How to Love When You Don't Feel Like Loving
Everywhere we look, we see evidence that love is in short supply. Terrorists and political corruption, school shootings and troubled marriages, impatient online sniping and character assassination--all point to the fact that we do not know how to love one another as Jesus commanded and modeled. We put our own interests and happiness first, despite the fact that the greatest happiness comes through sacrificial love.
In this book, Dr. Larry Crabb shows readers how to understand the deep and perfect love we are shown by our Creator and Redeemer, and how to pour that love into other people. This love is about more than being nice and serving others. It's about relating to others in such a way that they feel heard, seen, and valued. This love sacrifices and suffers and keeps loving, even when doing so is costly. This kind of love, says Crabb, is the kind worth fighting for in all of our relationships, and A Different Kind of Happinessshows how to make it a reality.
- a top ten read ;)
Over the years Crabb has presented the church with a "New Testament psychology" that centers our lives on God. Crabb has a way of untangling the strands of behavior and spirituality, to show how each should and shouldn't influence the other. Always readable, Crabb relates to the reader as a very flawed man who is along on the journey with us, that said, it is possible to disagree with Crabb and still be provoked and convicted.
Like the best kinds of spiritual books, this can be taken up and dropped as needed and for some, can be used as an excellent devotional. For me, Crabb provided a "blessed rebuke" to how I think about my relationship with God. Crabb did this by asking if; our quest for God is really the seeking for a comfortable life? He repeatedly proved that, this maybe the case, by dividing our desires into "first" and "second" things. The "second things" being all those things that offer us a comfortable life, most often at the expense of the "First" thing, which is God.
Definitely a reread, since it is a call to humility, intellectual and spiritual honesty. Always good to have tucked away in the "spiritual tool kit".
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