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Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel acc Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Become more like Jesus and grow in your relationship with God.


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Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel acc Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Become more like Jesus and grow in your relationship with God.

30 review for Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    ***2016 Reading Challenge - A book you previously abandoned*** I'm writing this review, having just finished the last chapter of the book, thankful that you cannot see me because I'm ugly crying. To put it in a nutshell: 5 stars, highly recommend. While I recommend it, I am also convicted that no one needed to read this book more than I did. It's a very humble book with a big impact. Timothy Keller said about this book, "If Jesus or Jesus' saving grace is just an abstraction to you, Paul Miller w ***2016 Reading Challenge - A book you previously abandoned*** I'm writing this review, having just finished the last chapter of the book, thankful that you cannot see me because I'm ugly crying. To put it in a nutshell: 5 stars, highly recommend. While I recommend it, I am also convicted that no one needed to read this book more than I did. It's a very humble book with a big impact. Timothy Keller said about this book, "If Jesus or Jesus' saving grace is just an abstraction to you, Paul Miller will be a great help in making his love a living reality to your heart." I can identify with that. Honestly, it's really hard to get to know Jesus in the gospels through all the haze of time and cultural differences. It's also hard to reconcile isolated Bible scriptures or stories with the whole life and work of Jesus. And sometimes its easier to understand a theology about Jesus than to understand theology through the person of Jesus. This book is the polished gem of Miller's own in-depth study of the person of Jesus in the gospels. It is very practical; you will leave knowing Jesus in a very concrete way. But it is also very spiritual; you will leave knowing Jesus in a very real way. Here are some gems: "We instinctively know that love leads to commitment, so we look away when we see a beggar. We might have to pay if we look too closely and care too deeply. Loving means losing control of our schedule, our money, and our time. When we love we cease to be the master and become a servant." "If the eye is the lamp of the soul, then the soul of Jesus is filled with people." "Compassion affects us. Maybe that's why we judge so quickly - it keeps us from being infected by other people's problems. Passing judgement is just so efficient." "Judging is knee-jerk, quick, and bereft of thought, while compassion is slow and thought-filled." "Judging separates and, thus, destroys community; compassion unites and creates community." "If we follow the Golden Rule, there is no guarantee that we will be treated the same in return. No one knows this better than Jesus. As he was dying on the cross, the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself!" (Mark 15:31)...The question, "Who will make the first move?" is answered. God did." "Jesus shows us that without truth, our relationships lack definition and meaning...The gift of compassion must be accompanied by the gift of truth." "He is both the true-peacemaker and the false-peacebreaker. Jesus' angry honesty disrupts false peace...Even though honesty can be painful and justice often separates, honesty and justice resolve injustice." "Compassion begins by looking at the other person. Reconciliation begins by looking at yourself...The only way to be honest without being judgmental is not by learning a principle, but by going through a process where you reflect, How do I do the same thing?" [Sorry, guys just two more!] "Evil isn't just out there. It's in us. As we've seen, Jesus repeatedly takes our pointing finger and gently turns it back toward us. He interrupts our quiet superiority and blame shifting by holding a mirror up to our faces. The problem isn't other people, it's me...Because we have trouble seeing this, we also have trouble seeing that our evil has consequences. It just doesn't seem that bad. God's anger at sin seems like an overreaction...Jesus' gift of love makes sense if we accept Jesus' assessment of us - we're empty people who need to be filled, selfish people who need to be turned outward, sinners who need to be forgiven." "When Jesus became a person, he became a person forever. He didn't just hold his nose for thirty years, and then it was all over. He, the Son of God, was permanently changed because of his love for humanity. So if loving means changes for me, that is okay - it meant permanent change for Jesus. Love is forever." These are only the tip of the iceberg. Get the book. Read the book. Learn more about Jesus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan McIntosh

    Love Walked Among Us is the first book from Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life... and I think it is just as good as its more well known successor. Two things happen as you read Love Walked Among Us: 1. You get a fresh look at Jesus, at the way he loved and interacted with others. Jesus leaps off the pages. And you easily find yourself in amazement of him... possibly even falling in love with him. This book truly stirred my affections for him. 2. You get a long (and often hard) look at what it me Love Walked Among Us is the first book from Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life... and I think it is just as good as its more well known successor. Two things happen as you read Love Walked Among Us: 1. You get a fresh look at Jesus, at the way he loved and interacted with others. Jesus leaps off the pages. And you easily find yourself in amazement of him... possibly even falling in love with him. This book truly stirred my affections for him. 2. You get a long (and often hard) look at what it means practically to love like Jesus loves. The strength of Miller's writing on this point are his honest (and often embarrassing) examples from his own life. Illustrations of his own lack of love and growth in love flow easily and its easy to see yourself in his stories. I will return to this challenging yet refreshing book often. But I would also recommend it as a first book on Jesus for new or non-Christians.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie Monson

