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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310337267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310337263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With refreshing honesty, wit, and compassion, John Mark Comer delivers a compelling dare to claim (or reclaim) purpose and freedom on the lifelong journey of love, marriage, and sex. Authored in the tension of biblical depth and personal vulnerability, Loveology offers clarity and hope to a generation in desperate need of it. I recommend this book to anyone seeking truth and direction as they navigate the murky waters of postmodern relationships and sexuality.
Todd Proctor, lead pastor of Rock Harbor Church, Costa Mesa, California


John Mark Comer offers a fresh, biblical perspective on love, relationships, and sexuality in a world that has almost forgotten what these words really mean. A great read on God's original intent and how it should look in our lives today.
Phil Wickham, singer/songwriter and worship leader


John Mark Comer is a friend of mine who doesn't just talk about love; he's been living it. This is the kind of book you'll want to pick up to read, but then you'll want to put it down and go do things. Big things. Things that point you and others toward a big God who has in mind big love for the world.
Bob Goff, author of Love Does and honorary consul for the Republic of Uganda 

I greatly respect John Mark Comer. He is a close friend and solid teacher. He clearly understands the obstacles facing this generation and powerfully speaks into the pain and frustration so many people are facing. Everyone would benefit from the truth laid out so plainly in Loveology.
Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association

John Mark has written a great book on the theology of love that is right in all the right ways. Right tone, right truth, right timing. We need this book to navigate the confusing waters of modern sexuality. I highly recommend this read.
Dave Lomas, lead pastor of Reality San Francisco

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In a time when people are drowning in a sea of definitions, my friend John Mark Comer has brilliantly defined love, marriage, and sexuality in ways that find rescue in the ways of the kingdom and teachings of Jesus. This is a much-needed tool in a culture where so many lack clarity.
Chuck Bomar, pastor of Colossae Church and author of Better Off without Jesus

My concept of sexuality has been greatly renewed through John Mark's thorough explanation of God's heart for it. I cannot begin to express the impeccable timing of Loveology for my generation.
Michael, 25

Finally. Someone who will talk about love, marriage, and sexuality in a way that doesn't sound like a textbook or an awkward conversation with your parents or a "just say no" campaign. Loveology wakes up a conversation I didn't know I needed to have, and it will leave a lasting impression for years to come.
Allison Vesterfelt, author of Packing Light

It is so refreshing to have a real and honest study about love, sexuality, and relationships for what they are. Gifts from the Lord.
Tim, 25

Loveology is a compassionate and courageous manifesto for the most sexually confused generation in human history. With grace and truth, John Mark shows how the revolutionary good news of Jesus intersects with our sexuality and relationships. Highly recommended.
Mike Erre, senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, California, and author of The Jesus of Suburbia

John Mark's lifelong propensity to question everything has led him to flip upside down the current Christian cultural thinking about dating and marriage. My brother has shaped the way I approach love.
John Mark's little brother, Matthew, 21

In a culture where marriage is optional and sex is cheap, people need to know how to navigate the deep issues of love, marriage, and sex, all while following Jesus. Loveology is a great resource to do just that.
Rick McKinley, lead pastor of Imago Dei Community, Portland, Oregon, and author of This Beautiful Mess

My husband and I heard "loveology" at the beginning of our relationship, and it changed our entire view on love and dating. It exposed and shattered all the "Hollywood movie" lies that were embedded in our minds and replaced them with God's original design. Following the Loveology principles gave our relationship a sense of direction, saved us from making a lot of painful mistakes many couples make, and answered a ton of questions.
Naomi and Isaiah, 22 and 24, married for seven months

Love is at the forefront of the experience of what it means to be human. We can choose to try to figure it out on our own, or we can choose to see how the designer of love intended us to experience all this. Loveology guides us straight into the heart of God, who created this wondrous, powerful experience of love, romance, sex, marriage, masculinity, and femininity.
Dan Kimball, teaching pastor at Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, California

John Mark's Loveology material provided my wife and me a generationally relevant framework from which to discuss (during our long-distance relationship) the complex topics of romance, dating, sex, and family. His teachings unashamedly address the awkward and messy world of romance in a biblical and countercultural way. Read this book if you are single, dating, engaged, or married. And then read it again.
Benjamin, 22

Loveology brings clarity to the "why" behind our questions about love, sex and marriage. (You know, those topics we rarely talk about ...) Instead of giving a formula, John Mark Comer relays what he has learned from extensive study and transforms it into clear and humble teachings that will bring us to our own illumination moments and to a deeper understanding of God's love for us.
Joy Eggerichs, director of Love and Respect NOW

Loveology challenges our thinking about the purpose and plan for sex in marriage and provides insight into what Scripture actually says about it. John Mark married us, and we have front-row seats as a part of his community to see him work this out in his own marriage. Read this book and start putting into practice the things you learn here.
Matt and Anna, John Mark's newly married neighbors

More About the Author

John Mark Comer is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown: A Jesus Church, which is part of a family of churches in Portland, Oregon. It's a city of coffee, food, culture, indie bands, and depressed people--he fits right in.

