Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love—compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial.
Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Combined with author Paul Miller’s own life stories, Love Walked Among Us will encourage you to imitate Jesus’ way of loving people in your relationships and community. Become more like Jesus and grow in your relationship with God.
- Jesus, The Perfect Example Of Love
Love Walked Among Us by Paul E. Miller had the potential to be a reasonably good book but regrettably the narration severely let it down, which is discussed in great detail later. The actual content of the book focuses on the gospel accounts of Jesus' earthly ministry and the love he showed to everyone he met.
The narration problems really wrecked this book for me but I did get some good revelations out of it regarding Jesus not separating his love and compassion from his power. He was always moved with compassion and then reached out with power. He does raise some good points and covers the aspects of Jesus' love for people in great detail.
The narrator was unfortunately really horrible, probably the worst I have heard. There are stumbles, throat clearing and numerous other very distracting vocal tics and mistakes that really take away from the message. In an age where you can easily re-record audio until you get it right, it seems amazing that someone didn't get the author to re-do the recording because it is really bad. This is the problem with the author reading the book, they are often not professionals and really restrict their message by poor communication.
This book would be great for people looking to completely understand the love that Jesus Christ showed during His earthly mission and how we should be loving with God and others.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- One of the worst AUDIO BOOK narrations I've ever heard
Love Walked Among Us is a re-release that was originally published in 2001. Miller has become quite popular lately thanks to his recent books A Praying Life and A Loving Life. This is your chance to become familiar with another work of his that hasn’t gotten as much press because it came out before he became a bestseller.
Based on content alone, this book offers insightful reflection on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ love. Miller is engaging and very personal, discussing how Jesus’ example affected his relationships at home with his wife and children, particularly his daughter with special needs. He then challenges his readers to be likewise affected by the example of Jesus in their interpersonal relationships. The book has an ecumenical feel, as Catholic figures (like Mother Theresa) are praised for loving like Jesus without any discussion of the theological differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants.
If you’re considering getting the book, do yourself a favor and avoid the audio book. The narration of this book is performed by the author, and I suspect this is his first time doing so. He reads quickly, not pausing at appropriate moments for dramatic effect like someone does when speaking naturally. He sometimes pauses mid-sentence, likely trying to find his place, and then zips from one sentence into the next with no break at the period. He stumbles over words, mispronounces then repeats words, and I am certain that he skipped a line a few times based on how it sounded. At one point his voice cracked because of a particularly emotion story. Although he has a pleasant voice, there’s a reason why some people earn a living as professional narrators. It’s not a Pinterest project that just anyone can do. Narration alone, this is probably the worst quality audio book I’ve listened to in a long time.
I received this audio book from christianaudio for the purpose of review.
- The Love Just Wasn't There For Me
I hate to continue giving one star reviews, but oh my goodness, this is a terrible book! This author does not need to be reading his own book! This may be a good book, full of good information/subject matter, but it is just unbearable to listen to! And I love listening to audio books!
From the very start of the book, to the very end there is no change of tone in the reading. Where is this authors management team? There should have been a test run of his reading, or at the very least a review of him reading the first chapter. This author should never have been allowed to read the entire book! Is it really that expensive to hire a professional?
The author reads too fast. It's monotone and all mushed together. He reads without feeling. Like a child just learning to read, and reading that book for the first time out loud. He hurries through long sentences until he is out of breath by the end, not timing sentence rests with taking a breath. Fumbling over words way too many times.
For having written the book himself, he reads it as if it were the first time he's ever heard about the subject. Is it really that hard for an author to read a book out loud?
Does this author not hear how awful his book sounds? Is he really happy with the end result? Did he even go back and listen to the book after he was finished? Is this how he would read a book aloud to his child?
I am just as baffled that this author can read a book without any feeling whatsoever. He just sits there for 6 hours reading words. If he sat there reading a dictionary out loud it would sound exactly the same as this book. Just words.
I haven't even mentioned in detail the mistakes he makes, and this book is full of them! Wrong words read. Stutters. Hesitations. Restarts. Mispronounciations. You can hear the flipping of the pages. Every breath he takes. A huge sniff in chapter 27. He has a gravelly voice not good for narrating an audio book.
Because this book is so awful, for all of the reasons listed above, I was not able to understand the story. It was too much work to try to separate the sentences, reorganize the sentence, and then understand it while trying to process the story. It was a miserable piece of work that takes too much attention to get through. This is not a book you can relax and take in. You have to pay some serious attention to this book, and to every detail, to put the story together. It was very stressful.
