Marked by Love: A Dare to Walk Away from Judgment and Hypocrisy Paperback – October 1, 2018

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What does it mean to be Marked by Love?“People are done with Christianity. I am done with Christianity. At least the Americanized version that dresses up on Sunday and the rest of the week is gossiping, backbiting, jealous, judgmental, and unethical. It seems at every turn Christians are doing more harm for the name of Jesus than help.”  –Tim Stevens   If you’ve ever been discouraged by Christianity—whether you’ve been a lifelong churchgoer or someone who left religion a long time ago—this book will change your life. God only spoke twice while Jesus was on earth. (We should probably sit up and pay attention.) Both times He said: Jesus is “marked by my love.” No tattoo. No handshake. No team colors or logos or code words. The only thing that marked Jesus Christ and the only thing that would mark His followers—love. Consider. . . How would I treat someone who I disagree with in a political discussion if I ran everything I said through a filter of love? How would I care for someone who is contemplating an abortion if I were marked by His love? How would I help a friend going through a divorce if I really loved him and his family? What would be different about my social media posts or comments if I really loved the people I was responding to or writing about? How would I show love toward the gay couple that moved in next door if I was actually following in Jesus’ steps? How would I treat the Hispanic family who I think may have crossed the border illegally and are living off government welfare if I were marked by his love? How would I respond to the homeless guy begging on the curb in a loving way? This is real life stuff. If every follower of Jesus was truly marked by love, it would change the world.  


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Marked by Love took me on a journey through the life, thoughts, and spiritual pilgrimage of Tim. He’s an engaging writer, but while I journeyed with Tim, something was resonating in my own heart, stretching me in a good way. I too want to be marked by love. Thank you, Tim, for a timely perspective reminder.” 
–Ron Edmondson, CEO, Leadership Network
 
“As I read this book, I thought—it’s about time! And frankly, I couldn’t put it down. I lost track of the times I said, ‘What?’ or ‘Wow!’ Tim is real, relatable, unfailingly honest—a breath of fresh air in what is often a stale Christian publishing culture. This is about character development instead of image management! It’s about time.”
–Ray Johnston, Senior Pastor of Bayside Church

“Showing the goodness of Jesus isn’t just about what we believe, it’s about how we love. In his new book, Marked by Love, Tim Stevens calls for a simpler life—one where every interaction and conversation is run through a filter of love. This is the kind of stuff that can change the world.”

–Craig Groeschel, Pastor of Life.Church and New York Times bestselling author

“Any author this honest deserves to be read. Tim Stevens’ vulnerability had me hooked from the first page. A book this relevant and practical must be read—and then read again—which I’ve just done. Anyone who shows up at church the next time I preach is going to be encouraged to buy his or her own copy. I’m holding on to mine!”
-Dr. Bob Laurent, Author of Thin Places & Teaching Pastor of Granger Community church
 

“Tim is about to take you on a wonderful, authentic ride. Enjoy the journey; embrace the invitation to be marked by love.”
–Randy Frazee, Pastor and author of What Happens After You Die
 

“This is a one-of-a-kind read worth adding to your bucket list. It’s not full of easy or safe topics, but every page grew my intellectual, emotional, and spiritual capacity. I set the book down grateful and motivated to take a second look at my own list of essentials and what to do about it.”
–Kem Meyer, communications advocate and author of Less Chaos. Less Noise. 

“This book will encourage, convict, and equip you with a fresh vision to love the way Jesus loves!”
-Jason Adam Miller, Pastor of South Bend City Church
 

“The game has changed for sharing faith. Old methods are out, and it’s time for a new approach. Read this book, and you’ll be better prepared for the new day that is dawning.”
–William Vanderbloemen, Founder and CEO Vanderbloemen Search Group
 

Marked by Love reads like a love letter addressed to me and every person who has ever felt disappointed or hurt by institutional Christianity. With raw honesty, beautiful storytelling, and a good measure of hilarious self-deprecation, Stevens inspires us to focus less on Christianity and more on Christ himself. If you’ve ever sat in a church pew and thought, ‘Something’s not quite right here,’ you need to read this book.”
–Eric Huffman Lead Pastor, The Story Houston
 

“The word is out. Emphasizing Jesus’ reminder that we’ll be known by our love, Tim Stevens has written a narrative laden with vulnerability that will not only persuade you of love’s priority but compel you to live it out.”
–Ricky Jenkins, Senior Pastor, Southwest Church Coachella Valley

“I laughed, felt the sting of conviction, and reflected with joyful hope while reading Marked by Love. Tim is a breath of fresh air to Christianity and a gift to everyone he encounters because he is truly marked by love.”
–Manda Carpenter, Writer and First Impressions Director at Soul City Church
 

“A good book is a curious thing. Whether it speaks to a felt need or awakens one, a good book comes alongside us like an old friend. It makes us think. It makes us feel. Marked by Love is a good book that does both. Rather than swiping through Tim’s new book, skimming from point to point, I sat with my old friend and read for a while. I recommend you do the same.” 
–Dr. Mark Beeson, Founding Pastor of Granger Community Church
 

“Tim outlines the simplicity and complexity of being marked by love, and why it should be the hallmark of those of us who follow Jesus. I’m so grateful for Tim’s voice and for this book.” 
-Carey Nieuwhof, Author and Founding Pastor of Connexus Church

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God only spoke twice while Jesus was on earth. (We should probably sit up and pay attention.) Both times He said: Jesus is “marked by my love.” No tattoo. No handshake. No team colors or logos or code words. The only thing that marked Jesus Christ and the only thing that would mark His followers is love. Author Tim Stevens walks you through 31 story-driven chapters that will challenge and encourage you to filter every thought, behavior, word, and action through love. 

What does it mean to be Marked by Love?“People are done with Christianity. I am done with Christianity. At least the Americanized version that dresses up on Sunday and the rest of the week is gossiping, backbiting, jealous, judgmental, and unethical. It seems at every turn Christians are doing more harm for the name of Jesus than help.”  –Tim Stevens   If you’ve ever been discouraged by Christianity—whether you’ve been a lifelong churchgoer or someone who left religion a long time ago—this book will change your life. God only spoke twice while Jesus was on earth. (We should probably sit up and pay attention.) Both times He said: Jesus is “marked by my love.” No tattoo. No handshake. No team colors or logos or code words. The only thing that marked Jesus Christ and the only thing that would mark His followers—love. Consider. . . How would I treat someone who I disagree with in a political discussion if I ran everything I said through a filter of love? How would I care for someone who is contemplating an abortion if I were marked by His love? How would I help a friend going through a divorce if I really loved him and his family? What would be different about my social media posts or comments if I really loved the people I was responding to or writing about? How would I show love toward the gay couple that moved in next door if I was actually following in Jesus’ steps? How would I treat the Hispanic family who I think may have crossed the border illegally and are living off government welfare if I were marked by his love? How would I respond to the homeless guy begging on the curb in a loving way? This is real life stuff. If every follower of Jesus was truly marked by love, it would change the world.  

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