Monday, May 5, 2014

Nonfiction Review: Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke

I'm still a little confused. As the typical romantic single girl longing for companionship and love, I certainly needed to read "Spoken For: embracing who you are and whose you are" by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke.

The ladies spend the entirety of their book reminiscing about their own failed and successful romances (written with next-door neighbor charm) and how God led them to Himself. The premise focuses on how God pursues and loves us as individuals and as a church - as His bride - of no great use, but of great value. Promises and reminders of what God's love looks like, but less of what it looks like for us to love God.

This is something I have pondered a lot lately. I'm not an overly emotional person. I love God with my mind, but I'm not sure what it looks like to love God with my heart. I trust God, but I have no idea what to do with the longings of my soul for friendship and love. I believe in God's providence, but He's not physical. I can't hug Him. I can't laugh with Him. I can't go on a ride at Disneyland with Him. It's not the same. And "Spoken For" did not really answer my questions revolving around these desires and conflicts.

Also, I'm not really sure what to do with idea of comparing God's love to a romantic love. While all the analogies and comparisons work well, and are Biblical, I find that today's society is oversaturated with emotion and "love."

What I did get out of the book: I am loved. God pursues me. God has a plan for me. God calls me to give up control of my life and follow Him (subtle hint of obedience over selfish desires and sins there).

It was also a very quick and easy read - one I was able to enjoy. Robin and Alyssa make their readers feel like best friends in the kitchen having an honest conversation.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review of it.

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