Fill These Hearts: A Geeky Review
As a Catholic who has read Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body,” I thought that I had read all I needed to read regarding sex and desire as they are meant to be experienced. I was wrong. “Fill These Hearts” contained the same message as “Theology of the Body,” but in a more down-to-earth manner. Essentially, this book is about orienting our desires in a manner that allows us to unite ourselves with God. Using pop culture references, his own experiences, and quite a few great quotes by saints and sinners alike, Christopher West explores the subject of desire in a way that just about anyone can relate to.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who, like me, is on the path to marriage. I would also recommend it to anyone who is still in the dating scene or considering a serious relationship. It will certainly help you avoid many of the mistakes that my fiancé and I made over the years. Many of these mistakes are almost ingrained in us from the beginning due to skewed messages of love that we are fed by everything from seemingly innocent Disney movies to the smuttiest of magazine covers. We are, in a sense, almost set up to fail in a world where divorce rates are so high and where so many of us are stuck in relationships that are failing to make us truly happy. The book contains some pretty powerful messages and will certainly inspire you to orient your desires in a way that will not only enrich your life and improve your relationships, but also draw you closer to God.
The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was offered a copy of Christopher West’s “Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing” for review.