In Spoken For, Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke speak to women about what it means to be loved by God. Because our culture has such a skewed definition of love, it is easy to misunderstand it’s meaning. Gunn and Bethke draw from scripture and personal experiences to paint a vivid picture of the reality of His mighty love.
Culture says that love is based on emotion and feeling. This would mean that love is conditional, that it depends on circumstance, because feelings change. This “love” says, “What can you do for me? I will love you, if…” But that is not love at all. The often selfish love of imperfect humans should not be mistaken for the way God loves His own. His love is unconditional. He loves regardless of circumstance. He sacrificed everything in love to bring sinful people to Himself.
The authors point out how we are constantly running from God in pursuit of worldly things that will always disappoint. But through it all, God waits for us. He pursues us. He doesn’t leave us even though we walk away from Him time and time again.
Reading this book was a great reminder that in Christ we are remarkably cherished. When Jesus is our first love, we will find fulfillment and lasting joy. When He isn’t our first love, we will always try to fill that void (consciously or subconsciously) of feeling loved and accepted through other avenues that will inevitably disappoint us. But, the beauty that this book conveys is that through it all, regardless of circumstance – we are wanted and constantly pursued. We are being called by a God who loves us, who values us, and who sees us as His treasure. In Jesus, we have been set free, our sins our covered, and we have been promised eternity with the one who is love.
This is a quick and easy read. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter that would be great for a group of girls to go through together. Spoken For would be a great read for teenage girls, as they will be beautifully reminded in simple language that their worth does not come in worldly things and that they are remarkably loved by their Savior.
*I received this ARC book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.