The God-Shaped Heart by Timothy R. Jennings Review


Synopsis: The key to spiritual and emotional health is to grasp the truth of God’s transforming love for us and then let that reality influence our own hearts and relationships. It seems simple, but we are experts at complicating simple things. Instead of living lives characterized by love we find ourselves trapped in cycles of shame, violence, and addiction that steal our joy and keep us from loving others–so much so that, by all indications, Christians are living no differently than anyone else when it comes to abuse rates, use of pornography, alcohol and drug addiction, and more.
Christian psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Jennings wants to release us from this prison. With powerful illustrations from case studies and from Scripture, Jennings shows believers who are stuck in addiction, violence, fear, and broken relationships how to experience true freedom through God’s transforming love to experience greater health, fulfillment, and well-being.

My Thoughts: For the first about 30 pages, I expected to really like this book. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. It is clear that the author (a medical doctor) is very intelligent, but as a result, there were a lot of info. dumps and a lot of things were too scientific for my liking.

The book has a good overall lesson…love is the key, but I got lost with a lot of the facts and the writing style. I also felt a bit defeated after reading this…it did not give me a hopeful feeling like most Christian non-fiction books I’ve read. There was a lot of criticism of the Christian church and Christians in general which I didn’t like.

I also disagreed with a few things presented in the book…scripture is used but I wasn’t on board with his interpretation of some of it.

The scale for spiritual maturity was interesting, I found it informative.

Overall, I was not impressed with this book and probably wouldn’t recommend it.

My Rating: 2 stars

I received this book from Baker publishers for review.

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