I recently read The Reckless Love of God: Experiencing the Personal, Passionate Heart of the Gospel by Alex Early, a book which explores deeply how God loves us. The premise of this book is that most Christians know logically that God loves us, but many of us have never truly stop to consider what that actually means. There is a disconnect between what we know and what we truly understand about God’s love for each of us, and Alex Early explores this disconnect deeply.
God is love, and Christians knows that. But Early uses this book to show us what that truly means, in the good times and the bad. When we feel near to God or far from God. Early uses scripture to argue that God’s love is meant to be experienced, not just know, and that experiencing this love is integral to developing a deeper, more mature relationship with God. He wraps the book up with how we should use God’s love as an example for how we should love.
The Reckless Love of God is well written and well researched, and Early explores a difficult-to-understand subject in a thorough and approachable way. However, this book is still written fairly academically, with more fact than anecdote, and it’s a little difficult to be drawn into quickly. It isn’t a fluffy, “feel good” book, but rather a true exploration of what it means for God to be love and to love us unconditionally.
This book would be a fantastic addition to a small group study, and taking it slowly and discussing it with a small group would draw out the powerful truths in this book even more. Early dives deep into the Bible and demonstrates God’s love for us through scripture in a myriad of ways in The Reckless Love of God. It’s a perfect fit for small groups or Bible studies looking to explore God’s love, and will profoundly impact how each individual considers how God love us.
This book isn’t a quick, easy read, but it’s worth it. God’s love is a vast, deep topic, but Early breaks it out into easy to understand topics that are rooted in scripture and applicable to life. I would definitely recommend this book, especially in a small group setting.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links were used in this post.