Book: Bold As Love
Author: Bob Roberts, Jr.
People often think of their neighbors as those already belonging to their “tribe” or community. It’s safe, it’s easy, and it doesn’t often cause conflict—politically or religiously. But in today’s world, everyone and everything is interconnected globally in an ever-changing cultural landscape, while religious strife runs rampant. Is it feasible for Christians to live their faith boldly and lovingly while entering into a true relationship with “neighbors” of other faiths, both locally and globally?
In Bold as Love, Pastor Bob Roberts shows you what it looks like to live out your faith daily in the global public square among people of other faiths—Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists. While he admits that it can be challenging to engage people of other faiths whose beliefs are as strong as yours, he demonstrates how to enter into this critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way. “We have to learn to speak with one conversation and give the same message everywhere to everyone,” he says. “We are commanded to love God and love others. And sometimes that requires risky boldness.”
Bold as Love provides the reader with a fresh perspective on loving your neighbor. Pastor Roberts challenges believers to step out on faith and reach others who are within your close circles, neighborhood and community. One of my favorite pieces of the book,
“God has placed you right where he has because he wants to use you to show the love of Jesus, even if the person doesn’t accept who we believe Jesus is.”
Pastor Roberts focuses on the concepts of multifaith- Religious freedom, creating lasting relationships, deepening our faith, honesty, common good and how multifaith is perfect for Americans and Religious conservatives.
The challenges are to be able to engage with other individuals that do not share the same faith as you have, but having the ability to love that person despite their religious differences. Roberts also emphasizes that as a believer of Christ and through your faith in Him that our job is to proclaim and live the gospel, loving God and others. Pastor Roberts provides examples of meetings, relationships and evangelism abroad and the powerful, life changing events that occur during his global outreach ministry.
I enjoyed reading the book and I learned that just because there are differences in a person’s religious views does not mean that the person will not be open to listening to the message that you have to share with them.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review courtesy of Handlebar Publishing and ThomasNelson. Book synopsis was provided courtesy of ThomasNelson. I was not compensated for this review. Any and all thoughts and opinions expressed were solely my own.