Spoken For: Embracing Who You Are and Whose You Are
by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke
Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke have tapped into one of the great needs in the heart of most women—to be loved. They’ve written this book, Spoken For, all about the divine romance, the way God loves us, pursues us, and calls us His own.
The book is an extremely easy read. I read it in a quick afternoon. Each chapter generally starts with them taking turns telling part of their own love stories (dating, engagement, wedding day) and then relates that to how God loves us with a few Scripture verses. They conclude each chapter with about five questions for further discussion.
This is not a Bible study. The discussions stay fairly superficial and while it may work well for a book club, I wouldn’t choose to use it for my next women’s Bible study book. It would be a great fit however, for a high school or college small group for women or even for women who haven’t been Christians long and need to discover their identity in Christ. The book is also a sweet encouragement of our position in Christ for any Christian woman who struggles with feeling unloved.
I’m not a particularly emotional, romance-loving, wedding-show-watching woman. I don’t care for most ‘chick flicks’ and didn’t start planning my wedding in high school. I didn’t dream about ‘the perfect proposal’ and I don’t read romance novels or watch the Hallmark channel. If you do, you’ll love this book! But it kind of emphasized emotions and tendencies that just aren’t me. That isn’t at all meant to take away from this book’s best audience or purpose. As a straightforward encouragement that God loves you, this book is lovely—simple and sweet and true.
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