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Love Focused: Living Life to the Fullest [Paperback]

By Bob Hughes (Author) & Judy Hughes (Author)
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Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2008
Publisher   Crossroads Publishing
ISBN  0980077206  
EAN  9780980077209  

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Love Focused will help you discover a very different approach to life and God that makes living in a difficult world satisfying and successful. It describes a model for living that frees you to enjoy a better life without having to change or control your world. And most importantly, Love Focused will help you succeed at the two things God says are most important: loving God and loving others. If you think about it, we are all working hard at trying to get things to turn out a certain way. But unknowingly, this unbiblical, Outcome Focused approach to life is actually the cause of much of our frustration, self-centeredness and stress. Love Focused exposes this hidden, unhealthy way of living and teaches a more biblical, Love Focused model that dramatically changes lives and relationships. Building on one concept at a time, Love Focused becomes an easy to use guidebook that can be applied to every area of your life from relationships, parenting, work, ministry, etc.

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More About Bob Hughes & Judy Hughes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bob Hughes was in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist for thirty years, and currently practices as a consultant to individuals, families and church leaders. He is a popular speaker and is known for his unique ability to apply biblical truth in life-changing ways. Bob and his wife, Judy, have two adult children, and have been married twenty-nine years.

Bob Hughes currently resides in Mission Viejo. Bob Hughes was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - PlayEducation, UK.

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Great for breaking out of sinful patterns  Jun 6, 2008
This book is simple enough to understand yet touches on the deepest parts of our lives. It is a great help for Christians trying to break out of the patterns of sinful and protective living; it shows us how much we are missing by not living up to our highest calling...loving God and others.
Jump Start Your Christian Journey  May 15, 2008
There's no doubt about the fact that trying to live a Christian life in a fallen world is a daily challenge. Temptations abound, and the world often seems to take priority over eternal matters. Bob and Judy Hughes provide a powerful method for reordering your priorities and getting back on the right track.

Accoprding to them, the reason many of are so frustated in our Christian walk is that we live by Outcome-Focused goals that are driven by unreasonable wants as opposed to needs. These wants become insidious because we think we need them, and we then become angry, frustrated or depressed when these wants and desires are not fulfilled. The antidote is to live a Love-Focused Life, one that is based on following the commandments to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. The Hughes reminds us that God promises to meet our needs, though not our wants, although we may not feel that he does depending on our circumstances. I highly recommned this book for anyone who feels the daily frustrattion of a sense of failure, rejection or other shortcoming, despite your best efforts to live the Christian life.

Putting Love First  May 10, 2008
Love Focused is liberated words based on scripture and experience. Bob and Judy Hughes uses scripture to provide the way out of bondage.
Once you realize how chained you are to the things from which God can set you free, you will be able to utilize this book to let go of deep past hurts and regrets.
This book is great for small group study. Many people have great things that they will never be able to accomplish because they don't have the proper tools. Faith or no faith-they have been defeated in many areas of their lives. Love Focused shows you that "love" is the only tool you will ever need.
Loving for Love's Sake  Apr 24, 2008
Many Christians, despite their best efforts, seem stuck in a frustrating holding cycle. They have tried Christian self-help books, prayed, and sought counseling, but still seem overwhelmed and unable to experience the abundant life God promises in His Word.

Bob and Judy Hughes believe the master key for living a fulfilled Christian life is love. It may sound trite and oversimplified--until you remember Jesus made it clear that our highest calling is to love God and our neighbor. Yet while Christians know they should love, they can be flummoxed as to why they so often fail to love. Understanding what motivates our behavior is essential.

The Hughes believe many of us live outcome-focused rather than love-focused lives, and therein lies the problem. Outcome-focused goals are self-focused--designed to help us get our emotional needs met and to avoid pain. Constant pressure to achieve a certain outcome diverts our attention from loving God and others. The root of this problem is spiritual: the outcome-focused person does not truly believe God can meet all their needs.

Christians regularly fall prey to performance-based love and acceptance (legalism), believing that Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross wasn't enough. They may doubt God's goodness and believe the world can somehow satisfy their need. Consequently, many become control freaks, not simply desiring but actually needing other people to behave in a certain way.

The Hughes do a splendid job of explaining the problem as well as the solution--which I won't divulge here. It is solid biblical advice from someone who has spent 30 years as a Christian counselor. A practical love-focused model for growth is offered, as well as suggestions to help the reader fight this "good fight of faith" on a daily basis.

A study guide is available and is sold separately. For more information about Bob and Judy Hughes, visit their Web site at

Definitely a Book to Buy!  Apr 23, 2008
As I was reading Love Focused I felt, "This is good; this is meat for the spirit." A lot of books just take up shelf space, but here's a book of substance--it's an enjoyable read and the most practical Christian book I've read in a very long time.

Many Christians ask, "Why isn't my life more exciting? Why do I act so unlike Jesus? Why can't I get release from my worries and sins?"

Readers of this book will have what they need to start living out real Christianity: a God-centered approach based not on theory, but on reality. How did it happen that I made my Christianity so complex? Rules for this and options for that. Standards and laws. In contrast, Jesus was able to simplify the spiritual life to just two necessities: love God with all your heart, and love others as yourself.

How do we evaluate Christian maturity? Often it seems to be by outward measurements: church attendance, Bible knowledge, conforming to some list of dos and don'ts. But God looks at the inner person and evaluates by one criterion: is the person learning to live in love?

According to the authors, just trying to change our behavior, trying to act more loving, is not the ultimate answer. We may grit our teeth and do it (for a while), but let some stressful situation hit and we're more than likely to just lose it (and sometimes in a big way!).

If my (unconscious) attitude is that God is not really going to meet my needs, then my (unconscious) response is to try and meet them myself...with predictable results. I'll try to control people and situations (and be frustrated when they won't be controlled). I'll damage relationships and destroy the peace that God wants me to experience. I'll be self-centered and anxious. And I'll miss the good life God intended for me to enjoy.

The book does a wonderful job of contrasting a love focused life with its opposite (which they call "an outcome focused life"). When we, instead of trusting God to be in control, try to control situations ourselves, we'll end in living as people-pleasers, or with addictions, denial, busyness, perfectionism, or using any number of other self-protective strategies.

God, in His goodness, built a warning system into our lives. It tells us clearly when there's a spiritual problem we need to deal with. The warning lights are unrighteous anger, controlling fear, worry and impatience. The authors show us what each of these mean--and how God wants us to deal with them. It's powerful and liberating stuff!

The last 90 pages of the book are on the power of love--God's solution and how to apply it in our lives. This is down-to-earth and practical stuff! It's not legalism and it's not perfectionism--it's life with God as He meant it to be. This is definitely a book to buy!

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