Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity

Paperback | March 6, 2018

byNorman Wirzba

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  • A Burundian Tutsi woman who witnesses the murder of her village by Hutus raises the twenty-seven Tutsi and Hutu orphans left behind.
  • A community garden manager in the mountains of North Carolina experiences grace when she welcomes a vegetable thief to work in the garden alongside her.
  • A young woman struggling to support the child she had after her rape inspires the founding of a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women in poverty.
  • A college professor embraced by a local congregation discovers healing and joy while dying of cancer.


What these stories have in common is that they are wonderful models for not only inspiring us but for explaining what Christianity is really about. Norman Wirzba contends that Christianity can only be explained and justified if it is seen as a “way of love.” The primary purpose of the church, he argues, is to train, equip, and grow its members in the ways of love. When Christians forget this centering purpose, things begin to collapse. Through stories drawn from today’s world as well as from church history and the Bible, Wirzba illustrates how our fractured world can be healed by making love central to the Christian faith.

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A Burundian Tutsi woman who witnesses the murder of her village by Hutus raises the twenty-seven Tutsi and Hutu orphans left behind.A community garden manager in the mountains of North Carolina experiences grace when she welcomes a vegetable thief to work in the garden alongside her.A young woman struggling to support the child she had...

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·        A Burundian Tutsi woman who witnesses the murder of her village by Hutus raises the twenty-seven Tutsi and Hutu orphans left behind.·        A community garden manager in the mountains of North Carolina experiences grace when she welcomes a vegetable thief to work in the garden alongside her.·        A young woman struggling t...

Norman Wirzba is a professor of theology and ecology at Duke University Divinity School and a pioneer of scholarly work on religion, philosophy, ecology, and agrarianism. He is also the author of Food and Faith, Living the Sabbath, The Paradise of God, and From Nature to Creation. He lives near Hillsborough, North Carolina. If the chur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062385828

ISBN - 13:9780062385826

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“An outstanding, rich, thoughtful study of the topic of love . . . mature, thoughtful, careful and powerful.”