Love Changes Everything: Finding What's Real in a World Full of Fake

Love Changes Everything: Finding What's Real in a World Full of Fake


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We all crave love. We try to fill the void inside with any number of poor substitutes. We seek validation from empty outlets. We're thirsty for compliments. We change who we are to impress people who aren't looking and don't care. Yet, we are still desperately searching for a love that changes everything for us, a love that doesn't fade and doesn't fail—even when we do.

That's the kind of love God shows that he has for us through the remarkable story of Hosea and Gomer. Unpacking this powerful love story from the Old Testament in a way you have never heard, pastor Micah Berteau releases us from the fears, hurts, insecurities, and anxieties of life by showing us just how extravagantly we are loved—in spite of our faults, our failures, and our sins. If you're tired of trying so hard to be worthy of someone else's love, lost in what's fake, or drawn to live in the temporary, Micah Berteau has good news for you—there is a better way to live and love.

Foreword by Jentezen Franklin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800736941
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 496,084
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Micah Berteau is the lead pastor of The House Fort Worth, which he launched in 2018 and is considered one of the fastest growing churches in America. Micah has earned his Masters in theology and is honored to travel and preach all over the world. He is a dynamic communicator who desires to see all generations intimately know Jesus and boldly make Him known. He and his wife, Lindsey, have two sons and live in Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 13