    “Love is a journey into joy.” (193) “To love is to suffer. To journey through love is to journey through sadness.” (216) “What’s the point of love if the journey ends in despair? Love is what you do on the journey. Faith is how you make it through the journey. But hope is the end of the journey. Without hope, love makes no sense.” (240)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma Kendrick

    A beautiful picture of Jesus. I love how He becomes more human through this book, yet still just as much God.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Shirkman

    I’m always challenged by Paul Miller’s humility and his view of Jesus. He doesn’t pretend to have love all figured out, but he points us to the One who does.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Josh Morgan

    This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com). A theme of this blog is exploring what it means to love in Christ. Paul E. Miller's book, Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus, is a good addition to that discussion. Miller fills his book with many illustrations from both the biblical narrative and his and friends' lives. This approach really helps ground the principles, brings many of them to life, and creates a real-world application. Unfortunately, that This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com). A theme of this blog is exploring what it means to love in Christ. Paul E. Miller's book, Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus, is a good addition to that discussion. Miller fills his book with many illustrations from both the biblical narrative and his and friends' lives. This approach really helps ground the principles, brings many of them to life, and creates a real-world application. Unfortunately, that's where my praise stops, although I have to say at the outset that it was very difficult to pay attention to the content. I repeatedly have said that I love it when the author reads his/her own work when it's nonfiction. Miller has good inflection and sometimes displays his passion. However, this very well may be the worst produced audiobook I've ever listened to. Miller's pressured speech and regular stumbles and misreadings made it very challenging to listen to. I love audiobooks and listen to them regularly, plus my wife has narrated and edited some audiobooks, so I have some familiarity with the production process. Stumbles are normal, but that's what going back and re-recording the line and editing is for. The narration was so bad I actually contacted the publisher to ensure I didn't accidentally receive a draft version. I was told they attempted to fix what they could but were unable to re-record. The errors and narration were distracting in the way that a poorly written paper with frequent spelling and grammatical errors are distracting (at least to me), preventing the core message from coming through. When I could hear the content honestly, I'm not sure I really heard anything particularly new or challenging. There were some good lessons, but I think there's other resources that are more effective at sending this message. The complaint I had about content was that Miller seemed to make regular assumptions about various things that are not always reasonable. I recall during one biblical example, he said something like, "Jesus thought..." Except that Jesus' thoughts weren't in the biblical narrative. We can guess what Jesus thought, felt, etc., but we need to acknowledge that we're speculating and cannot be absolutely sure. It is this type of presentation that leads to rigidity in theological interpretation. There are also times when he gets facts wrong about people and fields. For instance, he talked about how psychologists look to Freud as a source of wisdom and guidance. Sorry, Miller, psychologists largely haven't relied on Freud for several decades. These kinds of statements, along with the poor production, made the book lose credibility to me. If you're interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it. I cannot recommend the audiobook version at all, and the content is just "okay" from my perspective... Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joe Haack

    This is a solid book. Worth reading. My copy is marked up with more than usual marginalia. Miller's strength (I think) is categorizing aspects of Jesus' sprawling earthly ministry into helpful aphorisms (or as my friend John would say, "gospel nuggets"). One instance of this: Jesus says: "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." Because Jesus was True Humanity, Miller applies this to a marria This is a solid book. Worth reading. My copy is marked up with more than usual marginalia. Miller's strength (I think) is categorizing aspects of Jesus' sprawling earthly ministry into helpful aphorisms (or as my friend John would say, "gospel nuggets"). One instance of this: Jesus says: "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." Because Jesus was True Humanity, Miller applies this to a marriage fight: "Choosing humility... simply means that, rather than be controlled by the last mean thing the other person said, we take the lower place." Really good stuff. Be warned however, it is a slow read if you read it thoughtfully. Not because of boring prose, but because it is dense with good material.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Starr Cliff

    This author walks us through a look at the lovely, compassionate acts of Jesus. I see in myself the same tendency toward snap judgments and self - preservation that the disciples make, and find a new gratitude that Jesus is willing and able to make me more like Himself. Miraculous indeed. "Jesus lowers himself in order to care, while the disciples elevate themselves in order to judge.... They see sin, Jesus sees need.... The disciples see a completed tragedy and wonder who the villain was, Jesus This author walks us through a look at the lovely, compassionate acts of Jesus. I see in myself the same tendency toward snap judgments and self - preservation that the disciples make, and find a new gratitude that Jesus is willing and able to make me more like Himself. Miraculous indeed. "Jesus lowers himself in order to care, while the disciples elevate themselves in order to judge.... They see sin, Jesus sees need.... The disciples see a completed tragedy and wonder who the villain was, Jesus sees a story half-told, with the best yet to come."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah K

