Love Basics for Catholics

Illustrating God’s Love for Us throughout the Bible
Author: John Bergsma

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: March 10, 2023

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When you begin to see the Bible as a book of love, it will change the way you view love, sex, marriage, family, and your personal relationship with God.

Walk with popular scripture scholar John Bergsma from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the wedding between the Lamb and the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation to learn how marriage in the Bible represents the love between God and his people.

Bergsma focuses on what nine biblical marriages tell us about God’s relationship with us. These stories include:

  • Adam and Eve—who show us that marriage is the culmination of all creation and that marriage can be an image of the Trinity;
  • Ruth and Boaz—who display the tenderness and virtue of a marriage;
  • Solomon and his bride in the Song of Songs—who illustrate a positive, healthy view of the body and physical beauty; and
  • Jesus as Bridegroom of his people, the Church.

Using his popular, whimsical stick-figure illustrations and engaging style, Bergsma helps us understand scripture and salvation history in a unique, memorable way. He also provides insight into Church teachings on marriage and relationships—such as monogamy, the single life, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and Jesus’s words about divorce—to show how these teachings come from the love God shares with his people through the covenants in scripture.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646801961

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Lighthearted and profound.”

    “Lighthearted and profound, this book is a must read.”

    Deacon Jason and Rachel Bulman
    Contributors to Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

  • “Required reading for all couples!”

    “Through John Bergsma’s trademark teaching style, simplicity, and humor, you will see love, marriage, and family in thrilling clarity as both human and divine, historical and eternal, personal and universal. We’ll call this required reading for all our couples!”

    Damon and Melanie Owens
    Cofounders of Joyful Ever After

  • “A gem.”

    “This book proves, once again, that Bergsma is not only a keen biblical mind but a masterful teacher, taking the most profound and deepest scriptural truths and making them understandable and digestible for any age. This little gem is a must read for all Catholics!”

    Mark Hart
    Coauthor of Our Not-Quite-Holy Family 

  • “Deceptively simple.”

    “This small book is deceptively simple. It is clear yet deep, practical yet profound. Indeed, only someone who is both a great scholar and a master teacher could’ve written it. And the line drawings make the lessons more memorable and teachable for all ages! Highly recommended.”

    Scott Hahn
    Catholic theologian

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