Review – The Return: Reflections on Loving God Back

the returnTitle: The Return: Reflections on Loving God Back
Author: Lacey Sturm
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian life
Publisher: Baker Books
Number of Pages: 228

My Rating: ★★☆☆

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(From the back cover) In The Return, bestselling author Lacey Sturm offers a collection of thoughts on how Jesus helps us see the world with new eyes and makes the mundane things in life beautiful. It’s a guidebook from a fellow traveler on how grace helps us—to overcome darkness, to release our empty rituals, to shine with his light. Not so God will love us more but because we long to love him back.


I think this is a good book, but just not one that I enjoyed very much. I did learn from it, and I appreciated its unique perspective. It did help me grow as a person, and it gave me a lot to think about.

What I had trouble with was the writing style. Maybe it’s just me, but I had a hard time understanding it. I was confused a lot. The writing is like a series of thoughts, without much organization. It’s also very abstract with a lot of metaphors. This made it deep, but also difficult.

On the other hand, the descriptions are poetic and beautiful. The perspective is one that only comes from past suffering. It was interesting to get a glimpse into the faith life of the author.

I liked that the book isn’t just prose, but also includes poetry, songs, journal entries, recipes, and prayers.

I have mixed feelings about this book. For the most part, I didn’t enjoy reading it, but I did learn a lot from it.

I received a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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