    In Goodreads terms, I liked this book. The principles and the use of scripture and the story of Jesus' life... excellent! The illustrations, personal examples and the writing... a little painful at times. The author clearly loves Jesus and knows the Bible well. I was encouraged and challenged to love others well and to follow in Jesus' examples. However, the painful points I mentioned were quite painful. I wondered if the illustrations were all real - based on friends, maybe? Some seemed contriv In Goodreads terms, I liked this book. The principles and the use of scripture and the story of Jesus' life... excellent! The illustrations, personal examples and the writing... a little painful at times. The author clearly loves Jesus and knows the Bible well. I was encouraged and challenged to love others well and to follow in Jesus' examples. However, the painful points I mentioned were quite painful. I wondered if the illustrations were all real - based on friends, maybe? Some seemed contrived. What bothered me about the personal illustrations is that many of them did not paint his family members, particularly his wife, in a pleasant way. I get this is a book about learning to love like Jesus... and we ALL could use some growth in that area!! Maybe everyone in his life approved of his using illustrations about them in this book. I don't know. If he had included a caveat about that, the book would have been 10000% better in my opinion. He did include stories of his struggles, but probably because he's a man and I'm a woman I reacted more strongly to his stories and was almost insulted. His marriage does not sound like mine. Some seemed to really get at very traditional gender norms that acted like "I'm doing my wife a favor whenever I do any household chores." There was a section about love as an exchange that went something like this: "if my wife asks me to vacuum while I am watching the news, I'm sacrificing my free time for hers." More context could have made this example A-OK! But without it, it could be interpreted as a woman begging off her duties for no reason. Also, the writing just seemed awkward at times. I did read the revised edition but still some parts sounded off. Overall, I still learned from this book and was challenged by it (not just in fuming about his gendered examples! I am not really super feminist but those aspects of the book did bother me!).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Mitchell

    Loved Walked Among Us has quickly become one of my “everyone” books. As soon as I read it, I ordered a case of copies to put in the hands of everyone in our church and everyone who crossed my path. Paul Miller’s keen study of how Jesus loved people is fresh, unique, and eminently readable–full of winsome wisdom in succinct sentences and 3D stories. Everyone can profit from reading it–from closet Pharisees (like me) to honest unbelievers searching out the true identity of Jesus. Miller takes us on Loved Walked Among Us has quickly become one of my “everyone” books. As soon as I read it, I ordered a case of copies to put in the hands of everyone in our church and everyone who crossed my path. Paul Miller’s keen study of how Jesus loved people is fresh, unique, and eminently readable–full of winsome wisdom in succinct sentences and 3D stories. Everyone can profit from reading it–from closet Pharisees (like me) to honest unbelievers searching out the true identity of Jesus. Miller takes us on a tour of the gospels, shining a spotlight on the surprising ways and whys of Jesus’ love for people and connecting the dots to our lives today. The book is the condensed fruit of a longer study of the Person of Jesus available on the author’s helpful website: SeeJesus.net. The only thing missing in LWAU is a chapter by chapter discussion guide for small groups, so I wrote one for our church.  Love Walked Among Us climaxes with our Lord’s death and resurrection, making it a great book for everyone to read as Easter approaches. Buy two copies: one to read and one to give away. *** This review was originally published in EFCA Today (Winter 2009) and is used with permission.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Braxton Schieler