Prior to planting Bridgetown in 2003, John Mark was the college pastor at a megachurch in Southern Oregon and played in a band. He is the author of Loveology: God, Love, Marriage, Sex and the never-ending story of male and female, and My Name Is Hope: Anxiety, Depression, and Life after Melancholy. He is currently wrapping up a master's degree in biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary.

John Mark lives in Portland with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday.

For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to ajesuschurch.org and sign up for the podcast or visit www.johnmarkcomer.com.

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This book is a must read for all single Christians.
Bianca Chene
It takes the reader on a journey from selfish love through genuine love that can only come from God.
Sean O'Kelly
This book gives a very concise understanding of a broad range of topics.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Take a look at the world of romance and love in today’s world. Romantic love has two ingredients we all crave – sexual chemistry and deep feelings of affection. It is of beauty, and of being in love, as in the case of Jacob and Rachel. However, most romantic love ends in a disaster. But take a look at the life of Leah, though she was despised even by her husband, she was blessed with eight sons and from one of her sons, Judah, comes the long line of Israelite kings, and ultimately the Messiah. God isn’t just in the letdowns of life; he uses the letdowns of life, John Mark Comer pointed out.

Loveology: God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female by John Mark Comer is a refreshing look at the complex topics of romance, dating, sex and family. In a neat and engaging manner Comer takes the reader through the messy world of romance and sex offering biblical perspective on each subject which will challenge your thinking.

The most important aspect of the book is the invitation to have a relook or rethink about what romance, sex and relationship really mean which is truly relevant in a world that has lost its meaning. This five-part book paves the way for the reader to understand love, marriage, sex, romance and male & female as God intended it to be. If you are single, dating, engaged or married, you can’t afford to miss this eye-opening book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By angela on April 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was in college I started going to this church service for young adults on Friday nights called “The Way.” This service was located in an old warehouse-turned-church called called Solid Rock just outside of Portland. Each Friday night a group of us from my school would carpool to The Way, sip the complimentary coffee (a necessity for churches in Portland,) and spend an hour and a half in fellowship.

Initially I was drawn to the music at The Way… it was seriously good. Some weeks the band Above the Golden State played, and occasionally Phil Wickham would show up and do an acoustic concert. But then as the pastor, John Mark Comer started speaking, I was moved each week by the message given.

It was here, at The Way, I was shaped as a young adult. Each week I took detailed notes and struggled through what it meant to be a Jesus follower. John Mark’s messages always had a way of speaking straight to my heart… it was like God was giving him the message just for me. I looked forward to Friday nights each week and was deeply impacted by the time I spent there.

That being said, I was so excited to read John Mark Comer’s new book, Loveology.

“In the beginning, God created Adam. Then he made Eve. And we’ve been picking up the pieces ever since. Loveology is just that—a theology of love.”

I ended up reading the book out loud to Zack in the car, each trip we took I would read a section… and overall, we both really enjoyed the book and learned a lot from it. I think it was a good book to read as a couple and discuss, which makes sense seeing as the subject matter is of love and relationships.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By matthew hughes on February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have been married for 5 years now, and when I read this book by John Mark Comer I regretted having missed so much that could have been for half a decade.
To know that marriage is not the point of marriage, to know that happiness is not the reason for choosing a spouse.
Now I know that my wonderful wife and I are in fact on a journey together to create shalom, to work together to make the world around us more like the kingdom of God. I have often wondered why aspects of life have seemed so flat and unfulfilled and now, thanks to Comer's excellent theology and gracious words, I have answers.
I am excited to see my friends, both single and married, read the intelligent, heart felt truths in this book and to find freedom and life in each and every one of them.
Could not recommend this book any higher!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James A. Barnes on February 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A new book written by Pastor John Mark Comer of Solid Rock Church in Portland, Oregon tells the Biblical truth of what God intends for men and women in relationships, marriage and sex. He explains many of the cultural myths regarding dating, marriage and sex, and the reasons God created marriage and sex, and how it is designed to enhance life. The book seems to be written for the single twenty-something’s, but the book can help the older divorced person to find contentment in being single again, or even married people who seek a stronger marriage. The book is full of practical advice and wisdom to help find the right partner, and shows through the author’s own marriage what to expect after the honeymoon ends.

The part most beneficial to me was to know after the many mistakes made in my past relationships, by not following God’s plan for sex and marriage, through Jesus there is healing, hope, and restoration. The question and answers at the end of the book were also very helpful. The section on same sex attraction and the issue with same sex marriage was most enlightening, and provided a different perspective to this topic that one seldom hears from the pulpit in most churches today.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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