Book - Equipped to Love: Building Idolatry-free Relationships by Norm Wakefield - HBC
Equipped to Love:
Building Idolatry-free Relationships
Comments from Brian Shilhavy - Founder and President of Tropical Traditions
Do you have healthy relationships? Are unhealthy relationships overpowering everything you are currently doing to try to achieve optimal physical health? Equipped to Love by Norm Wakefield is the best book I have ever read dealing with the core issues all of us face with difficult relationships, whether they are relationships with our spouse, children, friends or co-workers.
Starting out by clearly defining the difference between the world's love and God's love, Norm shows how we cannot love someone we idolize, by expecting them to supply something to us that only God can supply. Norm then helps us to see how we can have a healthy attitude towards "difficult" people in our lives. This is one book I highly recommend EVERYONE take some time to read and understand. It can transform your life and supply the missing element you are needing in your life to be truly free and healthy.
From the author:
Nothing glorifies God more than when we love with His kind of love. In a self-centered world such as ours, nothing stands out more than someone who knows how to love from a pure heart. Healthy, God-glorifying, enduring relationships depend upon the flow of God's love. But that's not an easy thing to facilitate. Although we know we ought to love, we don't come by it naturally.
Equipped to Love presents practical insights into the dynamic of what hinders one's freedom to love with God's kind of love - the spirit of idolatry. It also focuses on the Source of one's ability to love - a relationship with the Spirit of God.
You'll learn to distinguish between God's kind of love and the world's kind of love. Harmful, hidden motivations which hinder ability to love will come to light, resulting in a greater freedom to love. You'll also be equipped to recognize the characteristics and destructiveness of idolatry, as well as the nature and healing which comes from the Spirit of God as He loves through you. Jesus Christ equips you to love! By the grace of God, you'll never be the same.