Posted in Adult Nonfiction, Book, Book Review, Christianity, Reading


3158309The whole title to this fine book on God’s unconditional love for us is “Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval and Seeing Yourself through God’s Eyes.”  At first, I struggled with the two words, “Love Idol” for I was not able to focus my heart and thoughts on God.  I kept thinking about all the idols most of us carry around such as money, jobs/careers, clothing, certain people/friends, which it turns out that these are exactly the things that Jennifer calls “love idols.”  We place value on them.  We seek approval from or by them.  We want to be accepted by and because of them when, in fact, the only real love, acceptance and approval comes from God.  The truth is that we only need to know that God created us in His image, that He loved us first, and that we are loved unconditionally because we are His.

Jennifer Dukes Lee writes an especially fine book weaving her own story in and through the beautiful reminder that God is all we will ever need and His love envelops us completely.  The love of others is special and sweet yet often comes with attachments.  Instead of seeking approval everywhere we go, we just need to turn our hearts toward Home, to God.  We are significant, cherished and approved by Christ.  He gave Himself completely for us at Calvary, paying for our sins in total.  Seek Him.

Age Appropriate: Adult

Jennifer Dukes Lee is a writer, a storyteller, and a faith blogger.  She is married and has two children.  They live in Iowa on the Lee family farm, raising crops and pigs.  She covered crime, politics, and natural disasters as a news reporter for metropolitan daily newspapers. Now, she uses her “reporting skills to chase after the biggest story ever: the redemptive story of Christ. (That’s front-page news.)”  She is passionate about sharing the Good News through own story.  She writes for Dayspring’s (in)courage, and is an editor at The High Calling.  Her blog is “Dispatches from a Good News Girl – Stories of Grace in a World that Needs Hope.”

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9781414380735
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/21/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Original review 8-30-2014


I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

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