Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird {Review}

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird attempts to address an age old question.  We know we're commanded to love our neighbors both in word and deed.  But how do we live that out in such an independent society?  How do we love... without being "weird?"  

Lively comes at this dilemma with personal testimony, practical ideas, and passionate love for her own neighbors.  Having felt the command to love those around her, Lively set out on her own journey to share the gospel through love and practicality.  It's through her own story that we are challenged to know our neighbors and how best to reach each of them as individuals.

This book reminds us that it's not about "saving" others, but about "loving" others.  Evangelism is so much more than standing on a street corner shouting out the woes of hell.  It's about loving our neighbors enough to enter into their world and know them. 

Many of us dream about sharing the gospel in exotic places.  Traveling the world and winning souls.  But what about the lost and hungry among us?  Many of whom live right on our own street.

While I don't agree with all the authors methods (inviting neighbors to a Bible study), I do agree with her heart.  We have to enter into our neighbor's world and love them before they'll ever want to hear about the gospel.  The saying holds true that people won't care how much you know till they know how much you care.

This book would serve as a great catalyst for women who want to reach their neighbors.  It provides a good dose of humor and practicality, as well as the kick to get started in pursuing the Great Commandment.  It would also be a good book for a small group to discuss and put into action together.

What's your thoughts?

How do you love your neighbor without being weird?

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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