Book Reviews – Ideas for Loving Purposefully

This week we have looked at standing with the struggling.  Today I thought I’d share a couple of books that have encouraged me recently in my pursuit of loving others.  I hope you enjoy!

For your information, I have not nor will I gain anything monetarily or otherwise from reviewing these books.  This is purely for your information and encouragement.

LISTEN LOVE REPEAT, Other Centered Living In A Self-Centered World

by Karen Ehman, New York Times Bestselling Author 

“Karen’s words here speak my heart language – and echo the heart of God.”  Ann Voskamp

I am currently reading this gem.  Karen takes her own experience of being loved and purposefully loving others to the next level.  Her ability to write in a way that places no judgement on the reader, encourages us to do as the title says, “Listen, Love, [and] Repeat. Placing loving others above ourselves.  Each chapter is full of examples on how to listen for someone’s “heart drops”, as she calls them, and find a way to love them in a purposeful, intimate gift of love based on what you’ve learned from/about them.  This book is an easy read, but you won’t want to rush through it – every chapter needs time to ponder and personalize.  (Purchasing the book through the link above will support Proverbs 31 Ministries.)

Karen’s blog “Karen Ehman, live your priorities, love your life” is delightful, and diverse!  I especially enjoy her weekly post “#LoveYourLifeFriday .

if you find this Letter, My Journey To Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

a memoir by Hannah Brencher

I was first introduced to Hannah at a “Propel” Women’s Conference in Orlando last December.  She was a delightful speaker with an inviting personality that speaks “life” without a word.  Her book tells her story of a college graduate with big dreams, headed for New York City.  She finds herself very lonely. So lonely, in fact, that she ends up writing letters to absolute strangers, leaving them in the subways, restrooms, and in coat pockets all over New York City.  This advanced to her writing a blog and offering to write a letter to anyone who would request one, no questions asked.  I will let you ‘hear’ the rest of the story from her.  The book is absolutely delightful, and will tug at your heartstrings.  Hannah has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour,, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other publications.

You can learn more about Hannah and her purposeful love ventures at: or

Both books leave me realizing that loving others can be an adventure, if I allow God the freedom to move me and propel me in new ways!

With love,

Robin <3

p.s. Please let me know what you think about having book reviews once in a while.  Let me know if you read these, and what you think!  I will be off line for at least a week traveling and helping out my mom.  I’ll enjoy when we get back together again, real soon!


2 thoughts on “Book Reviews – Ideas for Loving Purposefully

  1. Yahoo! Robin, I ordered the book ‘if you find this letter…” I can’t wait to read it. It is giving me ideas on projects for my small group. And yes…please continue with book reviews. This is the 2nd book you suggested that I ordered.

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