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Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accNowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, "Love Walked Among Us" will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Become more like Jesus and grow in your relationship with God....

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Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus Reviews

  • Jonathan McIntosh
    2019-02-28 20:04

    Love Walked Among Us is the first book from Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life... and I think it is just as good as its more well known successor.Two things happen as you read Love Walked Among Us:1. You get a fresh look at Jesus, at the way he loved and interacted with others. Jesus leaps off the pages. And you easily find yourself in amazement of him... possibly even falling in love with him. This book truly stirred my affections for him.2. You get a long (and often hard) look at what it means practically to love like Jesus loves. The strength of Miller's writing on this point are his honest (and often embarrassing) examples from his own life. Illustrations of his own lack of love and growth in love flow easily and its easy to see yourself in his stories.I will return to this challenging yet refreshing book often. But I would also recommend it as a first book on Jesus for new or non-Christians.

  • Emma K
    2019-02-23 22:10

    A beautiful picture of Jesus. I love how He becomes more human through this book, yet still just as much God.

  • Jordan Shirkman
    2019-03-05 00:03

    I’m always challenged by Paul Miller’s humility and his view of Jesus. He doesn’t pretend to have love all figured out, but he points us to the One who does.

  • Jaimie
    2019-02-21 21:07

    ***2016 Reading Challenge - A book you previously abandoned***I'm writing this review, having just finished the last chapter of the book, thankful that you cannot see me because I'm ugly crying. To put it in a nutshell: 5 stars, highly recommend. While I recommend it, I am also convicted that no one needed to read this book more than I did. It's a very humble book with a big impact. Timothy Keller said about this book, "If Jesus or Jesus' saving grace is just an abstraction to you, Paul Miller will be a great help in making his love a living reality to your heart." I can identify with that. Honestly, it's really hard to get to know Jesus in the gospels through all the haze of time and cultural differences. It's also hard to reconcile isolated Bible scriptures or stories with the whole life and work of Jesus. And sometimes its easier to understand a theology about Jesus than to understand theology through the person of Jesus. This book is the polished gem of Miller's own in-depth study of the person of Jesus in the gospels. It is very practical; you will leave knowing Jesus in a very concrete way. But it is also very spiritual; you will leave knowing Jesus in a very real way. Here are some gems:"We instinctively know that love leads to commitment, so we look away when we see a beggar. We might have to pay if we look too closely and care too deeply. Loving means losing control of our schedule, our money, and our time. When we love we cease to be the master and become a servant.""If the eye is the lamp of the soul, then the soul of Jesus is filled with people.""Compassion affects us. Maybe that's why we judge so quickly - it keeps us from being infected by other people's problems. Passing judgement is just so efficient.""Judging is knee-jerk, quick, and bereft of thought, while compassion is slow and thought-filled.""Judging separates and, thus, destroys community; compassion unites and creates community.""If we follow the Golden Rule, there is no guarantee that we will be treated the same in return. No one knows this better than Jesus. As he was dying on the cross, the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself!" (Mark 15:31)...The question, "Who will make the first move?" is answered. God did.""Jesus shows us that without truth, our relationships lack definition and meaning...The gift of compassion must be accompanied by the gift of truth.""He is both the true-peacemaker and the false-peacebreaker. Jesus' angry honesty disrupts false peace...Even though honesty can be painful and justice often separates, honesty and justice resolve injustice.""Compassion begins by looking at the other person. Reconciliation begins by looking at yourself...The only way to be honest without being judgmental is not by learning a principle, but by going through a process where you reflect, How do I do the same thing?"[Sorry, guys just two more!]"Evil isn't just out there. It's in us. As we've seen, Jesus repeatedly takes our pointing finger and gently turns it back toward us. He interrupts our quiet superiority and blame shifting by holding a mirror up to our faces. The problem isn't other people, it's me...Because we have trouble seeing this, we also have trouble seeing that our evil has consequences. It just doesn't seem that bad. God's anger at sin seems like an overreaction...Jesus' gift of love makes sense if we accept Jesus' assessment of us - we're empty people who need to be filled, selfish people who need to be turned outward, sinners who need to be forgiven.""When Jesus became a person, he became a person forever. He didn't just hold his nose for thirty years, and then it was all over. He, the Son of God, was permanently changed because of his love for humanity. So if loving means changes for me, that is okay - it meant permanent change for Jesus. Love is forever."These are only the tip of the iceberg. Get the book. Read the book. Learn more about Jesus.

