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Because He Loves Me

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Clear word that a heartfelt desire to live a godly life flows out of a recognition of how we've been loved and transformed through Christ.

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 increasingly more like the One who has lavished h

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Published April 1st 2009 by Crossway (first published April 24th 2008)
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Jason Kanz
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
There are some great parts in this book about our identity in Christ, but unfortunately Fitzpatrick's Reformed/Calvinistic doctrine overshadows the book's good parts. She's deterministic to the point of saying that, for example, being upset about being interrupted is a sin because God ordained the interruption. While I firmly believe in God's sovereignty and ability to control our lives, I don't believe he chooses to use that power to control us (and every little interruption in our day).

Also th
J.S. Park
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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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.

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
Lynette Karg
I wanted to like this more--I wholeheartedly agree with the premise that in our pursuit of Christ we have left Him behind. But the book did not flow well for me; each chapter seemed much the same. There were some gems to be sure, but they were not easily mined.
Rebekah Gyger
There are a lot of noteworthy points throughout this book, ones that I marked and plan to review in the future. However, those points are more like snippets that got me thinking and where hidden in chapters which were at times repetitive and at other times unrelatable. It was a very densely worded read as well, and for someone only just starting to pick up nonfiction it was a bit much.

This book works well for a discussion group, the points I mentioned above giving fodder for group thought. Howev
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of Christian books written by women. Most are aimed at a specific audience that in not a part of. Steph started reading this book to me while we were traveling. I love for her to read to me and this is what she had with her. The more she read, the more I liked what the author had to say. So much so that I bought my own copy. Not only do I not read a lot of Christian women authors, I don't give a lot of 5 Star reviews of books. But this one is deserving of it.

Fitzpatrick has a
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'd say this was really about 4.5 stars. I think it was slightly longer than it needed to be. The main point of this book is how the God's love, as demonstrated through the life, death, resurrection and eternal reign of Jesus, affects our 'everyday' lives. The gospel shouldn't just something you believe to be saved, and then forget about as you strive to 'live a good Christian life'. This book really digs into how knowing God's love and grace transforms how you think about yourself (our identity ...more
Doug Dale
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, counseling
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
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
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.
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Molly Hilbert
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In your pursuit of godliness, have you left Jesus behind?" The introduction of Elyse's book says it all. Sadly, in so many Christians' lives (including my own at times), we lose sight of Jesus Christ in the midst of all of our activity. We "DO" for Him more than we actually "LIVE" for Him. We so consume ourselves with trying to impress others and earn God's love that we forget that we were made for relationship with Christ. This book is simple, a re-telling of the gospel that so many of us have ...more
Karissa Boger
This was a good book. Challenging and yet quite simple.
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
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember why, but I hated this book when I read it. Planning on reading it again soon so I can write a better review.
Mandy J. Hoffman

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
Selina Gonzalez
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is that we tend to get buried in being good Christians, theologians, and people and neglect the foundations truths of the Gospel. The Gospel doesn't affect our day-to-day lives. We struggle, and brush aside the Gospel, thinking "yeah, yeah, I know, I get that, I want practical answers," but the reason we're not experiencing growth is we've forgotten that the basis of our faith and our life is simply "Christ, and him crucified." The Gospel should be relevant to our day-to ...more
Julie Biles
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Edington
I feel a bit bad not rating this book higher, because it really is wonderful. I read it with a theology study group of girls and it was definitely a good read for this point in our lives and just remembering our identity in the love of Jesus. fell a little flat for me? I think maybe it is just Elyse's writing style that doesn't appeal to me (which is strange because EVERYONE around me gobbles up anything she writes). I had nothing inherently against this book, so 3 stars is maybe kind o ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Carrie Sandys
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book that ask's that hard question, do we allow the truth of the Gospel effect how we live and interact each and everyday. Elyse Fitzpatrick is a great author dedicated to scripture and the truth of God's word and how is can transform and renew our lives and mind. This is a great book for any Christian to read, but can be especially helpful for a new believer. It is equipped with study questions at the end of each chapter to help you think through the principles and ideas presen ...more
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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
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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.” 9 likes
“The gospel frees us from demanding our own way, because nothing we desire to obtain is worth sinning against such love and kindness.” 8 likes
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