By Pat Burns
With the title Love. Period. you’d be tempted to think nothing’s left to be said? Nothing more to it, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Love.Period. offers a thoughtful, intimate perspective on love by a beloved pastor named Rudy Rasmus.
In addition to being a pastor, Rasmus is an author, a global humanitarian, and a teacher, who along with his wife, Juanita, leads the 9,000-member St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country. Among other things, Pastor Rudy coordinates domestic and global anti-hunger initiatives, in conjunction with concert tours by longtime friend and church member Beyoncé Knowles.
His book, Love. Period., contains no-nonsense and straight-to-the-point actionable steps to help you step out of your comfort zone and love everyone, especially those “different than.” With the global landscape shrinking, and communities rapidly dividing, Pastor Rudy’s message of love is timely and essential. Pastor Rudy’s life lessons and his own personal stories, as well as those of others he’s mentored, he doesn’t leave you wondering.
Creatively, Pastor Rudy uses acronyms to help us remember his lessons. Acronyms such as L.O.V.E. meaning: Liberation, Others, Vulnerability, Engage. One that’s a bit poetic is P.I.M.P.: People Indulging in Materialistic Pursuits. As he writes, “The only way truly to avoid becoming a P.I.M.P. is to pursue a relationship with the One who created you.”
Click here to hear an interview with Pastor Rudy, in which he discusses the book, being an author (and writing the book), and being a man, a husband, a father and a pastor. Each section offered wonderful nuggets of enlightenment.
Pat Burns helps families save money – tax free, with no market risk while building compounding wealth which helps to guarantee their financial future. She is also the co-founder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival; a film reporter, Regional Editor of GRAND Magazine, author of Grandparents Rock®, and the happy grandmother of four.