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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596692278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596692275
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Endorsements “This is a great tool to help your church learn how and why we should live compelled by love. God calls us to nothing less.”— Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life “Compelled by Love is a much-needed overview for how God’s love compels us to love as He is loving in our world.” — Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God and Called and Accountable “Here is an anthem of love that the missional church can sing with all its heart.”— Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University, “Compelled by Love is a great read for those needing encouragement and direction for engaging in God's work in the world.”—Thom Rainer, author of Simple Church “Compelled by Love is a fine contribution to spiritual reflection and church renewal.”— Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and senior editor, Christianity Today “Compelled by Love gives us a much needed teaching on an overused word. . . .This book is necessary reading to redeem our understanding of how love fuels missional living.”— Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, author of Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions “Compelled by Love helps us recover the legitimacy that only love can bring. And God knows, we could be a whole lot more loving!”— Alan Hirsch,author of The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things To Come “If the church needs anything today, it is to learn to love again. Ed and Philip remind us that love is the only motive that can really make us missional. And these two men live out what they write.”— Dr. John Avant, senior pastor, pastor, First West Church, author of Authentic Power: How to Unleash It in Your Life “Ed and Philip help us discover biblically sound answers to crucial questions. Compelled by Love is filled with words of wisdom that will protect the best crafted how-to plans from being hijacked by fuzzy motives and misplaced goals.”—Steven M. Pike, administrator,US Missions director, Assemblies of God Church Planting and Health “Ed and Philip call us to evaluate our lives and ministries by the standard of love. This book will meddle with our motives, but will call us to a higher way of living.” — Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Springdale and the Church at Pinnacle Hills, author of Finding the Favor of God: A Discovery That Will Change Your Life “Compelled by Love is a compelling resource to spur conversation in small groups.”— Bill Easum, cofounder, Easum, Bandy & Associates “Compelled by Love is the type of book that creates the atmosphere to see change in ministry.”— Johnny Hunt, pastor, First Baptist Woodstock “Ed and Philip talk about the ultimate purpose of missions—to first love God with all our heart, and then to love others as we love ourselves. Love trumps mission, and together they equal missional love.”— Elmer Towns, dean, School of Religion, Liberty University

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"This is a great tool to help your church learn how and why we should live compelled by love. God calls us to nothing less."-- Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life

"Compelled by Love is a much-needed overview for how God's love compels us to love as He is loving in our world." -- Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God and Called and Accountable

"Here is an anthem of love that the missional church can sing with all its heart."-- Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University,

"Compelled by Love is a great read for those needing encouragement and direction for engaging in God's work in the world."--Thom Rainer, author of Simple Church

"Compelled by Love is a fine contribution to spiritual reflection and church renewal."-- Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and senior editor, Christianity Today

"Compelled by Love gives us a much needed teaching on an overused word. . . .This book is necessary reading to redeem our understanding of how love fuels missional living."-- Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, author of Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions

"Compelled by Love helps us recover the legitimacy that only love can bring. And God knows, we could be a whole lot more loving!"-- Alan Hirsch,author of The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things To Come

"If the church needs anything today, it is to learn to love again. Ed and Philip remind us that love is the only motive that can really make us missional. And these two men live out what they write."-- Dr. John Avant, senior pastor, pastor, First West Church, author of Authentic Power: How to Unleash It in Your Life

"Ed and Philip help us discover biblically sound answers to crucial questions. Compelled by Love is filled with words of wisdom that will protect the best crafted how-to plans from being hijacked by fuzzy motives and misplaced goals."--Steven M. Pike, administrator,US Missions director, Assemblies of God Church Planting and Health

"Ed and Philip call us to evaluate our lives and ministries by the standard of love. This book will meddle with our motives, but will call us to a higher way of living." -- Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Springdale and the Church at Pinnacle Hills, author of Finding the Favor of God: A Discovery That Will Change Your Life

"Compelled by Love is a compelling resource to spur conversation in small groups."-- Bill Easum, cofounder, Easum, Bandy & Associates

"Compelled by Love is the type of book that creates the atmosphere to see change in ministry."-- Johnny Hunt, pastor, First Baptist Woodstock "Ed and Philip talk about the ultimate purpose of missions--to first love God with all our heart, and then to love others as we love ourselves. Love trumps mission, and together they equal missional love."-- Elmer Towns, dean, School of Religion, Liberty University


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As I read this book I was quickly convicted.
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Ed Stetzer, with the help of Philip Nation, starts with the gospel of grace when declaring the truth about love and the church.
Daniel C. Wilson
This will lead us to love and to share God's missionary passion for the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Langley on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow! Philip Nation and Ed Stetzer have outdone themselves on this book. I was especially amazed that this is Philip's first book. The insight into God's Word and His desires for us to live missionally in a hurting world, makes this a must read for all people of faith.

