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Helpful, inspirational, simple.,
This review is from: LOVE BEYOND REASON: Moving God's Love from Your Head to Your Heart (Paperback)Love Beyond Reason is a deeply moving book. John Ortberg uses the analogy of being a much loved but in need of some attention rag doll to great effect. A rag doll may be broken, scruffy, in desperate need of sorting out, but it is an object of great affection to its original owner. He writes "God doesn't just love you because He has to, He loves you because He wants to....God likes to love you."
He takes us through a very helpful chapter called "Love Pays Attention" which is so simple but true. "God notices things your mother has never even thought about." God pays attention to you, focuses on you, God sees. Through the 12 chapters, we journey through God touching the untouchables, being the Lord of the second chance, the teacher, leading us in "the roundabout way" because that is the way that is best. Many people have written about the desert or wilderness experience with God. This is also a helpful chapter on this subject, exploring how the word of God's love can often mean so much more in the barren places. To be loved when you are getting everything right, that's easy to believe. To be loved when you are getting it all wrong and "feel you may be more hindrance than help to whatever work God may be doing in the world" - that is simply amazing. That's grace. "That's life to someone who's dying."
His chapters on being safe in God's love and on the whole issue of hiding are just so wonderful. God as your protector, whether you can see it or not. God absolutely for you and fiercely defensive of you. His last chapter on The Ragged God speaks of God becoming flesh in Jesus, experiencing the raggedness of human life and in that we see His glory. "His glory is not just His power and might and majesty. His glory is that He would come to this corner of the universe....to a ragged people He could not bring Himself to discard. One day He laid aside His majesty and bliss and came knocking at your door. One day He came just for you."
This is a book that does what is says. It moves the love of God from your head to your heart if you will let it. It "frees and empowers you to love." I commend it to you.