If I had to describe Shane Kapler‘s book, The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center, in one word, it would be “insightful.”
Of course, this is no surprise, given how I was introduced to Shane in the first place. Have you ever noticed how cool people (or smart people, as the case may be) tend to hang out together? Shane is one of the co-authors of Tending the Temple: 365 days of spiritual and physical devotions I reviewed recently, along with Dr. Kevin Vost and Peggy Bowes.
As you know if you’ve read any of Dr. Vost’s books, he’s a smart guy. Well, so is Shane.
What I like best about The God Who is Love is the great mix of solid catechesis along with personal stories Shane tells about his discovery of the truths of the faith over the course of time. Shane writes with the zeal of one who has measured various alternatives, and arrived at his conclusions with a mixture of joy and astonishment. The insights he spreads throughout the book are clear indications of an interior journey that has been both arduous and rewarding.
This is a useful book for those who want a good explanation of various aspects of Catholicism that many non-Catholics (and sometimes Catholics too) find perplexing. For example, the ubiquitous questions about Mary are handled nicely, along with confession, scriptural interpretation, and sacramental marriage. Shane calls this “narrative catechesis” and it’s a great way to learn more about our faith in an enjoyable manner.
For all of us who desire to grow closer to our Lord through knowing Him better, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book. You’ll be glad you did!