Friday, October 18, 2013

One Way Love

Title:  One Way Love (Inexhaustible Grace for the Exhausted World)
Author:  Tullian Tchividjian
Pages:  240
Year:  2013
Publisher:  David C Cook
In case you couldn’t tell, I am an avid reader of many different genres of books.  I love fiction and nonfiction novels that spur the heart and mind, or a book that challenges me.  One Way Love is filled with truth shared by an author who allows his heart and life to be transparent to readers.  When an author shares truthfully what good or bad choices made in their life and what they learned, somehow that should arrest the attention of the audience.
While it is certainly true one can sit down, read each word and gain nothing from the writing, I am happy to say that for me this wasn’t the experience.  I pray it isn’t yours either.  Each chapter brings to the forefront behaviors or thoughts fallen human beings do or have done that can bring either blessing or bondage.  If it brings bondage, the author shares how his past experiences are examples of how he was chained.  He further shows how God’s one way love not only freed him, but lifted him out.  What was really inviting was the way God used various people in his life to be examples.
No matter who anyone is, we all are sinners in need of God’s love, grace and forgiveness and not just once, but each and every day as we seek to repent.  We can be conduits by which His Spirit leads us to be examples of His one way love.  When I sat down to read the book, I had a highlighter, pencil and Bible close by and trust me I used them.  Truthfully the author shares how God loves us long before we ever think to love Him.  He shows how we can become trapped into thinking or acting that by performance we gain God’s attention or favor, and then shows us what we really bring to Him.
With so much uncertainty in the world today, we might get caught up trying to control our own little world right where we live, but the freedom comes when we let go.  I could tell you more about what the Lord spoke to me personally as I read the book, but the fun will be to hear how He speaks to you.  Let’s face it; everybody is tired of trying to meet standards, expectations or goals.  We then take those into our relationship with the Lord and before we know it, we can’t even seem to find beauty in our life.  So how about it, would you like to challenged, touched and lightened?  Then sit down, read a chapter and mark up the book.  Get your Bible, notebook and pen and then listen to the still small voice that is filled with more one way love than perhaps you remember.
My rating is 5 stars.
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