  • Josh Morgan
    2019-03-15 00:12

    This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com).A theme of this blog is exploring what it means to love in Christ. Paul E. Miller's book, Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus, is a good addition to that discussion. Miller fills his book with many illustrations from both the biblical narrative and his and friends' lives. This approach really helps ground the principles, brings many of them to life, and creates a real-world application.Unfortunately, that's where my praise stops, although I have to say at the outset that it was very difficult to pay attention to the content. I repeatedly have said that I love it when the author reads his/her own work when it's nonfiction. Miller has good inflection and sometimes displays his passion. However, this very well may be the worst produced audiobook I've ever listened to. Miller's pressured speech and regular stumbles and misreadings made it very challenging to listen to. I love audiobooks and listen to them regularly, plus my wife has narrated and edited some audiobooks, so I have some familiarity with the production process. Stumbles are normal, but that's what going back and re-recording the line and editing is for. The narration was so bad I actually contacted the publisher to ensure I didn't accidentally receive a draft version. I was told they attempted to fix what they could but were unable to re-record.The errors and narration were distracting in the way that a poorly written paper with frequent spelling and grammatical errors are distracting (at least to me), preventing the core message from coming through. When I could hear the content honestly, I'm not sure I really heard anything particularly new or challenging. There were some good lessons, but I think there's other resources that are more effective at sending this message.The complaint I had about content was that Miller seemed to make regular assumptions about various things that are not always reasonable. I recall during one biblical example, he said something like, "Jesus thought..." Except that Jesus' thoughts weren't in the biblical narrative. We can guess what Jesus thought, felt, etc., but we need to acknowledge that we're speculating and cannot be absolutely sure. It is this type of presentation that leads to rigidity in theological interpretation. There are also times when he gets facts wrong about people and fields. For instance, he talked about how psychologists look to Freud as a source of wisdom and guidance. Sorry, Miller, psychologists largely haven't relied on Freud for several decades. These kinds of statements, along with the poor production, made the book lose credibility to me.If you're interested in this book, read it, don't listen to it. I cannot recommend the audiobook version at all, and the content is just "okay" from my perspective...Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Joe Haack
    2019-03-22 21:05

    This is a solid book. Worth reading. My copy is marked up with more than usual marginalia. Miller's strength (I think) is categorizing aspects of Jesus' sprawling earthly ministry into helpful aphorisms (or as my friend John would say, "gospel nuggets").One instance of this: Jesus says: "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." Because Jesus was True Humanity, Miller applies this to a marriage fight: "Choosing humility... simply means that, rather than be controlled by the last mean thing the other person said, we take the lower place." Really good stuff. Be warned however, it is a slow read if you read it thoughtfully. Not because of boring prose, but because it is dense with good material.

  • Starr Cliff
    2019-03-14 17:57

    This author walks us through a look at the lovely, compassionate acts of Jesus. I see in myself the same tendency toward snap judgments and self - preservation that the disciples make, and find a new gratitude that Jesus is willing and able to make me more like Himself. Miraculous indeed. "Jesus lowers himself in order to care, while the disciples elevate themselves in order to judge.... They see sin, Jesus sees need.... The disciples see a completed tragedy and wonder who the villain was, Jesus sees a story half-told, with the best yet to come."

  • Kate
    2019-03-20 22:56

    Deeply challenging and at the same time wonderfully encouraging. An in depth look at Jesus life and the way he loved and still loves now. Truths into why we struggle to love well while reminding us that this is our chief aim as Christians, to love others. I would recommend this to any Christian but even possibly those seeking to know who Jesus is. I will read this book again.

  • Stephanie Batson
    2019-02-22 18:59

    If you think you love like Jesus did; you are wrong. Miller will bring you to a place of humility and repentance. Simultaneously giving you a new perspective on how Jesus’ love for ALL, can, and will dwell in us. By submitting ALL the dark places to him, it is through those places; Jesus show us how to love ALL.

  • Jasonwilkerson
    2019-03-12 00:01

    The author has some helpful things to say. He regularly spends time simply narrating events in the gospels without an obvious view towards advancing his points. It began to seem as though he was doing so simply to add length to the book. I felt the book could have been 100 pages shorter and lost nothing.

  • Andreea Melinte Szasz
    2019-02-21 18:11

    3.5

  • Chris Wilson
    2019-03-05 19:20

    I don't know that I'll read a better book this year. It's only February and that may be a bold statement, but I believe it's true. Paul Miller is sharp, penetrating, and insightful in his work to help us better understand what it looks like to "love like Jesus."Perhaps the best part of the book for me was the invitation throughout to reenter and fall in love with the Gospel all over again. Having become a believer at the age of seventeen there is no use in pretending that parts of my heart hadn't become calloused in the intervening sixteen years. However, as Paul moves through Scripture and examines the life of Jesus I could feel those layers, hardened by sin and cynicism, being peeled back and new life being breathed into my weary soul.I'm grateful for this book and hope you'll take some time to read it as well. As you read be sure to ponder the good news of the gospel, confess sin, rest in Jesus sufficient work on your behalf, and then go out loving and serving others freely.

