Friday, 20 July 2018

Love Expressed

Love Expressed - Tristan Sherwin Book Review

I do not get to read as many books as I would like to at the moment, such is I am pretty fussy with the ones that I do pick up and consider worth my time. But when Tristan's book, Love Expressed, crossed my path I was intrigued to say the least. More specifically, it was the back cover that grabbed my attention which says:

This isn’t another one of those ‘self-help’ manuals.
This isn’t a book about romance and sex, or feelings and cuddles.
This isn’t a guidebook offering relationship advice, giving tips on how to find ‘love’ and ‘look after’ it.
In those senses, this isn’t even a book about love.
It’s a book about life—every part of it. About how it should be lived, how it should be explored, how it should be expressed. This is a book about meaning, about life’s trajectories. It’s about God. It’s about you. It’s about them.

The world does not need another guilt laden 'should' manual and thankfully this was not one of them. Rather,  Love Expressed is a book that takes eight words, namely obedience, learning, mercy, service, worship, Sabbath, prayer, and humility and shows us not just in theory but what love actually looks like when it works its way out in our everyday lives as a natural overflow of a life centered in Christ. Tristan's approach is refreshing and reveals how powerful these religiousy sounding words can be when they emanate from a place within us that is natural and not forced or coerced. Much of what is written in this book reminds me of the basic idea that when we begin to see how God loves us, it becomes easy to reciprocate this onto others. Love Expressed is full of humour and personal stories that are easy to relate to which also lend credence to the authors points.

I particularly enjoyed some of his insights and out of the box approaches to stories in scripture like the one that takes place at Pool of Bethesda. There is a lot here for the theology nerds such as myself but mostly, Love Expressed is a book about faith and the generous self-giving love of God manifest through those who abide in and follow Him.

You can pick up a copy of Loved Expressed on Amazon by clicking over here.

*I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.