About the Book
Book: Love Matters
Author: Neil Tolsma
Release date: September 13, 2022
The Bible answers with one word: Love. What am I to do when my love is weak and in short supply? What difference does godly love make in the rush of everyday living? These are questions that Christians ask and need answered.
Love Matters answers these vital questions and others through a careful examination of what the Word of God has to say about reproducing God’s love in the exercise of personal faith. Love Matters is unique in developing this study of love in a redemptive-historical setting.
Love Matters is a biblical study of the divine call to love God and others wholeheartedly and the means by which the believer can overcome deficiencies in that call.
About the Author
Neil Tolsma was born on February 5, 1935, Saddle Brook, NJ. Met his wife, Lenore Merop, at Garfield Community Church (where he had made his profession of Christ as his Savior at the age of 17) and they were married on August 29, 1959. They had both been part of the Billy Graham Choir that introduced the popular hymn, How Great Thou Art, to America the summer of 957. He graduated from Shelton College, Ringwood, NJ, 1962 with A.B. And from Westminster Theological Seminary 1965, B.D./M.Div. Ordained by the Presbytery of the South, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1965. Served as pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1965 to 1974, Falls Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, 1974 until his retirement in 2004. They are the parents of three daughters and 8 grandchildren. Neil is the author of This Is Love: Tracing the Love of God throughout the Biblical Story.
More from Neil
Walk into any bookstore, Christian or general market, big or small, and you’re sure to be inundated by books on love, both fiction and nonfiction. How to love your spouse or significant other. How to love your children. How to love yourself. Love, love, love. That’s all we seem to hear about today. Love in all its forms, both good and evil.
So, then, why would I write another nonfiction book on love? Aren’t there plenty to choose from already? Well, yes and no. There are many on the shelves. Have your pick. But how many of those talk about what real, biblical love is, why we are to love, and where our one and only source of love is?
So many people today don’t know what love truly is. We have romanticized versions of flowers, chocolates, and violins. We dream of being swept off our feet and spending every waking minute with someone who will cherish us above all else. One of the most popular sayings of the day is Love Is Love.
Is it really? How do we know what true love is? That understanding only comes from God and his word to us. Only through him and in him do we find pure, holy, agape love. Love that sacrificed his only Son for us to give eternal life to us sinners—the impure, unholy, and filthy.
And so that’s why I wrote Love Matters. Because it does. It matters to our lives today, in how we relate to our spouses, our children, our family members, and the world at large. It matters to our eternity in how we view our salvation and how we are to love our Lord. It matters when we’re old and when we’re young, when we’re at home and when we’re at work, when we agree with someone and when we disagree with them.
Throughout my fifty years of in-depth Bible study as a pastor and counselor, I was brought back time and time again to the Bible to discover what love is. Over and over, I returned to the command God gave in Exodus, that we are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Because God is love and love matters to him, it has to matter to us.
What role did God play in your writing career?
The Lord is central to my life. When I was ordained, I pledged my life in the service of his Kingdom. Over the years I’ve written many hundreds of sermons that were aimed at faithfulness in conveying the truth of his Word to my audience. And it was his Word that guided me in my decision to write the books I have written and to write what I’ve written.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I did not begin writing books until I retired. When I am not writing, I like to read. I especially like mysteries. Charles Todd being one of my favorite authors. I also enjoy reading biographies and World War 2 histories. My wife and I spend our relaxing evenings watching British mysteries on TV, Agatha Christie’s Poirot being a favorite.
If you have a family, how do they support your writing career?
Our daughter, author Liz Tolsma, has provided invaluable help with proof reading and answering countless questions about the art of writing. Our granddaughter, Becca Tews, provides her excellent skills in the area of marketing. But most important is my wife, Lenore, who daily and lovingly surrounds me with the support I need to keep going.
What is your favorite time of day?
I love mornings. I rise early to begin a daily exercise routine, take a walk, draw aside for a quiet time of reading the Bible and prayer, and then I’m ready to dig into the breakfast my wife has prepared for me. After breakfast, I am ready to hit the laptop or whatever I have planned for the day. Since I am 87 years old the routine of the day needs to be a careful balance between work and rest.
What projects are you working on currently?
I recently wrote a short devotional, Kind and Compassionate, which will be free to those who pre-order my book, Love Matters, due of release in October. And I am working on my third book, tentatively titled, Love, the Fruit of the Spirit: A Biblical Study of Galatians 5:22-23. My first book, This Is Love, deals with God’s love for us. Book number two, Love Matters, is a biblical study of our love for God and others. Book three will complete the series which takes a comprehensive look at love in the Bible from a redemptive-historical perspective.
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