  • C.E. Hart
    2019-03-19 19:14

    Audiobook ReviewJesus is Love, and He walked among us on this earth as an example of how to love, empathize, and have compassion for others. By observing His life, we can change our thoughts and views of this world and beyond. We can make our lives better, as well as those around us. We are here to make a difference, and what better way than to emulate Him.Love Walked Among Us is broken down into 5 parts: Love Shows Compassion, Love Speaks the Truth, Love Depends on God, Love is Energized by Faith, and Love Moves Through Death into Life. Jesus’ walk on this Earth demonstrates the greatest examples of compassion, truth, love, faith, death, and life, and provides the path for us to be transformed.I love how the narrator, Paul E. Miller (also the author) displayed Jesus’ actions. Looking at people, listening, empathizing, and loving them. This information was presented differently and more clearly than I’ve experienced in other books. Jesus’ love and compassion is palpable.Love Walked Among Us will (should) prick your heart. Biblical stories and parables show Jesus’ compassion for others and stands as examples of how we should be. After listening to this audiobook I see things differently than I previously did—not that I didn’t know Jesus, or His ways, but it convicted me, bringing to light instances when I’ve judged others, when I’ve taken others for granted, when I’ve missed opportunities to see the world through His eyes.This book makes an impact and provides a beautiful, unforgettable portrait of Love that walked and continues to walk among us.Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audiobook is spectacular. It is clear, without distracting background music or noise.Audio Narration: In the first chapter, I’m not drawn in. The narrative pacing is stilted and the narrator’s inflection feels ‘off’. The second chapter is where I become invested in this book. The pacing increases and the voice is more natural. In some places it is still evident that he is reading, rather than speaking, but I’m only distracted minimally and infrequently. Though I feel the narration could be more effective by someone other than the author, I still recommend the audiobook over a physical or ebook copy.Publisher: NavPressAudio Length: 6:05:06Pages: 274First Lines: Jesus lived 2000 years ago in a time very different from our own. His world was almost entirely Jewish; only an occasional Gentile appears in the Gospels. His was a world of close-knit families—individuals didn’t exist apart from their extended families. All a person had was family and clan. If you lost them, you lost everything.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from christianaudio. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  • JLynn
    2019-03-06 00:26

    Paul Miller has occasional points and questions that are very thought-provoking in this book. But, the author really plays fast and loose with the Word of God. If Miller had included some "perhaps" statements, this whole problem could've been solved. But, he continually wrote conjectures as facts. It was disturbing and distracting.Here are a few examples:pg. 131 "Jesus didn't have a problem with 'what' Mary wanted (wine for the feast)--just 'why' she wanted it (to show him off)." [There is ABSOLUTELY NO indication in John 2 that Mary wants to show Jesus off. She tells him of a need and tells the servants to do whatever he says. There's not even an indication that she knew he would miraculously solve this problem. All we see from her is that she told him of the problem]pg 135 "In all her previous encounters with Jesus, Mary moved to take control..." [No! We don't see that! And, as every somewhat mature communicator will tell you, "all" and "every," etc. are loaded words that mean something very severe. All? ALL of Mary's encounters with Jesus? Ugh. No]Pg 188 "This woman knows the male ego well. Buttering up worked with at least six guys, so why not try it on this one?" [This is the woman at the well. Again, Miller is using conjecture and his own opinion. If he had said, "Perhaps, this woman knew the male ego..." He cannot say for sure how this woman had five husbands and now has another man in her house. The Bible never says her methods! He is not working in fact. And, this passage comes out feeling misogynistic. Actually, other parts of the book felt a little misogynistic to me as he relayed interactions with his wife. It might be generational, but it didn't feel good]I just wanted to give some examples of Miller's handling of the Word of God, so that you can decide for yourself whether to read this book. I might recycle it rather than giving it to Goodwill...

