Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (February 4, 2014)
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When I was in college I started going to this church service for young adults on Friday nights called “The Way.” This service was located in an old warehouse-turned-church called called Solid Rock just outside of Portland. Each Friday night a group of us from my school would carpool to The Way, sip the complimentary coffee (a necessity for churches in Portland,) and spend an hour and a half in fellowship.Initially I was drawn to the music at The Way… it was seriously good. Some weeks the band Above the Golden State played, and occasionally Phil Wickham would show up and do an acoustic concert. But then as the pastor, John Mark Comer started speaking, I was moved each week by the message given.It was here, at The Way, I was shaped as a young adult. Each week I took detailed notes and struggled through what it meant to be a Jesus follower. John Mark’s messages always had a way of speaking straight to my heart… it was like God was giving him the message just for me. I looked forward to Friday nights each week and was deeply impacted by the time I spent there.That being said, I was so excited to read John Mark Comer’s new book, Loveology.“In the beginning, God created Adam. Then he made Eve. And we’ve been picking up the pieces ever since. Loveology is just that—a theology of love.”I ended up reading the book out loud to Zack in the car, each trip we took I would read a section… and overall, we both really enjoyed the book and learned a lot from it. I think it was a good book to read as a couple and discuss, which makes sense seeing as the subject matter is of love and relationships.
Love. "Maybe you're not finding it because you're not defining it right."It is safe to say that today's culture is struggling with what love really is and what that means practically for us. Today, love is a junk-drawer term that is overused -- there are no less that 28 entries in dictionary dot-com to define love.In order to find something you're looking for, a good definition of that you are seeking is a good place to start. This is what John Mark Comer has set out to do in his book Loveology. Using a play on words, Comer creates this loveology term to establish the premise of the book -- a theology on love. Not shying away from difficult topics such as marriage, sex, romance, gender roles, and homosexuality, Comer uses the original language of the Bible to yield a definition of love from the Creator of all things, including love itself. In short, Comer's definition of love from the Scriptures is "Love = Jesus on the cross."From a mid-twenties, never married, single dude, there are a lot of aspects I appreciate about this book. He spends the majority of the book around the concept of marriage. I gained a lot of perspective and understanding of what I ought to expect in marriage, how I should practically view marriage and insights for my pursuit of a spouse. Comer writes in a way that is casual and easy to read as he builds on each chapter to target his desired audience of young singles. Comer stumbles through many tough issues (e.g. men's role in leading in marriage) in attempt to not offend anyone, but does do his best to stick to an orthodox Christian position. The books credibility was elevated when I discovered that he attends Western Seminary and Gerry Breshears was included in the Q&A section at the end of the book.
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