God’s love has the power to change lives. Christians, then, should exhibit the greatest transformation of all because, rightly understood and cherished, God’s love makes them increasingly more like the One who has lavished his love on them. So why do we so often struggle to exhibit God’s love?
Biblical counselor Elyse M. Fitzpatrick asks one simple question: “In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?” We need to be rescued from our “identity amnesia” and pointed to our true identity as God’s beloved children—adopted by the Father, united with the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Fitzpatrick shows how a genuine transformation of identity leads to a transformation of our daily lives.
Those who struggle with either legalism or lawlessness will find encouragement to return to God’s love, the source of authentic and lasting change.
- Truely Foundational
What a life changing book, where ever you are in your faith. This book is solid, deep, nourishing , AND enjoyable to read and re-read. Changed me and deepened my walk with Jesus. I am more loved than I ever dreamed :-)
- Good but hard to follow
I really liked this book and the subject matter but it was hard to follow. The reason being was all the Scripture references. I realize in the physical book that there would be a sentence and the reference would be in parenthesis but when it is read, it breaks up the sentence.
Other than that, I thought this was an excellent book on the love of God and how even though we were enemies and dead in our sins, He chose to love us. Amazing!
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We know the gospel. We love the gospel. But, sometimes, if we are not careful, we will fail to connect the truths of the gospel to our day-to-day life. Elyse Fitzpatrick, wonderful author, speaker, and biblical counselor, offers us a sweet reminder of just how important it is to keep the gospel front and center in all that we are. Fitzpatrick offers excellent and practical counsel to us that stems from solid theology.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Fitzpatrick’s work is the way that she applies deep theology to our daily lives. For example, the author shows us how a proper grasp of the atoning work of Christ deeply impacts our motivation for obedience. Fitzpatrick shows us that, when we grasp that Christ has been punished fully for the sins of God’s children, we who know him do not have to perform some sort of penance in order to receive his approval. In another instance, Fitzpatrick shows how a focus on the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus can help us to walk through a variety of life issues.
I would highly recommend Because he Loves Me to any believer. This book has much to offer with theological depth and practical application. We all need a little more gospel in our lives, and Fitzpatrick does well to help us make that happen.
I received a free audio version of this book to review from christianaudio.com as part of their reviewers program. The narration by Renee Raudman was absolutely outstanding. She makes the book a joy to listen to with her great inflections and clarity.
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- Okay, I Guess
Narrator thoughts - To be honest I found this narrator to be a bit monotone. Maybe it was just me, but she didn't seem very enthusiastic about her subject.
Book Thoughts - When I first saw this book I was excited. I thought that it would be a book about basking in the fathers love. Instead I found a long (sadly dry) book about how our father is very wrathful but has decided to love us anyway.
That's not the God I serve. My God and Jesus love people deeply and is broken-hearted by the effects of sin. He made a way for us to be with Him because He loves us and doesn't want us to be apart, but it was a joint effort.
I felt like the book came across more discouraging then I would like. Besides the author didn't really organize her thoughts as I like.
Maybe this was just me, but I didn't like the book very much.
I received this audiobook from christianaudio for the purpose of doing a review.
- Why God's love matters for our sanctification.
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Because God showed His love to the world we are saved and we are being saved, and His love is still at work (this side of Calvary) for our sanctification, here's how.
I have to admit that I came to this book with a little skepticism, having wondered how another study of God's love can help me in the here and now. But wow, chapter after chapter I loved the book more and more cause it just kept exposing things I have become blind to, or can easily become blind to, in my life and kept pointing me to the only one who can truly save me everyday.
This book is probably the clearest, most simple (but not simplistic) explanation of how God practically shows His love to us this side of the cross.
The entire book can be summed up by this one question it ask of us, “In your pursuit of godliness have you left Jesus behind?”
In a very straightforward way it informs us (using a plethora of Scripture):
Why it is important for us to know of God's love
Understanding our identity in Christ
How every failure in sanctification is a failure in worship (idolatry)
Being a tourist in a church vs. being a family member (for the benefit of everyone's sanctification)
I listened to the audiobook, so on that note the narrator, Renne Raudman, is clear, articulate, and knows how to pronounce theological words and Bible names (which is a pet peeve of mine when they don't).
I simply can't recommend this book enough for the layman or pastor.
I was disappointed in this audiobook and gave up halfway through. Instead of it being an encouragement to live in the reality of the transforming love of God I found it very condemning. I enjoyed the introduction the most as it was very down to earth and easy to listen to although it was challenging. The narration by Renee Raudman is excellent and had me feeling that I was in an intimate setting, but it was let down by the heavy theology. At times without realizing it my mind had wandered off and I'd missed segments of the chapter, it really couldn't keep my attention. I would only recommend this to listeners who come from the same theological background as the author, or maybe someone who is studying this particular subject as there are lots of scripture passages. There are so many better audiobooks out there that are far more encouraging.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.