There is no doubt that author and pastor John Burke love people. Throughout his writing in Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People you get an impassioned view of his heart and the heart that he is hoping to cultivate within others.
True to its title, Unshockable Love presents story after shocking story of people’s situations and journey’s to Christ. The book also gives a refreshing account of the heart of those who were initially shocked or even repulsed by a person and then allowed Christ to change their hearts and love them as Jesus.
My one critique of the book is that the author used the pharisees as a foil to God’s unshockable love and consistently linked those who are shocked to the pharisees. Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with that association – in fact, in may often be very appropriate. Yet, sometimes people react strongly out of a wounded heart – where something in the other person triggers a memory or association to someone or something that wounded them. Rather than being a pharisee, that person is being self-protective. Granted, it is not healthy for someone to remain in that heart state regarding such associations; but I would have like to have seen the book explore this topic a bit more (it was touched on a little bit in the “wounded healer” chapter).
Overall, the book is well written, well thought out, and helpful for those who seek to have their hearts shaped with the unshockable love of Jesus Christ for other people.
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