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“Five out of five stars.”
Christianity Today

"As usual, Phil Ryken hides his deep scholarship behind readable prose. But thefootnotes reveal that he draws on some of the most penetrating scholarly treatments of St Paul’s text. He combines all that with pastoral experience and insight. The result is a masterful, accessible exposition of this great chapter."
Timothy J. Keller, Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; best-selling author, The Reason for God

“It would be hard to think of a single topic more talked about, sung about, and celebrated than love. Yet—partly because of its familiarity—love is typically taken for granted and often misconstrued by the very people who talk about it most. And let’s face it: that is true even in the church. We are indebted to Phil Ryken for this wonderfully fresh, biblical analysis of what genuine love is like when we see it in perfect Christ-like purity. At once both simple and profound, this book will almost certainly challenge your presuppositions about love and help you see authentic love in a whole new light.”
John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; President, The Master's College and Seminary

"Through his unique design for this book, Ryken explicates Paul's Love Chapter through snapshots of Jesus and His disciples. He thereby immerses us in the luxuriant love of Jesus and enheartens us to pass it on. Let this book envelop you altogether in the fullness of the triune God's exuberant love!"
Marva J. Dawn, theologian; speaker; author, Being Well When We're Ill; In the Beginning GOD; and Talking the Walk

“Phil Ryken is not only a scholar; he is a magnificent expositor of God’s Word. We already benefit from his massive commentaries on so many books of the Bible, and now he turns his attention, both as scholar and as pastor, to the message of 1 Corinthians 13. This is a gift to the entire church.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“So much of following Jesus is a matter of being reminded of what we once knew. I knew that he loved me first and that his loving lay at the heart of my small ability to love others. I knew once that when my love ran out, his remained and would refill to overflowing. I knew these things, but had largely forgotten them. I will always be grateful to Phil Ryken for this profound reminder.”
Michael Card, musician; Bible Teacher; author, A Better Freedom

"Jesus said, 'By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.' But what does it mean to love others? By looking at the love of Jesus in the light of 1 Corinthians 13, Phil Ryken gives us the Biblical answer. Loving the Way Jesus Loves is surely one of the most heart searching books I have ever read. This book is must reading for all who want to grow in Christian love."
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Phil Ryken majors on what is truly major when he focuses on the central attribute that is supposed to distinguish those who follow Jesus—that we love one another. And the definition of love he sets forth doesn’t float abstractly in thin air but is solidly embodied by Jesus himself. I can’t think of a more timely book than this one or a message the church needs more desperately than the call to love as Jesus loved. Phil has done us all a favor by shepherding us to pursue the centerpiece of our call to be like Jesus.”
Carolyn Custis James, President, Synergy Women’s Network; author, When Life and Beliefs Collide

"Another outstanding contribution by Phil Ryken that challenges me to the core of my being as a follower of Christ. If indeed it is all about love—God's love for a lost and hurting world—then the question is, as Christ follower, how well am I imitating that love? This insightful look at the Love Chapter in 1 Corinthians will make us think again if we dare think, I am loving like Christ."
Emery Lindsay, Senior Bishop, Chairman  of the Board, Church of Christ (Holiness) USA; Pastor, Christ Temple Cathedral Church of Christ, Los Angeles, California

"There are many expositions of 1 Corinthians 13, the Love Chapter, but not many where at every point the preacher shows how God's love in Christ Jesus is the very best exposition and truest embodiment of love. Unpacking the love chapter through this prism, Phil Ryken lends great clarity to Paul's meditation on love and shows how such love drives us back to renewed adoration of Christ. Reflecting on how Christ, by his life and death, makes 1 Corinthians 13 leap from the page drives home the frequent lovelessness of our own lives, strips bare all notions of love that are little more than sentimental twaddle, and provides a concrete robustness to love that is part and parcel of trusting and following Christ."
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Based on careful study, steeped in Scripture, and very aware of the world we live in and of the experiences people go through, Ryken shows how we can love with the kind of love that God demonstrated to us. These qualities have made Ryken a favorite author of mine and of my wife.”
Ajith Fernando, Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