  • Rose
    2019-03-16 23:13

    I received this book courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review. Narrator Thoughts ~ Once again I was treated to an author read book. It always adds an extra demention to the book when the author can add his or her own touch to the book. I enjoyed hearing this author read his book with emotion and passion. While it wasn't the most perfessional I've heard and at times I felt they could have done a better job of editing. Still I think the soulfulness and beauty of the author reading it was worth it. Book Thoughts ~ The title of this book was intriuging to me. The past few years God has been showing me how to trust in His love and love others in the same way. Sadly though, lately I had been slipping into the habit of being selfish. This book challenged me to the core. Through personal struggle and looking at the life of Jesus, Paul shows how we can love like Jesus. After I was halfway done with the book, I noticed my perspective was changing. I started to notice others needs. Instead of getting upset, I would try to see it from their perspective. Instead of confronting a friend about an issue, we sat down and I gently told her what I was seeing cause a rif in our relationship. We cleared the air and we were both built up. When I chose to lift her up and see things through her eyes, the result was the deepening of a relationship. This book was so good at just showing how Jesus loved and showing how we could love in the same way. I love Pauls mix of honesty and story. It was exactly what I needed to hear.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn to love like Jesus loved and loves. You can buy this audiobook at christianaudio.com or amazon.com

  • Emartinez
    2019-03-06 00:12

    This book is one of the top books I've ever read on the life of Jesus Christ.It's not biographical, it's personal. Same as the author's life. He makes it so it doesn't matter that they are his stories, this Jesus is for him, for you, and for me in the way that only Jesus (and Christ in us) can love. It's tender-hearted, God-glorifying, doctrinally sound. It's also pretty anecdotal which is what makes it inspiring and creative.

  • Scottie
    2019-03-04 22:20

    Miller pulls together many sources to help us to Love others as Christ loves us. But, for me, the lesson of this book is Chapter 20, FACING SADNESS: WHEN LOVE LEADS TO GRIEF. Although I initially read it during divorce recovery, I've pulled it back out in 2015, a year of loss (my Godchildren's grandmother, most unexpectedly following routine surgery) after loss (my mid-life raven) after loss (my elderly Raven). And Chapter 20 says this: TO LOVE IS TO SUFFER. TO JOURNEY THROUGH LOVE IS TO JOURNEY THROUGH SADNESS.That's been my experience (it was on page 216). Then, on page 219, Miller says:"Most of us get angry when we are hurt, and sad when we see others hurt. But Jesus is just the opposite. When he is hurt, he feels SAD; when others are hurt, he gets MAD. Because he is bound to the Father and not to his own feelings, he feels no bitterness or self-pity. ... Outwardly, we are to love. Inwardly, we are to feel sadness. Anger can be a demand for immediate justice, while sadness makes no demands on the other person to be different. Sadness is [the] pure response to evil. Sadness is [the] pure response to evil. No wonder I feel sad. Merry, RIP. Uncle Ed, RIP. ETW, I love you.

  • Savio Sebastian
    2019-03-14 19:21

    Loving people is hard. It is not efficient. But it is absolutely necessary. I really like how the author draws on Jesus' life and also stories from his own family to illustrate what it is to truly love and live sacrificial lives.It is very challenging.Love people by looking at them and seeing their pain and valuing them. When we judge people we look at them in disdain.Love people by asking questions instead of making assumptions.Legalism blocks compassion. Legalism gives us value - but it also exhausts us and others.Our failure to see our own faults make us judge other people's sins more. You can take off the speck in your brothers eye if you first deal with your own sin.Don't avoid the hard work of reconciliation. Jesus calls us to love our enemies. . Even people you can't stand.Love is not efficient. You don't push your will on others. You don't help others just because of your want to get on with your agenda.Love without pushing your agenda. Instead ask questions.

  • Jenn
    2019-02-23 01:09

    This book met me at the perfect time. After many years of diving into theological apologetics and doctrinal study, I wanted God to teach me how to apply truth and live a life like Jesus. Miller's "Love Walked Among Us" blends a scriptural and humane portrayal of Jesus with the transparency of personal stories of Miller's failures and learnings in his imperfect life of mimicking Love Himself. This book beckons you into intimacy with the author and Jesus. It disarms you with humor and authenticity. "Through the Spirit, we receive the very character of Jesus -- his instincts, his heart, his boldness. Jesus gives us a relationship, an inner guide to accompany us through the labyrinth of love. He spurs us on to love. Love, then, is not a hopeless, uphill task. With Jesus alive and "on the inside," the disciples begin to sound like their master, something that they had not been able to do before." I hope you will find the same to be true after you read this book.

