Dr. David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church and syndicated radio and television host of “Turning Point,” recalls feeling the need for God’s people to fully grasp the wondrous, unconditional love that God has for each person. Citing the current-day economic, political and social turbulence that is sweeping through every part of American life, Jeremiah recognizes that no matter how tough times get, there is one constant: God loves humanity, and the Bible repeats that truth from Genesis straight through the Book of Revelation.
"Whether one is a veteran of the faith or a newbie, Jeremiah’s message and words of wisdom will bring a renewed sense of inner calm and well-being to the soul."
In this 10-chapter text, Jeremiah walks Christians through this life-changing truth by sharing case study after case study as found in the Bible and via modern-day believers’ lives. He strongly believes that only as Christ followers deeply understand how much God has sacrificed on their behalf (and continues to uphold/strengthen/provide for them) will they be empowered to meet the challenges of today and in the coming days.
A born storyteller, Jeremiah shares these life-giving words of encouragement to the young and old; educated and laborers; healthy and sick; poor and wealthy alike. Just as Jesus reached out to touch the hurting and broken, so does Jeremiah offer words of profound comfort and promises of God’s love as repeated over and over throughout the Bible. He unpacks the whole theology of God’s always and forever type of love in various ways. Some definitions of His love will surprise Christians, and others will be presented in fresh ways that most believers simply haven’t paid enough attention to in the past to fully appreciate the worth of it all.
Jeremiah begins this thoughtful book with a chapter defining the over-used, often-misunderstood statement “God is love,” and he writes that to even attempt at defining this love is a momentous task in and of itself. Here are some of Jeremiah’s descriptive statements for God’s love of mankind: God’s love is uncaused, unreasonable, unending, unlimited, unchanging, uncomplicated and unconditional. The direction of God’s love flows to His Son, Israel, those who believe in Christ, the world, and you and me. Once Jeremiah sets the ultimate stage for understanding the fullest dimensions of God’s love, he then takes different aspects of this mighty force and regales readers with lively (and sometimes heart-wrenching) stories of dramatic, rescuing love, and, at other times, a slow and steady, quietly persistent faithful love that never gives up.
Jeremiah demonstrates the many facets of God’s stalwart love through scripture texts that assure Christians that God loved them before they were born. God’s love never quits --- He loves even when humanity rejects Him; God’s love is sometimes the most passionate during seasons of correction; God’s love will never let someone go, even after death; and God’s love truly does change everything. GOD LOVES YOU is surely good news for Christians who are wrestling with the unrelenting evil in the world and just as welcome news for believers who are similarly wrestling with their personal internal fight with evil. Whether one is a veteran of the faith or a newbie, Jeremiah’s message and words of wisdom will bring a renewed sense of inner calm and well-being to the soul.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2012