4 out of 4 stars
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Quest for Exceptional Love by Darla Colinet is a Christian book that aims to empower Christian individuals, especially women, to discover how to have healthier relationships both with themselves and others. In the book, the author reveals that for over forty years of her life, she was unable to discover what love truly meant, and as a result, she lowered her love standards and got into three abusive marriages.
Darla is now married to a man who truly respects her, and she has found the will avoid toxic friendships. With this book, Darla shares insight into how she learned God’s words and overcame her fantasies of what love should look like. The author hopes to inspire people to transform any toxicity in their life to live a life full of God’s love. This book will open your eyes to the vastness of God’s love and teach you how to be like Christ.
I found this book very valuable. Colinet was not merely relying on her human wisdom, but she included many Bible verses to confirm her words. She even clarified some verses that are often misconstrued to force us to accept abuse. An example is a popular verse that if someone slaps you on your right cheek, you should turn the other cheek. I like that the author still encouraged readers to seek professional counseling and therapy. Colinet also shared some of her personal stories, and this helped the book feel less like a lecture. At the end of every chapter, “Treasure Chests” were included so that readers can ask themselves meaningful questions to aid their progress. I found this practical and helpful.
At later parts of the book, however, it seemed that the author was merely saying the same thing but in many different ways. I found this tiring. In the beginning, the author included personal stories to help drive her message home, but eventually, the stories became sparse, and her message ended up feeling more like a lecture. I wish that the author kept including personal anecdotes throughout the book. An example is when the author likened her spiritual journey to her real-life job of transforming houses. In the places that Colinet shared stories, I’m very sure that I will not forget her words for a long time.
I loved every other thing about the book because, as a Christian, I could relate to many of the author’s views. As a result, I can say that this book will only be suitable for Christian readers. Non-Christians may find it overbearing. However, a non-Christian can still enjoy this book if they read it with an open mind. I recommend it to Christians who are deeply interested in transforming their lives and relationships. There is no profanity or eroticism, but there is mention of rape, and this can be a trigger to some readers. I found not even one error here, and so I conclude that it was professionally edited. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars because my complaints do not detract from the overall quality of the book.
Quest for Exceptional Love
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