ARC Review: Loving My Actual Neighbor by Alexandra Kuykendall

Loving My Actual Neighbor: 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You by Alexandra Kuykendall

Published April 2nd, 2019 by Baker Books

Genres Christian, Nonfiction

Pages 224

Source Finished copy provided by Baker Books

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As Christians, we know we are called to love our neighbor. We may even grasp that “neighbor” encompasses more than just the people living next door or down the street. But what we too often don’t know is how to begin. How do we love our neighbor? Where do we start? What does this look like in our increasingly isolated world?

Following practices outlined in the first chapter of 2 Peter, Alexandra Kuykendall lays out the framework for where to begin. From practicing humility to listening with understanding to being generous in our relationships, Loving My Actual Neighbor offers practical, start-now steps readers can take to love their neighbors. With her approachable, friendly tone and down-to-earth advice, Kuykendall has carved out for herself a place in the hearts of readers, who will be thrilled to extend her commonsense approach into this sphere of their lives.

This is a topic I haven’t previously read many books about and it is certainly a topic that everyone can benefit from focusing on. The author shares stories and suggestions throughout the book on how to actually love your neighbor. In this day and age, with everything going on, I think it is extremely important that Christians make a point to connect with those around them and show empathy and compassion. Each chapter contains “Questions of Reflection” at the end, which is something I very much enjoy in non-fiction books such as this. I think it really helps the reader connect what the author has presented throughout that chapter, with their actual life.

Thank you to Baker Books for sending me a review copy of this book.

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