1 The First Move 17

2 Jesus Loves Me … This I Don't Know 27

3 Unloved 41

4 The image Mirage 53

5 When Your Past Becomes Your Present 63

6 Still 73

7 Don't Take the Bait 87

8 Highest Bidder 107

9 Love Corrects 121

10 Unmasked and Undone 131

11 Expiration Date 145

12 Trust. Receive. Release. 155

13 Love Has a Rhythm 167

14 Love Rules 179

15 Marked 187

Notes 197

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Love Changes Everything: Finding What's Real in a World Full of Fake 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
StephanieCherry 3 months ago
I wanted to like this book. My husband and I named our 105 year old house after Hosea’s wife because of the lengths he went to in order to restore her. I love the story. This felt like a poorly retold sermon filled with Christian clichés. I raised an eyebrow at some of the points given and how he was relating the story to Gomer. It felt like a cheap observation of the story. I wanted to like it. I looked past the title and the fact that I did not know the author hoping to love the story because I love the original story, but sadly did not. It was hard to read and felt scattered. There are some good points in the book, but it was hard to follow.
JaPerry_Reads 3 months ago
I received this book an advanced readers copy from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions are exclusively my own. I wanted to love this book, but could not. It is not the author, the plot, or even his perspective of the story of Hosea and Gomer. That being said, I still found positives to take away. Be true to yourself. Do not let the opinions of others change the trajectory that God has laid out for you. Change is possible as long as you believe and work toward that change. Change only happens while moving forward and you can't be walking backwards while doing so and expect to change. Change will not happen if you are looking to your past for present answers. Love is the answer...isn't that what "they" say? As far as God is concerned, love is the answer. It is about challenging yourself to do better than yesterday, last week, or last year. We have to admit our weaknesses. Your weakness (shame, guilt, anger, jealousy, etc) will have no hold on you if you exterminate it. Your past can teach you what not to do and where to never go again. As Christians, we are called to be the feet of Jesus. Feet are meant for walking, not sitting in pews looking down your nose at those that don't meet YOUR criteria. You are not God! We are called to love. Period. Boundaries are healthy. Boundaries make us aware of God's convictions. You can not control people or circumstances, but you can control your response. Walking with God is about being devoted to Him at all times and fills every aspect of your life and decisions. Do not become distracted by the world. Be patient. Love is a choice. Change is a choice that has to be made before you feel like doing it. Feelings become emotions. We begin to believe our emotions are our truth. When we listen to our emotions we can not hear God speaking to us. Learn to be at peace during every season, storm, or set back. We need to eliminate all our distractions that keep us from focusing on God. Because many of us were never shown "true love", we don't understand what it is, so love is more of a concept than a reality. Loneliness is not the result of being alone, but of not letting God fill the void. Quit letting that one bad decision overshadow all decisions moving forward. It was one chapter in your existance, not your life story. If you are new in your walk with Jesus, then this is a great book to give you direction on where you may want to dig in deeper. I am not a new Christian i was searching for something to help me dig deeper to face the storm and change my trajectory - this is not the book for me.
chattynatty 3 months ago
Thank you to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for sending me this book to review. I love the topic of love, no pun intended. I also was interested in the sub title- Finding What’s Real In A World Full of Fake. However, this book fell short for me. I felt like the topics and subjects were all over the place. I enjoyed the use of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer to highlight parallels to Jesus’ sacrifice for us,out of love, and God’s unconditional love. This story was used throughout the book but alas I just felt too many tangents occurred in the writing. I also thought the author was going to give guidance on the subtitle of the book... instead I just heard/read God is love. Which is totally true and a needed reminder but I just wanted more in depth look at how to navigate this world filled with hatred,anger and violence.
mamatr 4 months ago
As the book description says, we all crave love that doesn't fade and doesn't fail. We try to fill the void, seek validation, thirst for compliments, change who we are. If you're tired of trying so hard to be worthy of someone else's love, lost in what's fake, or drawn to live in the temporary, discover the good news--there is a better way to live and love. With a conversational style and humor, Micah Berteau details how love changes everything. This book isn't about human love or feelings, though. It's about God's love, the deep, unchanging, never-ending love of God. Pastor Berteau argues that we are made to experience depths of love designed by the One who created us, and this love will change every aspect of our lives, including our perceptions of the past, projections of the future and way of living in the present. We can even expect love, and it will show up in our attitude toward ourselves, others and life. I enjoyed the conversational writing style, which makes this book easy to read. And the humor adds fun to a topic that could otherwise be overwhelming. I think the book's description is a bit off since it does discuss Gomer and Hosea but does not exclusively focus on that Scripture and includes information that's way broader than this singular relationship. Overall, this book is an important one to read. I will add it to my "read again" list because I find myself often longing for love and forgetting that the Source of love is waiting with open arms for me.
benhli38 13 days ago
Micah Berteau does a great job talking about the love Christ has for mankind. Nowhere within the pages of the book do I find much at fault. He's wonderful at explaining the differences between worldly, fleshly love as well as about the kind of love Christ gave us at Calvary's cross. This sacrificial love is the kind of unconditional love that changes hearts; it changes the way we think, the way we do things, and gets us to come around to the thought of: "Hey, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). This book Micah wrote is the second he's done on his own. He's also penned one other as well with Glen Berteau, his father who is also himself a pastor. Since 2018 Micah has been a founder and lead pastor of The House Fort Worth, and considered one of the fastest growing churches in America. He devotes his time and efforts to making it known that Jesus is Lord and Savior for all. While I can give certain details and facts on Micah, which I found through his website, I feel I can't do him justice in that sense. Love Changes Everything hits some great notes in its style and integrity for the richness and depth it has. At the same time there are a couple of things that are simply my opinion and have no weight here. All I can be is objective and report the fact that Micah writes from a good place from within himself, making it known where his heart is in terms of Jesus Christ. That matters far more than any opinion I can give. It's like what Samuel was shown about Eliab, the son of Jesse, brother to the future king David: "Do not look at his appearance or height, for I have rejected him; the LORD does not see as man does. For man sees the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). The condition of our heart before a holy and just God who desires to have a relationship with us matters more than our works or even our appearance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review.
Jeanine 14 days ago
This was such a nice read for me. It’s full of insight about the bible and especially God’s love. It refers most often to the book of Hosea, which isn’t the most well known book in the bible by any means, but it’s got a lot to it, as the author reveals in his writings. Hosea and Gomer are used in a number of ways to show the magnitude of God’s love- that perfect, all encompassing love that is given so freely. I read this book in a number of different settings and each time I walked away feeling blessed by Pastor Micah’s revelations. I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to look into how God’s love is more than just the simple verse of the song we all sang as kids; Jesus loves me, this I know. For the bible tells me so. His love is so much more. This book will open your eyes to that fact.
luvnjesus 14 days ago
This is the purpose of humanity, that we would allow God to make his ultimate point to the world through our lives if we stay obedient to him. We all crave a love that doesn’t fade and doesn’t fail-even when we do. The author used the book of Hosea to show the depth of love that God has for us and demonstrate what true love is. God’s love is not a feeling, but solid truth, His love never fails. We should learn how to live from love and not for love. Hosea’s love for Gomer was unconditional even after he brought her back from a sinful life. I have a renewed perspective on how greatly I am loved by the One who is love. Love Changes Everything shows the love of God in a new way, despite our faults, our failures and our sins God still loves us just like he loved Hosea and Gomer. I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest opinion.
VillaSyl 24 days ago
From the book “We must become possed with the truth of love.”  We all crave love. We try to fill the void inside with any number of poor substitutes. We change who we are to impress people who don’t care. Yet we are desperate to find a love that never fails.  This book begins to show us where to find this truth of love. Some reviewers say that the book was too shallow. Throughout the centuries many books have been written about love, all aspects of love, the romance, the angst, the emotions and none of them did not have all the answers. I suspect many more books will be written about love and they too will be incomplete. In this book, the author explains the difference between the worlds definition of what true love is and God’s biblical definition and illustrates perfectly with the story of Hosea and Gomer. This is one of my favorite stories for it tells of how God will pursue me to the ends of the earth even when I don’t understand or deserve it. The profound truths are the ones that are stated simply for the new believer to grasp and for those that need a reminder that God’s love is the ultimate desire. I love the easy way he relates his earthly father’s love to the love of God as Father. Most of us know about love but we don’t go further to experience the truth of God’s love for us personally. This book reminds us that it is there to search out. I recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review.
summer_no9 28 days ago
This books was incredible writing and compelling to read with also encourage and inspiring to all of us to see more clearly and helping us to understand of what is the real truth love that we are all looking for or searching from your hold life. This book will get you to the point of what the kind of love the you really need that will last forever and that love also can be giving you the power of changing for the better in the world that we are living on are full of fake and play with your emotion. But the only love that will be with you for your eternal life and never leave to separate is God Love. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book Revell Reads for this review”.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great book and refreshing/relevant approach to God’s great love. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the power of real love. Thank you for this book!
TommyBoy1988 4 months ago
I heard this was a good book from a friend in college who goes to this guys church, but after reading it I would say not so much. I like to read, but I felt like it was shallow. He lost me at the beginning when he compared God's love to the song smooth criminal by Michael Jackson? Huh? Am I missing something? Admittedly, I'm not the perfect christian, but this is messed up. I guess I can see how some people may like it, but this book wasn't for me. I shouldn't have wasted my time. But hey, at least the book was a loaner that I'm gonna give back today.