Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life
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Simply speaking, love changes people. Christians, then, by definition, should exhibit the greatest transformation of all because, rightly understood and cherished, God's love makes them increasingl
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2008 by Crossway Books
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Joon Park
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Summary:
One more book in the continual stream of literature about God's love, Elyse Fitzpatrick writes a commendable but ultimately flat work on the Gospel's implications for our lives. She doesn't say much wrong but doesn't say much interesting, either.

Strengths:
A major problem with current Christian literature is pacing -- too long or too bloated -- and had the popular Elyse Fitzpatrick hired a more prudent editor, this could easily have been a c...more
Jkanz
In the last couple of years, I read three of Elyse Fitzpatrick's other books, Counsel from the Cross, Comforts from the Cross, and Give Them Grace (co-authored with her daughter) and was impressed with her love for the gospel. I discovered Because He Loves Me on the suggested readings link at the Liberate website.

This is the fourth book of Fitzpatrick's that I have read. I also watched her speak twice on the Liberate 2012 conference DVDs. This sampling of her work convinces me that she rather n...more
Jeanie
Because He loves me, Christ can transform my daily life by remembering him and being persisted in seeking and acknowledging him. Only Christ saves. There is no other way. The word testifies, he has testified and as Christian we testify in our walk with him as we are transformed by his likeness. We can easily loose sight of this very thing when our focus changes from him to us. It is a daily struggle to keep him as our central. Ms. Fitzpatrick does a fine job in showing the ways we have gone our...more
Thibodeaux
A good reminder that Christianity isn't just another self-help plan. If you're like me and think of God holding a big stick just waiting for you to blow it so he can knock you off his planet, this book is for you.
Anita
Beautiful book about the gospel message and how it impacts our lives. What a joy to get away from the me-ism of works centered "gospel" messages...i.e. Glory Story. It is His work that matters, and His alone. Only because of His love am I able to love and serve others. Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful.
Lacie
Jesus didn't "just bear the punishment for the time when were trying to be good but flubbed up a little. He bore God's wrath for every time when we knew we shouldn't speak the way we were about to speak, but did it anyway. He received the righteous sentence for every unkind, lustful, selfish, wrathful, covetous, apathetic, vain, proud, dishonest, perverse thought, word, and deed that has ever proceeded form our hearts. The Father poured out all his wrath on his Son. There is no more left for you...more
Kara
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It delves into the topic of how the gospel can...and should...permeate and affect every area of our life. It's applicable to each and every situation we encounter.

Too many Christians seem to think that the gospel is simply a set of facts you must believe in order to be saved. Ms. Fitzpatrick sets out to shatter that misconception and show how gospel truth applies to our daily circumstances.

"Let me explain what I mean. If I asked you, 'Where did the ongoing incar...more
Travis
We know the gospel. We love the gospel. But, sometimes, if we are not careful, we will fail to connect the truths of the gospel to our day-to-day life. Elyse Fitzpatrick, wonderful author, speaker, and biblical counselor, offers us a sweet reminder of just how important it is to keep the gospel front and center in all that we are. Fitzpatrick offers excellent and practical counsel to us that stems from solid theology.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Fitzpatrick’s work is the way that she applie...more
Mandy Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

If anyone - anyone! - would ask me what the number one book is that I would recommend, this book would be my answer. There are not enough words to describe this book!

Elyse is a great communicator, but beyond that is what she shares. In this book she takes you back to the basics that we so easily and quickly gloss over, and in some cases, we never pay attention to in the first place. In twelve chapters you are either are reminded or discover for the first time how the gospel applies to...more
Julie Biles
Elyse Fitzpatrick speaks the gospel to my soul! Her use of imagery and word pictures provide clarity and connectedness for me to the truths of Christ completed work: His incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection and ascension are better engraved in my heart because of the way she communicates in her writing.
I must admit, I initially thought "I know this stuff" and my tendency was to skim....but then the power of her explanations and word picture starting jumping off the pages and dragging...more
Nicki
I was disappointed in this audiobook and gave up halfway through. Instead of it being an encouragement to live in the reality of the transforming love of God I found it very condemning. I enjoyed the introduction the most as it was very down to earth and easy to listen to although it was challenging. The narration by Renee Raudman is excellent and had me feeling that I was in an intimate setting, but it was let down by the heavy theology. At times without realising it my mind had wandered off an...more
Rose
I received this audiobook for Christian Audio for the purpose of doing a review.

Narrator thoughts - To be honest I found this narrator to be a bit monotone. Maybe it was just me, but she didn't seem very enthusiastic about her subject.

Book Thoughts - When I first saw this book I was excited. I thought that it would be a book about basking in the fathers love. Instead I found a long (sadly dry) book about how our father is very wrathful but has decided to love us anyway.
That's not the God I se...more
Carrie Sandys
You know when you read a book that is so wise and insightful that you genuinely want the author to be a part of your life? This book is one of those rare gems. Elyse does an excellent job of getting at the heart issues that keep us from growing in Christ rather than prescribing a list of steps or actions. So often we take the gospel for granted, and she reminds us of just how powerful the good news is, and how life-altering it should be. Again and again she focuses our hearts on the amazing trut...more
Katie Bliss
Really good, heartfelt book on how we need to live out and actually believe the gospel as Christians every hour of every day. I know this is something that I struggle with, and it hit home on a number of points. I realize that my mind is always working, and instead of dwelling on negative or bitter or worldly or nonessential things, I should be focusing on Christ in my spare time (or especially at those moments when His love is the LAST thing I want to think about because I'm so angry or frustra...more
Felicia
I tried reading the "Because He Loves Me" by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I was bludgeoned by propitiation. It was a book that repeatedly mentioned Jesus dying as a way to have me love God more. By Chapter 4, I was done. It's just unreadable. She even had this unending list of Scripture that is supposed to inspire you to love Christ. Half of it made no freaking sense about love. Just random verses taken out of context. And when she tried to chastise those who rolled their eyes at the exercise, I wish she...more
Doug Dale
This book might be thought of as targeted to women because of the cover and the fact it is written by a women, but every Christian could benefit greatly from this book. Fitzpatrick makes the daily practicality of the gospel very, very tangible. What it means to be gospel-centered and Christ-centered is transformed from theological and theoretical to something that can make a difference in your thinking and actions right now.