  • Jeanie
    2019-03-07 19:20

    Love is so missused and misunderstood. Reading the word, you can see how Jesus loved with all that was within him. He looked, he acted, he actually touched lives. Taking the word, personal experiences that can look like ours, Paul Miller paints a beautiful picture of love for us to reflect and apply in our lives with others. He starts with what keeps us from loving. Compassion and judging are two different ways of seeing. (page 48) Judging separates and compassion unites. Our own pride keeps us from loving. with legalism as the fruit of pride. Our helplessness in our state, helps break down those doors that we are able to love freely and to love well. With love comes much suffering. It is trusting in faith what God has done and to continue to do so without an agenda on our part. We learn humility and we are free to be humble

  • The Men's Ministry of Denton Bible Church
    2019-03-09 18:18

    Jesus was love personified, love walking among us. Such an example doesn't just happen. How did he do it? And how can we learn to love like him? In this book, we get to know Jesus, to observe his life and his love as they unfold in the gospel narratives. Questions will be asked like: How do you love someone when you get no love in return, only withdrawal or ingratitude? How do you love when you have your own problems? When do you take care of yourself? When you are compassionate, people use you; but when you are honest, people get angry. So how do you love with both compassion and honesty? In every way, Jesus' life exemplifies the full potential of what we were intended to be.

  • Lindsey
    2019-03-04 19:13

    I was in a Bible study that lasted over a year and this was our text. I highly recommend this book - it's an easy read with deep theological themes and a very real and relevant representation of who Christ was and is and how we can be more like Him in our daily lives. It attacks the reality of our human nature and understanding as well as our twisted view of what loving like Christ means, but also presents very practical and effective ways to step out of our box and into the reality of seeing and loving like Christ. I hightly recommend reading the book even if you don't do it as part of a study.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-02 20:09

    "Humility hurts, but such is love. When love is difficult, it's often because it involves humiliation. . . When we humble ourselves, we create a vacuum, which God can step into and fill, rather than trying to manage and control things on our own. Jesus said, 'He who humbles himself will be exalted' (Luke 14:11). Waiting for God is the hard part. . . The surest way to be one with God is to accept humiliation." "Love is not efficient. . . Jesus gets irritated when he can't be interrupted - he loves to love." So good - my friend's mom gave it to me right before I left for Spain in 2009 for study abroad and said it changed her life. I finally read it, and it changed mine! So so good.

  • Ko Matsuo
    2019-03-05 17:25

    This book will change your life. Paul Miller looks at the life of Jesus through the lens of what it means to love. His insights provide a basis on which to look introspectively at how superficial and self-seeking I am in how I look at and interact with people. It's a reminder not only of how inefficient relationships are, but also how my actions and reactions are modeled after how other people treat me, not on what Jesus has done. Miller has a tendency to drift into a slight moralistic worldview but he does bring Gospel application back at the end. This is a book not to be skimmed.

  • Adam Shields
    2019-03-18 00:58

    Short Review: I like Paul Miller's writing. It is simple, filled with family stories, uses lots of extended bible quotes to give full context and is focused on spiritual development. This book is about studying Jesus to learn how to live others in our lives better. This would make a good small group discussion book, especially a married small group because so many of the personal examples are based in his marriage.My full review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/love-walked/

  • Rick Haggard
    2019-02-26 00:12

    Jesus comes to life in this book as a real and very human being. By intertwining stories of his own life, often self effacing, the author draws a clear picture of the Savior as well as a defined path to being more like Him. I'm on my third copy and have gifted at least five. After three years and numerous complete reads, I still refer to it on a nearly daily basis. It will redefine your concept of love.

  • Martha
    2019-03-13 00:05

    I love this book for the purpose for which it was written: introducing Jesus the man. The author set out to introduce Jesus to people who aren't used to churchy language.I think it is quite successful in this area. The writing is good. It definitely kept me interested...and opened up vistas into the life of Christ that this lifelong christian had never thought of. You won't be sorry if you read this one. It will stretch you mind and heart!

  • Brian
    2019-03-10 17:06

    This book is a positive read because I think it will break down some part of the stony residue on the heart of most Christians. It focuses on the ways in which Jesus loved others, what better example for us than the perfect man. I remember choking up many times reading this, I realised that if only I could love as he did, I'd find no time to sin.Anything about love I find essential reading, even if but a nugget changes my ways for the good I'm grateful. This is one that did.

  • Jeremy
    2019-03-06 23:00

    Started reading this devotionally and it's wonderful. The best practical book on Christian love in practice I've read. Am thinking of having some men's groups in our church read it next year. Miller has a knack for unveiling the meaning of Scripture (especially the gospels) and presenting the personality of Jesus as a model of love. His examples and applications are drawn from and target where we live.

  • Henry
    2019-02-21 18:12

    In this book, Paul Miller, the son of the late Westminster professor Jack Miller, offers us a study of the life of Jesus focused on how He loved people. It is a study at once both arresting and practically helpful. For those of us who are seeking to follow in the steps of Jesus,this book makes a substantial contribution as to how to do that.