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"If Jesus or Jesus' saving grace is just an abstraction to you, Paul Miller will be a great help in making his love a living reality to your heart." --Dr. Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; author of the New York Times best seller The Reason for God

"For a great glimpse of our great Savior, open this book! You'll be glad you did. (I was!)" --Max Lucado

"To see Jesus is to see what love...looks like. Paul Miller gives us a fresh look in this wonderful book." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

"...it will move you and revive hope in your life. I couldn't put it down." -- Tremper Longman III, Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College, coauthor of Cry of the Soul

"This book will 'wash out' your soul and once again draw you to the One who loves you..."  -- Steve Brown, professor preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, an author of a number of books, and the bible teacher on the national program "Key Life"

From the Back Cover

"I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life." -Albert Einstein

Who Is Jesus? His name is recognized the world over. Christians claim to follow him. Muslims honor him as a prophet. And many Jewish rabbis regard him as a great teacher. Everyone knows about Jesus, but how many of us fully understand what he was like as a person? Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in his love, a love unlike any the world has ever seen. Compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial-Jesus was love personified, love walking among us. Such an example doesn't just happen. How did he do it? And how can we learn to love like him?

In Love Walked Among Us, Paul Miller invites us to get to know Jesus, to observe his life and his love as they unfold in the gospel narratives. The accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-combined with Miller's own life stories-will encourage us to imitate Jesus' way of loving people. We'll investigate such questions as:
- How do you love someone when you get no love in return, only withdrawal or ingratitude?
- How do you love without being trapped or used by another person?
- How do you love when you have your own problems? When do you take care of yourself? When you are compassionate, people use you; but when you are honest, people get angry. So how do you love with both compassion and honesty?

In every way, Jesus' life exemplifies the full potential of what we were intended to be. And the better we know him, the more we will be drawn to follow his perfect example.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (August 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576832406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576832400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After graduating from college, Paul taught in inner-city Christian schools in Philadelphia. Then in 1983, he helped his father, Dr. Jack Miller, found World Harvest Mission. Paul went on to complete an M.Div.at Biblical Seminary and founded seeJesus, a mission that helps Christians, and non-Christians alike, to truly see Jesus through use of interactive Bible studies. Throughout his life, Paul has written several discipling courses as well as trade books like, Love Walked Among Us (NavPress), which weaves stories of how Jesus loves together with stories from his own life. The book is based on The Person of Jesus Study, an in-depth, interactive Bible study. In 2005, Paul's A Praying Life Study (an eleven-week course on prayer for "badly praying Christians") was released. In 2009, Paul wrote the popular trade book, A Praying Life (NavPress), in which the principles in the study are combined with stories of learning to live through prayer. Paul continues to write both trade books and interactive Bible studies for his ministry seeJesus. Paul and his wife Jill have six children, and are delighted at their growing number of grandchildren. They call the hills around the Philadelphia area their home.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
As an acquiring editor I have the privilege of reading many book proposals and manuscripts, as well as published books. As I read through this one, I found myself stopping to pray, stopping to repent, and stopping to cry. I found myself so convicted by the example Christ gave us of the godly way to love!
Paul's journey to understand how Jesus loved others is well written with a vulnerability and transparency that lets you know it's okay to be on the path of learning to know and understand God. It's an eternal path, and one that doesn't come easily. We have to set aside all of our preconceived notions about others, "crucify" the very voices of our inner being that cry out to be right, to be loved the most, not to be inconvenienced or misunderstood, and instead to love as Jesus loved.
If you want a good read and some insight into Jesus, you will want to read this book!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2002
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This is an incredible book that not only reaches to the depths of the heart by capturing the amazing, incomprehensible love of Jesus, but at the same time convicts us of how short we fall in loving others. This is one of the most impactful books I've read about the reality of Jesus' love for us and how that can be applied as we desire to love others. Paul Miller's transparency and real life examples result in an ease of reading many books lack. This is a must read! Expect to be transformed!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Martin on July 5, 2010
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This book is excellent on two counts. First, it paints a thorough and beautiful picture of Jesus by examining the many parts in the Gospels where he shows love (and these diverse demonstrations of love might surprise you!). Second, it challenges readers to show love and exposes places where they have been lacking in love.

I approached this book somewhat cautiously, afraid it might be "touchy-feely" and moralistic. Neither of my fears were confirmed in the least, and quickly vanished as I read.

A lot of the book can be read as commentary on specific passages from the Gospels. He intersperses his commentary with applications for readers, challenging them to examine their own love for God and others. Miller provides examples and illustrations to illuminate his points, as well as quotations from writers as diverse as Corrie ten Boom, CS Lewis, and Anne Lamott. He keeps a tight focus on Jesus throughout his book, although I learned surprising (and cheering) things about his disciples as well.

Miller divides his book into five sections:

1. Love Shows Compassion - Love involves compassion, and true compassion must involve truly seeing the people around you. Miller studies instances of Jesus' loving compassion -- he really is the God Who Sees!

2. Love Speaks the Truth - Love isn't just about being "nice" to people. Miller explores instances in which Jesus spoke with loving honesty (more straight-forward than we usually dare be!). He also discusses how we can be honest without being judgmental.

3. Love Depends on God - Love isn't self-generated, and it shouldn't rely on the love of others to keep it afloat. Miller explains why our love for others has no reason to be needy.

4. Love is Energized by Faith - Love can be scary.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William T. York on February 21, 2006
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The Gospels tell us that when Jesus saw the crowds he had compassion on them. He touched lepers. He spoke to women. He had dinner with outcasts. He forgave his enemies. He died for them too. Paul Miller's book provides a stirring study of how Jesus loved people. This book will help those who seek practical help in learning how to love fellow sinners in the likeness of the one "who loved us and gave himself for us" (Galatians 2:20).
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "bhanson25" on December 26, 2001
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Wow! Throughout this entire book you'll find yourself walking in other people's shoes, feeling what they feel. Understanding what true compassion really is. Knowing what real Love is! All my life I felt I had an understanding of what it meant for Jesus to bear the cross for me. But, after reading "Love Walked Among Us" it has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Understanding that He was just a man, a physical human being I was able to put myself in His shoes. I could feel the mental pain of being betrayed, abandoned, alone. This alone would be enough to give up. But then, to have to endure such physical pain is unbearable! This book will help you see the outcast at work, feel compassion for him/her and reach out with the love of Jesus.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Hayden on February 16, 2009
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This is truly one of the most awesome books I've read. It magnifies how compassionate and loving Jesus was when he walked on this earth and how loving and passionate he still is today. The not so awesome aspect is that it also reveals to me how far off pace my own life and relationships are from what God expects of me. As I'm faced with issues each day, I'm constantly reminded of something from the book that I can look at how to see how Jesus handled. I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to be more like Jesus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Talmage on January 9, 2010
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I am using this book in my prayer group and finding it helpful. Chapters are short and can be read quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By beth214 on July 18, 2010
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I love this book and will recommend it to everyone I know. If you have found scripture sometimes difficult to make sense of, then read this book. It begins when the author is asked by his wife "Do you really love me?", echoing the question Jesus asked of Peter. If you want to be more like Jesus or find yourself praying that He will show you how, then read this book. Paul Miller gives examples from his daily life to which we all can relate. Jesus came to teach us how to give and receive love and this author has made scripture come to life!
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