Speaking of love: summer reading

July 8, 2015 — 1 Comment

If you’d like to read Paul Miller on love, he’s written two books. The first, Love Walked Among Us, focuses on Jesus [and covers some of the same material as the Love Course]. His second book, A Loving Life, looks at love in the life of Ruth. Here’s a little taste of each:

“When I think of how Jesus loved people, the word “cherish” comes to mind. When we cherish someone, we combine looking and compassion—we notice and care for that person. We don’t shut him or her out… Love begins with looking…The Samaritan sees a person. The priest and the Levite see a problem. They are too distracted, preoccupied, or agenda-driven to identify with him.”
Paul Miller in Love Walked Among Us

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“Jesus’ life doesn’t give us a love formula. Religion and pop psychology often reduce love to specific behaviors, thus simplifying love so we don’t have to work at it. We like clarity. ‘Just tell me what to do.’ But Jesus deals with people as they are.”
Paul Miller in Love Walked Among Us

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“You endure the weight of love by being rooted in God. Your life energy needs to come from God, not the person you are loving. The more difficult the situation, the more you are forced into utter dependence on God. That is the crucible of love, where self-confidence and pride are stripped away, because you simply do not have the power or wisdom or ability in yourself to love. You know without a shadow of a doubt that you can’t love. That is the beginning of faith—knowing you can’t love. Faith is the power for love. ”
Paul Miller in “A Loving Life”

Review of Love Walked Among Us
Review of A Loving Life

One response to Speaking of love: summer reading

  1. 

    Our home group read “Love Walked Among Us” this year, and it sparked some really good discussions. I think it was a really good choice. I’ll have to look for his new one.

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