Marked by Love

Marked by Love
A Dare to Walk Away From Judgment and Hypocrisy
(Barbour Publishing, 2018)

WHO: Tim Stevens, a team leader with the Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries find leaders.

HE SAYS: “The more I peel away the rules and expectations and exhausting obligations, the more I find the love of Jesus. These things don’t peel away easily—more like a price tag that you pick off in a million tiny pieces. But with every scrap removed there is exposed a treasure of love that was there the whole time—disguised and hidden by religion.”

THE BIG IDEA: Love is the common theme of Jesus’ life. If we aren’t becoming more loving, then it is all worthless.

THE PROGRESSION:
Divided into 31 chapters that are quick reads but full of important content, this book is an honest appraisal of the real meaning behind the Christian life.
Emphasizing that being marked by Jesus’ love should demonstrate itself in our everyday lives by loving actions, the author alternates relating personal stories, sharing from Scripture and giving real world advice.

“People are done with Christianity. I am done with Christianity. At least the Americanized version that dresses up on Sunday and the rest of the week is gossiping, backbiting, jealous, judgmental and unethical. It seems at every turn Christians are doing more harm for the name of Jesus than help.”

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