It also has great application for people considering becoming Christ followers. People need to know that God loves us and we, in turn, must love those who need Him. In other words... EVERYONE!

Thanks Philip and Ed for writing this fantastic book! Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 10, 2008
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Love for one's neighbor was one of the core teachings of Jesus Christ. "Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living" is a handbook for Christians to find the love of God, use it to complete themselves, and spread it to others as well. Also included is a crash course in basic theology, enhanced with biblical texts and advice on applying what one learns. "Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living" is a top pick for community library Christian studies collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Rose on September 22, 2009
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Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living was written by Ed Stetzer and Phillip Nation and published by New Hope Publishers. Stetzer is the director of LifeWay Christian Resources and Nation is a church planting missionary in north Metro Atlanta.

Compelled is broken up into three parts. The first, "Death by Love: God and Mission" looks at how the three persons of the Trinity love and how their love applies to our relationships and ministry. The second part, "Identifying Love: The Church in the World" looks at how we are shaped by love. This section really highlights the way that love works itself out in the context of the Christian community. I would say that this is the central argument of the text. The third part, "Formed by Love: Believers and the World" looks at how the church is to interact with the non-Christian world within which it finds itself. This section I think is the most important as it challenges the presumptions of the status quo.

There were two chapters that stood out among the rest. The first was Chapter 9 where Stetzer and Nation push back on the popularity of bashing the Church. They argued quiet well that if you say that you love Jesus then you will love his church. The vision cast for the necessity and centrality of the local church is fantastic. It might be one of the most simple and clearly stated arguments for the local church that I have read. The quote from James Emery White has really stuck in my mind over the last few days, "The church is not simply the vanguard of kingdom advance; it is the entire assault force (145)". When we pick on the church we are picking on the very bride of Christ. We must love what Christ loves, and Christ died for his church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Wilson on August 25, 2009
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Posted at DesireSpiritualGrowth.com:

Do not read Compelled by Love if you are looking for "101 ways to love better," or "7 reasons why you should try harder to love." You won't find it. Ed Stetzer, with the help of Philip Nation, starts with the gospel of grace when declaring the truth about love and the church. Christ, not how-to sermons or elbow-grease, is the only solution to the church's inability to love as we ought. Compelled by Christ's love, we can step out of the bubble our churches live behind far too often. That's missional living.

Consider these quotes from the opening chapter:

"The old nature must die so Christ can live in and through us. The change that occurs by Christ's love is the only path to love as God loves. We cannot by our own strength we loving persons as Christians. We can only become those persons when Christ lives in us. God gives the gracious endowment of the sacrificial life of Christ to indwell us so we might live by faith and not be sight, emotion, or any other earthly power."

"The way of Jesus is contrary to what we naturally desire. Our fleshly nature refuses to love those we find unworthy. It's only Christ in us that changes us and makes us see people as God sees them and to live a new life of compassion for both the saved and the lost (see Matthew 22:35-40)."

Stetzer draws from his personal experience as a church planter to provide keen insight. The book is designed for small groups, and each chapter includes a thought-provoking list of discussion questions to spur deeper thinking on what it means to live a missional lifestyle of love towards those around us.

7 Reasons why your church should read Compelled by Love:
1. It is a Christ-centered resource for anyone who wants to grow in love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Aiken on October 7, 2009
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Book Review: Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living. Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation, (New Hope Publishers: Birmingham, AL, 2008).

Compelled by Love is an incredible resource for the contemporary church. Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation bring together an amazing blend of philosophy, theology, and practical application to challenge the reader to consider the role of the church as God's missionary agent on earth.

The authors' approach to the subject begins with a lengthy treatment of the biblical texts surrounding the displayed Love of God. In fact, for the reader who accepts that God has demonstrated His love toward the world and that the church is commanded love the world in like manner, the book seems to start a bit slowly in the opening chapters. For others, the opening chapters provide ample foundation and justification supporting the author's thesis.

Among its many attributes, Compelled by love is full of insightful observations such as this one, which seems to be the authors' thesis. Affirming that the redemptive mission of God involves the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and the obedient "going" of the believer, the authors' note, "Love is the place where our going and His convicting converge (p. 69)."

This book brings focus and challenges the reader to embrace a greater depth of applied love in missional living. While some practical applications are discussed, most readers will leave with a clear understanding that there is more work to be done, more power in the Holy Spirit to accomplish the work, and more glory for God to be obtained as a result of life choices on the part of the reader.

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