By Jennifer Dukes Lee

All of us wish a person to imagine we’re sensational. We wish to be well-known, to be valued, to be revered. To be enjoyed. but this common craving too usually becomes an idol of 1 of God’s most beneficial presents: love itself. in the event you, like such a lot of people, spend some time and effort attempting to earn someone’s approval―at paintings, domestic, and church―all the whereas fearing that, at any second, the facade will drop and everybody will see your hidden mess . . . then love could have turn into an idol on your lifestyles. during this poignant and hope-filled booklet, Jennifer Dukes Lee stocks her personal lifelong trip of studying to depend on the unconditional love of God. She lightly invitations us to make peace with our imperfections and to prevent operating additional time for a love that's already ours. Love Idol can assist us dismantle what’s setting apart us from actual reference to God and rediscover the stunning pleasure of a lifestyles packed with freedom in Christ.

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