Love with­out Lim­its: Je­sus’ Rad­i­cal Vi­sion for Love with No Ex­cep­tions

Jacqueline Bussie

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Fortress Press (AU­GUST) Hard­cover $24.99 (200pp) 978-1-5064-4688-2

Part mem­oir, part the­o­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration, Jacqueline A. Bussie’s Love With­out Lim­its ex­am­ines what it means to love un­con­di­tion­ally in an in­creas­ingly di­vided world.

From a Chris­tian per­spec­tive, Bussie em­ploys per­sonal anec­dotes and bib­li­cal il­lus­tra­tions to dis­cuss how Chris­tians should fol­low the ex­am­ple of Je­sus in lov­ing even those who are dif­fer­ent, per­haps es­pe­cially those who are dif­fer­ent. Chap­ters fo­cus on topics in­clud­ing love for im­mi­grants, love for LGBTQ+ peo­ple, love for Mus­lims, and love for self. Ex­hor­ta­tions to in­di­vid­ual Chris­tians to widen their own cir­cles are sprin­kled through­out, as are raw ac­counts of how Bussie dealt with her mother’s death.

Bussie writes in an earnest, con­ver­sa­tional style. Her pas­sion is ev­i­dent, par­tic­u­larly in re­gard to en­sur­ing that there are di­verse voices within the church—though the text’s in­sis­tence that women were not a fac­tor in Chris­tian the­ol­ogy un­til the 1960s min­i­mizes the con­tri­bu­tions of women, in­clud­ing saints and doc­tors of the church, through­out history.

Cu­ri­ous choices are some­times made. The chap­ter on Mus­lims goes to great lengths to demon­strate that Mus­lims and Chris­tians are more sim­i­lar than most peo­ple think. The ex­er­cise is in­for­ma­tive, but de­tracts from the book’s the­sis that Chris­tian love is pow­er­ful be­cause it over­comes vast dif­fer­ences to em­brace oth­ers.

A chap­ter on adop­tion quickly morphs into an ad­mirable but mis­placed at­tempt at a bib­li­cal de­fense of LGBTQ+ peo­ple, leav­ing be­hind all thought of adop­tion, phys­i­cal or spir­i­tual.

Love With­out Lim­its is a call for Chris­tians to look be­yond what di­vides and iso­lates peo­ple, and to find the courage to reach out to oth­ers de­spite those di­vi­sions. MEAGAN LOGSDON

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