Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. 224 pp. $10.87.
We know the gospel. We love the gospel. But, sometimes, if we are not careful, we will fail to connect the truths of the gospel to our day-to-day life. Elyse Fitzpatrick, wonderful author, speaker, and biblical counselor, offers us a sweet reminder of just how important it is to keep the gospel front and center in all that we are. Fitzpatrick offers excellent and practical counsel to us that stems from solid theology.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Fitzpatrick’s work is the way that she applies deep theology to our daily lives. For example, the author shows us how a proper grasp of the atoning work of Christ deeply impacts our motivation for obedience. Fitzpatrick shows us that, when we grasp that Christ has been punished fully for the sins of God’s children, we who know him do not have to perform some sort of penance in order to receive his approval. In another instance, Fitzpatrick shows how a focus on the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus can help us to walk through a variety of life issues.
I would highly recommend Because he Loves Me to any believer. This book has much to offer with theological depth and practical application. We all need a little more gospel in our lives, and Fitzpatrick does well to help us make that happen.
I received a free audio version of this book to review from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. The narration by Renee Raudman was absolutely outstanding. She makes the book a joy to listen to with her great inflections and clarity.