Love That Works


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Dietrich Bonhoeffer once proclaimed, “It is not your love that sustains marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.” Thus he acknowledged a truth that today is, at best, ignored: it takes a form to hold and preserve the content of any relationship, whether in marriage, family, community or with God Himself.

In an era when true and lasting love often seems little more than an elusive storybook fantasy, Love That Works seeks to rediscover the ancient Hebrew concept of chesed—the enduring form of covenant love. For many readers, this book has provided an entryway into a profound change of perspectives, which in turn has brought real changes to real relationships, bringing love out of the realm of abstraction and into the concrete reality of people, place and time. In short, it has revealed the contours of an actionable love—a love that works.