Love Basics for Catholics
Illustrating God’s Love for Us throughout the Bible
by John Bergsma
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Pub Date 10 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 10 Apr 2023
When you begin to see the Bible as a book of love, it will change the way you view love, sex, marriage, family, and your personal relationship with God.
Walk with popular scripture scholar John Bergsma from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the wedding between the Lamb and the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation to learn how marriage in the Bible represents the love between God and his people.Bergsma focuses on what nine biblical marriages tell us about God’s relationship with us. These stories include:
- Adam and Eve—who show us that marriage is the culmination of all creation and that marriage can be an image of the Trinity;
- Ruth and Boaz—who display the tenderness and virtue of a marriage;
- Solomon and his bride in the Song of Songs—who illustrate a positive, healthy view of the body and physical beauty; and
- Jesus as Bridegroom of his people, the Church.
Using his popular, whimsical stick-figure illustrations and engaging style, Bergsma helps us understand scripture and salvation history in a unique, memorable way. He also provides insight into Church teachings on marriage and relationships—such as monogamy, the single life, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and Jesus’s words about divorce—to show how these teachings come from the love God shares with his people through the covenants in scripture.
A Note From the Publisher
In addition to teaching scripture at Franciscan, Bergsma is a frequent guest on Catholic radio, and he speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide. Bergsma has published a number of academic and popular works on the Bible and the Catholic faith, including Bible Basics for Catholics, New Testament Basics for Catholics, Psalm Basics for Catholics, and A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament.
"Lighthearted and profound, this book is a must read.”
Deacon Jason and Rachel Bulman
Contributors to Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
“Through John Bergsma’s trademark teaching style, simplicity, and humor, you will see love, marriage, and family in thrilling clarity as both human and divine, historical and eternal, personal and universal. We’ll call this required reading for all our couples!”
Damon and Melanie Owens
Cofounders of Joyful Ever After
“This book proves, once again, that Bergsma is not only a keen biblical mind but a masterful teacher, taking the most profound and deepest scriptural truths and making them understandable and digestible for any age. This little gem is a must read for all Catholics!”
Coauthor of Our Not-Quite-Holy Family
“This small book is deceptively simple. It is clear yet deep, practical yet profound. Indeed, only someone who is both a great scholar and a master teacher could’ve written it. And the line drawings make the lessons more memorable and teachable—for all ages! Highly recommended.”
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Thank you to NetGalley and Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to read an advanced reader's copy of this book for an honest review. (Publish Date: 10 Mar 2023)
“Love Basics for Catholics: Illustrating God’s Love for Us throughout the Bible” by John Bergsma was an enlightening and engaging book.
The author’s fun stick-figure illustrations and comical examples were very enjoyable and made his Biblical references easier to grasp from a modern perspective.
The author showed so many great examples of how different stories in the Bible all represent the love between God and his people. I felt enlightened by his perspective and found myself rereading the stories afterwards to feel a stronger impact of the words and connection with God.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it a delightful read. I would recommend it to anyone curious about connections between God’s love for us through scripture.