Posted by: irenesroth | January 30, 2011

Book Review for Tyndale Publishers

       The Purpose of Passion
       Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware
       Tyndale House Publishers, 2010

       This is a great book about Dante’s work, The Divine Comedy. The
       authors journey through Dante’s book to discover what one of the
       most influential Christian writers of all time reveals about love.
       The compilation of quotes and the reflections that follow does a
       superb job of revealing all of the Dante’s messages about love.
       Bruner and Ware use a unique approach to extrapolate some of
       Dante’s key points. The book had me entranced and mesmerized
       as it plunges into the depths of the inferno. The authors take the
       reader on a journey through purgatory and into paradise. At each
       step, they point out an important lesson that can be learned about
       love and the beauty of love.
       The most important message of the book is that love doesn’t
       have to always be a sinful thing. Instead, love can be a beautiful
       thing that people should learn to enjoy and that can help us grow
       as human beings. As we know, while human love can be a
       beautiful thing that God uses to portray the incredible love He has
       for us, it can also be distorted into a negative monster because of
       sin. This is something that we could learn not to do.
       I really enjoyed reading the book. It is a book that will be
       understood by most lay readers since it doesn’t presuppose a lot
       of theoretical background. The reader will find him/herself totally
       transported into a orbit of love and passion. Any book that can do
       that with as much poise and grace as Bruner and Ware does
       deserves a lot of credit.
       I  received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers.   
       Reviewed by Irene S. Roth


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