What We Were Made For: Christian Reflections on Love

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Not a devotional or inspirational book, What We Were Made For is a wide-ranging and wise exploration of love in Christian life that offers a deeper understanding of this fundamental gift and calling. Throughout this provocative book, Sondra Wheeler poses challenging questions and offers new insights and considerations of what love means as a central part of Christian faith. Drawing on the long tradition of Christian thought and practice, Wheeler explores what love is, and how we know; why and how it so often goes awry; what its healing might require, and what it might make possible.

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"With unflinching and lucid honesty, this meditation on the nature of varied forms of love wrestles with a central enigma of the Christian faith: how can flawed and sinful humans find the wherewithal to love others as God does? While human love is not sufficient to meet the challenges of human relationships, Wheeler argues that if it is disciplined by Christian practice, informed by God's grace, and modeled on God's love revealed in Jesus Christ, it can be a powerful instrument for healing."
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"Shelves are full of shallow self-help books that promise to unravel the secrets of love. That's why we can give thanks to God that Sondra Wheeler has produced this volume that goes deep and true to the divine sources of the love we need in our lives. Her book will inspire each student, parent, child, and spouse who is looking for love in all the right places."
—Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary

"This is a lucid, beautiful, and pastorally keen book on love in the Christian tradition—a feat in itself. Yet Wheeler also writes in her own uniquely incisive voice. She has an uncanny ability to trace the contours of sin and hope in a way that clarifies error and calls forth change."
—Amy Laura Hall, associate professor and director of the Doctor of Theology Program, Duke University

"'Jesus loves me, this I know . . .' The simplest song; the greatest reality. I need to read this book at least once a year!"
—Mike Slaughter, lead pastor, Ginghamsburg Church

"The nature of the bonds of love and the character of our obligations to one another forms the central theme of this exceptional work. Written with intelligent, yet poignant grace, all who seek to deepen their capacity to love will benefit from her finely crafted writing."
—Verlee A. Copeland, senior minister, The Union Church of Hinsdale, United Church of Christ

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Every day we are bombarded with messages about love. Bookstore windows feature "how to" books for finding the perfect mate, magazine covers tout photos of the celebrity marriage du jour, and radios blare the latest love 'em and loose 'em lament. How can we love faithfully and well, as God intended, in the face of such cultural cynicism and romantic distortion?

Not a devotional or inspirational book, What We Were Made For is a wide-ranging and wise exploration of love in Christian life that offers a deeper understanding of this fundamental gift and calling. Throughout this provocative book, Sondra Wheeler poses challenging questions and offers new insights and considerations of what love means as a central part of Christian faith. Drawing on the long tradition of Christian thought and practice, Wheeler explores what love is, and how we know; why and how it so often goes awry; what its healing might require, and what it might make possible.

Using examples from ordinary life as well as from the lives of saints and heroes of Christianity, What We Were Made For addresses the nature of the distortions and corruptions of love. The book provides the resources and information we need for living daily life—from love of God to romances and marriages to friendships to love as applied to strangers and enemies.

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