark believes that God's always-good love empowers us to live the life that Jesus promised. God said that everything that He has is ours as Christians. Clark challenges us to really believe this and to live a life based on God's always-good love.
He examines the life of Jesus who lived secure in his Father's love and secure in His goodness. Even on the cross as our sacrifice and "feeling" unaware of God's presence, Jesus trusted in God's always-good love and in full assurance called out to Him, "Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit." Clark calls this the greatest act of faith. He believes all the beautiful works He did in the last three years of His life were the evidence of the first thirty years of becoming sure in His Father's always-good love. This security enabled Him to endure the cross.
Clark's book is filled with thought-provoking and insightful words such as these:
"He so values our heart that He positions Himself in our pain."
"His heart for us is never death."
"...it is God's heart to heal every affliction always!"
"What we believe determines how we live."
"If we are sure in His love, then we are powerful in our stewardship."
"Mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting what you don't deserve."
These are just a few that spoke to me. Jason Clark's message in Prone to Love is powerful and positive. He challenges us to open our minds to a different way of thinking and living. I recieved this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An Invitatn to Discover the Power of God's LoveFebruary 27, 2014richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In his book "Prone to Love" Jason Clark invites the reader to join him in a discovery process; a process in understanding the deeper meaning, the realities, benefits, and expectations available to the child of God. I knew within the first few pages of endorsements, dedication, acknowledgments, and foreword that this was I book I had to read.
Jason clearly recognizes the power of "story." A parallel story within the narration includes all the elements of good story telling, and segues into an amazingly profound application message. Jason's character shine through in his writing; his response to God the Father's love, and in his resolve to impact a new generation to become true followers of Jesus and of His Kingdom.
It was ana unexpected pleasure to find an author who resonates with the depth of feeling and sense of anointing as Jason. Jason's powerful song lyrics struck melodious chords of joy within me as a sense of God's presence filled the room causing me to stop often to reflect on another revelation of God the Father's love.
This book is for anyone who is seriously seeking an increased awareness of their identity as a follower of Christ and or to satisfy a hunger for a deeper relationship with God, the Father.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5One man's understanding of God's loveFebruary 23, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Having read Prone to Love, it is my understanding that Jason Clark has come to an awareness of God's love that is available to every one of us. He came to this revelation of God's love over many years and wants to share it with his readers.
Our relationship with God is not to be based on need, Clark says. "Our Father does not need us nor is it His greatest desire that we need Him _ Need is not a reality in the Kingdom of heaven. We are called to live heaven here, now. The Christian life is about knowing and becoming love, and then meeting the needs of those around us with the love we have received from God. _ If need is the foundation of our relationship with God, we relegate ourselves to a poverty existence." (66) This book, he says, is an invitation to step away from the dysfunction of need, into the freedom, authority, and power of love.
I appreciate Clark's coming into a revelation God's love but I do have some questions.
Clark does not want our relationship with God to be based on need. Then what do we do with Paul writing that God told him God's power is made perfect in weakness? (2 Cor. 12:9) How do we explain Paul boasting about his weaknesses? What are we to think of Paul expressing his continued "need" for grace in his relationship to the Lord?
"God is love and His love is always good - always. That's my theology." (111) What do we mean by "good"? Does that mean, as Clark seems to say, that God would never do anything to hurt me? "God never instigates nor manipulates a tragedy to grow faith..." (146) What are we to think of Joseph's being sold slavery? How do we explain Joseph's statement that his brothers had meant the experience for harm, "but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives"? (Gen. 50:20) How do we understand that story where it seems God "used" or "manipulated" the evil of man (which caused Joseph some discomfort), for God's own greater good? How do we explain God "using" foreign nations to conquer Judah and Israel? What of Jeremiah 32:23 where Jeremiah says, "...they did not do what you commanded them to do. So you brought all this disaster on them"? How do we understand the prophecies of judgment upon Israel? How could those prophecies come to pass unless God, in some manner, instigated the act or at least manipulated the people causing the tragedy?
"God is always about freedom," Clark writes. (107) "[God] is never about control; He can't stand it." (109) What do we do with Proverbs 21:1 where it says, "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD, he turns it wherever he will"? (ESV) Or Proverbs 16:33, where it says we can cast the lots but the LORD determines how they fall? How do we explain Daniel 4:25 where it says God is sovereign over all the kingdoms of the earth and gives them to anyone he wishes? How do we explain the whole concept of fulfilled prophecy if God does not, in some sense, control people? "I absolutely believe God is sovereign," Clark writes, "but I won't use the word control to describe it." (148) How do we explain Paul writing about the clay and the potter in Romans 9:19-21?
Clark writes, "God is always about freedom." (107) How do we then live our Peter's instruction to, "Live as free people ... live as God's slaves"? (1 Peter 2:16) How do we live Paul's instruction in Ephesians 6:6 for us to live as slaves of Christ? And how do we explain Paul so frequently describing himself as a bond-servant (or slave) of the Lord?
"Did you know that both you and I are prone to love Him," Clark writes, "we are righteous, we are inherently good; when we said yes to God our actual DNA became holy?" (161) "Dear church, I would like to suggest that we are holy by nature. Our DNA changed the moment we said yes to Jesus..." (164) "We are no longer sinners." (166) How do we explain Paul writing that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; "of whom I am chief"? (1 Tim. 1:15) Why did Paul use the present tense? What do we do with John saying if we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves? (1 John 1:8) How am I to understand Paul writing about disciplining his body, training it to do what it should? (1 Cor. 9:27) What do I do with Romans 7:15 where Paul shares his own struggles with sin, hating what he sometimes did?
Clark quotes Ephesians 2:4-5 and concludes, "This verse says it all. We were sinners is past tense." (192) How am I to understand that, when I've looked up several translations and they all say we "were dead in our transgressions"? It says we were dead and now we are no longer dead. How do I extrapolate that to conclude that I am no longer a sinner?
What do I do with the passage in Hebrews 4 where the writer says it is sometimes for our "good" that we experience pain? How do I understand his statements about God disciplining those He loves? Is it true that God treating us as children means enduring hardship? (Heb. 4:7) Is this hardship for our "good," in order that we might share in His holiness? (Heb. 4:10) And what about the writer of Hebrews saying the discipline is painful but produces a harvest of righteousness for those trained by it? (Heb. 4:11) How can that be if a Christian's DNA is holy? Why would one need to be trained in righteousness?
Clark says that he believes the point of his life is "to know His love and become transformed." (188) What do we do with Paul's statement in 1 Cor. 10:31 that we are to do all to the glory of God? Is Paul saying that glorifying God is the most important point of our life? Should my focus be on me knowing God's love or on my giving glory to God?
Jason Clark has received a revelation of God's love toward him. He may have received a revelation Christians have missed for two thousand years. But there are also many questions from passages of Scripture that are left unanswered.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Group Network for the purpose of this review.
KimmieKimmieAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5His Love of the Lord is revealed in every story.February 9, 2014KimmieKimmieAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I found Jason Clark's Prone to LOVE, a book filled with many heart felt stories and experiences with family and friends. Although I did find the book a little difficult to read as the chapters were broken and at times hard to follow. I found the authors love of the Lord very evident throughout the book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network - "For Readers Only" group in exchange for my honest review.