Loving the Way Jesus Loves is deeply instructive of the nature of true Christian love, the extent of Jesus’s own expressions of that love, and the ways in which we, his followers, are to show forth his love from our lives. This study honors Christ in two ways: by putting him on display as the great lover that he is, and by calling us to emulate our Lord in living increasingly the life of love that he expressed. Meditation on the love of Christ and on loving like Jesus—that’s what this book encourages with great insight and depth.”
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“As someone who has known the joy, experienced the discipline, and tasted the fellowship of the love of God for more than forty years, I encourage you to read this book. It is a thoughtful, insightful, and measured look at the love of God written by one who loves God and is deeply loved by him.”
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

"Love is a word that many (even in Christ) tend to use in a way that losses its potency. It is heightened though when Jesus—the ultimate lover of God and Man—is reductionistically and impotently presented as a non-confrontational, passive lover. However, peering into this work by Dr. Ryken we find the multifaceted love of Jesus displayed as the characteristic background for 1 Corinthians 13. It is also gloriously displayed most clearly in Jesus's finished work on the cross. The love of God through Jesus as presented in this book will challenge and enliven all who read it to long for the love of God in Christ and display it in ways the supersede the stereotypes of love that pervade our world."
Eric M. MasonLead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; President, Thriving; author, Manhood Restored

“In my life there are two books that have indelibly impacted and changed the course of my life. The first book came to me in college, as I was searching for the answers to life. Basic Christianity by John Stott helped me to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Now Loving the Way Jesus Loves is teaching me how to live a victorious Christian life until, by the grace of God, I am called home. It is not only about knowing the love of God in Christ but about living the love of God. It is the most magnificent exposition on the love of God I have ever read. Read it yourself to see and to engage in the struggle to live by the grace of God. I believe it will change the world around us.”
I. Henry Koh, Coordinator of Korean Ministries, Mission to North America, Presbyterian Church in America

“First Corinthians 13 is surely one of the most familiar yet widely misunderstood chapters in the entire Bible. Earnestly voiced at countless weddings, we nod along appreciatively without considering how Paul’s words might have far deeper purpose than simply matrimonial blessing. And that is exactly what Ryken has given the church—a fresh look at this challenging passage, freed from marital constraint, and laid out dramatically alongside the life of Christ. He reveals surprisingly deep insights for every believer, not simply those in rented tuxes and white gowns.”
Phil Vischer, creator, VeggieTales and What’s in the Bible?; author, Me, Myself & Bob

“Here is a book I will be urging all our church's small groups to study in the near future. We know that Jesus gave us the mandate to make disciples of all nations, and we say that means we must learn from Jesus so that we might become like him. But how do we do that? Dr. Ryken has taken the Bible’s great chapter on love and shown us what love looks like practically in the life of Jesus. The book is biblical and practical—convicting and encouraging. I recommend it highly to all who long to become complete in Christ.”
Greg Waybright, Former President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California

About the Author

Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, University of Oxford) is the 8th president of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited over 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433524791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433524790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, University of Oxford) is the 8th president of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 5, 2012
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One of the biggest battles that we all face (if we are honest with ourselves) is that we are incurably selfish, self-absorbed, and idolatrous at the very core of our hearts. In Paul's letter to the Corinthians he addresses this core reality that leads to all the problems or symptoms affecting the church due to this foundational problem - a lack of love for God and for one another. Phil Ryken has written a very convicting, and yet practically helpful book that exegetes from the context of 1 Corinthians 13 (Biblical Exegesis) but also walks you through the Gospels (giving a Biblical theology of love) and demonstrates how Jesus exemplifies the genuine love that is being described in Corinthians.

