A debut spiritual work addresses the shortage of love in the world—and in the Christian community in particular.
There can never be too much love. In fact, Adderley argues that there isn’t nearly enough. Despite the centrality of the subject in the teachings of Jesus, the modern Christian church has failed to foster love between people or to remind them of the affection God has for humanity. “Whatever you and I are facing, no matter the challenge, let us check into the love rehab center of hope, and change will occur,” writes Adderley in his introduction. “The greatest gift God has ever bestowed upon mankind is his love. You and I cannot walk in love unless we first experience love.” In a series of short chapters, the author examines the negative effects that result from a lack of love in one’s life. He explains the differences between the perfect love that God has for people and the imperfect one that humans have for one another. Each chapter includes several relevant quotes from Scripture, which shed light on the way that Jesus intends for love to illuminate the lives of his followers. By showing that openness to God’s affection can improve individuals, their relationships, and their communities, Adderley provides a path forward for the church in a time when the world could urgently use more love. The author’s prose is conversational and full of personality, giving readers the sense of meeting with a pastor one-on-one: “The Bible says Jesus lived such a life by giving himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice that has become a sweet-smelling aroma in God’s presence. Do not be offended by my next statement, but how do you smell in God’s presence?” Adderley’s arguments are based closely on biblical text yet they manage to feel progressive and accepting. He warns against the conservative trappings of “traditional” values, arguing that love should not be qualified or hypocritical but should be extended to all regardless of their situations in life. For Christian readers, this short work is an effective reminder of how foundational love is to their faith.
An open-hearted call for a greater emphasis on love in Christianity.