My wife was introduced to this book in a women's study last summer, and...more
Susan
Fabulous--recommended for every Christian. This book transformed the way I approach living the Christian life. Best idea from the book: understanding how the gospel impacts my life today (not just at salvation) changes my motives. I'm still doing the same things, but for entirely different reasons.
Ann
Mar 19, 2013 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Christians
This book is centered on the Gospel and it’s truth in our lives. It is an absolutely eye opening and a must read for any serious Christian because it brings us back to the basics in our faith that we so easily seem to forget along our Christian walk. I devoured every word and savored all the richness of these biblical truths, which I needed to be reminded of. Elyse Fitzpatrick helps us to see that we easily make our lives to be one of moralist, legalist or we self impose laws to live by. She enc...more
Elizabeth
A solid read, and a good one for those of us raised in the evangelical tradition in the south. Fitzpatrick addresses how we may know the good news of the gospel, but that the reality of the resurrection (and other biblical references from the gospels) does not impact our daily lives. A lot of us have heard sermon after sermon about right living, and we forget that Jesus is alive with us. Right now. And his reality can affect us on a moment-to-moment basis. I thought her book might have benefited...more
Chelsea Clark
Love love love. Such a wonderful reminder of the gospel.
Holly
Gospel-centered, amazingly challenging book. Game changer.
Erica
At first glance, my thought was "this is another book about God's love for women" in like a million...but as I read chapter after chapter I loved it! Elyse gets at the heart of any issue - the gospel. Her main theme is asking ourselves in living the Christian life for Jesus, have we left him behind? She tackles themes in each chapter on how to get back to Jesus and how to walk with him every day. It blessed my life and opened my eyes to perspectives I had never realized before - but were right b...more
Laura
This is one of those books that I will be coming back to year after year. This is a message that will never grow old, and I will never master: Do I fully grasp the depth of Christ's love for me and does that impact the way I live out the gospel to my husband, kids, neighbors? With each subsequent reading (currently on round 2), I pray that I will be more and more affected by Jesus' amazing love for me and understand more fully what it looks like to live that out.
Wendy C
This book took me around 5 months to slowly read b/c so much was jam packed...it is a good practical working out of living by the gospel paradigm. Overall, I left with a really good understanding of indicatives come before imperatives...in other words, God does not just tell us to do something w/out reminding us who we are and in whose power we accomplish it...and it comes to grips with really living out of who He says I am...excellent book"
Debbie
Nov 13, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any Christian
This is a great book for any Christian who struggles with living as Christ told us to. I'm not just talking about learning how to kick the big sins (though this book will certainly tell you how), but how to change our how attitude, so you don't snap at your spouse when you don't means to, and so on.

I plan on re-reading this book once a year, it's so good.
Anthony Alvarado
Solid book that I read because my wife is going through it as well. Indicatives vs imperatives paradigm is huge. I had a hard time tracking with this book though because chapters weren't very distinct and they all flowed together in my mind - maybe that is simply due to the redundancy Fitzpatrick is after in communicating the gospel in as many ways as possible!
Michelle Hamstra
Liked this book a lot. She read my mail a couple of times which was refreshing since it seems like I'm hard to understand. :)

I'm still not sure how I feel about the constant drum beat of total depravity... but other than that she is a wonderful author. The imperatives and indicatives chapter alone is worth reading, and re-reading.
Sarah
March 2013 - Wow! New favorite. This book is Gospel soaked and warm, inviting women (and men too) to bathe in the reality of their new life in Christ. I'm recommending it to all my girlfriends as well as the women's ministry at our church. Definitely one I'll read again!
Virginia
This book really challenged my mindset about the Gospel and how I interact with God. I don't think I would agree with everything this author has ever said, but there is a lot of truth and joy in this book. It's one that I hope to return to from time to time.
Indira
Elyse Fitzpatrick is able to articulate clearly why the gospel transforms our everyday life. Though scripture, she will help you fight off the temptation to do good works and feel worthy of God's love and rely on the power of the gospel to change you.



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Author of 20+ books on the Christian life and the gospel's impact on everyday living, Elyse is a frequent speaker at women's conferences nationally and internationally.

Elyse's ministry is summed up in these simple words: No fluff, No bricks, just the good news of a crucified and risen Christ.

In 1971 she married her sweetheart Phil and together they raised three children and are enjoying six real...more
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“And we neglect the glorious gospel when we fail to recognize his preeminence. How frequently we forget that everything is for him and about him. We forget that he is to be first, in our honor and in our worship. Whenever the gospel slips from our conscious thought, our religion becomes all about our performance, and then we think everything that happens or will ever happen isa bout us. When I forget the incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection, and ascension, I quickly believe that I'm supposed to be the unrivaled supreme, and matchless one. It's at this point that I'm particularly in need of an intravenous dose of gospel truth. He is preeminent.” 7 likes
“Real progress in the Christian life is not gauged by our knowledge of scripture, our church attendance, time in prayer, or even our witnessing (although it isn't less than these things) Maturity in the Christian life is measured by only one test: how much closer to his character have we become? the result of the Spirit's work is more not more activity. No, the results of his work are in in our quality of life, they are "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” 3 likes
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