“Our culture has become increasingly confused about marriage and its meaning, but Ryan Messmore has helped clarify the importance of this vital institution. By recounting his own courtship and engagement and illuminating the full, rich picture of marriage throughout the Old and New Testaments, we begin to gain a glimpse of marriage as God intended it. What’s more, Ryan has given us greater insight into Christ’s passionate pursuit of His bride.” Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family, United States. “Ryan Messmore has a gift for sharing wisdom in a winsome and accessible way. This book is profound, well written and short—a trifecta! Messmore points out the false stories we tell ourselves today about love, sex and marriage, and proposes a more excellent way. In Love will help readers place their own lives and loves in the right story. I’ll be sharing it with friends. So should you.” - Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, and author of ‘Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom’, United States. “Ryan Messmore brings the ancient Jewish betrothal tradition to life in a way that helps us revitalize modern-day relationships and also understand the larger biblical story. From questioning phrases like ‘fall in love’ to exploring pre-engagement counselling to describing sex as body language, this book helps readers approach their own love stories with intentionality and hope.” - Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Founder, The Veritas Forum and author of Finding God Beyond Harvard, United States. “In this economic yet comprehensive and elegant work, Dr Ryan Messmore guides his readers into a relational world, rich with hope and meaning. Drawing on his courtship, engagement and marriage to Karin, Ryan shows us that among other things love is an action. Referencing Jewish betrothal practices and Holy Scripture, Ryan places sexual desire and intercourse in a newer and fuller context; one that hovers over the question, ‘What kind of people will certain sexual practices shape us to become?’ Dr Messmore has written a grounded, compelling, richly-textured book that is wise and practical. The personal or confessional nature of In Love makes it very good reading.” - Paul Henderson, author of Athanasius: someone from nothing and No Ordinary People: exploring what it means to be human, Australia. “To anyone thoroughly catechized in the sexual revolution, this book and the story it tells will seem bizarre. But anyone willing to listen to the story and the carefully crafted Big Picture of love and sexuality Ryan describes here will find a beauty and truth not available in the small vision on offer in Western culture today.”- John Stonestreet, President, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, United States. About the Author: DR RYAN MESSMORE directs the Millis Institute, a Christ-centred, tertiary liberal arts program that he designed at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia (www.millis.edu.au). He has also served as President of Campion College (Sydney) and a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.). After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Duke University and Masters of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School, Ryan pursued an M.Phil. at Cambridge University and a D.Phil. at Oxford University (on the Trinity and political theology). He and his wife, Karin, live with their three kids in Brisbane, where they are still loyal watchers of Duke basketball games and where they teach their students (among other things) ballroom dancing. For more visit www.ryanmessmore.com.