Johnson, Dennis E.
A Love Unlike Any Other Love
God is love. There are few more quoted statements in all of Scripture. Although wonderfully simple, this truth is incredibly profound—and therefore often misunderstood, twisted, and taken out of context. Rather than remembering that it is God who is love, we too often make human love our standard.
Exploring what the Bible teaches about God's love, this book will lead you to marvel at both its unique nature and its immeasurable greatness.
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Garry Williams (DPhil, University of Oxford) serves as the director of the John Owen Centre for Theological Study at London Theological Seminary in the United Kingdom. He is also visiting professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia).
“The title says it all: fickle human love is not the measure of God’s love. Williams roots our understanding of the biblical claim that ‘God is love’ in the biblical descriptions of the triune God’s being perfect in love (in himself) and acting out of love (for us). In contrast to the many contemporary theologians who associate God’s love with his vulnerability, Williams rightly emphasizes the sovereignty of God’s love, even when that love involves something as apparently ‘weak’ as Jesus’s death on a cross. For anyone wanting to learn to ‘speak Christian,’ this book will help because it rightly parses the grammar of ‘God is love.’” - Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Another book on love? Decidedly not. This book is unique in its depth and clarity. If you thought you knew most of what there is to know about God’s love, then do read this study and be astonished at what more there is to learn. What particularly moved me was how humanly impossible even the slightest knowledge of God’s love really is, yet how this very love of God for us in Christ overcomes all the obstacles we construct. When we begin to glimpse the depths of this love, then we can respond. And what should that response be? To love him back!” - William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
“God is love. This book takes you into the depths of this profound and delightful truth with clarity and care. Here you will learn of God’s peerless, perfect, proportioned, ever-present, self-sufficient, sovereign, eternal, unchanging, passionate, all-knowing, just, and beautifying love. After reading this book, I found myself more moved to pray, more filled with love for the triune God, and more challenged to love others as God has loved me.” - Jonathan Gibson, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
“In this timely reflection on God as love, Garry Williams draws upon theology and Scripture, history and literature, current events and age-old questions to illuminate a truly tremendous subject. He intersperses this reflection with incisive questions for meditation and clothes the whole in plain, nontechnical language. And the result? A truly profound study of what has to be regarded as the heart of the biblical perspective about God.” - Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This is a clear and accessible exposition of the classic Reformed doctrine of God’s love. Garry Williams unpacks some tricky doctrinal issues related to aseity, impassibility, omniscience, and justice—but without dumbing down or blinding us with theological science. This book is a lovely way to encounter the gigantic, stupendous, beautiful God, with the aid of a reliable and warm-hearted communicator.” - Lee Gatiss, Director, Church Society; Lecturer in Church History, Union School of Theology