3 out of 4 stars
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Why We Crave Love: The Untold Truth is an inspiring and enlightening book written by Olympia Walker.
With only 125 pages divided into ten chapters, the book is dedicated to 'everyone who has been broken, hurt, abused (physically, emotionally and mentally) manipulated, deceived, betrayed and abandoned due to the lack of understanding on what love truly is.' The purpose of the book is to present real life cases that will lead to particular verses in the scripture. Simply put, the author wishes to inspire readers to read the word of God and build a personal relationship with God.
The author begins by stating our tendency to react over a heart break by giving up on love and our tendency to handle situations on our own instead of consulting God. She then brings up controversial issues including homosexuality, sexual immorality, commitment and ultimate submission.
In a fearless and firm tone, the author offers an explanation on how homosexuality came about and why homosexuality and sexual immorality are sinful. She then backs it up with specific verses from the scripture. Moreover, she calls for parental interference regarding these matters and emphasizes the accountability of the parents to God for allowing their children to engage in these types of behavior and practices.
Among the numerous issues the author brings up, commitment and submission probably affect the most number of people. In this age and time when everybody is committed to various things including job, family and hobby among others, it may not be very easy to find God in the list of priorities and commitments. On a different note, some emancipated women may find it difficult to agree with the author’s statement that “women must be submissive to their husbands in all things” even if she backs it up with a verse from the scripture.
All in all, this is a great book which may elicit various emotions and reactions from different types of readers. The author is evidently passionate about her subject and the considerable use of question mark and exclamation point manifests her utmost need for emphasis making each statement intense and full of conviction. For me, the most important part of the book, aside from the answer to the ultimate question why we crave love, is the definition of love and the extent of God’s love for everyone. I find it uplifting and reassuring.
However, some readers may find the emphases and the author’s assertive tone somehow condescending and self-righteous. Consequently, some readers may feel chastised and scared instead of assured and enlightened. Moreover, certain group of people, particularly from the LGBTQ communities, and online dating participants may feel alienated instead of inspired. Furthermore, the author has a tendency to deviate from the topic and some readers may find some of her explanation redundant and repetitive. Finally, I noticed some errors within the entire book including grammatical and typo errors.
I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is intriguing, interesting, inspiring and enlightening. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know why we crave love.
Why We Crave Love
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