Review by Charles Lin.
These days, I’m often unwilling to love those around me. What is there to love? In a person who isn’t useful, or kind, or beautiful? Left to my own devices, I only care about people who afford immediate value, and accordingly my own worth is measured by my ability to do the same. I am a microcosm of the world at large, an accurate snapshot of its glory and tragedy. Ayn Rand famously said: “Love should be treated like a business deal but every business has to have its own terms and its own kind of currency. And in love, the currency is virtue.” In a fair deal between people, some are worth more and some are worth less. In a fair deal between a fallen humanity and God, no person is worth consideration.
The Bible expounds love as a state of being that God is permanently in with his creation, which is exemplified by a kind of ‘identifying with their happiness’ to the point that he gives his own life. This is the love that Max Lucado thinks is worth giving, which is why he pleads with you that you first open your heart and receive it in earnest from God who is the ultimate source. You see, “We love because he (God) first loved us.” 1 John 4:19. This is the secret to love anyone and everyone, and this book unpacks it in 16 easy to read chapters filled with heart-warming stories from the bible and the lives of believers. Our predicament is that hurt people hurt more people. God's solution is to have loved people love more people.
The call number for this book is 231.6 LUC.
It is also available online at the Open Library.