I cannot recommend this book. Unfortunately I didn't get anything out of this book. Nothing I can apply to my daily life. I didn't come away with a wonderful happy feeling for having just wasted 6 hours of my life. I hesitated even writing this review, but it had to be said sometime.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for reading!
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- Very Poor Audiobook
A theme of this blog is exploring what it means to love in Christ. Paul E. Miller's book, Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus, is a good addition to that discussion. Miller fills his book with many illustrations from both the biblical narrative and his and friends' lives. This approach really helps ground the principles, brings many of them to life, and creates a real-world application.
Unfortunately, that's where my praise stops, although I have to say at the outset that it was very difficult to pay attention to the content. I repeatedly have said that I love it when the author reads his/her own work when it's nonfiction. Miller has good inflection and sometimes displays his passion. However, this very well may be the worst produced audiobook I've ever listened to. Miller's pressured speech and regular stumbles and misreadings made it very challenging to listen to. I love audiobooks and listen to them regularly, plus my wife has narrated and edited some audiobooks, so I have some familiarity with the production process. Stumbles are normal, but that's what going back and re-recording the line and editing is for. The narration was so bad I actually contacted the publisher to ensure I didn't accidentally receive a draft version. I was told they attempted to fix what they could but were unable to re-record.
The errors and narration were distracting in the way that a poorly written paper with frequent spelling and grammatical errors are distracting (at least to me), preventing the core message from coming through. When I could hear the content honestly, I'm not sure I really heard anything particularly new or challenging. There were some good lessons, but I think there's other resources that are more effective at sending this message.
The complaint I had about content was that Miller seemed to make regular assumptions about various things that are not always reasonable. I recall during one biblical example, he said something like, "Jesus thought..." Except that Jesus' thoughts weren't in the biblical narrative. We can guess what Jesus thought, felt, etc., but we need to acknowledge that we're speculating and cannot be absolutely sure. It is this type of presentation that leads to rigidity in theological interpretation. There are also times when he gets facts wrong about people and fields. For instance, he talked about how psychologists look to Freud as a source of wisdom and guidance. Sorry, Miller, psychologists largely haven't relied on Freud for several decades. These kinds of statements, along with the poor production, made the book lose credibility to me.
If you're interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it. I cannot recommend the audiobook version at all, and the content is just "okay" from my perspective...
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- With so many works out there in Christendom that offer ‘10-steps to Being More Self-Absorbed’, it is about time that something is re-released that reminds us that it is not all about ‘selfies.’ What if we did learn to love more like Jesus?
Thank you christianaudio for the opportunity to review this work. As with all these investments, they cause ripples, that are the journey called my life of which I am deeply thankful.
With so many works out there in Christendom that offer ‘10-steps to Being More Self-Absorbed’, it is about time that something is re-released that reminds us that it is not all about ‘selfies.’ What if we did learn to love more like Jesus?
We need a relational, authentic and humble presentation of the Gospel, not just a logical one. One that is reflected in the day-to-day muddiness of our lives. When we get a glimpse of Jesus and the way He loved, we can understand His vitality as a Prophet, Priest and King. The love He exhibited was unlike any love the world had ever seen. It was compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Jesus was love personified, love walking among us.
One of the reasons I review audio books is not only for the cutting edge books that I get exposed to, but also for the refreshers they provide, of the hard copies I have read, passed on and have been turning points in my sanctification. Listening to this recently made me add another one to my ‘to review every year list’ (When Helping Hurts, 360 Degree Leadership, Rescuing Ambition, Resolving Everyday Conflict, A Gospel Primer, and The Praying Life – if you were wondering - lol.)
Paul Miller (the audio book narrator – always better when the author reads it) outlines his work with 5 over arching themes: Love Shows Compassion; Love Speaks the Truth; Love Depends on God; Love is Energized by Faith; Love Moves Through Death into Life. Probably the best summary is to share a few quotes that reflect some of these themes;Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus
“To be lovers of people, we need to look at them. Like Jesus, we must see them. Like Him, we must stop, look and listen.”
"When we stop judging we find rest from the incessant work of analyzing others. We don't need to figure out what's wrong with people~that's God's job. Our job is to try to understand."
"Jesus shows us that without truth, our relationships lack definition and meaning. If people are on the wrong road, messing up life, they will continue to mess up unless they face the truth. If the only gift we give an abusive husband is compassion, then we are contributing to his evil. If we only try to understand a mean wife without speaking the truth to her, our love for her is incomplete. The gift of compassion must be accompanied by the gift of truth."
