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- Publisher: IVP Books; Expanded edition (September 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 24, 2015
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- Language: English
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"If love makes the world go around then it's clear why the world isn't doing very well. The tragic reality is that most people don't know what real love looks like, and so they spend a lifetime living with a superficial caricature of the real thing. David Benner shows us that our willingness to cultivate an intimate love relationship with God is directly related to our ability to experience a rich and meaningful love relationship with another person. If you're tired of substitutes and want to go for the real thing, if you are ready to experience deep levels of companionship and connection, then Surrender to Love is for you." (Gary J. Oliver, PhD, executive director, The Center for Relationship Enrichment, and professor of psychology and practical theology, John Brown University)
"I receive many books to review. This is one of the most beautiful, powerful and insightful books I have ever read. Dr. Benner shares his lived experience in a way that opens for the reader the possibility of a true transformation." (M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, abbot, Abbey of Blessed Mary of Saint Joseph, author of Centering Prayer)
"The message, the intention, the reality of God-in-Christ is love. The simplicity and profundity of this truth has been written about and taught on over and over through the ages, but rarely so clearly and helpfully as in Dr. David Benner's classic, Surrender to Love. As I journey alongside others in their lives with God, and as I myself continue to learn the ways of God, Surrender to Love is an invaluable reminder of the depth and power of what it means to experience and abandon oneself to the fullness of Love. This newest edition does what I had not thought possible after recommending this book to others for nearly a decade―it makes encounter and surrender even more accessible to all who come thirsty to these waters. With the heart of a mystic and the mind of a scholar, Benner gently leads the reader not just to an understanding but to an experience of the strongest force in the universe: love. This book is nothing less than an experience of vulnerable authenticity that, if you let it, will lead you to surrender to, and true union with, God. If you are tired of reading the message of self-improvement cloaked in spiritual language, Surrender to Love will take you deep into the heart of real transformation in Christ. If you've picked up this book wondering what it's about or are longing for an experience of Love in the deepest parts of you, don't put it down. Instead, accept the invitation to learn the ways of love from a soul who has walked those paths before you and will lead you tenderly to the very places you long to go." (Tara M. Owens, spiritual director, Anam Cara Ministries, senior editor, Conversations Journal, author, Embracing the Body)
"When it comes to love, ours is a culture of many words but not much wisdom. Surrender to Love invited me into deeper places of entrusting myself to the healing depths of God's love. What could be better? What could be more life-giving? I?ve often encouraged friends to read this little book. I extend the same invitation to you." (Alan Fadling, executive director, The Leadership Institute, author, An Unhurried Life)
"My favorite David G. Benner books are his trilogy: Surrender to Love, The Gift of Being Yourself and Desiring God's Will―and my preferred among these favorites is Surrender to Love. It was written in a very brief period of time and its long shelf life attests to the author's burst of inspiration. It is about the difference between white-knuckled obedience versus warm-hearted surrender in our attempts to live God's love." (Gary W. Moon, director, Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, author of Apprenticeship with Jesus) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Pennington, O.C.S.O., is abbot of the Abbey of Blessed Mary of Saint Joseph and author of Centering Prayer. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I know that David's experience also confirms me. It will do the same for you as well; just confess to God completely who you really are, hold back nothing, empty the false you and receive from Him Life Eternal. Good News; it is true, It really is. Praise God. Perhaps the most revealing truth, so well covered in this beautiful book, is this; it is not in our own righteousness that we come into transformation, but rather it is in our brokenness,in our realization of emptiness. We can call upon Our Lord, not in a spirit of bargaining, but rather with our confession, with our broken and contrite heart. We are in no way deserving of the unconditional love of God.;
As such, when He came to me, it was sheer JOY that I experienced, as His Love was filling my aching and empty heart. Now I just want to only be what He wants me to be. I am His and He is mine. We are connected unto God by His Love and neighbor as well in Christ Jesus our LORD and SAVIOR. That requires death to the natural inner man first, then and only then can anyone assume as the Gift of God, our true self in Him. 1st Corinthians 6:17.
There are not enough words to express my Joy in knowing God, not just about Him. There is no easy way, only by sharing in His death in an experiential death with Him, are we able "tot", not an error, tot really is a word, and in this case used as ( movement towards God as a small child ) as we really begin to know Him. This book is a classic. 5 star+, Read it until you understand the truth written therein.
The book is a trilogy of sorts (the second book being The Gift of Being Yourself and the third book being Desiring God’s Will). In Surrender to Love, Benner discusses the concept of Godly love and how the ultimate surrender (the death of Jesus Christ, God’s only son) provides this love for us. We have a tendency to believe that God loves us based on our merits…if we do well then God loves us more…if we don’t do well morally then God doesn’t love us as much. This concept has caused many a people to fear God in an unhealthy way.
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Without any acknowledgement of the huge, massive issue of human suffering, this book is, for me, pretty darn useless.
God is love, and he intends for us to live in His love. Surrendering to love leads to an unexpected place, where yieldedness to God frees us to become who He created us to be."
This powerful book opened by heart and mind to understand and recognize God's love for me in a deeper way, creating greater faith in His care for me and making it easier to trust and obey Him. I highly recommend it.