Finding What’s Real In A World Full of Fake
Micah Berteau guessed correctly when he wrote the introduction to his book, “Love Changes Everything.”
“I know what you may be thinking:” he wrote to his readers, ‘What more could I learn that I have not already heard on this topic?’ “
Christians have probably heard more about love than the rest of the world simply because they’ve been sitting through sermons on the topic every Sunday, not to mention the literally thousands of books on the market. But how much of that preaching on the subject actually sank in?
That was God’s problem as he dealt with his chosen people Israel. The message wasn’t sinking in, and Israel kept wandering away from its first love into messes of its own creation. He called his prophet, Hosea, to try one more time to help them see just how much they were loved by the one true God.
This book, “Love Changes Everything,” uses the story of Hosea’s God-directed marriage to the prostitute Gomer to illustrate how the overwhelming love of God aims to save not just the Big Picture — a nation or a chosen people — but how that love can change everything in the your individual, everyday life.
“Listen to the voice of love as it tells you God is not done with your life yet,” Berteau writes. “Love does not know how to quit. Love never gives up.”
In a voice that is both understanding of past hurts you may have experienced but also encouraging to look past them to the God who can lift you out of the pain, Berteau cajoles the reader to go all in with God.
“The longer I live, the more I realize that life is about going all in. There is no way around it. Our dreams wait on the other side of our full commitment. Is it sometimes scary to go without knowing where God is taking you? Absolutely. However, this is how God builds our trust. As we begin to walk, we learn that he will never leave or forsake us.”
When I knew that I was going to write a blog review of this book, I decided I’d better start marking it up to be sure I had some significant spots to refer to in my review. That proved to be a ridiculous exercise, though — the book now has more neon yellow passages than plain pages, and I ran out of sticky page markers about three quarters of the way through. It’s a great book for those of us who need a more in-depth reminder of how much God’s love is just for us alone, and how powerfully that love can change our lives.