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When you were a child, you probably sang the favorite song "Jesus Loves Me." But have you ever actually taken this essential truth to heart? Moving beyond theology and academic discussions, Early assures you that God's love is real, passionate, captivating, and active in your life. Includes reflection questions for individual or group use. 208 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764213571
ISBN-13: 9780764213571

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Assurance of God's Personal Love for Us

The startling truth about the love of God has lost its potency. It is not a passionless, theological idea. It is a real love that feels and even suffers. Whether you grew up in a Christian home and have forgotten this essential truth, or you never knew it in the first place, we all need to be reminded--and assured--that God's love is real and personal.

The Reckless Love of God is about pulling readers in close and asking if they have really considered what it means to say, "Jesus loves you."

Nothing changes lives and grows the church faster, more effectively, and more thoroughly than being captivated by this reality. But the love of Jesus is not just a means to another end. Receiving the love of Jesus is the end itself.

Includes end-of-chapter questions for individual or group use.

Author Bio

Alex Early (MDiv, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, MA, London School of Theology) is a pastor who has planted a church in a bar, served as a theology professor, created the Acts 29 West Academy, and launched the Acts 29 podcast. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Intercultural Studies degree at Western Seminary, Alex lives with his wife and children in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more at www.alxegesis.com. 

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  1. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    How Deep is Your Love?
    February 3, 2016
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Imagine being loved without restriction, limit or boundary. Additionally, nothing you have ever done, or will do, can cause that love to decrease, or go away. That love is there for you right now. The one who loves you like this is God, and it is not based on anything you have ever done. His love is there for you even if you never love him back. He will love you deeply even if you never love him back, or accept it. That is the message in this book: each of us is loved by God with abandon.

    The author uses the story Jesus told about The Prodigal Son to illustrate the love God has for us. A man had two sons, the younger told the father he wanted his half of the inheritance now, he didn't want to wait for his dad to die. Surprisingly, the dad gave it to him, and the son took off for the big city.

    It didn't take the son long to blow it all--on riotous living, as the King James Bible of my youth called it. When the money was gone, so were all his new found friends, and the son soon found himself starving. The only job he could find was feeding pigs, and he was so hungry even the pig food looked good. That is when he realized his father's servants were treated and fed better than that. He decided to return home, beg for forgiveness, and ask to become a servant.

    When the son was still a long way off, he was amazed to find his dad rushing down the road to embrace him. As the son was asking for forgiveness, the dad was overjoyed to see him, and took off his own coat and ring to put on his son. Additionally, the dad commanded his servants to "kill the fatted calf," and have a big party to celebrate the son's return.

    The father loved his son. He had been vigilantly watching for him every day, hoping against hope for his return. The dad didn't care what the son had done, or where he had been, he just wanted his son back. With the son's return, the only thing the father wanted to do was lavish his love on him, and rejoice at his homecoming.

    The author says that is the same kind of love God has for every one of us. Even if you have walked away from God, He will always be waiting to shower you with His love on your return. Just like the father in the story, God will delight in your coming back to him. There is nothing that anyone can do to stop the unending love He has for you.

    The author maintains that understanding the depth of God's love for us will change our lives. For new Christians, you will be amazed by the love that is available to be poured out on you. For those who already follow Christ, it will refresh your faith. There are no favorites with God, His love is available in equal amounts for everyone. Mr. Early fills this book with many ways and examples of how God loves us. He also suggests that when reading the Bible, keep your thoughts on God's abundant love, and the Bible will speak to you in a new and deeper way.

    I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who has not understood the depth of God's love. Whether you are a new follower of Christ, a long-time Christian, or someone who has no belief in God at all, this book will benefit you.

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Reckless Love of God through Chosen Books for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God Loves You
    November 2, 2015
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Its pretty simple, right. He loves us no matter what, but this one seemingly simple thought can be lost through all the day-to-day hustle of life. And that is where Alex Early's The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel comes in trumpeting His glorious love. That is truly, whole-heartedly, and continously there for all of us. Early's message is one of power and renewed understanding that God loves us and we will have a better relationship if we accept and acknowledge this right now. Our life will be the better for the change and I for one believe the power of His love. I received a copy for this review from Bethany House and all opinions are my own.
  3. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God"s Love
    September 10, 2015
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THE RECKLESS LOVE OF GOD

    Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel

    By Alex Early

    Does God really love me? Does God love me as much as He loves others? Is His love a true love or as the world loves?