    This was a strong look into the life of Jesus, and Miller makes a compelling case to follow him. He starts with an opening that says something to the effect of "Jesus was a good example of love, no matter what you think about religion, you could probably benefit from this." Then he looks at how Jesus loved others, he looks at how we can love others in the same way, and he finishes with a pretty powerful section on the gospel. It's easy to read and understand and I think readers will find it quit This was a strong look into the life of Jesus, and Miller makes a compelling case to follow him. He starts with an opening that says something to the effect of "Jesus was a good example of love, no matter what you think about religion, you could probably benefit from this." Then he looks at how Jesus loved others, he looks at how we can love others in the same way, and he finishes with a pretty powerful section on the gospel. It's easy to read and understand and I think readers will find it quite convicting. For a mature Christian, this read will not be particularly insightful, but if you're someone who is kind of on the fence about religion, or has dabbled in it over time, or grew up in a Christian home but don't know why anyone would consider staying faithful to Jesus now, I think it's a really good book. Even if you've walked with Jesus for a while, there are a lot of good truths in here that I thought were wonderful to be reminded of.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    God's timing is always perfect, and I smile as I reflect on how- though He has done it over and over again- I am often surprised by how timely devotional books are for the season I am walking through. I think it makes these books more precious to me as God uses them to convict, encourage, and guide me as I seek to be more wholly His. Paul Miller shares stories from his own life intermingled with insight into our Savior and His radical love for others. He also throws in some timely stories of othe God's timing is always perfect, and I smile as I reflect on how- though He has done it over and over again- I am often surprised by how timely devotional books are for the season I am walking through. I think it makes these books more precious to me as God uses them to convict, encourage, and guide me as I seek to be more wholly His. Paul Miller shares stories from his own life intermingled with insight into our Savior and His radical love for others. He also throws in some timely stories of other people who have imitated our Savior's love in the way they have chosen to love in this life. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and definitely plan to read more of his books. Highly recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This starts out as an exploration into love, prompted by the author's wife. He turns to the Gospels and looks at how Jesus demonstrates love. There are some good insights, and relevant anecdotes in the earlier parts of the book. I found those sections interesting and challenging. But towards the end of the book it turns into a basic Bible study with a salvation message, rather than continuing the theme of exploring how to express love in the context of marriage and family life. Well-written and This starts out as an exploration into love, prompted by the author's wife. He turns to the Gospels and looks at how Jesus demonstrates love. There are some good insights, and relevant anecdotes in the earlier parts of the book. I found those sections interesting and challenging. But towards the end of the book it turns into a basic Bible study with a salvation message, rather than continuing the theme of exploring how to express love in the context of marriage and family life. Well-written and potentially useful, but not as inspiring as the other books I've read by this author. Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Deeply challenging and at the same time wonderfully encouraging. An in depth look at Jesus life and the way he loved and still loves now. Truths into why we struggle to love well while reminding us that this is our chief aim as Christians, to love others. I would recommend this to any Christian but even possibly those seeking to know who Jesus is. I will read this book again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jasonwilkerson

    The author has some helpful things to say. He regularly spends time simply narrating events in the gospels without an obvious view towards advancing his points. It began to seem as though he was doing so simply to add length to the book. I felt the book could have been 100 pages shorter and lost nothing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Batson

    If you think you love like Jesus did; you are wrong. Miller will bring you to a place of humility and repentance. Simultaneously giving you a new perspective on how Jesus’ love for ALL, can, and will dwell in us. By submitting ALL the dark places to him, it is through those places; Jesus show us how to love ALL.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Lopez

    So, so good. I got this off of a special needs and faith reading list, and while it is not specifically about special needs it touches on it beautifully. I thought I’d just listen on audible but it is so good I want to go back and write notes in my Bible. I love how he entertwines stories of Jesus with daily life interactions with family.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Rohde

    Great book! For those of us who follow Jesus, we need to always remember that it is in looking at him that we see God and see how we are called to love. This book challenged me when it comes to how I approach loving others. But what should one expect from a book examining how Jesus loved others. He is not safe, but he is good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melisa Blankenship

    I really liked this book. It looks at love, and the things that hinder love, through illustrations from the author's experience compared against the life and interactions of Jesus. The TOC breaks down the different facets of love and what that looks like. There are a variety of biblical illustrations that aren't overtly "about love" but the author shows us the love within the situation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Todd McGlinchey

    I used this as a devotional and read 1 chapter a day. It is so good and definitely increased my passion to be more like Jesus and love as he loved. It was very challenging but I loved the examples and scripture references. I will definitely read this again. I loved this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Balkon

    I wish I could give this book 10 stars! It is phenomenal—probably the best book I’ve read all year. Paul’s writing is clear, direct and easy to read. This book will challenge you to change your outlook on life to be more aligned with Jesus and open your eyes to just how revolutionary His love is!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tryphena Schrock

    Humility, candid snapshots of life with his family, learning to love in insignificant moments. This is why I read Paul Miller. His writing is so full of hope. So full of Jesus.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Chester

    This was one of my favorite Christian books I have ever read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I have learned so much from this book, God is truly working through this man's life to help teach us. Already my way of thinking about love has changed drastically. Praise God.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Meandering book While there were some pearls scattered throughout the book, those pearls could have been shared in a blog post or article.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I read this book slowly over a looooong period of time. I love Paul Miller's simple, convicting style.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Harris

    Another Gem by Paul Miller Wonderful and moving recount of the life of Jesus that was and continues through His followers today. Highly recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Willcox

    Excellent book! Reads like a longer devotional.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Philip Parker

    What a great read. I like his writing style. After reading His book Prayer Life I decided to get this one also. I like the way he weaves his personal honest challenges into his writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven A Doss

    Paul Miller writes in a way where you feel like he gets it. He struggles as you do with living out your faith. He has bad days and good days. In it all though, he points you to the beauty of Christ.

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