Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

Avery. Sept. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780525543039. $27. REL
Bishop Curry came to the attention of many Americans when he delivered the sermon at the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and later officiated at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. However, Curry has been a rising star in the Episcopal Church for some time, currently serving as its presiding bishop and primate. In this latest book, coauthored with Grace (Leapfrog), Curry undertakes the daunting task of instructing those who strive for social change during polarized political times. A descendant of slaves, Curry uses his own life experiences as a backdrop to illustrate the premise that those who hope to bring about change must “stand and kneel” at the same time, citing the examples of Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Curry himself modeled this philosophy when exploring church hierarchy on the issue of same-sex marriage. 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.
VERDICT A powerful meditation on social justice and religion that will engage a variety of readers.
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