THE SEVEN LAWS OF LOVE- Essential Principles For Building Stronger Relationships by Dave Willis is a how to manual on lasting relationships based on seven “laws”. The concepts this writer presents as “laws” are: commitment, sacrifice, speaks truth, conquers fear, offers grace, brings healing, and lives forever. Yes these are valuable concepts but even in a lasting loving relationship there is more; I would argue principles that may be considered more necessary. To me essential principles, as it relates to personal relationships, should include: like minded faith rooted in a love for God as the foundation; a unified vision for the future if you are going to marry; respect and appreciation for a person’s difference and the ability to freely grow and change.
Unfortunately, I did not like this book. I personally believe love is a gift from God and the more we love God the more we love others (1 John 4:20-21) Thus the greater a persons’ love for God is the greater his or her ability to display love to others. The author uses examples found in the Bible of God’s mercy and grace which indeed demonstrates His love and it is true that we should show the same amount of mercy as well as grace to others but before you can get to showing mercy to others their has to be love within you. (You cannot give what you do not have.)
God’s love should flow to you and through you and overflow on to others. Perhaps the problem with the book is the title. A better title would have been precepts of relationship building. I still would not have liked the book much but it would have changed my expectations.
As always a book review is just the opinion of the reviewer. I am sure there will be many people who will like this book. I don’t think it would be a waste of time to read it I would not buy a copy.
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