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Free to Love (Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs) Paperback – October 6, 1994

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  • Series: Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (October 6, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802805752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802805751
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,163,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie Aumage on December 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a non-theologian, and simply a Catholic layperson, I found this book helpful for deepening my appreciation of St. Paul, enfleshing and rounding my understanding of his personality, trials, and work; and solidifying the importance of agape love in Christian life.
The author systematically studies the positions of multiple New Testament scholars in explaining Paul's argument for justification through faith, rather than law. He passionately hammers home the message that it is not adherence to a set of rules which saves us from sins' bondage- but rather through our faith in Christ. As God showed ultimate love in giving Jesus to humanity, and Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love in giving Himself on the cross, now we are free to show love to God and others, as to ourselves.
While acknowledging that all in life is not pleasant, the author reminds us that suffering can "have meaning and value", but that "suffering and death do not have the last word". Freedom to love was given to Christians, for their happiness in this life, and the next. If the author's ultimate hope was that his writing draw the reader closer to Jesus Christ, that mission was accomplished. We can demonstrate our faith, through acts of unconditional love, starting today.
submitted 31 December 2001
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