    We all have heard the song Jesus loves me and have asked ourselves the question, does Jesus really love me. Alex Early will help you find the answer. A very inspiring book that will show the answer to this question by explaining the great love that God has for us. Alex uses the Bible stories and explains the great and wonderful love that is there for you. The words of the song Jesus Loves Me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so will have a new meaning.

    The book is very easy reading and I found it easy to understand. At the end of chapter five Alex offers a conversation that could take place between you and Jesus, that I am sure will give you a deeper understanding of Jesus's love for us and perhaps will change your heart. The explanations of the stories are, in my opinion, excellent and will give some new understanding to how God does love us.

    I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Academic look at God showing His love in Jesus
    September 1, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Sometimes we Christians are satisfied with a study of God rather than knowing Him personally. Early wants us to know that God loves us deeply, inspiring us to develop an intimate relationship with Him.

    Early concentrates on Jesus as He is an exact representation of God. A right view of Jesus is defended, explaining His compassion and love. We are taken through many examples from Jesus' life, His sayings, and the parables He taught. Bible stories are given in their entirety and commented upon. John 11:1-44 is completely quoted, for example, before Early comments on it. There are also many quotes from noted Bible scholars, theologians, and popular writers both past and present.

    In the course of the book, many topics are covered, such as the witness of the church and reading the Bible rightly, including contextualization and exegesis.

    I found Early's writing to be rather academic in nature. It almost seemed like I was reading a thesis on the love of God as shown in the Bible somewhat adapted for the general Christian reader. At the end, I felt like I had an intellectual understanding of God's love for me, as shown in the Bible. I felt an application was missing. Now that I knew intellectually that God loves me recklessly, I was not helped to passionately and personally experience that love, say through prayer or through healing the wrong image of fatherhood I might have. There were no suggestions as to how I could know God intimately and develop that relationship.

    That being said, I was challenged by a couple of topics Early wrote about. One was his identification of areas that prevented him from realizing God's love for him. He writes about projection (projecting onto Jesus a character trait that love would come only if Early was behaving correctly), inoculation (getting only snippets of the gospel, say in Sunday sermons, made him immune to the entire message of the power of the gospel in the world), and unrepentant sin (losing sight of the serious nature of his own sinfulness and the great gift of Jesus dying on the cross). Those are good points for each of us to consider.

    Another area in which I was challenged was in the way I read the Bible. The reckless love of God for you is not found on just one page, but every page of the Bible. This changes how we read it from cover to cover. If your starting point is with anything other than the nature of who God is and the reckless love he feels and demonstrates for you, then you're bound to end up missing the overall point of Scripture that our holy, righteous, all-powerful God has gone to great lengths to forgive our sin, heal what is broken in us, and fill us with his eternal, unbreakable love. (69%) That inspires me to read my Bible differently.

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I think the message is good but the style is too academic in nature. I also missed the practical help we readers need to develop an intimate relationship with God once we know He loves us so much.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book about God's love
    August 31, 2015
    Angela Suzanne
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is probably one of the best books I've read about God's love. A lot I've read are written like they're trying to evoke a warm, fuzzy feeling, and completely ignore the holiness of God. This book was the perfect balance between God's love and His holiness. It didn't force our view of love on God. One of the first things in this book that I really liked was how in the Introduction he used the Old Testament to show God's love. I know a lot of people who believe the Old Testament is all about God's wrath and the New Testament is about God's love. They believe God changed but God's love also shows through in the Old Testament - people just often don't realize it.

    I liked how Alex Early focused his book on the Bible instead of stories. He used a few stories and was very honest, but the Bible was the focus. I also liked how, towards the end of the book, Early compared Jesus to the people we read about in the Bible, how Jesus is a better version of them. "Likewise, Jesus is greater than Abraham, who by faith offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice. Jesus is greater than Isaac, who was asked to carry wood to the place of sacrifice. Jesus carried his wooden cross to Calvary."

    This book is for those who want to know God's love and not just a warm, fuzzy feeling.
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