Love Me Anyway: How God’s Perfect Love Fills Our Deepest Longing, the new book from MBTS professor and author in residence Jared C. Wilson, officially releases today!
There may be no more powerful desire in the human heart than to be loved. And not just loved, but loved anyway. In spite of what we’ve done or left undone, in spite of the ways we’ve failed or floundered, we long for an unconditional, lavish love that we know deep down we don’t deserve.
Wilson has incredible news for you: that kind of love actually exists, and it is an experience that is ours for the having. In his signature reflective, conversational, and often humorous style, Wilson unpacks 1 Corinthians 13 to show us what real love looks like. Through engaging stories and touching anecdotes, he paints a picture of an extravagant God who not only puts the desire for love into our very souls but fulfills those desires in striking, life-changing ways.
Here’s what some people are saying about Love Me Anyway . . .
“There is nothing more puzzling, misunderstood, and abused—or more wonderful, powerful, and good—than love. Love Me Anyway is a delightful, honest exploration of all the ways we human beings love, brushing away much of the clutter and confusion to explain what it really means to love—and be loved—well.” — Karen Swallow Prior
“C.S. Lewis famously said that if we love anything (or anyone), our hearts will be wrung and possibly even broken. Far from being an easy-breezy, schmoopy sentimental thing, love is a lifelong battle for those who dare to enter the arena. To love God and neighbor starts with denying ourselves, taking up crosses, and following the One whose own love ultimately cost him his life. Of course, the only alternative to the costs, inconveniences, and risks of love is isolation and selfishness, which bring the greatest forms of misery. But those who lean into love will find over time that, though it will cost them much, it is also the pathway to great gain. Jared has done a wonderful job spelling this out for us in this wonderful volume.” — Scott Sauls
“Wilson is at his best here — funny and insightful and kind about the enormously important (and confusing) subject of love. The only downside is I had ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ going through my head the entire time. I think he planned that, though.” — Brant Hansen
“I consider Jared Wilson to be my generation’s Yoda of gospel-centered writing. What drives Jared in this approach to ministry is his personal belief experience with the grace of God, and his belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Love Me Anyway, Jared explains how this grace impacts every single area of our lives, especially in our relationships with others and the church. Drawing from his theological convictions about the implications of gospel, Jared draws from a well known, but often misunderstood passage of Scripture, calling us to an approach to relationships that can only be understood by the grace of God in our own lives.” — Dean Inserra
“Most of us not only know what love is, but we think we’re pretty good at it. But there depths and applications of love to be explored – both what it means to be loved and how to love. This book is classic Jared Wilson – thoughtful, creative, biblical, and personal. Love Me Anyway will expand the horizons of your heart for what love is all about.” — Mark Vroegop
“There are many songs, books, poems, and treatises on love and Jared Wilson shows us the substance behind all the longings that fill them. This isn’t just a book on how to love but how to be loved by the one who, knowing everything, loved us all the way through. Wilson has written a lot of books that I have loved but this one might be his best.” — John Starke
“The Beatles and Elvis sang about it. Just about every movie and sitcom cannot have a happy ending without it. Love is at the epicenter of our culture and human identity, but every love song and rom-com falls short when it comes to identity shaping love. That is the sort of love that can only be seen in God and His gospel. By taking aim at 1 Corinthians 13, Jared takes time to show us the roots of God’s love for us through the Scriptures in this very insightful book. The love of God and our love for God is the highest good of every human life and by the end of this book, you will know the beauty of being loved by God and a lover of God.” — Daniel Ritchie
“The best writers are faithful stewards of their scars. They craft healing words from wounded pasts. Jared has done just that in this richly textured exploration of love—real love, divine love, the kind that unmakes and remakes us. No one can write a book so honest, so poignant, who has not traveled through the ruins of lost loves and misused loves and come out on the other side radically altered by an encounter with the shockingly gratuitous love of a God who lives to forgive. Jared has. His book is a gift to us all.” — Chad Bird
Learn more, read an excerpt, and order the book today at LoveMeAnywayBook.com