Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times (Hardcover)
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As the descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist, Bishop Michael Curry's life illustrates massive changes in our times. Much of the world met Bishop Curry when he delivered his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. Here, he expands on his message of hope in an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with moving lessons from his own life. Through the prism of his faith, ancestry, and personal journey, Love Is the Way shows us how America came this far and, more important, how to go a whole lot further.
The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. This book will lead readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity.
“Bishop Curry proclaims and lives the way of love that has the power to transform broken systems and imperfect people. This book is a gift for our time, as is my dear brother. Listen to him."—Bishop William J. Barber, II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign; author of We Are Called to Be a Movement
"Bishop Curry asks us to love ourselves, each other, and God more fully, and unlike so many others, he actually shows us how. There is no greater calling; no nobler blessing."—Rabbi Steve Leder, author of The Beauty of What Remains
“This is a profound and essential book. At once personal and universal, intimate and sweeping, it frames the great question of our time—which is, really, the great question of all time on this side of Paradise—with passion and eloquence. Michael Curry, priest and bishop, plays the prophet in these pages, drawing on his own remarkable life to show us the way we might make our own lives, and the lives of nations, warmer, better, and nobler.”—Jon Meacham, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Destiny and Power, American Lion, and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
"‘Perfect love casts out all fear’ (1 John 4.18). In this beautiful and moving book, Bishop Michael Curry reflects on the nature of God’s love and the reflection of that love in human lives. Drawing on his own life and experiences he shows us that, time and again, when love is threatened by circumstances—be it poverty, racism, violence, injustice or the abuse of power—that same love has the power to shine through. Two thousand years ago Jesus called together a small band of disciples to follow him in preaching the good news of God’s love. The movement we now know as the Church started off simply as ‘the way.' Bishop Michael is convinced that, just as then, love and the message of love has the power to transform our world."—The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
"Michael Curry believes in love. Not the kind of love that sidesteps and softens our response to the most brutal realities of our deepest, racist, economic, and human oppression. But rather, like Dr. King and, more importantly, Jesus said; the kind of radical love that may be the only thing that can finally overcome such radical sin. On a personal note, Michael is and does what he says about being a follower of Jesus and the way of God’s overwhelming and overcoming love. Love is the Way is moving, heartfelt, and extraordinarily important. In this fearful time, more than perhaps ever before, the world needs this book because, as Michael says, 'Love dreams visions.'"—Jim Wallis, Founder and President of Sojourners
"The author’s gentle storytelling and emphasis on the supremacy of the power of love persuades and convicts, making evident why he has become one of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after religious leaders. A powerful meditation on social justice and religion that will engage a variety of readers."—Library Journal