To love and to be loved are two experiences all people seek, and Peter Wallace is eager and able to guide readers in both of those tasks in his spiritual examination of the Gospel of John, Living Loved: Knowing Jesus as the Lover of Your Soul, published by Seabury Press.
As the Gospel of John relays the message of Jesus in hopes that the readers will come to know and love him, so too does Peter Wallace in his book. He starts each section with a short excerpt from the Gospel (using The Message, a beautiful, easy-to-read translation by Eugene Peterson) and then expounds upon it with observations, insights, and personal stories to help the reader recognize opportunities to experience Jesus’ love and share it with others. Each chapter ends with a short prayer, seeking help and forgiveness or giving thanks for what was covered in the section.
This is a deeply meaningful book that invites readers to live their lives in loving companionship with Christ, and in turn to serve others in that love. Wallace provides his readers with excellent Gospel examples of Jesus’ love and compassion, and then inspires them with the hope and knowledge that all people can live as the beloved of Christ.
Praise for Living Loved:
“An open-hearted book on knowing, experiencing and sharing love. Peter Wallace has thoroughly studied the Gospel of John, and he brings to us fresh words and loving insights.”
–Nora Gallagher, author of Changing Light
“Peter Wallace’s wonderful book Living Loved teaches us how to do just that. With touching examples and personal stories he interprets the sometimes abstract language of the gospel of John to help us feel and experience the love we so desire.
–Edward L. Beck, author of God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest
“With the Beloved Disciple as his muse, and using Eugene Patterson’s ear-catching translation of John’s gospel, Peter Wallace reminds us that ‘the Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”
–Martha Sterne, author of Alive and Loose in the Ordinary
“Peter Wallace takes us on a breathtaking voyage, seeking along the way the kind of love that doesn’t pander to sentiment, but puts wind in our sails and sends us out into the deep sea of meaning and service.”
–Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
“Encounter by encounter and phrase by phrase, I was led into the presence of Jesus and his love. Living Loved is a profound meditation on scripture, accessible to anyone who hungers and thirsts for the abundant life.”
–Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., Providence United Methodist Church