The reason that this book and applying this book and the Bible is so challenging is captured well by Ryken mid-way through the book where he writes:

"Unfortunately, many of our attitudes and actions are exactly the opposite of what they ought to be, and as a result, our hearts are constricted. This is one of the reasons why 1 Corinthians 13 is such a challenge for us. All of the things it tells us that love does are almost impossible for us to do, whereas all of the things it tells us that love never does are things we do all the time. This is because we love ourselves more than we love other people or even God."

Ryken brilliantly and helpfully shows how Jesus does what we can't do - love perfectly like Him. He shows how each aspect of love in 1 Corinthians 13 (e.g., patience, kindness, not envious, etc.,) is modeled from the Gospels in the life, death, resurrection, and future coming of Christ and how we can be receivers and reciprocators of this kind of love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By steve pack on April 18, 2012
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Loving the Way Jesus Loves is a blessing to the church for three reasons. First the artwork, second the scholarship, and third the practicality.

While it may seem strange to review the artwork in a book I don't want to miss the opportunity to highlight the fact that the photographs that have been placed throughout the pages are just as thought provoking as some of the teaching. While reading the book the
picture often made me think of Ephesians 4:17 where Paul is encouraging believers to "put off" the old nature of our flesh, and to "put on" the new way of Christ. The images caused me to remember the practicality of not only learning about how Christ loves, but of the responsibility we have to put that mannerism on and live as Christ, because when we live in Christ this is who we truly are! They served to remind the reader of the application that is inheritant in this teaching.

The second aspect of this book I appreciate is the scholarship. Many books line our bookstore shelves these days based on the theme of love, but many lack the depth of insight that Phil Ryken presents in his exegesis of 1 Corinthians 13. Take the authors teaching on long suffering for instance. On page 76 Ryken begins teaching on 1 Corinthians 13:4, "Love is patient". He draws upon secular reading quoting Mark Twain, he explores other translations of scripture, for example, the King James version, speaks about the original Greek meaning, and connects it all back to Jesus, "Love is 'long suffering'. In other words, it 'patiently bears with provocation, and is not quick to assert its rights or resent an injury.' This is the kind of love that Jesus calls us to show to our enemies..." This is the type of scholarship present throughout the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on January 31, 2012
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This is one of the best books on I Corinthians 13 I've ever read. It's not really a commentary, although Ryken does comment on each section of the first half of the famous "Love" chapter in the Bible.

He talks about each phrase in its original context, gives us a number of original greek verbs to illustrate original meaning, and then shows an example from the life and work of Christ to demonstrate that aspect of love.

Chapter 3, LOVE IS NOT IRRITABLE, and Chapter 7, LOVE HOPES are among the two best in the entire book.

Anyone wanting to love others more fully and love God more completely will want to read this book. An excellent resource from Crossway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2012
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Here's a great book review for a Sunday. I hope you will be as intrigued as I was to read this book.

Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken is a fresh look at what is commonly known as "The Love Chapter," I Corinthians 13. Although the passage is most famous for being read at weddings, it was not written specifically to describe a romantic relationship.

As Ryken breaks it down, the chapter "establishes the necessity of love (vv 1-3), sketches the character of love (vv. 4-7), and celebrates the permanence of love (vv. 8-13) as the greatest of God's gifts." And what better way to illustrate love's characteristics than to look at the way Jesus lived and loved others during His time on earth. To do this, Ryken takes each description of what love is or isn't from the chapter and exposits on its meaning using examples from Jesus' life on earth as portrayed in the Gospels.

One of my favorite parts from this book was an exercise in which you read verses 4-8 aloud but replace the word "love" with your own name. Can you do it? Can you say, "(Trish) is kind, (Trish) does not envy, (Trish) never fails." It's surprisingly difficult to do!

Then read it again with Jesus' name in place of the word "love." Much easier, huh? "Jesus does not seek his own, Jesus is not provoked, Jesus thinks no evil." Ryken suggests that by examining the way Jesus loved in light of this chapter, we will be more able to understand the love we have been shown and how we can live it out in our own lives towards others.

I appreciated the solid writing and insightful approach to the subject matter. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to love more like Jesus.

I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book from Crossway via NetGalley for review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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