“It’s tough to love people when they constantly come into your space, demanding attention. But if we are always in control, deciding whom and when we will love, then we risk having a weak imitation of love. If we aren’t open to our schedule being interrupted or our bank account tapped, then we might be fooling ourselves as to our own goodness. Love gives.”
“The closest thing to the feel of God is to humble yourself, to be concerned not with position but with people.”
Of course this book was interesting to me. I was challenged with the reminder of “beam inspection” (Luke 6:42) and the illustration of self-righteousness compared to bad breath (we never notice it but others do). Reviewing this work was timely when I need to be reminded of these two areas in my life with others. Paul Miller always causes you to think and he has no problem holding your attention if you are in the place to be ministered to. He also always presents his material in a cohesive and appealing manner, and like I mentioned above, this is now a part of my ‘yearly review’ because of this. I am thankful Paul is always scriptural with his works in that he gives clear and concise references with his points, and there is not psycho-babble proof-texts so prevalent in many of the “10-Ways to Be Self-Absorbed” works of today. I think that this book is relevant to ANYONE who wants to learn more about relationships. One must consider with this type of work, truthful and accountable self-evaluation, because without this kind of honesty, you will not get anything out of it. I think through common grace, anyone with these kind of honest assessments can benefit from this work, which is why I highly recommend it to anyone.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
- Challenging and Amazing
I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.
Narrator Thoughts ~ Once again I was treated to an author read book. It always adds an extra demention to the book when the author can add his or her own touch to the book. I enjoyed hearing this author read his book with emotion and passion. While it wasn't the most perfessional I've heard and at times I felt they could have done a better job of editing. Still I think the soulfulness and beauty of the author reading it was worth it.
Book Thoughts ~ The title of this book was intriuging to me. The past few years God has been showing me how to trust in His love and love others in the same way. Sadly though, lately I had been slipping into the habit of being selfish. This book challenged me to the core. Through personal struggle and looking at the life of Jesus, Paul shows how we can love like Jesus. After I was halfway done with the book, I noticed my perspective was changing. I started to notice others needs. Instead of getting upset, I would try to see it from their perspective. Instead of confronting a friend about an issue, we sat down and I gently told her what I was seeing cause a rif in our relationship. We cleared the air and we were both built up. When I chose to lift her up and see things through her eyes, the result was the deepening of a relationship.
This book was so good at just showing how Jesus loved and showing how we could love in the same way. I love Pauls mix of honesty and story. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to love like Jesus loved and loves.
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- Love Walked Among Us will (should) prick your heart.
Jesus is Love, and He walked among us on this earth as an example of how to love, empathize, and have compassion for others. By observing His life, we can change our thoughts and views of this world and beyond. We can make our lives better, as well as those around us. We are here to make a difference, and what better way than to emulate Him.
Love Walked Among Us is broken down into 5 parts: Love Shows Compassion, Love Speaks the Truth, Love Depends on God, Love is Energized by Faith, and Love Moves Through Death into Life. Jesus’ walk on this Earth demonstrates the greatest examples of compassion, truth, love, faith, death, and life, and provides the path for us to be transformed.
I love how the narrator, Paul E. Miller (also the author) displayed Jesus’ actions. Looking at people, listening, empathizing, and loving them. This information was presented differently and more clearly than I’ve experienced in other books. Jesus’ love and compassion is palpable.
Love Walked Among Us will (should) prick your heart. Biblical stories and parables show Jesus’ compassion for others and stands as examples of how we should be. After listening to this audiobook I see things differently than I previously did—not that I didn’t know Jesus, or His ways, but it convicted me, bringing to light instances when I’ve judged others, when I’ve taken others for granted, when I’ve missed opportunities to see the world through His eyes.
This book makes an impact and provides a beautiful, unforgettable portrait of Love that walked and continues to walk among us.
Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audiobook is spectacular. It is clear, without distracting background music or noise.
Audio Narration: In the first chapter, I'm not drawn in. The narrative pacing is stilted and the narrator's inflection feels ‘off’. The second chapter is where I become invested in this book. The pacing increases and the voice is more natural. In some places it is still evident that he is reading, rather than speaking, but I’m only distracted minimally and infrequently. Though I feel the narration could be more effective by someone other than the author, I still recommend the audiobook over a physical or ebook copy.
Audio Length: 6:05:06
First Lines: Jesus lived 2000 years ago in a time very different from our own. His world was almost entirely Jewish; only an occasional Gentile appears in the Gospels. His was a world of close-knit families—individuals didn’t exist apart from their extended families. All a person had was family and clan. If you lost them, you lost everything.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from christianaudio. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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