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

by Micah Berteau, Jentezen Franklin

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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: 9781493421978
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 257,155
File size: 3 MB

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

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Love Changes Everything: Finding What's Real in a World Full of Fake 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mamatr 9 days 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.
JaPerry_Reads 3 days 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.
Anonymous 3 days 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!
chattynatty 4 days 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.
TommyBoy1988 9 days 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.