Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: Bold as Love by Bob Roberts Jr.

Product Details
Bold as Love
by:  Bob Roberts Jr.
About the Book:
"People often think of their neighbors as those already belonging to their “tribe” or community. It’s safe, it’s easy, and it doesn’t often cause conflict—politically or religiously. But in today’s world, everyone and everything is interconnected globally in an ever-changing cultural landscape, while religious strife runs rampant. Is it feasible for Christians to live their faith boldly and lovingly while entering into a true relationship with “neighbors” of other faiths, both locally and globally?
In Bold as Love, Pastor Bob Roberts shows you what it looks like to live out your faith daily in the global public square among people of other faiths—Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists. While he admits that it can be challenging to engage people of other faiths whose beliefs are as strong as yours, he demonstrates how to enter into this critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way. “We have to learn to speak with one conversation and give the same message everywhere to everyone,” he says. “We are commanded to love God and love others. And sometimes that requires risky boldness.”
Roberts invites you to respond to this call to live a life of fearless and loving engagement with the world. So take the risk! Your faith wasn’t made to live in isolation. It’s something you do face-to-face, heart-to-heart, hand-to-hand. Whether you are in a suburb of Houston or a village in India, put away the fear and suspicion and, instead, answer the call to radically love others the way God loves. And get ready to see your life and the lives of those you touch—your family, your community, even your enemies—transformed!"

My Review:
Learning how to look past our differences is one of the challenges that Bob Roberts addresses in this book.  Looking beyond your own faith and learning about others and their beliefs can be scary for some people and using stories from his experiences with other cultures and religions, the author shows how rewarding it can be to have a greater understanding.  If you struggle with seeing how you can get to a new level of understanding, give this book a read and see how tolerance and appreciation of others whether christian or not can enhance your own faith.

*I received this book compliments of Handlebar Marketing for purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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