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Love is the Driving Force Behind Everything We Do

PBS’ The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores America’s 100 best-loved novels. The series notes that one theme emerges often in these 100 best-loved novels—the quest for love, especially a romantic love that will endure. Here are some quotes from literature experts commenting on the series and the novels:

“[According to theses novels] Love is the driving force behind everything that we do. So I think reading about all these different types of loves and the ways in which they present, is one of the great human questions.” Another commentator wrote: “I love a good love story. I think everybody wants it. If you don’t want it you’re trying to get it. If you have it you’re trying to keep it.” A third summarized: “Every book on this list is about love and death. And finding love that transcends death. I mean, who’s not going to love a love story?”

Others added the following quotes:

“We want to see that things last. We want to know that you can’t just throw love away. As human beings, as readers, we want something to be that important that you would stick with it forever.”

“We are fascinated by the fact that things can go wrong in love. We don’t want to go there. We don’t want this sort of thing to happen to us.”

Possible Preaching Angles:

Romantic love; marriage; God's love; gospel: The gospel provides the ultimate love story, not just romance, but the God who enters into a love story that involves commitment and sacrifice.


The Great American Read, ‘What We Do For Love,’ PBS (10-9-18); submitted by Jerry De Luca, Montreal West, Montreal, Canada

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