Living in Love with Jesus: Clothed in the Colors of His Love - Kathy Troccoli The two authors seek to encourage women by exploring the life of a Christian, using art and colors as a theme throughout the stories they tell.The sun definitely touches the world with a unique beauty. The light of Jesus Christ can do the same though us. We can touch the world with the colors of his love.This may be a case of “it’s not you; it’s me,” because as our small group worked through this book, others did enjoy the word pictures, the personal insights, and the stories of Christians learning to live in a way that displays “the colors of his love.” I personally enjoyed the connection to art, and the famous works of art included throughout the book — most which were pictures of Bible stories — that the authors used to make points about God’s love.Unfortunately, though, this book wasn’t all that I expected. I found a lot of the color connections (which was a running theme throughout the book) to be a bit of a stretch. Aside from the color theme, there were also other themes and motifs that the authors kept returning to, and stories — Esther, the Prodigal Son, etc — that they kept rehashing throughout the book, to the point where I’d be reading a section and have to flip back to make sure I hadn’t accidentally read it before because it seemed similar. The writing style and dual-authorship was hard for me to follow, as the train of thought seemed to wander and meander in a way that left me confused. The authors also employed quite a bit of “born-again” terminology and phraseology that may seem out of place or confusing for those Christians who are unfamiliar with altar calls, laying on of hands, “dying to yourself,” etc.Doctrinally, I struggled with this one. Many of the sentiments the authors focus on are God-pleasing and sound, but a few things are too touchy-feely/”do what you FEEL God is leading you towards,” which made me uncomfortable and would cause me NOT to recommend this book. Also significant was the treatment of some of the Bible stories, particularly Esther, where the authors drew conclusions about the characters’ motives and attitudes that are NOT stated in the Bible, even going so far as to say that Mordecai was trying to irritate Haman by not bowing to him. Apparently, they’ve been confronted about these things before, but are set on them, at one point even stating that they literally high-fived one another for keeping a part in the book that they knew people wouldn’t agree with, which I thought was a completely unnecessary, boastful, and even unwise to include in the text. To admit that this liberty they have taken has been pointed out to them multiple times by multiple sources and to come back with the response “yay, us!” (without even mentioning if they did more research, asked Biblical scholars, searched God’s Word, etc) makes me really question their methods.Overall: A touchy-feely book written for a much more touchy-feely audience than myself; watch out for the liberties they take with Bible stories