(Book review) Upward, Inward, Outward: Love God. Love Yourself. Love Others


Reviewed by Alec Tebben, a professional writing major at Taylor University.

 


Introduction

Title: Upward, Inward, Outward: Love God. Love Yourself. Love Others

Author: Daniel Fusco

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: Fall 2017

Format: Paperback

Length: 246 pages

OVERVIEW

What is the meaning of life?  What are we, as humans, made to do?  How do we find fulfillment in our lives?  Those are some heavy questions, but Daniel Fusco reminds us that God has already provided us with the answers.  First, love God.  This is the foundation of everything else in our lives.  Second, learn to love yourself by seeing yourself in the light of what Jesus has done for you.  And third, love your neighbors through the power of the Holy Spirit.

By walking us through each step and providing practical ways to apply the insight given by each chapter, Fusco helps us understand the “art of living.”  In addition, the relatable and entertaining stories he shares from his life, put together with his casual tone, make the book accessible and easy to read.  Although many of the scripture passages may be very familiar to seasoned Christians, Fusco offers some new insights on their meaning, their impact, and their pertinence to aspects of coping with 21st century challenges.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

General Christian adult readers seeking to strengthen their faith.

Christian Impact

Many people, even Christians, find themselves feeling unfulfilled.  They long for deeper connections and look to satisfy their longings in countless places.  This book reminds Christians that a true sense of fulfillment can only be found in connection with God, and the book helps them move in that direction.



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