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The Purpose of Passion by Bruner and Ware

The Purpose of Passion: Dante's Epic Vision of Romantic LoveThe Purpose of Passion is one of those books that will invade your thoughts. This is not just a book about the passionate throws of romance, but also the love that surrounds us every day. Dante’s The Divine Comedy is skillfully explained by Bruner and Ware.


One thing is certain; you do not have to have any previous experience with Dante’s work to appreciate The Purpose of Passion. I have never read any of his works, but after reading this commentary, I got myself a copy to read so that I can be fully immersed in this story about love and passion.

The sections start out with excerpts from The Divine Comedy and then are followed by clear, well written explanations that not only include the thoughts of the authors, but also historic figures such as CS Lewis.

The Purpose of Passion reminded me that I have the option to delve deeply into love every moment of every day. And it’s not just romantic love that helps me move into a greater understanding of God but any love that aims for the heart of God.

There are too many striking images to share them all, but I do love the image of the trinity in the last part of the book. The idea of the circle is completely understood at the end and how the love we give here on the earth is a constant striving to mimic the great circle of love that is the Holy Trinity.

This is not a quick read, but it is well worth the time to learn about how you can more deeply pursue God’s passion for this world.

This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers to review, with no gaurantee that I would say something nice about it.

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