Dispute the belief that marriage is the ultimate human relationship and explore why it was created, primarily, to point beyond itself.
Jamal Jivanjee is a graduate of Liberty University where he studied religion. Originally from the Columbus, Ohio area, he now lives in Dallas, Texas. Jamal is passionate about the church and relationships—as they relate to New Testament community—and enjoys encouraging others toward that end through writing and traveling.Visit his blog
"[Oneness] can (and should) also be experienced in relationships outside of marriage. Does this sound 'dangerous'? Yes. But since when is love ever safe?...No longer live with your fear to love. Instead, read this book and discover that in Jesus, you are Free to Love."JEREMY MYERS, AUTHOR AND BIBLE TEACHER, REDEEMINGGOD.COM
"Free to Love sizzles with brave energy! Jamal artfully weaves a compelling short story through a provocative call to deeply love others. His words challenged me to engage in relationships beyond our culture's man-made boundaries."BRIANNA L. GEORGE, SPEAKER and WRITER, UNVEILEDANDREVEALED.COM
"Jamal Jivanjee adds his beautiful expression to a growing chorus of voices who are learning to be loved, and to love...free. This book will open your eyes and heart to a world that is here, and coming—a Kingdom in which only Love remains—and the courage and trust to live in this New World...now."BRANDON CHASE, AUTHOR and BLOGGER, BRANDONCHASE.NET
Is marriage the ultimate human relationship?
Since the dawn of mankind, marriage was understood to be the only relationship that expressed the most intimate union possible—the mystery of two people becoming one. With the advent of Jesus, however, an entirely new and revolutionary paradigm for relationships came into view.
What does it mean to 'love one another' in the same way that Jesus loved?
When Jesus prayed for His disciples (and us) to be 'one' in the same way that He and His Father are one, it was the first time the dynamic of oneness was introduced outside the confines of marriage. Free to Love sets out on a journey to explore: the depths that are possible within relational oneness, how this oneness transcends every human category—including gender—and why oneness lies at the heart of Jesus' New Commandment to love one another in the same way that He has loved us. An essential read for those seeking to experience depth in Christian community.
Free to Love is a provocative and timely book that sets out on a journey to:
Discuss why the oneness Jesus experienced relationally with others (and also prayed we would experience with one another) transcends every human category—including gender.
Examine the depths possible within relational oneness and how this can function in harmony, not competition, with the marital relationship.
Examine why relational oneness lies at the heart of Jesus' new commandment to love one another in the same way that he has loved us.
Challenge traditional relational boundaries and ideas that are based on fear.
Jamal Jivanjee discusses the heart behind Free to Love, how it's different from other books on marriage and singleness, and why he included his phone number in the back of the book.
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"I have a passion and vision to see the body of Christ liberated from ideas and constructs that keep people from achieving their full, creative potential as human beings made in the image and likeness of God. My mission is to challenge old paradigms and introduce new ones through my writing."
I've considered myself a writer by trade since 2011, but becoming a 'writer' has been an unlikely journey spanning several years. It's a profession I've discovered, but certainly not one that I planned. I've always considered myself more of a reader than a writer.
I was raised in a home that treasured books. My father, (who was a devout Muslim ∧ nutritionist), and my mother (being a devout Catholic) had quite a library of books they cherished. Seeing their appetite for reading gave me a high regard for books as I was growing up. Reading didn't become a regular part of my life, however, until I came to faith in Christ as a young adult. In college studying for the ministry, I read voraciously. My appetite for reading dipped a bit during the years I spent as a Pastor in a local church. When my journey eventually led me out of the clerical profession, and out of the institutional church world altogether, I began to read again.
I began to read books from authors who had been on a similar journey that I had been on. It was a relief and joy to read words that gave definition and texture to things I had been sensing and feeling for quite some time. Reading the words of others helped awaken and renew my mind to things that were stirring deep in my spirit. Their written words liberated me from paradigms that had been keeping me in bondage.
As this occurred, I began to share my discoveries via periodic email articles with a group of friends once or twice monthly. Writing those articles were more cathartic in nature for me. I still didn't view myself as a writer at that point. The more I wrote those periodic email articles, however, the more feedback I received. The responses were surprising and encouraging. I wasn't the only one who had been on a journey onto freedom, many of my friends were as well. I was surprised at the number of people who told me my writing helped them come awake to things they already knew in their heart, but simply couldn't put words to.
I wrote those bi-monthly emails from 2007 until 2011. It was then that a friend encouraged me to begin a blog so others could see and participate in the rich private conversations I had been having via email. I began the blog in 2011 and have been blogging there on a full-time basis since that time. (I could write an entire book about the adventure that has been).
Seeing people liberated from destructive situations and paradigms have helped me see and understand how sharing our life's experiences through words and dialogue can be used as a powerful tool of love to liberate and awaken. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, and we have been set free to love.
It is for this reason I am honored and excited to be releasing my first book Free to Love. I see this book as the beginning of an ongoing conversation that is greatly needed in the body of Christ today.