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Fernando's pastoral work---in the midst of the cultural and ethnic tensions of Sri Lanka---often brought up a very real and honest question: 'Can the biblical teaching about love actually be practiced?' The answer he discovered is a resounding 'yes.' The ...
Fernando's pastoral work---in the midst of the cultural and ethnic tensions of Sri Lanka---often brought up a very real and honest question: 'Can the biblical teaching about love actually be practiced?' The answer he discovered is a resounding 'yes.' The radical love of God is not only real, but it is the key to experiencing joy in the pain and suffering of this world.
Believers must look to the Scriptures for God's teaching on the true nature of love, its divine origins, and its power for those who trust in Christ. This book offers reflections on the Bible's consistent teaching on love and shares real-life experiences of learning to love in difficult situations.
Posted July 8, 2013
Posted July 27, 2013
Reclaiming Love is nothing short of an amazing book. I so admire Ajith Fernando for the time and prayerful thought that he must have put into writing this book. He takes the definition of love that Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 13 and turns these few words into an in depth look at what it means to truly love your neighbor as yourself.
1 Corinthians 13 places great conviction on so many of us to be more loving. But we all know it's not as simple as that. Patience, kindness, perseverance, never keeping a record of wrongs - all of these things are not easy to achieve 100% of the time. Many of us don't even feel that giving of ourselves in this manner is safe for our own self-worth.
Much to my delight, Fernando delves into each of these definitions of love in a way that stems from his years as a pastor and counselor. He analyses their meaning in a way that is both academic and easy to understand. He then discusses how we can apply each of them in our daily lives. This isn't a piece of fluff, either - Fernando goes into great detail. The examples he gives are highly relevant to a number of situations - from personal life to family to work.
I was especially impressed with his ability to reach out to people who are in recovery - as well as the people who work with them.
This book is a jewel. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in becoming more Christ-like. It's not a dust-gatherer - it's a book that a reader can return to time and time again.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.