The One Jesus Loves by Robert CrosbyEvery Christian wants to grow a deeper relationship with Christ and Dr. Crosby wrote this book to teach us how to move closer to Christ. He describes the levels of intimacy with Jesus as "circles", which brings life to the design on the cover.
Initially, I was attracted to this book by it's tagline: Grace is unconditionally given, intimacy must be relentlessly pursued. I love the fact that he focuses on how intentional we have to be to seek God. It's not a deep theological book, but although simple to read, it definitely has a lot of scripture.
After getting this book, I realized the author was one of my college professors. It got me excited and I was ready to love the book. However, I didn't like the book. I found it a bit repetitive in the first few chapters, which leads me to believe that this book is more suitable for someone who is starting his pursue of Christ. The chapters were too short (I would've personally prefered longer chapters) and not very linear in thought, the content became predictable [for me] and it seemed like I had already studied much of it. I've been growing deeper in intimacy for years now, so this book had nothing more to offer than a pat on the back that said "keep seeking God". I guess what I'm trying to say is that it wasn't very practical for me. I'm sure if I had read this years prior, it would've changed my life. So please, if you're starting to take your faith serious or you just recently got saved, do pick this book up! It gives you the basics to deeper intimacy with Jesus.
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