Item description for To Love as God Loves by Roberta C. Bondi...
Overview I first met the men and women I am writing aobut in this book twenty years ago. I was a graduate student at the time, and though I was struggling with Christianity, I had not yet found a form of it that could draw both my heart and my head to God. God's for all of us, ours for each other, God's world, and God, all of these things are Christian love.
Publishers Description Being a Christian means learning to love with God's love. But God's love is not a warm feeling in the pit of the stomach. It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behavior and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about God as God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned.
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Roberta C. Bondi is Professor of Church History at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of Night on the Flint River, In Ordinary Time, Memories of God, A Place to Pray, and Nick the Cat (forthcoming), all published by Abingdon Press.
Roberta C. Bondi currently resides in the state of Georgia.
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Thought-Provoking Nov 9, 2007
I was assigned this book for class. My professor used it because it was written by his professor. It focuses on how the Desert Fathers and Mothers (around the years 400-600A.D.) saw God's love. It is thought provoking, because the sayings of those saints are designed to get you to think. Sometimes, what they suggest is not what you should do, but it challenges you to reflect more on God and his world.
This book has some amazing passages about God's love and about prayer...probably some of the best, most concise explanations that I have read. I actually borrowed this book from a friend, but after reading it, purchased it for my permanent library. I highly recommend this work.
IMITATION OF GOD'S LOVE Jul 16, 2000
Contemporary christians find themselves in a secular culture that demands their allegiance and conformity. As a people of faith, they find themselves capture in culture which eventually lead to the erosion and compromise of their beliefs. How does one deal with this struggle? Is it possible to love as god loves by breaking away from those cultural mores that we find most dear? Bondi addresses those questions and more as she leads us into a conversation with the early monastic who had similar challenges.
To truly love as God means incorporating a new definition of love and humility that goes beyond our present secular understanding. A dialogue with the Desert fathers and mothers enables us to weed out those stumbling blocks which hinder us from loving ourselves, our neighbors and our God. This text serves as a key of understanding how God loves and how we can imitate that love.
Critique of To Love as God Loves May 18, 2000
To Love as God Loves Critique By Mark R. Braden
The title of this book, To Love as God Loves, challenges the reader to apply God's love in our approach to life. Bondi through select passage of Christian literature challenges us to see how "Godly love" should be striven for in His kingdom. In order to achieve that goal we must look at the commonality of our existence as men and women in God's world and be aware of what human frailties interfere with our ability to love. We must first come to fundamentally understand what is God's love and what is God's plan to use love as the foundational principal and keystone in upon which to build our life. Roberta C. Bondi effectively uses early Christian literature to present situational circumstances that can be used as metaphors of understanding God's love in our contemporary world.
Since love can assume so many different forms and be at many times be conceptual and the relationship of love to man can be situational to many different applications. Bondi's use of many different illustration' from historic Christian authors, give substance and fullness to our understanding of what love is and can be. To love, as God would have us love is to be continually aware of our relationship to our fellow man and how that relationship plays to God's intention of what he requires of loving subjects. I believe that Roberta C. Bondi accomplished her goal. She logically sets forth defining her terms, presents us with a current (albeit historical view) look at love and what keeps man from loving as God intended. She further presents solid arguments as to how human nature is conflicted by our passions and then presents us with a solution of prayer so that we might reach that, "...partially covered over but still existing image of God" (p.79) that remains with in us. She then confronts us with her image of what is God's love which she sums up by saying, "God loves beyond your dreams, extravagantly, without limit" (p.101). To love, as God wants us to love is to look within each of us and to examine our most basic of motivations in relationship with our fellow man. The early Christian mystics had insights into our humanity that exposed our human frailties as well as our ability to discern God's intent in his kingdom. Through Bonds' reflections on the early writings of the church, we see that Christian love is and has been what God's kingdom is truly and simply all about.
Renewed my faith in Christ and the church Sep 12, 1999
In an easy to read manner, Bondi addresses a "stodgy topic" (the early monastics) and transforms it into an INSIGHTFUL, Transforming look at what it means to be a Christian who loves as God loves. This book made me think that their is hope for the organized church. It made me realize that Christianity has a vital, intense and prophetic role to call people not just to know god but LOVE as God Loves
A SOUL NURTURING BOOK!!! Jan 5, 1999
Roberta Bondi brings the rich tradition of the early Church fathers and mothers into the 20th century, and invites us to learn anew what it means to love. I particularly liked what she has to say about the concepts of "perfection" and "humility." She writes in a very engaging manner, making it easy to not only understand her writing, but sparking the desire to live it out. A wonderful read for Christians and those who may have been wounded by Christianity.