Review [Dr Larry Crabb :: 66 Love Letters]

After the prodding of a friend of mine, and my current status as an amatuer blogger, I signed up for BookSneeze.

Basically, what this program does is provide bloggers with copies of books to read and review.
This is my first of what I hope will become many book reviews.

For my first book, I chose 66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story by Dr Larry Crabb.

The basic premise of this book is fantastic.
It takes a look at each of the 66 books that comprise the Holy Bible and breaks them down into big, basic ideas.
What is the main point that God is trying to get across in each of His “love letters?”

Written in a very conversational tone, the 66 Love Letters is very easy to read.
In a basic format of a question/answer session with God, it is easy to relate to.
I have many of the same questions and doubts that the author’s voice expresses.
In that way, it is quite authentic and allows for the reader to question also.
It is an incredible reminder that God can handle our questions, and it is by those conversations with God that we deepen our relationship with him.

However, while there are sections of the book that make me want to shout because of the encouragement it gives, there are parts that I took issue with or questioned.

As I mentioned before, 66 Love Letters is written in a conversational tone.
As such, the author writes much of the book in the “voice of God.”
Ground gets really shaky when you start speaking for God, as God.
There are certain things said (i.e. parenthetical statements regarding the nature of heaven (p.25)) that I don’t agree with theologically, and are addressed with a different view later in the book.
Also, Crabb, writing as God, says that “Holiness is your path to joy, the only path,” without so much as implying that the holiness leading to joy is found only in Christ.

I also found it a bit interesting that to “go-to” sins Dr. Crabb uses when looking for examples (either in his own voice, or God’s) are usually of a sexual nature.
At first glance, it was a little disturbing because life is so much more complex than that one major struggle.
Though, the more I read and thought about it, it does make sense, and is quite necessary, in our culture to make such noise about sexual sins that have become so prevalent.
On a deeper level, though, I really believe those references allude to something more than a literal reading can reveal.
Sexual Sin = False Intimacy.

This is the entire message of the book.
Intimacy with the One who created all things.
He created us to love and to be loved by Him.

As a whole, 66 Love Letters is an encouraging view of God’s Word.
As I said before, there were some disagreements I had personally with some things he had said, either theological in nature or based on my experiences.
Overall, I would suggest this book to any believer who has questions or is curious about what God is trying to tell us in His “love letters.”
On the other hand, I do think there are some things that could be confusing or misleading for someone who does not have a firm foundation in the Word itself.

Four stars.

Peace and love.

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